Indonesia begins large-scale trials of COVID-19 blood plasma therapy

first_imgHe said 364 COVID-19 patients would be recruited for the clinical trials, which were expected to end within three months. He added that convalescent plasma had been shown to be effective in small studies on the treatment of certain infectious diseases, including Ebola and SARSConvalescent plasma can only be administered to COVID-19 patients in emergency situations or for research purposes. Research into its effectiveness and safety is ongoing, but some early results have been encouraging.Slamet said randomized controlled trials would be necessary to prove the treatment’s efficacy. Read also: Experts warn of COVID-19 quackery, false cures“The researchers’ main focus is on the safety and the efficacy of the therapy. For that, Litbangkes supports any efforts from clinicians to perform the convalescent therapy on COVID-19 patients,” he said.The therapy will use blood plasma extracted from recovered patients. The plasma will be injected into severely ill COVID-19 patients in the hope that it will give their immune systems a boost.David H. Muldjono, a researcher from the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology, said that convalescent plasma therapy could be performed on COVID-19 patients who showed moderate to heavy symptoms with pneumonia and hypoxia.  “It’s a therapy. It has not yet been clinically tested globally and does not have any protocols. So we don’t give it in the context of prevention,” he said, adding that the therapy was only for treatment purposes.Subjects of the trial must be at least 18 years old and be currently suffering moderate to heavy symptoms of COVID-19. Subjects will be injected with 200 milliliters of blood plasma twice a day for three days and will be closely monitored for 28 days. The clinical trials are being conducted by Litbangkes in partnership with the Eijkman Institute, the Research and Technology Ministry, the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and several hospitals. (trn)Topics : The Health Ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Litbangkes) began large-scale clinical trials of convalescent blood plasma therapy on COVID-19 patients on Tuesday.Litbangkes acting head Slamet said Fatmawati General Hospital in South Jakarta; Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, West Java; Dr. Ramelan hospital in Surabaya; and Sidoarjo regional hospital in East Java would host the clinical trials. He added that 20 other hospitals would soon follow.“We open the opportunity for interested hospitals to quickly contact Litbangkes so that we can put them on the list [for clinical trials],” Slamet said on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Statement on Pennsylvania Native Harry Bowman, Victim of San Bernardino Shootings

first_img December 04, 2015 National Issues,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on Pennsylvania native Harry Bowman, victim of the San Bernardino shootings:“We are saddened to hear reports that Pennsylvania-native Harry Bowman was among the victims of the senseless violence in San Bernardino, California. On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, Frances and I extend our deepest condolences to the Bowman family and all of our fellow York County residents whom knew him.”# # # Governor Wolf Statement on Pennsylvania Native Harry Bowman, Victim of San Bernardino Shootingscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Southern Utah meets Idaho in Big Sky tourney

first_img March 9, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 10 seed Idaho (8-23, 4-16) vs. No. 7 seed Southern Utah (16-15, 9-11)Big Sky Conference Tourney First Round, CenturyLink Arena, Boise, Idaho; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Idaho is set to face Southern Utah in the first round of the Big Sky tournament. Southern Utah swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last met on Feb. 29, when the Thunderbirds outshot Idaho 54.1 percent to 40.7 percent and hit seven more 3-pointers en route to the 32-point victory. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Southern Utah meets Idaho in Big Sky tourney SENIOR STUDS: Idaho’s Trevon Allen, Quinton Forrest and Marquell Fraser have combined to account for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 77 percent of all Vandals points over the last five games.ACCURATE ALLEN: Allen has connected on 40.3 percent of the 149 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 11 for 23 over his last three games. He’s also converted 81.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Idaho is 0-16 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 8-7 when scoring at least 65.WINNING WHEN: Southern Utah is a perfect 6-0 when the team records nine or more steals. The Thunderbirds are 10-15 when they steal the ball fewer than nine times.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The stout Southern Utah defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39.7 percent, the 23rd-lowest mark in Division I. Idaho has allowed opponents to shoot 44.9 percent through 31 games (ranking the Vandals 277th).___last_img read more

