Phil Lesh is certainly enjoying the summer weather, and is taking the opportunity to host a very special Back Porch happy hour with Stu Allen and Scott Guberman this afternoon in his very own Terrapin Crossroads at promptly 4:20PM. The trio will continue the music later this evening, at 7:30PM, with guitarist Dave Zirbel for an electric set that’s sure to keep the vibe alive. After that, they’ll head on over to the campfire for an acoustic singalong encore, all as the sun sets in the west.The three-course show is free admission and welcomes all ages to attend. You can even make special requests for the campfire set in the Facebook thread below![H/T Jambands]
Thana Cristina de Campos, adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa, spoke on the ethical issues and responsibilities surrounding the global health crisis in Nanovic Hall on Wednesday.Specifically, she discussed forging a new intellectual path to understanding the ethics of the health justice system, striving to find a solution to the most neglected diseases in the world, including Malaria, Zika and Ebola. “I would like to investigate the ethical responsibilities that we have,” De Campos said. Katelyn Valley | The Observer Thana Cristina de Campos, adjunct professor law at the University of Ottawa, lectures about ethical issues facing the pharmaceutical industry in the wake of the global health crisis Wednesday in Nanovic Hall.To do this, she explicated a chapter of her newly published book, titled “The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities.” In summarizing her book, she examined the major problems surrounding a long-term solution to the global health crisis. “The problem is two-fold,” de Campo said. “There is an inaccessibility to medical knowledge, and there is an inaccessibility to medical treatment.” Based on this two-sided problem, de Campo questions who holds the largest responsibility for this health crisis. She scrutinized pharmaceutical companies and their property rights. “In the context of the global health crisis, certain responsibilities lie only on pharmaceutical companies … because they are the owners of a special type of property,” de Campos said. The property she refers to is intellectual property, or the medical knowledge, pharmaceutical companies own, but fail to disclose to the public. She proposed that these rights to intellectual property must be altered in order to absolve neglected diseases around the world. “The right to private property pharmaceutical companies hold is limited when tasked with solving this crisis,” de Campo said. In proving this point, De Campo analyzed property rights on a theoretical level, which she translated into concrete terms in order to prove why pharmaceutical companies have an ethical responsibility to disclose certain pieces of vital information about their medical knowledge. “I will begin by exploring the purpose of intellectual property rights and exceptions to these rights,” de Campo said. She accomplishes this by analyzing three diverse schools of thought. By highlighting the views of Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and Robert Nozick, she sets forth three highly regarded, yet alternate, stances about the rights and limitations of property ownership. “While these three intellectual views of property rights differ, I have found a common ground in all of their proposals,” de Campo said. All three perspectives settle on the common agreement that the only exception to releasing an individual’s right of property comes with a catastrophic event that could propagate a need for communal access to this property. “All three arguments agree that a catastrophe could lead to an exception of holding individual property rights,” de Campo said.Utilizing this common ground, de Campo claimed that there are exceptions to pharmaceutical property rights, specifically in the case of a catastrophe. “Certain pharmaceutical property rights are limited in the case of certain public health properties,” de Campo said. “These limitations are shaped by their ethical duty,” de Campo said. Studying events that have been labeled as “catastrophic” in the past, de Campo cites the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, as well as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, both resulting in thousands of deaths. “With 2 million deaths, the global health crisis also must qualify as a catastrophe,” de Campo said.De Campo argued that because the global health crisis is a catastrophe, pharmaceutical companies have an ethical responsibility to share their intellectual property and medical knowledge of these diseases. “In the context of this common ground, this means the companies need to disclose only those medical patents vital to controlling or absolving the global health crisis,” de Campo said. She refined her appeal to the pharmaceutical industry by defining their duties for world health as limited and very specific. “I’m not arguing that we should have all access to all medical knowledge, all medical innovation or research … rather that its specific nature helps a specialized portion of the world’s population,” de Campo said.
