A.V. study finds children need second chickenpox shot

first_imgIn June, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that children ages4 to6 get a second shot. The vaccine was introduced in 1995 with a recommendation that a child get a shot by age1. The Antelope Valley was chosen for the study because of its relative isolation. The other area being studied was Philadelphia. “It’s an isolated part of L.A. County. There was no way we could have counted all the cases in the county,” said Dr. Laurene Mascola, chief of the Acute Communicable Disease Control branch of the county Department of Health Services. “In the Antelope Valley, there is a separate-enough population. If you lived in the Antelope Valley, it was more likely you stayed there and got the disease and saw a local pediatrician.” The study looked at the number of “breakthrough” cases of varicella that occurred in children who had been vaccinated against the disease. The study found that the annual rate of breakthrough varicella significantly increased with time after vaccination. LANCASTER – In a study that focused on children in the Antelope Valley, researchers found that protection from a chickenpox vaccine tends to wane over time, reinforcing a recommendation that children get a second dose. The Antelope Valley was one of two areas where officials were monitoring the success of the vaccine against varicella, the medical name for chickenpox, as part of a 10-year study. “The study found that protection from varicella vaccine tends to wane over time. The waning immunity may result in increased susceptibility to varicella later in life, when risks of severe complications are greater,” said Curtis Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, concluded that a second dose of the vaccine could improve protection against chickenpox, the itchy and sometimes-dangerous childhood scourge. Children ages 8 to 12 who had been vaccinated at least five years earlier were significantly more likely to have moderate or severe chickenpox than were those who had been vaccinated less than five years earlier. “It seems, over time, your protection against the disease decreases,” Mascola said. The vaccine is not 100percent effective, Allen said. About 15percent to 20percent of children can develop chickenpox although they have been vaccinated. “Typically, breakthrough cases are less severe,” Allen said, than chickenpox in children never vaccinated. More than 11,000 cases of chickenpox were reported among children and adults in the study from 1995 to 2004, and 1,080 of these were breakthrough cases, the study found. “The bottom line was you were very much (more) likely to get breakthrough disease the longer you were (past) getting the first vaccine,” Mascola said. Mascola said children can get the first and recommended second shot with a new multiple vaccine that provides protection against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox – the MMRV. Chickenpox usually strikes preschoolers and children in elementary school. Most often, the effects are no more serious than fever, itchy pustules on the skin and about two weeks of missed school. Chickenpox is rarely fatal but can have serious complications when a lesion becomes infected with bacteria, especially streptococcus. In April 1994, four children with chickenpox in Orange and Los Angeles counties died within weeks of one another after being infected. [email protected] (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Q&A: A’s pitcher Fernando Rodney takes us under his crooked cap

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.It’s safe to say Fernando Rodney is comfortable in his own skin. What else would you expect from the game’s eldest statesman and the No. 2 pitcher on the active saves leader list?If 45-year-old Bartolo Colon retires, the 42-year-old Rodney will assume the mantle of MLB’s most senior citizen.Playing for 10 different teams over 16 seasons, the right-handed, three-time All-Star has amassed 325 saves — second only to Craig …last_img read more

Being Responsive Versus Being Reactive

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now If you are waiting for your clients to need something, you’re being reactive.If you can’t shut down your email and turn off your phone for a couple hours at a time, you’re completely reactive. If you can shut down distractions long enough to do big blocks of focused work, only calling or emailing your clients back when you’re finished, you are being responsive.If you help your clients solve their service issues when they call or email you, you are being reactive. When you help your clients get to the person that owns the transaction on their first call, only escalating calls to you when they need a new outcome, you are being responsive to their real needs. (Hint: You own the outcomes, not the transactions. You don’t often add value as an intermediary)If you wait until your client decides on their next big initiative and bring it to you, you are being reactive. It’s proactive when you respond to the changes you notice in their business and bring them the new big ideas.The problem with being reactive instead of being responsive is that you’re always waiting for something to happen. You’re waiting for the world to act on you before you respond. Something happens and you react. While it’s necessary for you take action when your clients have a need, this is the opposite of being proactive and taking initiative.How much better could you serve your clients if you were responsive instead of reactive? How much more value could you create if you found a way to limit what you have to react to so you can be more proactive?The more reactive you are, the less responsive you can be. You’re too busy reacting to what comes your way instead of doing your most important work.QuestionsHow much of your day is spent on outcomes you were determined to take, not a reaction to what someone else dropped in your lap?Can you be responsive without being reactive?Do you answer your email and your voicemail before you start working on your most important outcomes? How much of you inbox is made up of things that require you to react?What do you need to do to be more proactive and less reactive?last_img read more

