Sinovac’s coronavirus vaccine candidate approved for emergency use in China: Source

first_imgSinovac Biotech Ltd’s coronavirus vaccine candidate CoronaVac was approved in July for emergency use as part of a program in China to vaccinate high-risk groups such as medical staff, a person familiar with the matter said.China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a unit of state-owned pharmaceutical giant China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), also said it had obtained emergency use approval for a coronavirus vaccine candidate in social media platform WeChat on Sunday.CNBG, which has two vaccine candidates in phase 3 clinical trials, did not say which of its vaccines had been cleared for emergency use. Topics : China has been giving experimental coronavirus vaccines to high-risk groups since July, and a health official told state media in an interview aired last week that authorities could consider modestly expanding the emergency use program to try to prevent possible outbreaks during the autumn and winter.Officially, China has given little details on which vaccine candidates have been given to high-risk people under the emergency use program and how many people have been vaccinated.State media reported in June, prior to the emergency use program, that employees at state firms travelling overseas were allowed to take one of the two vaccines being developed by CNBG, while China’s military had also approved the use of CanSino Biologics’ vaccine candidate.Seven vaccines against the coronavirus are in final trial stages around the world, and four of them are from China.But no vaccine has yet passed the final stage of trials proving it is safe and effective – conditions usually required to be met to get regulatory approval for mass use. COVID-19 has killed over 800,000 people worldwide. last_img read more

Sovereign Islands mansion changes hands for $5.4 million

first_imgEdin Kara of Ray White Sovereign Islands was behind the mega sale — the highest on the exclusive islands this year.The house had been on the market with other agents since November, 2016.At one point, it was marketed with the neighbouring vacant block, also owned by the Uhrhane couple, with an asking price of $12 million. Mr Kara, who took over the marketing last month said the buyers were from the Gold Coast.“I really believe this was good value for money,” he said. “ It took a while to negotiate but the buyers eventually came up to $5.4 million. “This will be their main residence — they loved the quality of the house and the Broadwater views.” The Broadwater views. The pair enlisted Davis Carlson with the design, eager to capitalise on the views out to South Stradbroke Island.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoA lift, 10-car garage, seven bathrooms, library, media room and sauna are among the four-bedroom home’s luxury features.Construction took 12 months, with more than $500,000 spent on the electronics.There is 42m of water frontage with an infinity-edge heated pool which even has an automatic top-up water system. From the water. 46 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands sold to a Gold Coast family for $5.4 million.A PALATIAL Paradise Point mansion with more levels than bedrooms has sold for $5.4 million. The vendors, long-term Sovereign Islands residents Dennis and Nina Uhrhane, bought the block on Knightsbridge Parade East in 2011 to build their five-storey dream home. last_img read more

Expanding on the Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

first_imgFLORIDA – In the United States of America, November is designated to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s the dreaded disease which affects so many families, including Caribbean Americans and families in the Caribbean.Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.Accord to the Alzheimer’s Association of the USA, there are 10 warning signs and symptoms. People, especially those in their senior years who notice any of these symptoms should not ignore them, but should schedule an appointment with their doctor.The usual signs and symptoms are:Memory loss that disrupts daily lifeOne of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own..Challenges in planning or solving problemsSome people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisurePeople with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game. Signs may include occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.Confusion with time or placePeople with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationshipsFor some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.New problems with words in speaking or writingPeople with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name.Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace stepsA person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.Decreased or poor judgmentPeople with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telephone scammers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.Withdrawal from work or social activitiesA person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They also may avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.Changes in mood and personalityThe mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zoneGet checked. Early detection matters.People who notice any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in themselves, a family member, friend or co-worker should not ignore them. They should schedule an appointment with their doctor or urge others who show these signs to contact theirs.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Closer battles, waiver pickups, injuries, more

