The first of fourteen cruisers sailed into Rijeka this year

first_imgThis week, on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 12.00:2016, the first luxury cruise ship “Silver Cloud” sailed into the passenger port of Rijeka and thus opened the cruising tourist season 14. Passenger ship – cruiser “Silver Cloud” the first of the announced XNUMX cruisers that will visit Rijeka this year, and belong to the shipping company Silversea, which this year for the first time included the port of Rijeka in its itinerary.His itinerary offers luxury cruises to the Caribbean, and in the summer he returns to Europe, more precisely to the Mediterranean. “We are happy that this year’s cruise season started earlier than last year and with great announcements for the coming years. “Stand out from the Tourist Board of Rijeka. The reception of the cruiser at Molo Long was organized by all partners participating in the project to promote Rijeka as a maritime destination, namely the City of Rijeka, the Port of Rijeka, the Tourist Board of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Tourist Board of Rijeka.”We are extremely pleased that the results of the efforts of all partners have been recognized by shipowners and agencies that manage decisions on berths, so this year we have announced a total of 14 cruise shipings. “Said Dominik Damiš from the Rijeka Tourist Board. The agency that designed and offered excursions to cruise guests offered excursions to Mošćenica and Opatija, a tour of Rijeka, Hum, Vrbnik, Krk, Postojna, the rivers Kamačnik and Kupa. We hope that the offer will expand as well as the list of local partners.The tourist season in 2016 began in May (May 4.05) when the first ship “Silver Cloud” arrived in Rijeka, and ends in December when the arrival of the ship “Minerva”, the last ship in the year. “This is especially important to point out since some destinations are not interesting or due to weather conditions, available throughout the calendar year, so it is worth boasting a Rijeka destination that offers an attractive offer of excursions and events with good weather conditions throughout the year. “They point out from the Port Authority of Rijeka. The market for cruise passengers is constantly growing, and the city of Rijeka is rapidly building its visibility in the domestic and foreign tourist market.About ten years ago, transit guests mostly passed through Rijeka without a long stay in the city. Today, it is a common sight of tourist groups visiting Rijeka and the city’s sights, and in the past five years there has been a continuous growth of arrivals and overnight stays. “Studies of cruising tourism so far indicate that Rijeka has valuable resources and serious potential for shaping the offer as an attraction for cruising tourists, ie cruising destinations. Thanks to its geo-traffic position and attractive environment at a distance of one hour to a maximum of two hours drive, it truly provides a wealth of choices. This was one of the main trump cards when it came to thinking about positioning Rijeka as a desirable and recognizable cruise destination. “Points out Sniježana Papeš from the Port of Rijeka Authority.Source: Port of Rijeka AuthorityIn the previous period, work was done on positioning Rijeka as a recognizable cruise destination, and various promotional activities managed to interest shipowners to include Rijeka in the travel plans of their ships. The mentioned joint activities started to show results in 2015, when Rijeka, as one of the ports of call, appears on the planned trips of world cruise companies. In 2015, several ships from Thomson Cruises and Crystal Cruises visited Rijeka. “Rijeka has two types of passengers on cruises, those on traditional tourist sailing ships and passengers who come with larger ships – cruisers. While the number of passengers on tourist sailboats in the last ten years ranges between 6.000 – 9.000, the number of passengers on large passenger ships – cruisers in 2015 reached a record 9.082 passengers, which is ultimately the sum of 17.053 cruise passengers. In the history of the port of Rijeka, this is the largest number of cruise passengers in one calendar year. “They point out from the Port Authority of Rijeka. Seven different shipowners have announced the arrival of their ships in Rijeka: Silversea, Thomson Cruises, Voyages Of Discovery, Fred.Olsen Cruise Line, Swan Hellenic, Saga Cruises, Princess Cruises.In 2017 and 2018, announcements of the arrival of new shipowners were received, and so far 10 shipowners have announced their arrivals. The signing of a joint Cooperation Agreement between the Port of Rijeka Authority, the City of Rijeka and the Tourist Board of the City of Rijeka, with the support of the Kvarner Tourist Board, was signed in 2016 as a continuation of cooperation and activities that began in late 2014. This is proof that everything is possible and that only strategic and planned development and joint cooperation can achieve long-term quality success.last_img read more