PBA D-League: San Sebastian books semis seat, outlasts Che’lu in OT

first_img“My team is preparing for the NCAA, it still needs more experience,” said San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya in Filipino.Jessie Sumoda and Allyn Bulanadi put the finishing touches at the free throw line for San Sebastian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJM Calma led the Golden Harvest with 19 points and 11 rebounds while Bulanadi had 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists.Alex Desoyo also stepped up with 15 as he filled in for RK Ilagan, who fouled out late in regulation. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian survived Che’lu Bar and Grill, 93-87, in overtime Monday to barge into the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.Mario Bonleon made the game-winning basket with 38.6 ticks to go as the Golden Harvest recovered after blowing a 14-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Filoil: UP, Adamson roll past foes Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rey Suerte had a near double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds while Gab Dagangon had 16 points and six rebounds for Che’lu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

TIFF 2016 The splashy parties sure to draw Alist crowds

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TIFF 2016 Aside from the films, a big part of the Toronto International Film Festival is the parties. Each year, there are dozens of splashy events that see celebrities mix and mingle with each other and a select group of industry heavyweights and influencers. Many of the events raise funds for charity and several feature big-name performances.This year is no different. In fact, TIFF 2016 is shaping up to be a year of unique bashes. While some are more intimate, others are so star-studded they’re likely to be talked about for weeks to come.Here are the most covetable tickets in town this TIFF!AMBI Gala When: Wednesday, Sept. 7Where: The Ritz-Carlton, 55 Simcoe St.Why: Hosted by the AMBI Group’s co-founders – Italian-Canadian film producer Andrea Iervolino and businesswoman, producer and philanthropist Lady Monika Bacardi – this event will raise funds for Children’s Aid Foundation and UforChange. Earth, Wind & Fire and The Tenors are set to perform, while James Franco, Martin Short and William Baldwin will be part of the evening’s formal program. Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson, Danny Glover, Paul Sorvino and Heidi Klum are also set to attend. Legendary singer Diana Ross performed at last year’s gala.Maison MoëtWhen: Thursday, Sept. 8 & Friday, Sept. 9Where: 111 King St. E.Why: If you want to sip on something like the stars, this is the bash to try to get into! Presented by Moët & Chandon, it will feature A-list DJs Hannah Bronfman and Jason Palma who will keep the dance floor full of celebs all night long.Producers Ball Presented by FandangoWhen: Friday, Sept. 9Where: IT House x Producers Ball, 128 Peter StreetWhy: This annual event hosted by Drew and Jonathan Scott celebrates the behind-the-scenes work producers do to make films happen. Directors, celebs and other media are also expected to attend.Bungalow 8 Pop Up at The Rooftop LoungeWhen: September 8, 9 & 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: The tight-lipped pop-up nightclub at Thompson’s Rooftop Lounge, Bungalow 8 was a legendary nightspot in NYC popular with celebrities for its private discretion. This year, it’s coming to Toronto for a third year. In 2015, Idris Elba, Darren Aronofsky, Cary Fukunaga, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Luke Evans, Donald Glover and Zachary Levi attended.InStyle GalaWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Windsor Arms, 18 St. Thomas St.Why: A staple of the TIFF circuit, the annual InStyle Gala returns to the Windsor Arms for another year. This is always one of the most star-studded events of the festival because it draws Hollywood heavyweights looking to get away from the public spotlight. Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott return as hosts in 2016.Entertainment Weekly Must List PartyWhen: Saturday, Sept. 10Where: Thompson Hotel, 550 Wellington St. W.Why: This is the second year for this incredibly popular party, though details on what’s happening are scant (organizers don’t want too many secrets leaked about the event!). Last year, the festival’s biggest stars swung by the party, including Sandra Bullock, Tom Hiddleston, Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt and Brie Larson.Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice 2016 Festival FairWhen: Sunday, Sept. 11Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin TerraceWhy: This annual benefit marks its eighth year at the film festival, as usual raising funds and awareness for Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ). This year’s co-hosts include Maria Bello, Jeremy Renner, Catherine Keener and Maxwell, while APJ board members Paul Haggis, Pascal Raffy, George Stroumboulopoulos and more will attend. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Why Cant The Rockets Be The Warriors

