Cicada Rhythm just released a new music video for their tune, “Dirty Hound.” Directed by Dave Kirslis, the video depicts a dog houdini’s liberating escape attempt. The video winds through a pastoral countryside, the forest, and eventually the good dog finds himself behind the wheel of a beat-up old truck, ready to truly hit the road. After a brief run-in with his previous owner, let’s just say the video has a happy ending. The triumphant video matches the free energy of the track, and we’re all the better for watching it. You can check out the video for yourself below, and praise that good boy for bustin’ free of his chains.Cicada Rhythm just finished up dates with Dylan LeBlanc and Rising Appalachia. On April 7th, they performed with JJ Grey at eTown Taping for an NPR program, which will be available for your listening pleasure in a few weeks online and on NPR. Check out more from these guy on their website here.
Nov 14, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Mainly on the basis of reports from Japan, drug manufacturer Roche and US regulators are warning that influenza patients treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) may have an increased risk of self-injury and delirium.”People with the flu, particularly children, may be at increased risk of self-injury and confusion shortly after taking Tamiflu and should be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior,” says a warning that Roche has added to its official product information, according to a company letter posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site.Oseltamivir, a neuraminidase inhibitor, is used both to prevent and to treat flu and is regarded as the best available drug for dealing with a potential pandemic strain of flu. The United States and many other countries are stockpiling it because of the pandemic threat.The warning follows an FDA review of 103 reports of neuropsychiatric adverse events associated with oseltamivir use between Aug 29, 2005, and Jul 6, 2006, of which 95 came from Japan. That compares with 126 such adverse events reported between 1999 and August 2005. About two thirds of the problems were in children and youth (younger than 17 years).A report by the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research says the adverse events included three fatal falls—one in a 14-year-old boy who apparently fell to his death from a condominium balcony and two in men. Most of the events (60 of 103) were described as delirium with disturbed behavior. Other problems included “suicidal events,” panic attacks, delusions, convulsions, depressed consciousness, and loss of consciousness.The FDA and Roche both say the contribution of the drug to the adverse events is not known. The FDA report says influenza by itself can lead to neuropsychiatric disorders, but many of the problems reported, especially delirium and suicide attempts, were not typical of those associated with flu alone.Citing factors that seem to implicate oseltamivir in the events, the FDA said most of the problems occurred within a day after the start of treatment, and in many cases the physician suspected the drug was the cause. In addition, many of the patients recovered quickly after they stopped taking oseltamivir.”It is still unclear whether these neuropsychiatric events are drug-related only, disease manifestations alone, or a combination” of the two, the report states.The analysis notes that oseltamivir is used much more widely in Japan, with 24.5 million prescriptions from 2001 thorugh 2005, than in the United States, with 6.5 million prescriptions in the same period. In Japan the product information already includes a warning about possible psychoneurological problems.The FDA report expresses concern that if oseltamivir use in the United States increases to the levels seen in Japan, the number of adverse events will increase as well. “Therefore, it would be prudent to update the U.S. labeling to be similar in scope with the current Japanese labeling,” it says.The Japanese origin of most of the adverse event reports might suggest that the problems are related to genetic characteristics common in Japan, the FDA analysis says. But given the much greater use of the drug in Japan and the possibility of different surveillance practices there, the lack of cases reported in the United States doesn’t constitute good evidence for that hypothesis, it states.The FDA analysis was prepared for the agency’s Pediatric Advisory Committee, which is scheduled to meet Nov 16.The latest developments come about a year after that committee concluded that 12 deaths in Japanese children who had been taking oseltamivir were not related to the drug. The FDA said then that the deaths seemed to be part of a wave of flu-related encephalitis and encephalopathy cases in Japanese children that began in the mid-1990s, before the drug was approved. But the committee asked the FDA to continue monitoring the situation and report again in a year.See also:FDA advice about potential neuropsychiatric side effects of Tamifluhttp://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm150758.htmRoche letter about possible riskshttp://www.fda.gov/downloads/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/UCM153422.pdfFDA staff analysis of adverse-event reports concerning TamifluNov 18, 2005, CIDRAP News story “FDA panel: Children’s deaths unrelated to Tamiflu”
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Minister of Science, Technology and Commerce, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says Government will be calling on local technology experts to provide content for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme.He noted that most of the material can be developed here in Jamaica and it will provide an opportunity for small software developers and applications (apps) programmers to participate “in what will be a massive project”.Minister Paulwell, who was speaking to JIS News following a post-Budget press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on May 3, said the move, which is supported by the Opposition, is in keeping with Government’s mandate to enable Jamaican businesses to migrate to the upper end of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) spectrum.“We have been pretty much performing in the mid-range with the call centre operations, but we need to get more of our programmers, software developers gainfully involved, and I think it can start with this project that we are about to roll out,” Minister Paulwell said.He also informed that the Government will be pursuing the proposal for a fund to be established to assist small and medium-sized businesses in this area as well, and is looking at the Universal Service Fund (USF) to provide support.During his 2013/14 Budget Debate Presentation in the House of Representatives on April 24, Minister Paulwell provided details of the programme, under which some 20,000 computer tablets will be provided to students and teachers at 30 schools free of cost. These comprise five early childhood institutions, 10 primary, five junior high, and 10 high schools.Minister Paulwell also informed then that the tablets would be Wi-Fi and 3G enabled, and would come pre-loaded with approved age-appropriate games and apps, Ministry of Education prescribed texts, and all the software required for students up to Grade 12 to complete their School Based Assessments (SBAs).The pilot for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme is set to start in September with the training of teachers and proper orientation of the students. The Minister estimates however, that it will take approximately two months to go through the orientation, before the tablets are distributed to students.“We are going to meet with the parents as part of the preparatory work to ensure that these tablets are properly cared for,” Minister Paulwell told JIS News.He noted, too, that the USF and E-learning project will be responsible for the initial maintenance of the tablets under arrangements with the providers.Minister Paulwell informed further that the Ministry will be seeking to have the tablets built to specifications so that they will be damage and theft-proof. “The tablets are going to have special features and the criminals will find out very soon that if you steal one, you are going to be caught. We are going to be able to track you down. We are going to be able to disable the machine so you won’t be able to use it but very importantly, we are going to know exactly where you are and we are going to make an example of anyone, who tries to steal the tablet,” he warned.He informed that a major public education campaign will be launched on the issue of security of the tablets.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter