Italy to extend restrictions when Christmas ends

After establishing harsh restrictions during Christmas, including the maintenance of the curfew at 10 pm and the closure of bars and restaurants, which can only sell takeout, the Italian Government is considering continuing with these and other measures when the holidays are over to try to avoid a spike in coronavirus infections. Among the sectors sacrificed will be education again, as various regions announced this Monday that they are delaying the reopening of face-to-face classes in secondary schools, initially scheduled for this Thursday, January 7. Territories like Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia postpone it until at least February.

Health authorities They fear that in the coming days there will be an increase in the number of infected people due to the increased sociability during Christmas celebrations. Despite the fact that throughout this period only two people with whom one does not live are allowed to invite to one’s own home, Pierpaolo Sileri, Deputy Minister of Health, acknowledged that there had been “a greater risk of exposure.” That is why the Government plans to approve a new decree with subsequent measures to minimize the risk of a third wave of the pandemic.

Among the restrictions that are being considered, according to the local media, is the maintenance of the prohibition on mobility in the regions and the invitation of more than two people to their own home. Bars and restaurants would have to remain closed, although they may be allowed to open only on weekends. These measures will be in effect at least until January 15. The Executive also plans to tighten the conditions required for the regions to go from the red level (which means almost total closure), to orange and yellow.

Italy registered 348 deaths from coronavirus on Monday and 10,800 new cases, detected with almost 78,000 tests, a relatively low number. The percentage of positives was 13.8%. “At this moment we are verifying the results of the shopping days prior to Christmas,” said Agostino Miozzo, coordinator of the Technical-Scientific Committee that advises the Government, referring to the agglomerations that occurred in the commercial areas of the cities some time ago. two weeks. Miozzo hoped that the “painful” restrictions on the Christmas period would lead to a fall in the epidemiological curve.

Italy is expected to receive a second shipment on Tuesday with 470,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer Biontech, although there is a serious delay in the supply of the first vials. The country has inoculated the serum to 122,000 people so far, using only 25% of the vials received. The very slow rate of vaccination in some regions, with flagrant cases such as Lombardy (less than 4%) or Sardinia, where the campaign has not even started, has provoked criticism from the central government to the regions, which have transferred health responsibilities .

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Most hospitalized Covid-19 patients have at least one symptom six months later

R. Ibarra

Madrid

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More than three-quarters of COVID-19 patients have at least one symptom six months after the disease, according to research published in “The Lancet.”

The study, which has analyzed the long-term effects of COVID-19 infection in people hospitalized in Wuhan (China), reveals that the most common symptom that persists is fatigue or muscle weakness (63% of patients), and patients also experience difficulty sleeping (26%) and anxiety or depression in 23%.

Those who were seriously ill had a poorer lung function and chest abnormalities found on imaging tests, which could indicate organic damage, six months after the onset of symptoms.

In addition, the levels of neutralizing antibodies were reduced by more than half (52.5%) after this time in 94 patients whose immune response was evaluated at the peak of the infection, which raises concern about the possibility of reinfection.

Little is known about the long-term health effects of COVID-19, as few follow-up studies have been conducted so far. Those that have been carried out analyzed only a small number of cases during a short follow-up period (usually around three months after discharge).

The most common symptom that persists is fatigue or muscle weakness and patients also experience difficulty sleeping and anxiety or depression

“Because this is a new disease, we are beginning to understand some of its long-term effects on patients,” says Bin Cao of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and Capita Medical Universityl.

He adds: ‘Our analysis indicates that the majority of patients continue to live with at least some of the effects of the virus after leaving the hospital, highlighting the need for post-discharge care, particularly for those experiencing severe infections. . The work also underscores the importance of conducting longer follow-up studies in larger populations to understand the full spectrum of effects of COVID-19 in people.».

The new study included 1,733 COVID-19 patients who were discharged from Jin Yin-tan Hospital in Wuhan, China, between January 7 and May 29, 2020. The patients had a mean age of 57 years.

All were interviewed using questionnaires to assess their symptoms and related quality of life. They also underwent physical exams, lab tests, and a six-minute stress test to measure the patients’ resistance levels. Patients with more severe disease performed worse on the stress test.

The authors found that some patients developed kidney problems after discharge. In addition to the lungs, Covid-19 is known to affect other organs, including the kidney. Laboratory tests revealed that 13% (107/822) of patients whose kidney function was normal while in hospital had reduced kidney function during follow-up.

In a linked comment, Monica Cortinovis, Norberto Perico and Giuseppe Remuzzi, from the Mario Negri IRCCS Institute of Pharmacological Research (Italy), point out that “the study of is relevant and timely”, although, they add, because only 4% entered in an intensive care unit, «information on long-term consequences in this particular cohort is inconclusive».

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Unison promotes psychoeducational program to support the well-being of older adults and children

Posted note: 2021-01-11

Hermosillo, Sonora, January 11, 2020.- The University of Sonora has the Psychoeducational Program available to the entire community to promote well-being in the family. A resource to support family caregivers – older adults and children – an effort led by Miriam Teresa Domínguez Guedea, professor at the Department of Psychology and Communication Sciences.

This program can be taken free of charge by those who have an interest in the subject and especially by people who care for their elderly relatives, children and / or adolescents.

“This action consists of a series of animated videos on a YouTube channel that offers psychological guidance for managing the well-being of those who care for other people,” he said.

He indicated that among the contents there will be found bases to understand the crisis in the human experience, foundations and strategies to strengthen well-being and psychological resources, enhance communication oriented to the appreciative understanding of emotional needs, as well as resolution skills in the management of difficulties .

He reported that the complementary contents of the Program contain exercise routines and procedures to promote functionality and physical well-being in older adults and caregivers, as well as recommendations for healthy eating for the whole family. In the project, he highlighted, a Program Support Manual was also prepared, which can be requested by sending a message to the email [email protected]

Likewise, he pointed out that the invitation to all people to visit the YouTube channel Cuidamos Familiares (www.youtube.com/channel/UCF6VmhiWSf9GXfFbuE2AhhA) has been extended, as well as to make use of this support resource for the entire community. The presentation video of the Program is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXwVM_1-V78.

The academic of the Postgraduate in Health Sciences highlighted that the project was supported by the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), in its Call for Projects of Universal Access to Knowledge in the face of the Covid-19 Emergency.

Importance of the program

Domínguez Guedea commented that worldwide the number of older adults who require daily care is increasing, and that in Latin American countries this process occurs in a worrying way, given the social and health difficulties experienced by a significant part of the population.

To this circumstance, he added, is added the current health crisis due to covid-19, in which people aged 60 years and over are among the groups with the greatest vulnerability in terms of morbidity and mortality.

“Daily care tends to generate important economic, physical and emotional demands, which are commonly absorbed by one or a few members of the family, mostly women, middle-aged, with additional hours of work for employment, domestic demands and care more members in the family; for example, minors, “said the academic.

He stated that sociocultural premises still prevail in Latino contexts that normalize this overload of tasks as a responsibility that belongs only to those who care, and that consequently social and institutional support mechanisms are scarce.

“Thus, it is not surprising that caregivers feel stressed by the amount and diversity of demands they face every day,” he said. For this reason, the Psychoeducational Program offers a support resource that enhances the capacities of caregivers to face the challenges that daily care imposes, even more so in these times of pandemic.

Project Collaborators:

Miriam Teresa Domínguez made reference to the fact that in the project she has had the valuable collaboration of academics and students from the Department of Psychology and Communication Sciences and the Postgraduate in Health Sciences of the University of Sonora, researchers from El Colegio de Sonora, professionals from the General Directorate for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of the State Secretariat of Health, as well as psychotherapists from Civil Society Organizations (Jiapsi-Centro de Desarrollo Personal, Familiar y de Pareja, AC; Red Sonora de Apoyo Psychosocial in Crisis, AC, and Dorita de Ojeda Therapy and Rehabilitation Center).

They have also shared their experience and knowledge for the integration of program content, caregivers, children, adolescents and older adults from different parts of the republic.

Likewise, he highlighted the work of the academic Marcela Martínez Preciado and the student Ana Abygail Guzmán Ríos, from the Laboratory of Digital Content Production of the Bachelor of Communication Sciences, who produced the videos that make up the psychoeducational series.

