COVID ICU patients’ survival rate has improved: Study

first_imgStudy authors offered several explanations, including “rapid learning that has taken place on a global scale due to the prompt publication of clinical reports early in the pandemic.” They also suggested that hospital ICUs might have been under greater pressure early in the pandemic.Doctors have reported progress in learning enough about the highly contagious virus to have a better grasp of key problems for many patients, although much work remains to be done on the development of treatments and preventive vaccines.The researchers said their findings could reflect the time for long ICU stays to show up in the data, noting that nearly a third of UK ICU admissions lasted more than 28 days and 9% lasted more than 42 days.The authors emphasized that the recent COVID-19 ICU mortality rate of around 40% is still much higher than the 22% for other viral pneumonias.”Optimistically, as the pandemic progresses, we may be coping better with COVID-19,” they said. The death rate for COVID-19 intensive care patients has dropped by about one-third since the start of the pandemic, due at least in part to better hospital care, a review of published studies found.The global analysis of 24 observational studies of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, was published on Wednesday in the journal Anaesthesia.The research, led by Professor Tim Cook of England’s Royal United Hospitals Bath, found the overall mortality rate of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) has fallen from almost 60% since the end of March to 42% at the end of May. The rate was not significantly different across Europe, Asia and North America. Topics :last_img read more

Here’s What Can Happen In An Internet Minute [Infographic]

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… [Update: The infographic referenced was produced in 2012, not 2013, and the article has been updated to reflect that.]Images courtesy of Intel. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt If you were to guess how many people logged in to Facebook in a single minute, what would you say? 10,000? 100,000? According to a new infographic posted by Intel, it’s a staggering 277,000 logins every minute, even as six million Facebook pages are getting viewed in that same period.The scale of the Internet is something that most of us have trouble understanding, because the numbers are so staggeringly big. That’s why infographics like the one Intel put together last year are so helpful — by breaking down the Internet into what happens in one minute, the numbers are at least a little more manageable.(See also: Peta, Exa, Yotta And Beyond: Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions [Infographic])And it will do nothing but grow. By 2015, Intel estimates, the number of Internet connections will double that of the world’s population.Get out the popcorn and take a look at the infographic for more figures that will stretch your perception of what can happen in a single minute. (Click the image for a full-size version.) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Intel#Internet last_img read more

Match EQ in Final Cut Pro X: An Audio Secret Weapon

first_imgOne little known audio tool in Final Cut Pro X is Match EQ, a quick way to match sound properties from one clip to another.Ever sat down to edit and had major audio inconsistencies from shot to shot?  Maybe a scene was recorded over the course of a few days and something about the audio setup changed each day.  Perhaps two different sounding mics were used to capture the audio from multiple characters or interviewees.Inconsistencies in the sound of your audio is not only unprofessional, it’s terribly distracting.  You could manually tweak the EQ of the different audio clips to try and obtain a common sound.  For Final Cut Pro X users however, there’s a better way.The Final Cut Pro X Match EQ function takes much of the ‘guess work’ out of matching the audio between shots.  Taken from Apple’s more robust Logic audio software, Match EQ quickly applies the audio qualities of one clip to another.In the following video tutorial Sam McGuire from CreativeCow.net, you’ll see that using Match EQ in FCPX is almost as easy as copying the audio qualities of one clip and pasting them on to another.  Of course, there’s more complex customization you can apply (smoothing, modifying frequencies, etc),  and Sam will touch on those adjustments as well.The audio tools in Final Cut Pro X are far superior to previous FCP versions, with Match EQ being a robust and welcome addition.last_img read more

Compression fracture

first_imgIn a compression fracture the body of the bone tissue of the vertebra collapses. This can occur because of trauma or a disease process such as osteoporosis or a tumor.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

Victoria Stilwell Joins Campaign To End UK Dog Experiments

first_imgIt’s Me or the Dog presenter Victoria Stilwell is the latest high-profile supporter backing the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign.Victoria Stilwell Joins BUAV CampaignCredit/Copyright: BUAV/Parker Smith PhotographyThe campaign, which launched in July, last year, is calling on the UK Government to end the use of dogs and cats in experiments.Government statistics show that 3,214 dogs suffered in tests in Great Britain in 2012 – a 6% increase for dogs on the previous year.Most experiments carried out on dogs are for toxicity testing. The dogs may be injected with or force fed drugs and chemicals and then observed for signs of adverse (toxic) effects including vomiting, internal bleeding and organ damage, seizures – even death. They are killed at the end of the experiment.Victoria said: “I have met thousands of wonderful dogs throughout my career and it is heart-breaking to think that dogs are still suffering in experiments. Dogs are our best friends and deserve to experience companionship, the excitement of going for a walk and the comfort and safety of a loving home. It is truly saddening that, in the UK, thousands of dogs are born to suffer and die inside laboratories. I know just how varied and wonderful the canine character can be and how much dogs enrich our lives. That is why I am supporting the BUAV Our Best Friends campaign. Please join me and get involved to put an end to the use of dogs in research in the UK.”Chief Executive of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said: “We are delighted that Victoria has chosen to join our campaign to end the terrible suffering. Millions of families throughout the UK share their homes and lives with cats and dogs and will be shocked to learn that thousands of them are used every year in experiments. We call on the Government to end the use of our best friends in research.Jilly Cooper, Kimberly Wyatt and Chris Packham all posed with their own dogs for portraits to raise awareness for the campaign. Other high-profile supporters calling for an end to these experiments include Ricky Gervais, Helen Skelton, Kirsty Gallacher, Greg Rutherford, Ann Widdecombe, Paul O’Grady, Dave Spikey, Mary McCartney and Wendy Turner Webster.Find out more here.last_img read more

ASPCA And Animal Planet Present Second Chance Dogs

first_imgAs its 150th anniversary approaches in April, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) partners with Animal Planet to take viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center.SECOND CHANCE DOGS – premiering Saturday, April 16, at 9 AM ET/PT during PETopia, Animal Planet’s pet-programming block – follows six dogs on their journeys from frightened canines to forever companions.Rescued from hoarding cases, puppy mills and other atrocities, these animals have lived their lives in constant fear and neglect, resulting in extreme distrust of humans and at times complete catatonia. These conditions make them unsuitable for adoption, which puts their lives at grave risk. ASPCA behavior experts at the New Jersey-based center accepts these dogs from across the country into their rehabilitation program to give them a second chance at a life they deserve. Each rescued animal that comes into the facility has suffered different emotional and physical abuse ranging from living in cages barely big enough to move around to fearing the touch of anyone. During the course of their stay, the experts work with these dogs to improve their quality of life and give them hope of a new, happy life.SECOND CHANCE DOGS is produced for Animal Planet by Dog Files Media. The one-hour special was written, directed and edited by Kenn Bell. ASPCA and Dog Files are executive producers. Meredith Russell is associate producer for Animal Planet.last_img read more