(INDONESIA) #Coronavirus Report: Red Cross says country’s health is in ‘catastrophic’ situation as #COVID19 cases are surging with daily records #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.01: Indonesia’s #COVID19 surge is on the edge of a “catastrophe” as the more infectious Delta variant dominates transmission and chokes hospitals in South-East Asia’s worst epidemic, the Red Cross says.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk – Red Cross says Indonesia close to ‘catastrophe’ as #COVID19 Delta variant causes case surge and oxygen shortage and health dept has reported record daily infections of more than 20,000 in recent days, in a new wave of infections fuelled by the emergence of highly transmissible virus variants and increased mobility after the Muslim fasting month.

Two patients rest on hospital beds while conected to oxygen tanks, while another person sits behind them
The Delta variant is driving daily infection rates of more than 20,000 cases recently.(Reuters: Willy Kurniawan)

“Every day we are seeing this Delta variant driving Indonesia closer to the edge of a COVID-19 catastrophe,” said Jan Gelfand, head of the Indonesian delegation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

As cases surge, oxygen prices in Indonesia’s capital more than doubled, and some suppliers reported shortages on Tuesday.

With hospitals filling up in Jakarta and patients being turned away, some people sought to secure oxygen for infected family members at home.

The price for a tank of oxygen had jumped to $US140 ($185)  from the usual $66, suppliers said.

“I’m queuing here now to refill oxygen for my wife and son who are now positive with COVID-19,” said Taufik Hidayat.

“I went around and it all was sold out.”

Sellers in others areas of Jakarta told Reuters their stocks had also dried up.

Two men wearing face masks and orange work gloves use gaslines to refill large thin cylinders with oxygen.
Officials say shortages are due to distribution problems that will soon be sorted.(Reuters: Antara Foto/Syifa Yulinnas)

But Sulung Mulia Putra, an official at Jakarta’s health agency, said a shortage at hospitals was temporary and due to distribution issues that were being resolved.

“Distributors don’t have enough transport so hospitals will be helped by the police, parks agency and Red Cross to transport oxygen,” he said.

Almost all isolation beds in use in worst areas

Hospitals in several designated “red zone” areas have reported overcapacity, including in Jakarta, with its isolation beds 93 per cent occupied as of Sunday.Indonesian COVID patients die in self-isolationAs Indonesia’s hospital system struggles with a surge of new COVID-19 cases, many are being turned away from hospitals and are being forced to isolate at home. Some have even died at home.

“Hospitals are full because of the case surge caused by mobility and loosening health protocol adherence, worsened also by the Delta variant,” said senior health ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi, when asked about the IFRC’s assessment.

The Delta variant was first identified in India and has been blamed for big spikes in infections in many countries.

Indonesia is banking on mass vaccinations as a means of tackling the virus, but only 13.3 million of the 181.5 million targeted for inoculation have received the required two doses since January.

Indonesia’s Health Minister is leading a push for stricter controls as infections surge to unprecedented levels, sources familiar with government discussions have told Reuters.

Citing unnamed sources, The Straits Times newspaper on Tuesday reported the government will tighten restrictions starting on Wednesday, prohibiting restaurant dining and requiring negative tests for domestic air travel.

Asked for confirmation of that, the health ministry said: “Wait for the official announcement.”

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#AceNewsServices – Nov.27 – “It is an epidemic. Or, at least, it’s very common,” New York-based spine surgeon Kenneth Hansraj told The Washington Post last week.

He was referring to something that is being called “text neck,” a purported condition of the spine related to the posture of bending forward to look at a phone.

Hansraj’s comments came in wake of a short article on the matter that he published in an obscure medical journal called Surgical Technology International. Last week my colleague Olga Khazan mentioned the paper in a brief post for our site that included Hansraj’s diagram of how flexing your neck increases stress on your cervical spine.

It was an interesting account of the suggestions of one private-practice neurosurgeon.

But the post and the illustration spread widely around the Internet, and the stakes elevated quickly.

In the past week, the study and the diagram have been published by hundreds of outlets, including The Chicago Tribune, Slate, NPR, Business Insider, The Sydney Morning Herald, NBC News, The Globe and Mail, Today, Time, Yahoo,Shape, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, and many others. New York‘s headline, for example, was “Look at How Texting Is Warping Your Spine.” At several publications, the story was the most popular post on the site. With claims of epidemic and implications of serious spinal damage, the story has elevated to something that maybe warrants a closer look.