We’ve seen all this before. And it was not so long ago.On Tuesday night, with his Houston Rockets up 2 against the streaking Portland Trail Blazers, a little more than three minutes on the clock, James Harden made a three. A few possessions later, he made another. The Rockets won 115-111 to go to 57-14 on the season, best in the NBA and four games up on the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. On both shots, Harden took what would have been called hero ball shots in another context. No other Rocket touched the ball; everyone in the arena knew what Harden would do, and how. Harden has made these shots his signature and his team’s by finding success where others have found only stacks of Rudy Gay box scores. And while the league has come to view the shot as not just unguardable but reliable, it has at times waffled on whether Harden’s team can be trusted. Funny, given the recent history of ascendant teams led by star guards with an unguardable shot.Just a few seasons ago, a team was led by two star guards who hadn’t found much success in the postseason thanks to a history of injuries and bad fortune. It featured a young big man who anchored the defense and epitomized a key facet of modern offenses. It boasted a sixth man who would have been a featured starter on practically any other team, a roster loaded down with dead-eye marksmen and a fleet of versatile wings who could switch assignments and not fall down. This team won the NBA title.(Key: Steph, Klay, Draymond, Andre, just about everyone else, and the top-ranked 2014-15 defense.)The 2014-15 Golden State Warriors were an unexpected development. The team had won 51 games the previous season under then-coach Mark Jackson, and the roster was largely unchanged coming into that season. Once the season began, however, it was clear that something was very different. Golden State won 21 of its first 23 games and finished the season with 67 wins, ranked first in defensive rating and, importantly, second in offensive rating, up from 12th the season before. Yet a broad set of NBA observers doubted that a team playing the way the Warriors did could win a title, even after they’d already won it.This season, the Rockets ran out to a 25-4 record before losing seven of nine games. In each of the losses, they were missing Harden, Chris Paul or Clint Capela. Since then, Houston has lost just three times in 33 games. FiveThirtyEight’s projections expect the Rockets to win 67 games total, up from their tally of 55 last season. They have the top-rated offense not just this season, but for as long as Basketball-Reference.com has been keeping track. They sneak into the top 10 on defense this season as well, an improvement on 18th the previous season. They’re flat good. But you know that by now. What’s important here is that when a team is this good, regardless of what its doubters say, the question isn’t whether it has arrived but whether it will win the title or merely its conference.There are a few ways to slice this. Since 1983-84, this year’s Houston team ties for 20th among all teams in net rating (the difference between points scored and points allowed per 100 possessions) through 71 games. That’s a bigger deal than it may seem, for a few reasons. First, the teams ahead of this season’s Rockets are immensely accomplished. They include four Michael Jordan teams, three Tim Duncan teams, two Laker teams — one Shaq and Kobe, another Magic and Kareem — one Kevin Garnett Celtics team and, of course, the past three versions of the Golden State Warriors. In general, teams at Houston’s level at least win the conference. The teams that didn’t make the finals tended to have extenuating circumstances. The 2012-13 Thunder, for instance, were the top seed in the West but lost Russell Westbrook in the first round and fell to Memphis in the second. The 2011-12 Chicago Bulls lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose in the first game of the first round. And the 2015-16 Spurs faced an exceptionally high level of competition, losing in the second round to a Thunder team that went up 3-1 on the Warriors.1These rankings tend to be sticky. Meaning that the list after 25 games looks a lot like the list after 45 games, which looks a lot like the list after 65 games. Teams shift around a few places, but they do not tend to bomb in or out of the rarified neighborhood. We know that the early season is predictive in sports because players tend to be healthy and rested, but it’s also good to remember that teams playing at an all-time level are seldom flukes.Net rating isn’t the only factor in which Houston is dominating, and as Benjamin Morris wrote for FiveThirtyEight a few seasons back, margin of victory is actually far less predictive in the playoffs than it is in the regular season. In fact, it’s Houston’s wins that make it a playoff force. In the postseason, the difference between two teams’ win totals is much more predictive than margin of victory. If the Rockets finish with 67 wins and the Warriors finish with their projected 61, Morris’s data from his 2016 article suggests that given home court advantage, Houston would win a series 70 percent of the time — even if the two teams were dead-even on margin of victory.The Rockets may not be quite as good as the Warriors were in that first season or as Golden State was in the 73-win 2015-16 campaign. But, then, neither are this year’s Warriors. The team’s injury troubles and continuing sloppiness have turned it into a merely dominant team, not an all-time one. Even if we grant the Warriors a few extra victories because their injury problems have been worse than Houston’s, it would make a prospective series between the two a coin flip, not heavily slanted toward Golden State.And like the Warriors, the Rockets aren’t simply unguardable as a team: They have a player who has mastered an unguardable manner of playing. Harden doesn’t have the same switchblade release as Curry — he can’t dart around a ball screen and have a shot in the air before his man can turn his head. What Harden can do is get just about any switch he wants, thanks to the level at which he and Paul are running the pick and roll, and then, in isolation, he can walk into his now-trademark step-back threes.The pull-up three is increasingly a staple of modern offenses, as defenses have adjusted to the off-ball maneuvering that good offenses use to free up shooters. Harden leads the league in pull-up threes per game, taking 8.0 and making 39.0 percent of them. Paul is third on the list, taking 5.2 per game and making 38.5 percent of them.2The Blazers’ Damian Lillard sits between the two at 5.4 pull-up threes per game. As a team, the Rockets are taking 16.5 pull-up threes per game and making 35.9 percent. The next-closest team, the Los Angeles Clippers, takes 10.0 per game. Even if its primary pick-and-roll engine sputters, Houston has an entire extra, independent dimension to carry its offense through dry spells, like Curry’s pull-ups or like Kevin Durant’s mastery of contested shots in last summer’s finals.Nothing the Rockets could do this season would make them meaningful favorites to most NBA fans against a healthy Warriors team in the playoffs. Nothing the Warriors could do would do that, either. That’s probably correct: There are many things most projection systems, like FiveThirtyEight’s CARM-Elo, can’t spot, such as player injury, which undermine the edge Houston holds by the numbers. Golden State is a dominant champion with what is now a considerable track record of excellence. It’s tough to be favored heavily against that. But there is also now sufficient evidence to declare that Houston is squarely in Golden State’s weight class, just as there was for Golden State when it arrived on the scene.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (March 22, 2018, 5:15 p.m.): A previous version of this article mistakenly said that James Harden played in Houston’s Jan. 4 loss to Golden State. He was out with a strained hamstring. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday April 26 2018