Top 10 passenger requests when booking accommodation has doubled the number of facilities on its platform in just two years and today offers more than one million unique facilities with more than 23 million available accommodation units worldwide, including 7,2 million available units in holiday homes, villas and other types of unique accommodation facilities.Therefore, their data they collect are extremely valuable and important because they are relevant (large and credible sample) and give us an insight into the habits and needs of travelers.TOP 10 PASSENGER REQUIREMENTS WHEN RESERVING ACCOMMODATIONThus, according to the latest research based on 110 million reviews, 335.535 facilities in 205 countries are the most important to travelers: comfortable bed, magnificent view i free WiFi.The top 10 requests from travelers when booking accommodation according to research conducted by are:Comfortable bed (80 percent)Magnificent view (60 percent)Free wi-fi (52 percent)Spacious bathrooms (39 percent)Soft pillows (35 percent)Room delivery service (28 percent)Waterfall shower (25 percent)Welcome drink (21 percent)Large enough wardrobe and coat hangers (17 percent)Lighting (13 percent) WHAT THE GUESTS ARE LOOKING FOR AND WANT When looking for accommodation, most users first search by price, but of course the price itself is not the most important and how the decision to choose accommodation is influenced by other factors. Among the main factors, as they point out from, the most important guests are breakfast, WiFi and parking. After the price, guests mostly search for secured parking, swimming pool and wellness equipment.But by far the most important factor when choosing accommodation is the review of your guests. It is a mirror of you and your accommodation and honestly the best possible tool because it relates to the personal experience of the passengers themselves. Unfortunately, there are those who try to use this “power” and threaten the owners to deliberately write bad reviews or “blackmail” to get something more or gratis. But the most important thing is to respond to every comment, thank the good ones, and not argue your attitude negatively. Of course, in case the guest is right, you apologize and promise to correct some of the mentioned shortcomings.In any case, a bad and malicious one will not distort your overall picture, there are always all sorts of people and all sorts of expectations, and you can always contact directly in case of any malicious criticism and threats.The most important thing is to be human, to care about the guests, to be available to them and to make the guest feel welcome. The main advantage of family accommodation over hotel accommodation is precisely this personal and human interaction between the host and the guest.TOURISM IS LOVE            In the end, tourism is people and we must not look only through money and some short-term interest, tourism is love. I have to convey that love to the guests because the guests feel it and that is why they come back. This is the main message of all the most successful and best rated hosts in family accommodation. And don’t forget, tIt is better to maintain the same level of service than to get one year. So, a great grade is a commitment and a promise.And yes, tell stories. Tell them the story of the destination, because the motive for coming is not the accommodation but the destination.last_img read more

Lošinj and Apoxyomenos delighted many visitors to Florence

first_imgThe Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj and the Museum of Apoxyomenos were presented at the international archeological exhibition and fair “tourismA 2017.- Salone Internazionale dell’Archeologia” held in Florence last weekend.The third edition of “tourismA” is the largest event in the field of archeology and tourism dedicated to communication and valorization of cultural heritage, held from 17 to 19 February 2017, at the Palazzo dei Congresi in Florence – one of Europe’s most important cities strongly associated with its own cultural heritage . Over three days, with a great media response, about thirty conferences were held in five different conference halls, and along with Lošinj, several hundred participants from Egypt, Cyprus, Algeria, Jordan, Turkey and Greece participated, organized by the journal Archeologia Viva.During the presentation, the Chief Conservator for Immovable Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Miljenko Domijan, emphasized the importance of the statue and its discovery in the Lošinj archipelago, as well as the opening of the Apoxyomenos Museum in Mali Lošinj. “Special features of Lošinj as a year-round destination of vitality, health and culture with an emphasis on the project ‘Apoxyomenos on the island of vitality’, which was awarded for the innovation of the year in October 2016 at the Days of Croatian Tourism. Applying in modern life the many values ​​nurtured in antiquity, the project interactively connects gastronomy, wellness, health, delicacies and souvenirs, and ancient routes for visitors. ” pointed out Zrinka Badurina from the Tourist Board of Mali LošinjIn the central part of the exhibition space at the Palazzo dei Congresi, great attention and enthusiasm was attracted by the faithful replica of the statue of Apoxyomenos during all three days. Employees of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj and the Museum of Apoximenes, at a joint exhibition point, presented the destination, the Museum of Apoxyomenos and answered numerous inquiries from interested visitors.Thousands of visitors showed great interest in Lošinj and Apoxyomenos, the ambassador of the island of vitality, which is just one step closer to extending the tourist season.last_img read more