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Bitcoin: experts say it can reach 400 thousand dollars – News Technology – Technology


Bitcoin, the most widely used cryptocurrency, which has beaten its all-time highs several times this week, to exceed $ 40,000, could reach $ 50,000 in the coming months and even $ 400,000 in the long term, according to experts consulted by EFE.

Diego Morín, IG analyst, believes that the cryptocurrency could reach $ 50,000 before March due to the high demand for bitcoins by institutional investors.

(It may interest you: Why has the price of bitcoin risen so much?)

“The rise of the cryptocurrency is due to the decision of large investment funds to introduce bitcoins into their portfolios and to the incorporation of the cryptocurrency in payment platforms such as PayPal,” says Morín.

Javier Castro-Acuña, Bitnovo’s head of business control, finds it difficult to anticipate the valuation of bitcoin in a certain time, although he explains that, according to recognized entities in the world of finance such as JP Morgan or Guggenheim Partners, the cryptocurrency could reach be worth between $ 146,000 and $ 400,000 in the future.

Ramón Ferraz, CEO of 2gether, assures that JP Morgan’s forecast that Bitcoin could hit $ 146,000 in the long run “not an exaggeration.”

(Also read: Why are changes in WhatsApp policies causing so much controversy?)

According to Ferraz, the digital currency will continue to rise in the future even if there is a temporary drop associated with the collection of profits by investors, since “the cryptocurrency is gaining strength as a safe haven to replace gold and as a reserve asset of organizations and who knows if of States “.

However, other experts such as Marc Sansó, CEO and founder of Elsebits and professor at EAE Business School, do not consider it possible to specify what the value of bitcoin will be in the future.

“We do not know and we would also dare to say that anyone who says a figure is lying. We are in front of a book bubble, there has been an average volatility of 69% in the last month, which is amazing,” he says.

(We recommend reading: Google Faces New UK Antitrust Investigation)

For Sansó, some of the reasons for the rise in bitcoin in recent weeks are the excessive liquidity of the market, the limited supply, the call effect generated by the media and the increase in the number of “traders” (operators) in the cryptocurrency market.

The EAE Business School professor believes that another cause of the rise in cryptocurrency is that investors are perceiving the digital currency as a hedge against inflation.

In recent weeks, other digital currencies such as ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum technology network, have also increased in value in the cryptocurrency market. Javier Castro Acuña is confident that its value will continue to grow, since the Ethereum network “It is the blockchain that more developers are working on and it is the gateway to decentralized finance, a financial world that exploded last summer. and that it has exponential growth potential. ”

(Also: Elon Musk surpassed Bezos and is the richest man in the world)

Ramón Ferraz expresses himself in the same vein, who believes that ether and bitcoin have a journey. “Ether, like bitcoin, enjoy network effects in the use cases they offer, which means that it is very difficult for any other cryptocurrency to compete with them,” he says.

Furthermore, Ferraz is confident that the launch of the Ethereum 2.0 network will make the cryptocurrency much more efficient, which will increase its use among investors.

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The Wilds Season 2 is coming

The new drama series The Wilds has only been available on Amazon Prime Video since the beginning of December. After the end of the first season left some questions unanswered, there is now the certainty that it will continue. The Wilds is getting a second season.

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The European Union and the United Kingdom extend the negotiation period

The The European Union and the United Kingdom will extend the long negotiation of a free trade agreement “one more mile”, as confirmed this Sunday by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in a joint statement. The decision is the product of apparent approach of positions on the mechanisms of supervision and sanctions in the area of ​​fair competition.

“We had a useful telephone conversation this morning,” the statement said. «Our negotiating teams have worked day and night in recent days and, despite exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations and deadlines being missed time and time again, we believe you are responsible at this time go one more mile. Accordingly, we have directed our negotiators to continue the talks to see if an agreement can be reached even if it is so late.

Community and British sources had already advanced this week that the only real deadline is December 31, when the transition phase ends in which the United Kingdom remains in the common market and the customs union. Approval of the deal by the European and British Parliaments can be swift, and EU procedural experts have asserted that there are technical avenues for implementing the deal on an interim basis, before ratification by your House.

The extension could be justified by the EU waiver of a clause introduced ten days ago by Michel Barnier’s negotiating team, in a draft of the treaty, in the chapter on fair competition. This condition established the response mechanisms to the divergence of one of the parties in labor or environmental regulations that are now identical.