Hunching over isn’t ideal, and it’s worth thinking about sitting or standing up straight when possible. But our necks are made to bend forward, and it’s not something that’s new to humans.

Texting invokes the same posture as holding a book:

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic

Or a baby: 

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic

Or a rock:

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic

Physicists and engineers have taken to blogs and comments to argue over the accuracy of Hansraj’s calculations.

But whatever the exact numbers (we used Hansraj’s in our illustrations here), it is true that there’s more force on the base of the cervical spine when the head is bent forward. And the farther forward a person bends his head to look at their phone, the more force that puts onto spine.

That’s all true.

The question is whether that matters, and if so, how much.

One of the people who tweeted in discontent was Ian Dorward, a neurosurgeon at Washington University in Saint Louis. He rebuked The Washington Postthusly:

I talked with Dorward for his counterperspective on last week’s text-neck mania. Being a neurosurgeon, he not only knows a lot about spinal anatomy and biomechanics, but he also spends as much of his day bent forward over people’s exposed spinal cords as even the most angsty of Instagram-mongering tweens do over their text machines.

“To say that there’s this epidemic of ‘text neck’ is totally unfounded,” Dorward said. “All he [Hansraj] has is a computer model, and he doesn’t even spell out where these numbers are coming from.”

The reality is that an axial load, one applied from the top down onto the spine, at the weights in question is not dangerous. “People can carry a lot more than 60 pounds on top of their head if it’s actually an axial load,” Dorward said, noting that people have evolved to have their heads flexed in a variety of different angles and postures without issue.

“If you apply external weight to the head and then flex it forward, that would be a real issue,” he continued. “Certainly if you spend an inordinate amount of time leaning forward, it can cause musculoskeletal problems like exacerbating arthritis.” When he’s huddled over a surgical field in the operating room, Dorward wears loupes and a head lamp. The weight of those devices combines with the weight of his cranium to significantly increase torque on his spine. “The stresses that I’m applying to my spine are vastly greater than what someone would be experiencing when they’re texting,” he said. And that is, for someone in his line of work, a legitimate concern.

For most people, though, the point remains that good posture is generally good when possible, but texting is not an imminent threat to spinal health.

In his paper Hansraj goes on to talk about power posing, how posture and assuming certain stances seems to affect a person’s hormonal milieu. Research has shown that assuming “high-power” postures—sitting up straight and throwing your shoulders back and aligning your ears over your shoulders—can lead to very real elevations in testosterone, serotonin, and tolerance for risk taking. That’s cool stuff to consider, but a separate issue from the hypothetical scourge of text neck.

“People are walking around now while texting, falling into water fountains and lakes and walking into traffic—that’s a real danger,” Dorward added.

The more important idea that has been studied with regard to biomechanical forces on the spine is related to the American “epidemic” of obesity. As a person gains weight, their center of gravity moves forward, and that can drastically increase force on a person’s lumbar spine.

“That’s a real problem for spine disease,” Dorward said.

“Looking down at your phone is really not.”


#epidemic, #spine

Anti-paedophile police fight child porn ‘epidemic’

US and UK forces join to arrest many paedophiles

It is good when countries come together for this kind of action, we will catch more perverted paedophiles this way. USA sent advisers over to train UK specialists and both countries work hard together to make sure these vile humans, men and woman are caught. Normal people can’t get their mind around this, so to see this on my news tonight was good, knowing there are specialist teams looking for these non-humans.

The internet trade in images that show child sex abuse is now “an epidemic”, according to the head of the global initiative to combat the problem. Police officers from around the world serve on the Virtual Global Taskforce. Its chairman, Ian Quinn, tells the BBC there has been an “explosion” in cases handled by US authorities. The US alone has 61 Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) units, each made up of state, local police and federal agents. BBC News joined a recent operation in Los Angeles. Twenty one officers were briefed at dawn in a parking lot in central LA. Lt Andrea Grossman, from the Los Angeles Police Department, told us they conducted such operations “three to five times per week”.

A man was arrested as a result of the Los Angeles operation

The amount of images of child sexual abuse on the internet, she says, is “beyond out of control, we’re now just getting to the surface of it”. Their target was a man who had tried to send obscene images via his Gmail account. The team was led by an officer holding a pump-action shotgun, backed up by others with an assault rifle and hand guns. A suspect was detained. The man’s computer was analysed in a mobile laboratory, housed in a large camper van parked outside the address.