Researchers uncover new details linking stress and fat metabolism

first_imgEmail While the latest properties of betatrophin have yet to be tested in a clinical setting, one researcher said the findings have potential implications for humans.“Betatrophin reduces the body’s ability to break down fat, underscoring a link between chronic stress and weight gain,” said Li-Jun Yang, M.D., a professor and lead investigator in the UF College of Medicine’s department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine.In the present study, mouse models experiencing metabolic stress produced significantly more betatrophin, and their normal fat-burning processes slowed down markedly. Such observations are significant because they shed new light on the biological mechanisms linking stress, betatrophin and fat metabolism, Yang said.Betatrophin set the scientific world abuzz in 2013, when a Harvard University study suggested it could increase the number of insulin-producing beta cells in people with diabetes. Other researchers later concluded that it had no such effect.Now it seems that betatrophin has an important, if less celebrated, role: The results provide experimental evidence that stress makes it harder to break down body fat, according to Yang and co-first author Yuan Zhang, M.D., who is completing her Ph.D. research at UF as part of the College of Medicine’s joint training program with the Second Hospital of Shandong University in Jinan, China. Researchers there collaborated with Yang’s group, and this study was funded in part by the Lupus Research Institute and the China Scholarship Council.Yang’s group made several novel findings, including that betatrophin is a stress-related protein. They also discovered why more betatrophin leads to less fat burning: It suppresses adipose triglyceride lipase, an enzyme that breaks down stored fat.Experiments on cells derived from mice and humans were first used to establish betatrophin’s role in body fat regulation, Yang said. Next, researchers studied how betatrophin levels increased as mouse models experienced environmental and metabolic stress. Both types of stress boosted betatrophin production in fat tissue and the liver. That finding established betatrophin is a stress-related protein, Yang said.While researchers have yet to test betatrophin’s effect on fat metabolism in humans, Yang said the new findings explain how reducing stress can be beneficial. While short-term mild stress can help people perform better and get through difficult situations, long-term stress can be far more detrimental.“Stress causes you to accumulate more fat, or at least slows down fat metabolism. This is yet another reason why it’s best to resolve stressful situations and to pursue a balanced life,” Yang said. LinkedIn If you’re under constant stress and can’t lose weight, there might be a protein to blame.In cell and mouse model experiments, University of Florida Health researchers have discovered that chronic stress stimulates production of betatrophin, a protein that then goes on to inhibit an enzyme involved in fat metabolism. Those findings were published this month in the journal BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.Its role as a stress-related protein brings new attention to betatrophin, which was once hailed by researchers elsewhere as a breakthrough therapy for diabetes, but later deemed ineffective. Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter Share Pinterestlast_img read more

Scientists discover method to potentially repair nerve damage

first_imgNerve damage from neurodegenerative disease and spinal cord injury has largely been considered irreversible, but Dartmouth researchers report progress in the effort to synthesize rare natural products that promote regeneration and growth of injured nerve cells.The findings appear in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. A PDF is available on request.Neurotrophins, or proteins that promote the development of neurons, have been investigated as potential therapeutic agents, but they have a variety of drawbacks. A group of small molecule natural products, however, possesses potent neurotrophic properties without some of the shortcomings of protein-based agents. Unfortunately, a source of suitable quantities of these substances to enable thorough medicinal exploration has yet to be identified. As such, the development of synthetic processes to generate molecules in this class (and related unnatural analogs) is critically important to establish science capable of fueling the discovery of therapeutic agents within the class. That said, many member of this natural product class boast very complex carbocyclic structures that have stood as substantial challenges to modern synthetic chemistry. Email Pinterest Share Share on Facebookcenter_img LinkedIn Now, Dartmouth researchers have discovered that one of their recently discovered chemical reactions is capable of delivering some of the most potent and rare members of this natural product class. Their pursuits resulted in the laboratory preparation of three neurotrophic natural products in the class and demonstrated the first application of their new carbocycle-forming reaction in natural product synthesis. In addition to these accomplishments, the researchers’ study also led to the discovery of a new radical cascade reaction process that proved instrumental for completing their laboratory syntheses of these complex agents.“Advances of this nature are critically important for defining a foundation of science necessary for advancing rare natural products as therapeutic agents,” says co-author and principal investigator Glenn Micalizio, the New Hampshire Professor of Chemistry at Dartmouth College. “Simply stated, without a synthetic means to access such agents, development of therapeutics based on their structure would not be possible. While other syntheses of natural products within this class have recently been reported by others, our current achievement defines a unique synthesis pathway that could be employed to prepare synthetic analogs not easily accessed by others. Also, this marks the first successful application of our chemical method for hydrindane synthesis in the context of natural product synthesis.” Share on Twitterlast_img read more

How rhythmic brain oscillations respond to teleportation

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Pinterest “There is this rhythmic firing in the brain during navigation and while remembering things, but we don’t know if it is triggered by sensory input or by the learning process,” Ekstrom said.Ekstrom, postdoc Lindsay Vass and graduate student Milagros Copara were able to solve this problem by working with a group of patients being treated at UC Davis’ Department of Neurological Surgery. These patients have a severe form of epilepsy, and surgeon and study coauthor Kia Shahlaie implanted electrodes on their brains, inside the skull, to find out where seizure activity begins and identify treatment options.In between seizures, the electrodes recorded normal brain activity, and three patients volunteered to take part in the experiment. They were asked to navigate through a streetscape on a computer screen. At some points, they entered a teleporter and jumped to a different, known location in the map. During teleportation, the screen went black for a random period of time.Teleportation did not interrupt the oscillations at all, but the rhythm did change with the distance travelled during teleportation, Ekstrom said.The results show that these oscillations are driven entirely by memory and learning processes in the brain, and do not depend on external senses. They also show that the oscillation carries information about speed and distance travelled, even when that travel is virtual teleportation.center_img Email Technology may not have caught up to the teleportation devices of science fiction, but now we have some idea of how the brain handles “beaming up” from one location to another, thanks to research by neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis, involving some specially wired volunteers.The work is published online Feb. 25, 2016 in the journal Neuron.Arne Ekstrom, associate professor at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, wants to know how we memorize places and routes, and learn to find our way around. It’s long been known that as a rat navigates a maze, its brain gives off a rhythmic oscillation, Ekstrom said. This also happens when humans travel around a virtual landscape on a computer screen. Most models of brain function assume that the oscillations, emanating from the hippocampus deep inside the brain, are at least partly driven by external inputs. LinkedInlast_img read more

Brain scans reveal that tau protein predicts Alzheimer’s disease progression

first_imgPinterest Share Share on Facebook Email Share on Twittercenter_img A buildup of plaque and dysfunctional proteins in the brain are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. While much Alzheimer’s research has focused on accumulation of the protein amyloid beta, researchers have begun to pay closer attention to another protein, tau, long associated with this disease but not studied as thoroughly, in part, because scientists only recently have developed effective ways to image tau.Using a new imaging agent that binds to tau protein and makes it visible in positron emission tomography (PET) scans, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that measures of tau are better markers of the cognitive decline characteristic of Alzheimer’s than measures of amyloid beta seen in PET scans.The new study is published May 11 in the journal Science Translational Medicine. LinkedIn Comparing brain images of people who are cognitively normal to patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found that measures of tau better predict symptoms of dementia than measures of amyloid beta. To determine degrees of cognitive impairment, some of the participants who underwent brain imaging also were assessed with the traditional clinical dementia rating (CDR) scale, cerebrospinal fluid measures, and widely used pen and paper tests of memory and other brain functions.“Our work and that of others has shown that elevated levels of amyloid beta are the earliest markers of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said senior author Beau M. Ances, MD, PhD, an associate professor of neurology. “But in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease, even with amyloid buildup, many patients are cognitively normal, meaning their memory and thought processes are still intact. What we suspect is that amyloid changes first and then tau, and it’s the combination of both that tips the patient from being asymptomatic to showing mild cognitive impairment.”Photo credit: Matthew R. BrierThe study included 36 control participants who were cognitively normal and 10 patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. While Ances called for larger follow-up studies, he said this analysis helped establish that the new tau agent, called T807, is an important tool for understanding the timeline of Alzheimer’s progression and for defining which regions of the brain are involved.“Usually we can only diagnose patients later in the disease process, when brain function already is diminished,” he said. “We want to develop ways to make an earlier diagnosis and then design trials to test drugs against amyloid buildup and against tau buildup. While we currently cannot prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease, delaying the onset of symptoms by 10-15 years would make a huge difference to our patients, to their families and caregivers, and to the global economy.”Beyond establishing a timeline, Ances said the new tool is vital to gathering spatial information about affected brain areas. Elevated tau measured in cerebrospinal fluid has long been a marker of dementia, but Ances said this type of data could not pinpoint which parts of the brain are gathering abnormal proteins.“The spinal fluid measures are very important, but they don’t give us a complete spatial picture,” he said. “Our new study suggests you can tolerate a certain amount of tau clumped in the hippocampus, but once it starts spreading into other areas, especially the lateral temporal and parietal lobes, that seems to be the tipping point.”With imaging agents for amyloid beta and now tau available, Ances said researchers have the tools necessary to assess the effectiveness of investigational therapies against the buildup of both proteins. The new agent is approved for use in the context of clinical research trials and likely will prove to be important in imaging the brain for other types of disorders that also involve excess tau buildup, including traumatic brain injury.last_img read more