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Allen and Cottoy set up Patriots win over Tallawahs

first_imgAN unbroken 94-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy set St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on their way to a 20-run Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) victory over Jamaica Tallawahs despite Glenn Phillips smashing 87 from 49 balls in reply.The Patriots looked sure to finish below par when skipper Carlos Brathwaite was sixth out with just 82 on the board in the 13th over, but Allen launched a controlled and clinical assault on the Tallawahs bowling and found a willing ally in Cottoy, who would later pick up the all-important wicket of Phillips.Incredibly, Allen and Cottoy were able to add 81 without loss in the last five overs of the Patriots innings as the Tallawahs bowlers lost their way after an exemplary first 15 overs.Openers Devon Thomas and Evin Lewis were both dismissed inside the first three overs, and a promising recovery partnership between Mohammad Hafeez and Laurie Evans ended in a mix-up and the latter superbly run out by Ramaal Lewis.Hafeez, Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite all then fell in the space of 12 balls to leave the Patriots up against it.Allen took an over or two to play himself in, but soon exploded into life. He had just 6 runs to his name from seven balls going into the last five but added another 56 runs from just another 20 deliveries.He started his counter-attack by taking Zahir Khan for four boundaries in the 16th over before driving Jade Dernbach high and handsome over long-off for a Hero Maximum in the next.Shamar Springer was swivel-pulled over long-leg for six more, while Allen took 10 in two balls from Dernbach’s 19th over as the former England bowler’s control deserted him.Cottoy had been the quiet partner through much of the stand, but had some fun of his own in the final over with a lap over long-leg for six and ended unbeaten on 27 from 23. It was Allen, though, who had the final word as he clipped the last ball of the innings past short fine-leg for his seventh four to go with three sixes.That the Tallawahs even got close was almost entirely down to Phillips.He produced what was almost a lone hand – no other Tallawah even scored a boundary until the 11th over, by which point Phillips had struck 12 of them – but was just left with too much to do.Every time a wicket fell – and three fell before the score reached 50 – Phillips had a response. When Gayle succumbed to the early pressure applied by Mohammad Hafeez and Sheldon Cottrell, Phillips took 18 runs from the four balls left in the over. Three times Cottrell was put away through the offside for four, while a straighter delivery disappeared over square-leg.When Chadwick Walton chipped a return catch to Alzarri Joseph, Phillips took a six and a four off Allen in the next.And when Dwayne Smith miscued Joseph to be caught at mid-off, Phillips found the boundary twice before that over was out.By the time Phillips took Brathwaite for back-to-back Hero Maximums in the ninth over, the scorecard had a bizarrely lopsided look to it, with the Tallawahs 79/3 and Phillips having scored 68 of them.He finally got some assistance from a slightly unexpected source, Imran Khan promoted up the order to number five and contributing 20 to a fourth-wicket partnership of 69 before offering a return catch to the deserving Hafeez. That wicket came from his final ball having conceded just 13 in his four overs.That wicket brought Andre Russell to the crease, but on this occasion his stay was a brief one. Going for the big shot first ball he succeeded only in skying Rayad Emrit to Cottrell at midwicket to hand the initiative back to the Patriots.Phillips finally fell in the next, looking for his sixth Hero Maximum of the night but unable to clear Brooks at long-on.Javelle Glen then steered Emrit straight to short third-man to leave the lower order to try and finish the chase. Despite a couple of big hits from Shamar Springer, it proved beyond them.Upcoming Fixtures: Friday 20 September – St Lucia Zouks v Barbados Tridents (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium; Saturday 21 September – St Lucia Zouks v Trinbago Knight Riders (8pm), Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.last_img read more

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Serena Williams Apologizes to Naomi Osaka in Op-Ed for Her Outburst at the US Open

first_imgSerena Williams continues to roll at Wimbledon. She is headed for the semi-finals…but first she had to get something off her chest.In an essay in Harpers Bazaar she apologizes to Naomi Osaka who beat her at the US Open.In the candid, first-person essay, Serena Williams opens up about last year’s controversial match at the US Open—and why she’ll never regret using her voice to speak out against injustice. She just regrets what the circus did to her opponent.last_img

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Miami Dolphins legend Nick Buoniconti dies

first_imgMiami Dolphins professional football Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti has died at the age of 78.Buoniconti  was an 8-time Pro Bowler and one of the signature players on the Dolphins famous ‘No-Name Defense.’He helped lead the team to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances including the team’s 17-0 campaign in 1972 that remains the lone undefeated team in the NFL’s modern era.Buoniconti who died after his struggle with dementia, believed he suffered from CTE due to his football career and in 2017 announced that he would donate his brain for research purposes.He was not only known for his athletic accomplishments but also his active involvement in charity.He famously launched ‘The Buoniconti Fund’ after his son Marc who became paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury while playing football in 1985.The Fund helped launch the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which has become one of the global leaders in neurological research.“Today, with a heavy heart and profound sorrow, my family and the entire Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and Buoniconti Fund community mourn the loss of a man who was truly larger than life, my father, NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti,” Marc Buoniconti said in a statement. “My dad has been my hero and represents what I have always aspired to be: a leader, a mentor and a champion.”Family spokesman Bruce Bobbins said Nick Buoniconti died Tuesday in Bridgehampton, New York.last_img read more