Jan 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry announced that a 16-year-old girl from West Java province is hospitalized with H5N1 avian influenza, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. This development follows new media revelations about details relating to recently confirmed H5N1 patients in China and Pakistan.The Indonesian girl got sick on Dec 30 and was hospitalized 5 days later, the WHO report said. The girl, who lives in the city of Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, was recently transferred to a bird flu specialty hospital, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today.Joko Suyono, an official from Indonesia’s health ministry, told Xinhua that two tests confirmed that the girl was infected with the H5N1 virus. The girl’s illness raises Indonesia’s H5N1 case count to 117, while the number of fatalities stands at 94.An investigation into the girl’s illness found that chickens in her neighborhood died 2 weeks before she became ill, the WHO reported. Suyono told Xinhua that the girl ate three chicken eggs 2 weeks ago after chickens at her household died.In other developments, Chinese officials said this week that a 52-year-old man who is recovering from an H5N1 infection for which he was hospitalized in early December likely caught the virus from his 24-year-old son, who died of the disease in late November, Reuters reported yesterday.”The initial judgment is that it was an infection from close contact,” Mao Qun’an, Chinese health ministry spokesman, told reporters at a news conference, according to the Reuters report.The son and his father are from Nanjing, in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Their illnesses are recorded as the WHO’s 26th and 27th confirmed H5N1 cases, and the son’s death is China’s 17th fatality from the disease.Hans Troedsson, a WHO representative in China, told Reuters that human-to-human transmission through close contact between the son and the father could be not ruled out in the family cluster. “However, the biological findings at this state show that the virus has not mutated to a form that can be transmitted from human to human efficiently,” he said.Qun’an said China’s health ministry has still not determined the source of the son’s infection, because neither man reportedly had any contact with sick or dead birds, Reuters reported.Elsewhere, the American brother of Pakistan’s first H5N1 case-patient has been confirmed to not have the disease. Blood tests performed by New York State Department of Health Department revealed no antibodies to the H5N1 virus, the Canadian Press (CP) reported on Jan 9.Claudia Hutton, public affairs director for the New York State Department of Health, told the CP that the man’s negative antibody test result suggests that the man was never infected with H5N1.The man had traveled to Pakistan to attend the funeral of one of his brothers who is thought to be part of an H5N1 family cluster. According to earlier reports from the WHO, health officials had difficulty obtaining viable samples for testing, and though samples from only one brother have tested positive for the H5N1 virus so far, the WHO has said it believes the Pakistani case cluster represents a rare instance of apparent human-to-human transmission.After the brother, who lives in Long Island, NY, returned from his brother’s funeral in Pakistan, he told his physician that he may have been exposed to avian flu, according to previous media reports. However, samples from the man and his son—who also reportedly experienced flulike symptoms—tested negative in state and federal laboratories.Antibody testing on samples from the man’s son also came back negative, the CP report said.See also:Jan 11 WHO statementDec 7, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Father of Chinese H5N1 fatality has infection”Dec 17, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Possible H5N1 family cluster probed in Pakistan”
Arsene Wenger has warned against expecting too much too soon of Theo Walcott – but would have no issues if the fit-again forward joined up with England for the November internationals. Press Association “He finds the resources to get you a goal when it is 0-0, that is what is important,” said Wenger. “It is always very interesting when you look at the number of goals people score – how many times do they score at 0-0? They are the guys who can really make the decision. “Alexis has already had a lot of decisive goals and he doesn’t score when it is 4-0, he scores when it is 0-0.” Wenger feels there is plenty more to come from the former Barcelona forward. “We are in a job where you can always improve,” he said. “Sanchez is unbelievably keen to develop, work and train – he just loves football.” Wenger, though, admits he will have to carefully temper Arsenal’s formidable attacking options. “We have good pace – (Danny) Welbeck, Walcott and Alexis all have pace, but it is also about balance,” the Arsenal boss added. “The difficulty for us might be there, to keep the balance offensively and defensively and put all the good players on the pitch.” Chambers added a second for Arsenal within two minutes of Sanchez’s opener, with the Chile forward walking in a third during stoppage time. The 19-year-old has quickly established himself following a summer move from Southampton, earning a full England cap against Norway in September. Chambers wheeled away in delight after crashing the loose ball in from close range after Danny Welbeck’s shot had been blocked, to score a first senior career goal. The young defender, though, is determined to keep himself grounded. Chambers said: “I have been working on that celebration for years and now I finally got the chance to use it. “It was a lovely moment, such a good feeling to score, I just want to keep going now. “I have got to keep pushing myself hard week-in and week-out to improve.” Walcott could be included by Roy Hodgson for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley and friendly in Scotland, which Wenger feels would do the player’s reintegration a power of good. “Hopefully Theo will come on and have no setbacks now, but we always have to be cautious. The battle is not won yet – at nine or 10 months out, you have ups or downs and I will have to manage that well,” said Wenger. “If he wants to go (with England), I am happy for him to go and train, and maybe get a few minutes. “I am happy for that because it will help his development. Is he completely ready? I think it is a bit early, but to be in the squad would be good for him.” Wenger has yet to decide whether to give Walcott a start against Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday night. One player, though, set to be central to the Gunners’ once again will be Alexis Sanchez. The Chile forward drew more plaudits after taking his tally to 10 with a brace to finally breakdown Burnley’s stubborn resistance. Sanchez had been denied by a string of fine saves from Heaton, before charging onto the end of a deep cross by full-back Calum Chambers to power a header into the bottom corner. Walcott came off the bench for the last 10 minutes of Arsenal’s 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Burnley, and looked lively as he tested goalkeeper Tom Heaton with an angled drive after cutting in from the right. It has been a long road back for the 25-year-old, who suffered what would prove to be a seriuos knee injury during the closing stages of the FA Cup tie against Tottenham in January, ruling him out of contention for the World Cup.