National gender inequality does not predict life satisfaction differences between men and women

first_imgEmail “The impact of gender inequality has been broadly examined in terms of the economic consequences but not in terms of subjective well-being, or one’s satisfaction with life or one’s satisfaction with work. While the question of the impact of gender inequality on men and women’s relative happiness had been asked in a few prior studies, results have been inconclusive. I was interested in examining this across all prior studies through a meta-analysis.”For their meta-analysis, the researchers examined 428 previous research articles which included more than 1 million participants across 106 countries. They found that men and women reported equivalent life satisfaction overall, but women reported lower job satisfaction than did men.Batz-Barbarich and her colleagues also analyzed the potential influences of age, national gender inequality index, economic indicators, time period of data collection, and geographic region on life or job satisfaction. Gender inequality had an effect on job satisfaction, but not life satisfaction. The other variables had no significant effect.“First, across all prior studies examining gender differences in well-being, men and women appear to be similarly satisfied with their life overall. Women and men report equal levels of life satisfaction which is not predicted by national gender inequality,” Batz-Barbarich told PsyPost.“Second, in nations with greater gender inequality, women are less satisfied with their work than men. It appears that gender inequality is related to differences in well-being between men and women on work satisfaction but not life satisfaction.”The study — like all research — includes some limitations.“One major caveat is that the scientific method focuses on averages between men and women but we do not make the claim that inequalities impact all women or men in exactly the same manner,” Batz-Barbarich explained.“The impact on gender inequality is a complex one that still warrants further work. In this study, we found that gender inequality did not predict gender differences in life satisfaction but predicted gender differences in work satisfaction.”“Part of the reason may be that life satisfaction is based on a collection of different experiences where women and men may find different routes to living a satisfying life, despite gender inequality. However, work satisfaction may more specifically reflect experiences of gender inequality and so manifest differences between men and women. More research needs to be undertaken to validate this rationale.”“The issue of gender inequalities, and all types of inequalities for that matter, is a complex one, but also an urgent one to examine and address,” Batz-Barbarich added. “It takes the voices and dedication of all – researchers, policy makers, and the general public – to work to overcome inequalities that stem from bias and discrimination. The answer to resolving inequalities will not be a simple one, but I am confident that with continued dedication and attention, strides will continue to be made in the right direction.”The study, “A Meta-Analysis of Gender Differences in Subjective Well-Being: Estimating Effect Sizes and Associations With Gender Inequality“, was authored by Cassondra Batz-Barbarich, Louis Tay, Lauren Kuykendall, and Ho Kwan Cheung. Share on Facebook LinkedIn Gender inequality does not appear to have a major impact on the difference between men’s and women’s satisfaction with life, according to a statistical analysis of 44 years of research. However, greater inequality is associated with reduced job satisfaction among women.The new findings have been published in the journal Psychological Science.“Despite great strides women have made over the past several decades, the subject of gender inequalities has continued to be a subject of attention not only in the United States, but across the globe,” said study author Cassondra Batz-Barbarich of Purdue University.center_img Share on Twitter Share Pinterestlast_img read more