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Steel Sensations Game Day Preview…Bears at Steelers

first_imgThe Steelers are in a rare spot after two weeks, they are 0-2. They’ve never been 2 games under .500 in the Mike Tomlin era until now. If there were ever a must win situation in a week three matchup, this is it. If the black and gold fall to 0-3, the season is all but lost. Yet, if they win the contest, they’ll remain only 1 game out of first place and if the Ravens and Bengals were to both lose, they’d actually be tied for first. The problem is the offense, can they get anything done against a tough Bears defense?Here are the Steelers Keys to Victory:1. The team must figure out a way to get first downs. It sounds ridiculous to even read that but it’s sadly true. They haven’t proven they can move the ball effectively and they must control the ball and finally move it down field on offense. They don’t have to score every time, but they must discontinue the three and outs.2. They need to run the shotgun formation to allow Big Ben more time in the pocket. At this juncture it’s obvious the O line can’t protect him so they must find another way to do so.3. Big Ben needs to be allowed to call his own plays.  Todd Haley has failed miserably in his play calling both last year and now into this season. The offense is far more effective when Ben calls.4. The defense has been solid but has yet to force a turnover. They need to provide the offense some help when it comes to field position and there is no better way than to pick off a pass or recover a fumble.A Few Things To Watch This Week:1. Antonio Brown-He’s not satisfied with the amount of balls going his way and he had a blow up with Todd Haley last week. Will he be a bigger part of this offense?2. The O line-They have to understand that they are getting Ben killed. Will they finally step up and protect their franchise quarterback?3. Ike Taylor-He played one heck of a game last week manning up against AJ Green. He’ll be pitted against a big, physical Brandon Marshall this week. Can he contain him?4. Heath Miller-Will he play? He’s getting close and this could be the week he returns. If he does, how will he impact the struggling offense? Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) listens to offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2015