Online images accumulate
In 2002 the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reviewed and confirmed 45,055 examples of obscene images of children found online (some of these were duplicates)
In 2013 the figure had grown to 23,881,197
As of May 2014, the centre had reviewed 112 million files containing images of child sexual abuse

Via: ahmet tufan

Officers removed the suspect’s hard drive and analysed it in a mobile laboratory

But now within minutes of his arrest officers had found images of the abuse of children as young as six-years-old. He was charged with possessing illegal material.
Operation Predator
The US Department of Homeland Security investigations (HSI) launched more than 4,000 investigations into online child sexual abuse last year. “Globally there’s not a country that can hide from this crime,” says Mr Quinn. To combat the problem department launched Operation Predator in 2003, with three key aims:

to rescue children
to prosecute their abusers
to stop the trade in obscene images

Investigators have repaired mobile phone chips to analyse the images they hold

Predator has led to more than 1,000 arrests across the world in the past six months, 29 of those were in the UK.

Predator detentions

In 2003, 339 arrests were made worldwide in connection with Operation Predator
In 2013, the number had grown to 2,099
To date, the total number of arrests linked to the operation totals 10,608
Lt Grossman says paedophiles trade images across the world, which demands a global response from law enforcement. “Your suspects are our suspects, your victims are our victims,” she says. “I start my day at 04:00, so I can talk to the Brits, the Australians, to any international partner.” Her team also has access to software that can track in real time paedophiles accessing images on peer-to-peer networks.

Computer forensic experts help gather evidence to prosecute suspected paedophiles

Earlier this year Lt Grossman and a colleague were in London training 100 British detectives from across the UK. They taught their UK counterparts advanced techniques for tracking suspects online and gathering evidence.

British arrest

The cooperation between the US and UK has led to some high profile arrests. Earlier this year a British man called Mark Luscombe was jailed after an operation which began in the US. Luscombe, 29, of Verwood, Dorset, used a paedophile chat room online. He contacted an undercover agent from Homeland Security who was posing as a man offering his children for sex.

Some paedophiles have been found with thousands of illegal images on their computers

The 29-year-old offered to send the officer indecent images of children in exchange for watching a girl being abused live on a webcam. Luscombe was sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to 16 offences at Bournemouth Crown Court. BBC News has obtained access to his police interview tapes. In them Luscombe tells officers that he thought he might be under surveillance. Mark Luscombe was caught in an operation by US and UK police “I know I probably spoke to one of you and that’s how you probably got me,” he said. He also admitted that he needed help. “I’ve always felt this way, I know it’s bad and wrong… it’s just wired up.” Detective Superintendent Chris Naughton from Dorset police believes this conviction sends a powerful message. “From us receiving the information to going through his door was about 48 hours,” he says. “I think that shows how well [international cooperation] works.”

Undercover agent

Mark Luscombe was caught in an operation by US and UK police

Homeland Security regularly deploys undercover officers online. Special Agent Kevin Laws has been doing the job for a decade and has made 60 arrests. He poses on incest chat rooms as a father offering his children for sex with other adults. “This is as bad as it gets,” he tells us. He gets frequent requests from people who want to meet him and abuse the fictitious children, including people from the UK. “Oh every day, it’s a rare time I don’t speak to someone in the UK,” he says. He admits that his work is like “a drop of sand in the ocean”, but that it does send a clear message to abusers. “We might not get you today or tomorrow, but we will get you, and it will be when you least expect it.”

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` Four New Cases of the Deadly ` Ebola Virus ‘ in ` Guinea ‘ bringing the total in the ` Epidemic ‘ to above Seventy ‘

#AceHealthNews – GUINEA – March 27 – Four new cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea has been confirmed in the southern forests, health sources told AFP.

The patients were immediately quarantined in isolation centres to avoid the spread of the disease.

Dozens of health workers have been sent to the country to combat the haemorrhagic fever outbreak which so far has claimed the lives of at least 63 victims, many of whom have been confirmed to have been infected by Ebola.

The tropical virus causes high fever and muscle ache, vomiting, diarrhea and, in some instances, organ failure and bleeding.

Besides Guinea, five other Ebola-like deaths are being investigated in Liberia, one in Sierra Leone which could bring the total in the epidemic to above 70.

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1. March 23 – 12.10 GMT – Extract – #AceHealthNews – GUINEA – 23 March – The deadly epidemic, which has killed at least 59 people, in Guinea, West Africa, and could have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone, has been confirmed to be Ebola, according to government officials. http://wp.me/p165ui-4uC


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