The British Government considered unacceptable for the EU to award itself the role of judge and party, giving Brussels an automatic right to sanction London with generic tariffs, if British regulations did not copy in a short time any decision in those areas taken by the Union . Boris Johnson added to the British media, following the release of the statement, that positions remain “far apart” and that “most likely” is a march without agreement.

Intentions

The approach would be based on discussion on mechanisms that are not unilateral or so generic. Von der Leyen, at the end of the European Council, this Friday, defended fair competition as essential for access to the common market. He added: ‘But that does not mean that the UK should always follow us. If we decide to raise our environmental ambitions, you will be free to decide what you want to do and we will adapt the conditions for access to the common market accordingly; and vice versa”.

Negotiation of a prior consultation and arbitration mechanism to resolve this problem It is not complex, according to experts in Commercial Law. Conventional treaties include such clauses, but the EU would like to avoid continued uncertainty about UK intentions or slow resolution mechanisms. The UK wants the highest level of sovereignty over future decisions while verbally committing to upholding current regulations.

He Another issue that blocks the achievement of an agreement would be fishing. London has mobilized four vessels to be on alert, in anticipation that there is no agreement and EU fishing vessels enter British waters. In fact, French fishing vessels catch 84% of the cod in the English Channel and scallops within twelve nautical miles of south-east England.

Ian Napier of the Scottish University of the Highlands and Islands estimates that 27 EU vessels landed 860,000 tonnes fished in the UK economic zone, in 2018While the British captured that year 555,000 in their area and another 102,000 in waters of the EU of 27. The United Kingdom wants to be the only authority in the award of licenses after the completion of the ‘Brexit’.

The successful negotiation of a trade agreement would allow the signing of the treaty that would include collaboration in other important areas, such as those that affect judicial institutions or at security forces, a investigation programs O data transfer, among other. An agreement would not alter the foreseeable jam in the transport of goods at the borders as of January 1, although it would reduce the complexity of import and export procedures

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The ANMAT banned ranitidine and ordered to withdraw it from the market within 30 days

Under provision 9209/2020, the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (Anmat) decided to preventively suspend the marketing in the national territory of all medicinal specialties containing ranitidine as an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (IFA), as a monodrug or in association with other IFAs, in its oral pharmaceutical forms, in all its concentrations and presentations. It also ordered its withdrawal from the market within 30 days.

“Ranitidine is a drug that reduces the amount of acid produced by the stomach to digest food. It is used for the prevention and treatment of ulcers or to reduce gastroesophageal reflux. Even as gastric protection ”, defines Mario Boskis, expert in clinical research and Titular Member of the Argentine Society of Cardiology (MTSAC). It is usually very consumed because it is used to treat frequent and often daily pathologies. Although specialists point out that, in recent years, it was replaced by other remedies such as omeprazole.

Risks in public health they had already been warned by studies conducted in Europe and the United States. In fact, the regulatory agencies for pharmacovigilance of Medicines, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recommended the suspension and warned about the presence of molecules with carcinogenic consequences.

Boskis emphasizes that the suspension occurs because Elevated NMDA concentrations were detected. “There are studies that show that it is metabolized when one ingests it and many of the substances that break down with the ingestion of the tablet increase the NMDA”, he points out.

According to the document issued by Anmat, in April 2020 the FDA commented that new laboratory-driven evaluations confirmed that NDMA concentrations increased in ranitidine, even under normal storage conditions. Situation that led to the withdrawal of the drugs from the market and the recommendations not to use them.

“Specifically, ranitidine has within its components a carcinogenic impurity in humans called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) which at high doses can cause liver damage, bleeding, kidney damage and development of cancer. But this drug does not seem to concentrate too high doses. What now needs to be studied is whether the amount of NMDA present in ranitidine is enough to cause cancer”, Analyzes Diego Lowenstein Haber, Medical Director of the Bioimaging Diagnostic Center.

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The European Union and the United Kingdom extend the negotiation period

The The European Union and the United Kingdom will extend the long negotiation of a free trade agreement “one more mile”, as confirmed this Sunday by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in a joint statement. The decision is the product of apparent approach of positions on the mechanisms of supervision and sanctions in the area of ​​fair competition.