first_imgMartin Pedroza10211171011%$476,160 Jerry Hollendorfer9619131220%$1,961,070 AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUTTOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA PARKBEHOLDER DRILLS FOR HER RETURN TO THE RACES Rafael Bejarano14635231924%$1,650,364 Philip D’Amato4288719%$419,710 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won James Cassidy4075718%$251,380 Kent Desormeaux10521181120%$1,213,922 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2464525%$129,748 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 14) Elvis Trujillo1231417911%$904,352 Tyler Baze15118151712%$1,157,134 Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Brandon Boulanger755387%$138,886 Ron Ellis3352515%$201,640 Richard Mandella3685722%$386,186 Gary Stevens57108918%$759,472 Carla Gaines2854218%$316,355 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 Hector Palma1962132%$121,400 Corey Nakatani74128916%$640,258 Thomas Proctor2754319%$339,240 Brice Blanc2641315%$162,092center_img Peter Eurton48108721%$481,558 A. C. Avila2051225%$110,974 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Miller831617819%$966,700 Fernando Perez9991089%$431,962 Drayden Van Dyke11914151712%$781,086 Joseph Talamo13314142211%$1,035,114 Victor Espinoza9718201319%$1,235,870 Edwin Maldonado66731011%$270,216 AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘IMPRESSIVE’ IN DRILL FOR BAFFERT            American Pharoah, a leading member of Bob Baffert’s “best crop of three-year-olds in years,” worked five furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita on a picture-perfect morning in 1:00.40 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile prepares for his 3-year-old debut.The Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male 2-year-old of 2014, American Pharoah was clocked in 47.40 for four furlongs under Martin Garcia, who was aboard the bay colt for the 9 a.m. drill.“Very impressive; he was breezing,” said Baffert, who is mulling either the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 7 or the Rebel at Oaklawn Park on March 14 for the handsome bay owned by Ahmed Zayat.“It will be one of them,” Baffert said of the aforementioned two races. “He handled the work pretty well. He’s coming around pretty quickly.”This was American Pharoah’s third recorded breeze since missing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 1 due to a suspensory-related injury.In other news from the Baffert barn, the Hall of Fame trainer said both Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and San Pasqual Stakes winner Hopperunity were on the track Sunday but as for a race, he had “no plans.”Power Jam, who demolished five rivals in a scintillating debut Saturday, winning by 4 ¼ lengths after a series of bullet works, was “no surprise” to Baffert. “He’s a really fast horse, like his sire (Concord Point),” Baffert said.Power Gem was bred in Kentucky by owner Kaleem Shah, who was on hand with his son, Arman, for the race. “Kaleem was so pumped up,” Baffert said.DOLLAR DAY, GRADE II BUENA VISTA ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.            Monday’s feature race is the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.The Grade II race marks the return to Santa Anita of multiple local riding king Joel Rosario, who pilots favored La Tia from the rail for trainer Armando De la cerda under the top weight of 123 pounds.The field for the Buena Vista, race seven on a nine-race program: La Tia, Joel Rosario, 5-2; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Annecdote, Victor Espinoza, 3-1.Uzziel, who finished second at 52-1 in her debut for trainer Keith Desormeaux in Saturday’s Santa Maria Stakes, was scratched. John Sadler697121110%$509,576 Michael Pender2453221%$140,770 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Bob Baffert601213820%$1,177,618 Flavien Prat62105616%$460,846 Martin Garcia7914121118%$1,132,850 Santiago Gonzalez4454911%$154,244 FINISH LINES: Working in company with stablemate Moulin de Mougin, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder went three furlongs Sunday for Richard Mandella as she worked towards her 5-year-old debut. Each horse was clocked in 35.20. “They went nice,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has the Madison Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 as “a possibility” for her comeback race. “There’s no plan,” he said. “It’s a race I might think about, but Beholder is coming along great.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that Kent Desormeaux will ride impressive maiden winner Prospect Park for Cliff Sise Jr. in the San Felipe Stakes on March 7. A son of Tapit, Prospect Park worked six furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:12.20 . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan was non-committal on either the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for Firing Line, who suffered two excruciating head defeats to unbeaten Dortmund in his last two outings. “We won’t make a decision for a few weeks,” Callaghan said . . . Agent Brad Pegram has Mike Smith booked on Kentucky Jockey Club runner-up Imperia for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, while Joe Ferrer has perennial Southern California leader Rafael Bejarano also at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Chandelier Stakes winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, among other stakes mounts . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said Charles Town Classic winner Imperative “probably” will run in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 . . . Former agent Ivan Puhich, who represented Mario Gutierrez when he won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, was a Clockers’ Corner visitor Sunday. “I’m doing great,” said the former Marine, who gets around with a walker but is looking forward to his 89th birthday this Dec. 22. “I’m just old, that’s all.” . . . Congratulations toseven-pound apprentice jockey Brayan Pena onwinning his first race at Santa Anita Saturday. The 25-year-old native of Guatamala piloted the 6-year-old California-bred mare Rich in Tradition to a length-and-a-quarter victory for only her second win from 37 starts for owner/trainer Rafael DeLeon at a $48.80payoff. Agent Susan McBrayer represents Pena . . . All in the family: Alex Solis, represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, won the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Less than an hour later at Santa Anita, Tyler Baze, whose agent is Brandon’s father, Craig, captured the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Warren’s Veneda . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Tiago Pereira7176910%$226,434 Richard Baltas3966315%$234,188last_img read more

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Spotlight on Purewater/JC meet as 2016 track season begins

first_imgThe 2016 series of local development meets kicks off today with the staging of two development meets on the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) calendar.In the Corporate Area, Jamaica College will host the 23rd staging of the Purewater/JC Invitational meet on the school’s grounds, Old Hope Road starting at 8:30 a.m.Out west at the Herbert Morrison High School First Chance meet gets under way at 9 a.m.Most attention will focus on a well supported JC meet. The is a qualifier for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships and athletes will be taking the opportunity to meet qualifying standards early. Meet director, Ian Forbes is very pleased with the support and is anticipating great competition.”More than 1500 athletes have entered and we expect high quality performances as this is an Olympic and World Junior Championships year,” Forbes said.He said entries have come in from all the top high school male and female teams. There will also be events for senior athletes from clubs and institutions.Several high schools have recruited new athletes during last summer and fans will get a chance to see who some of these athletes in action.Among the females are Janelle Fullerton and Rushelle Burton. Fullerton, who did well in the throws for Edwin Allen High last year, has moved to sixth form at St Jago High, while sprint hurdler Burton, formerly of St. Andrew High, has joined up with her former coach, Leacroft Bolt at Camperdown High School.SETTODETHRONECHAMPSJamaica College’s team will be closely watched as there are early whispers that they could be the team to dethrone defending champions Calabar at Champs this year. They have great depth in the field events with outstanding jumpers Obrien Wasome, Clayton Brown and Paketo Dudley among the likely leading performers.Top thrower, Vashon McCarthy, is also now eligible to represent the school after sitting out a full year after exiting Ascot High last year.Action will begin with the 3000m for girls. This will be followed by the boys’ 5000m. Other track events are the 100m, 800m and all sprint hurdles. In the field the events down to be contested are the long, high, and triple jumps along with the discus, shot put and pole vault.last_img read more

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