Ireland ‘passed worst of pandemic this year’

first_img Twitter Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Ireland has passed the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic this year, according to the Deputy Chief Medical Officer.Dr Ronan Glynn says he’s hopeful people won’t have to go through what happened in January, again.NPHET’s reporting “steady progress” against all indicators of the disease, with the latest figures showing 829 new cases and 6 deaths – 9 of the new cases were in Donegal.Meanwhile the numbers in public hospitals are down around 46 per cent from its peak last month to 1,100, while 175 patients are in ICU.As of last night there were 68 confirmed cases in Letterkenny University Hospital, 4 in ICUDr Ronan Glynn says there are many reasons to be optimistic:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Ireland ‘passed worst of pandemic this year’center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – February 9, 2021 AudioHomepage BannerNews FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Previous articleSignificant decrease in Covid-19 cases reported in Donegal this eveningNext articleGovernment urged to close digital divide News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

New push aims to find cure for Aids virus

first_img Share Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle New push aims to find cure for Aids virus by: – June 1, 2011 Share By Jane Dreaper,Health correspondent, BBC NewsHIV finds ways to elude the body’s immune systemMore investment is needed to find a cure for HIV, the new head of the International Aids Society has said.Bertrand Audoin admits this might take as long as 25 years, but he says a cure is the only way to keep ahead of the HIV epidemic in the long term during tough financial times.Sunday sees the 30th anniversary of the first medical reports of a new illness.Some experts have warned that talk of a cure could lead to false hopes, and developing a vaccine would be better.Mr Audoin said: “It is the right moment – from the scientific and financial point of view – to invest more time and money in researching a cure.“There is already some basic science in this area. We know that some people who are on HIV treatment can contain the virus in a way which makes them unable to infect other people.“So we think further work could help us develop a functional cure, which would allow the virus to remain latent in the body, without people feeling sick or needing treatment. That’s the goal.”Fast epidemicMr Audoin ran a French Aids organisation called Sidaction, before heading the IAS – an organisation of 18,000 health professionals and activists.He said: “At the moment, for every one person beginning treatment in badly affected countries in Africa, two people get infected with HIV in that time. “So treatment with anti-retroviral drugs isn’t the only solution in the long run.“It could take 25 years before we find a cure – and the hardest part will be convincing donor governments and other funding organisations to put money into research.“But if we don’t invest in the science, the epidemic will go faster than our work on it – and the financial situation will make it more difficult to put people on treatment.”False hopesThe IAS has convened a working group of international researchers to develop a strategy that might lead to a cure. It is due to deliver a draft report at the end of the year.The group is co-chaired by Professor Francoise Barre-Sinoussi, who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering HIV.A virologist at University College London, Professor Robin Weiss, said: “Much as I would love to see one, the word ‘cure’ can lead to false hopes.“I don’t believe you can cure HIV infection, but you can keep the amount of virus down.“I would prefer to see a vaccine so we can stop people being infected in the first place. But we’re still years away from having one for HIV.”Next week, heads of governments will attend a high-level UN meeting on Aids in New York. Negotiations have already begun to look at the wording of a final declaration.Mr Audoin said: “Some of us are fighting for very simple words to be put in the declaration – for example, mentioning condoms – but we are not sure if that will happen.“There is a trend in some governments to think that we’ve done enough on HIV, or that everything has failed. We need to keep developing our programmes.”center_img Share Tweet 168 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Remi Garde the latest link in Premier League’s French connection

first_img Three Premier League titles and six FA Cup triumphs has etched Wenger into English football folklore. He arrived as an unknown from Grampus Eight but revolutionised the Gunners and won the double in just his second season. The invincible campaign of 2003-04 has gone down in history and while Arsenal have not won the league since – leading to criticism of Wenger – he remains one of the best managers in the Barclays Premier League era. GERARD HOULLIER – LIVERPOOL (1998-2004) AND ASTON VILLA (2010-11) Houllier initially arrived as joint manager with Roy Evans but eventually took sole charge at Anfield. Houllier failed to win the title but did complete a famous treble in 2001 when Liverpool won the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup. After leaving in 2004 he returned to England six years later for a brief and unsuccessful spell at Aston Villa, although he broke the club’s transfer record when signing Darren Bent for £24million in 2011. JEAN TIGANA – FULHAM (2000-03) The former Arsenal midfielder, who played under Arsene Wenger with the Gunners, is the second Frenchman to take charge of Villa. Here Press Association Sport looks at how his fellow countrymen coped in the top flight. ARSENE WENGER – ARSENAL (1996-present) Remi Garde becomes just the sixth permanent French manager in Barclays Premier League history after being appointed as Aston Villa’s new boss. The former France international was a surprise choice with Fulham still in the old First Division at the time. But in his first full season at the Cottage he helped Fulham to the top flight and set a record by winning their first 11 games of the season, claiming the title with 101 points. He took Fulham to an FA Cup semi-final and into the UEFA Cup but was sacked in April 2003 with the club facing relegation before replacement Chris Coleman saved them. JACQUES SANTINI – TOTTENHAM (2004) A huge flop at White Hart Lane, Santini’s reign spanned just 13 games. He joined from France after taking the national team to the Euro 2004 quarter-finals – where they lost to eventual winners Greece – but struggled to settle in north London. Santini started well and was unbeaten in his first seven matches but then won just once more before resigning for personal reasons, his last game being a 2-0 defeat to Fulham. ALAIN PERRIN – PORTSMOUTH (2005) The current China coach lasted just 231 days at Fratton Park and only managed four wins in 21 games after joining in April 2005. His biggest highlight was a 4-1 derby win over Southampton which pushed the Saints closer to relegation. But just two wins from 14 games in 2005-06 saw him axed in November – paving the way for Harry Redknapp’s return to Portsmouth. Press Associationlast_img read more