first_imgOpening week of the fantasy baseball season always brings with it the same set of questions, most of which involve injuries, waiver wire pickups (and whether or not to make them), and closer battles. There are also the inevitable hot and cold starts, surprises in playing time/batting order, and once again, closer battles. The Sporting News Fantasy experts tackle it all (especially closer battles) in the third episode of the Hot Corner Podcast (available on SoundCloud and iTunes) — and even have time to discuss the most irrelevant player in baseball…and closer battles.The hot closer talk starts at 43:48, but before that we go over the fallout from the four big injuries of Week 1 (Trea Turner, Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, and Daniel Murphy) and discuss a few popular waiver pickups, including Kolten Wong, Tim Beckham, and Trey Mancini (full list is below the podcast player). Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Along the way, we also discuss whether Chris Sale is a “pitcher” or a “thrower”, nicknames for David Hess, Mike Trout and Hunter Strickland, if a homer and stolen base in the same game should be called a “combo meal”, “smash-n-grab”, or “Dong Johnson”, what exactly a “mallet finger” is, watching baseball on mute, punting SBs, “Jay Bruce” types, selectively ignoring stats, distracting day games, the loss of the Marlins’ home run sculpture, the difference between being an “eighth-inning guy” and having “closer experience”, reading the closer tea leaves, what Terrance Gore does during batting practice, and much more.Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Hot Corner Ep. 3Timestamps and quotesSEGMENT 1: OPENING WEEK OBSERVATIONS (5:48)Should you care about preseason depth charts/batting orders?: “It’s that easy sometimes — you just don’t know what’s going to happen.”Should David Hess have been allowed to try to complete his no-hit bid?: “This is it. This is your crowning achievement. This is what you’ll be talking in bars 40 years from now. ‘Remember when Ol’ Hessy threw that no-no against the Blue Jays?'”Noah Syndergaard’s living situation: “I don’t buy it. Something about that story is weird…something about it is not true either.”SEGMENT 2: INJURIES (15:08)Trea Turner: “I think it might help [Brian] Dozier a little bit, move him up to the two-hole…” “Alright, well, is he gonna hit the ball?”Daniel Murphy: “Whatever the date [of Murphy’s return] is, I would bet on the ‘over’.”Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar: “At what point do you just say ‘screw it’ with Andujar? Even if he comes back, he’s not gonna be that good.”SEGMENT 3: POTENTIAL WAIVER PICKUPS (26:16)Kolten Wong: “Obviously he’s not gonna keep up this pace — ” “What?! He’s not gonna hit .500?”Tim Beckham/Jay Bruce/Omar Narvaez: “You were saying before ‘I don’t think the Mariners are that bad.’ I think they suck.”Trey Mancini: “For some reason I like [Mancini’s] 24 homers more than Jay Bruce’s 24 homers.”Austin Barnes: “Here’s a reason to think this start is definitely, definitely not gonna last…”Christian Walker/Jorge Soler: “Can I just name a couple guys if you want some pop in your lineup?” “I call it ‘soda’.”SEGMENT 4: CLOSER BATTLES (43:48)Cardinals: “You’re right, [Jordan] Hicks is the closer, but I have a feeling something is gonna happen there.”Brewers: “I’m convinced [Jeffress] is gonna be the closer when he’s ready.”Mariners: “Who has five guys get saves already?” “If you got five, you got none.”Twins: “Something weird is going on with Trevor May.” (Update: This was recorded before Trevor May pitched 1.2 innings on Wednesday.)Marlins: “I really don’t want a big part of this.”Royals: “A: [Brad Boxberger] is not a good pitcher…” “Say that one more time. Say he’s not a good pitcher.” “He’s not a good pitcher.” Orioles: “[Miguel Castro] sounds like the type of guy who’s closed before.”SEGMENT 5: THE MOST IRRELEVANT PLAYER IN BASEBALL (1:07:16)”Doesn’t [player name redacted] sound like a guy who should be playing during March Madness on a mid-major scoring 27 a game?”last_img read more