Study sheds light on the diverse and intriguing ways minorities use humor as a defense against prejudice

first_imgThe researchers interviewed 30 Roma, members of a historically marginalized, stigmatized, and threatened minority group in Central and Eastern Europe. Anti-Roma attitudes persist heavily in Hungary, and the researchers aimed to explore how their sample might use humor to combat the prejudice they experience on a regular basis.As Dobai and Hopkins describe, humor was reportedly used in diverse and intriguing ways by their sample. First, several respondents described situations where they had told jokes that played off Roma stereotypes to assuage embarrassment and reduce tension in interactions. While shared humor did seem to have been effective in smoothing over the described interactions, the researchers point out that this tactic did not necessarily limit prejudice, suggesting that “minority group members may be complicit in this process as they seek to manage some of the interactional difficulties associated with being stereotyped.”Another instance when humor was used to deflect prejudice, was when it was used as a tactic for drawing out others’ attitudes. For example, some respondents reported playing into exaggerated Roma stereotypes in order to gauge the reaction — and, supposedly, the attitudes — of the people around them.What particularly caught the researchers’ attention, was that the participants described using humor beyond the telling of jokes, by using irony and satire. These instances allowed the minority group members to exert a level of control over the situation, shielding themselves from others’ prejudiced behavior — even when it came to authority figures. For example, one respondent reported poking fun at an airport official during a bag search, by voluntarily searching the contents of his own bag and telling the official, “make sure you don’t miss out on something.”“A key element to this humour,” Dobai and Hopkins discuss, “was the exaggerated performance of a particular role or identity which was geared to reframing the interaction . . . At one level, these interviewees exhibit compliance with authority. However, there is also an element of parody in such compliance that frames the authority’s actions as ridiculous and illegitimate.”The authors emphasize that their sample was not representative of Hungarian Roma and that their findings cannot convey anything about the frequency with which humor is used in these interactions. Rather, the findings highlight the diverse ways in which humor can be used, in general, by minority group members.The findings inform various avenues of research, including the way humor can be used to shift social relations. As the researchers say, “social psychologists interested in the social process whereby the “cognitive alternatives” necessary for social change (Tajfel & Turner, 1986) are articulated and disseminated could gain much from looking at minority group members’ uses of humour.”The study, “Humour is serious: Minority group members’ use of humour in their encounters with majority group members”, was authored by Anna Dobai and Nick Hopkins.(Image by Pexels from Pixabay) Pinterest LinkedIn Share Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook A study published in the European Journal of Psychology suggests that minority group members sometimes use humor to shield themselves from prejudice. It appears that humor can even be used to exert a level of control over majority group members.Past research on intergroup humor has overlooked minority group members’ use of humor when handling everyday interactions with majority group members.“In our research,” study authors Anna Dobai and Nick Hopkins say, “we consider how Hungarian Roma report seeking to manage their interactions with the non-Roma majority in Hungary. Specifically, we consider how humour was reported to feature in the serious business of managing interactions where minority group members anticipated prejudice from majority group members.” Share on Twitterlast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Household transmission, brain death, obesity as risk factor, Arab response

first_imgHousehold transmission lower for H1N1A study of household transmission of the novel H1N1 virus in San Antonio, Tex., during the first pandemic wave found that children were most affected and were more likely to transmit the virus to other children at rates that were generally lower than seasonal flu. The median time to illness onset between contacts was 4 days. The Emerging Infectious Diseases study found secondary attack rates of 4% for confirmed novel H1N1, compared with rates ranging from 13% to 30% for seasonal flu. 11 Emerg Infect Dis studyBrain death reported in H1N1 patientDoctors writing in Clinical Infectious Diseases report the case of a 7-year-old girl infected with pandemic H1N1 flu who developed encephalopathy that led to brain death. She had had fever and malaise for 1 day but no upper respiratory symptoms. Her condition then deteriorated, and on admission to intensive care she had signs of severe neurologic compromise. Brain death was confirmed within 3 days, in the first such instance documented in the pandemic, according to the authors. 10 Clin Infect Dis abstractStudy cites obesity as risk factor for severe H1N1To identify risk factors, French researchers compared the frequency of preexisting health conditions in patients who had severe H1N1 flu with their frequency in the general French population. Writing in PLoS Currents, an online journal that screens content but does not use full peer review, they report that pregnancy, obesity, heart failure, and diabetes were risk factors for admission to an intensive care unit. But only obesity, heart failure, and diabetes were risk factors for death. Currents reportArab states cooperate to fight pandemic fluMinisters of health from Arab nations are meeting to discuss various health topics, including their response to pandemic H1N1 flu, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported today. Kuwaiti Minister of Health Dr. Hilal Musaed Al-Sayer said there is full coordination among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), especially in the seasons of pilgrimage and lesser pilgrimage, on fighting the pandemic, as well as on exchanging data and statistics related to the infections and deaths. 11 KUNA articlelast_img read more