Things That Caught My EyeDraft Day!It’s the first day of the NFL draft, meaning that enormous financial concerns are about to publicly gamble in prime time television, which is always pretty cool. Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is the top running back prospect in this year’s draft and will likely go very early in the evening. But a team betting on a workhorse running back isn’t always the sure bet it was once considered. From 2006 to 2015, there were only three running backs drafted in the top five, and to some extent they never really panned out for their teams. Since then, we’ve had the phenomenal Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott going each at 4th. Barkley could join them if he joins the Giants at No. 2 or Browns at No. 4. [FiveThirtyEight]‘The Blind Side’ is overIn the aftermath of “The Blind Side,” which extolled the virtues of the left tackle position and lead to a commensurate skyrocketing to the value of those players, teams appeared to undervalue guards compared to tackles. In the 32-team era, 62 tackles were drafted in the first round of the draft compared to 14 guards. That may be changing, since 2013 the total value of draft picks for left tackles has been essentially in free fall since the post-2006 highs. [FiveThirtyEight]Oldest sport adapts to new realitiesThe International Association of Athletics Federations, which governs the world of track and field, will implement new regulations regarding testosterone levels for elite female athletes. Most women have testosterone levels ranging from 0.12 to 1.79 nanomoles per liter, while most men have 7.7 to 29.4 nanomoles per liter. The regulations — which will undoubtably fuel controversy from literally every angle, and that’s okay — will impact women who have testosterone levels above 5.0 nanomoles per liter, and would require them to choose between hormone therapy, not competing internationally, or competing against men. [The New York Times]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Winnipeg, city of miseryA new calculation for the quantified metropolitan sports misery score that counts not only the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL but also the MLS and Canadian Football League puts the Canadian city of Winnipeg over perennial sports drought cities like Cincinnati and Buffalo to have the most yearning-for-a-win fans. [The 10 and 3]Tsunami of corruptionA draft report published Wednesday by the Independent Review of Integrity in Tennis follows up on earlier investigations from the BBC and BuzzFeed to find evidence of match-fixing in the sport, particularly at lower levels. The report found 20 unnamed high-level players who lost at least one suspicious match from 2005 to 2008. [BuzzFeed]World Cup getting called from statesideFox Sports is rolling out details about its play calling teams for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Given the lack of an American presence at the cup — the United States failed to qualify — Fox elected to pare back its footprint in Russia proper and will have only one of five announced crews actually in Russia. [World Soccer Talk, The Associated Press]Big Number(s)161.4Looking at a stat called five-year approximate value, the hoarde of valuable draft picks held by the Cleveland Browns is truly formidable. Overall, the Browns have a total draft expected value of 161.4, which is head and shoulders above their nearest competitors, the Bills (124.3), Colts (122.1) and Broncos (116.4). The Browns are poised for a guaranteed consequential couple of days, for better or for worse. [The Washington Post]Leaks from Slack: neil:MLB Now talking about 8 teams currently being on pace for 100+ losses…. wonder how that compares to other seasons via something more rigorous like Elo?natesilver:we have two teams projected for 100+, and 2 more for 99plus one at 97 and one at 95seems like a lot for this early in the seasonneil:TankFest ’18Predictions NBA See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetThe past few weeks of the Overwatch League have been outstanding We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more