“We had a useful telephone conversation this morning,” the statement said. «Our negotiating teams have worked day and night in recent days and, despite exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations and deadlines being missed time and time again, we believe you are responsible at this time go one more mile. Accordingly, we have directed our negotiators to continue the talks to see if an agreement can be reached even if it is so late.

Community and British sources had already advanced this week that the only real deadline is December 31, when the transition phase in which the United Kingdom remains in the common market and the customs union ends. Approval of the deal by the European and British Parliaments can be swift, and EU procedural experts have asserted that there are technical avenues for implementing the deal on a provisional basis, prior to ratification by your House.

The extension could be justified by the EU waiver of a clause introduced ten days ago by Michel Barnier’s negotiating team, in a draft of the treaty, in the chapter on fair competition. This condition established the response mechanisms to the divergence of one of the parties in labor or environmental regulations that are now identical.

The British Government found it unacceptable for the EU to award itself the role of judge and party, giving Brussels an automatic right to sanction London with generic tariffs, if the British regulations did not copy in a short time any decision in those areas taken by the Union . Boris Johnson added to the British media, following the release of the statement, that positions remain “far apart” and that “most likely” is a no-deal march.

Intentions

The approach would be based on discussion on mechanisms that are not unilateral or so generic. Von der Leyen, at the end of the European Council, this Friday, defended fair competition as essential for access to the common market. He added: ‘But that does not mean that the UK should always follow us. If we decide to raise our environmental ambitions, you will be free to decide what you want to do and we will adapt the conditions for access to the common market accordingly; and vice versa”.

Negotiation of a prior consultation and arbitration mechanism to solve this problem It is not complex, according to experts in Commercial Law. Conventional treaties include such clauses, but the EU would like to avoid continued uncertainty about UK intentions or slow resolution mechanisms. The UK wants the highest level of sovereignty over future decisions while verbally committing to upholding current regulations.

He Another issue that blocks the achievement of an agreement would be fishing. London has mobilized four vessels to be on alert, in anticipation that there is no agreement and EU fishing vessels enter British waters. In fact, French fishing vessels catch 84% of the cod in the English Channel and scallops within twelve nautical miles of south-east England.

Ian Napier of the Scottish University of the Highlands and Islands estimates that 27 EU vessels landed 860,000 tonnes fished in the UK economic zone, in 2018, while the British captured that year 555,000 in their area and another 102,000 in waters of the EU of 27. The United Kingdom wants to be the only authority in the awarding of licenses after the completion of ‘Brexit’.

The successful negotiation of a trade agreement would allow the signing of the treaty that would include collaboration in other important areas, such as those that affect judicial institutions or at security forces, a investigation programs O data transfer, among other. An agreement would not alter the foreseeable jam in the transport of goods at the borders as of January 1, although it would reduce the complexity of import and export procedures

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Health: implementation of the ASL reform postponed by one year – Sardinia

Council authorizes provisional exercise for the first 2 months of 2021

The terms of implementation of the Healthcare reform that restores the eight old Asl have slipped
The constitution of Ares (Regional Health Authority) and of the local health authorities is postponed for one year: from January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2022. The same applies to the establishment of the expense chapter to guarantee the performance of the office settlement to Ares for the debts of the Ats.
It is all foreseen in the draft law of the Executive approved tonight in the Regional Council: 33 votes in favor, 21 against.
At the root of the shift is the coronavirus emergency. It is a question, said Health Councilor Mario Nieddu, “of a postponement of all the terms of the reform necessary to fully implement it safely in a particular moment like that of the pandemic”. What translates, he added, is the whole system of the reform, including the spin-offs of the hospitals that will be done at a later stage, at a time when, thanks to the screening campaign and vaccination, we will be able to implement the reform safely “.
“The opportunity to postpone the terms is highlighted by the spread of Covid-19 and the need to continuously update the actions aimed at managing the emergency – it is written in the report of the Executive – in this way, moreover, continuity can be guaranteed management of the state of emergency and a centralization of decision-making responsibility that could be compromised by the installation of new management figures “.
Immediately after the plenary, it also approved the authorization for the provisional budgetary exercise for the first two months of 2021.

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