Notre Dame students participate in March for Life

first_imgTo senior Dan Lindstrom, team coordinator for Notre Dame Right to Life, the March for Life is less about trying to change people’s minds in the moment — that can happen in everyday discourse about pro-life issues — and more about bearing witness to what he believes in.“It’s an opportunity to give a voice to the unborn,” Lindstrom said. “As taboo as it’s become to talk about abortion, the fact is that if you believe that life begins at conception, then there has never been a bigger atrocity in the history of mankind than the deaths of more than 60 million children.”Lindstrom, along with nearly 1,000 other Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students, faculty and staff participated in the 46th annual March for Life on Friday in Washington, D.C.The trip was cut short due to a troubling weather forecast for Saturday, which forced those in attendance to return to campus directly after the March, Lindstrom said.He said he had to make last-minute calls to the bus company, a pizza restaurant they planned to stop at as well as the parish responsible for accommodating students and faculty.Petra Farrell, a ’97 Saint Mary’s alumna and program coordinator at the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture said the unexpected change in travel plans did not stop her from having an enjoyable March experience. In fact, it reaffirmed her commitment to the cause, she said.“To knowingly travel 12 hours on a bus, march for another four to five hours and then get back on the buses to return home shows how truly dedicated our Notre Dame family is to protecting life,” Farrell said. “You don’t even realize how exhausted you are from walking for hours because you’re surrounded by pure joy.”Notre Dame Right to Life partners with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture for the March every year. The center provides transportation and travel reimbursements for all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff who choose to attend the March for Life. They also co-host the Notre Dame March for Life reception with the Alumni Association.A record 500 members of the extended Notre Dame family registered for the reception, Farrell said.Farrell said she was overwhelmed and inspired by the turnout of young people at the March. She said the average age of those in attendance hovered around 20 years old, creating an exciting atmosphere.“It’s impossible not to leave inspired. Everywhere you turn, you see young, smiling faces. People are greeting one another, seeing old friends and making new ones,” she said. “Imagine being surrounded by some of the most inspiring, happy and kind individuals you’ve ever met, and that will give you an idea of what it feels like to attend the March for Life.”Senior Brookelyn Bacchus said she felt a tranquil energy during the march up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court.“Strangely enough, despite the energy and excitement, I felt like there was an overwhelming sense of peace during and before the March,” Bacchus said. “I expected people to be shouting and angry, but there was a sort of reverence and calmness surrounding the whole situation.”Tags: 2019 March for Life, anti-abortion, marchlast_img read more

Imperfect flu vaccine offered some protection

first_imgAug 12, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Two studies from Colorado show that the 2003-04 influenza vaccine provided some protection even though it didn’t match up well with the predominant flu virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.One study showed that small children who had been fully vaccinated were 25% to 49% less likely than unvaccinated children to contract a flu-like illness, according to an article in the Aug 13 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The other study indicated that adults aged 50 to 64 years were 52% less likely to get the flu if they had been vaccinated.”Influenza vaccine . . . can provide benefit even in years when the influenza vaccine and circulating strains are not matched optimally,” the CDC report states.To assess vaccine effectiveness in children, the investigators retrospectively compared rates of vaccination and medical treatment for influenza and related illnesses in 5,139 children enrolled in Kaiser Permanente Colorado. The study included children aged 6 to 23 months. Illnesses classified as either “influenza-like illness” (ILI) or “pneumonia and influenza” were counted as flu cases.Children who had received two flu shots after September 2003 and at least 14 days before an illness were counted as fully vaccinated. Other children were counted as partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, depending on the number and timing of their shots. By Dec 7, 2003, 752 children were fully vaccinated and 1,388 were partially vaccinated.When they compared fully vaccinated children with unvaccinated children, the investigators found that the vaccine was 25% effective against ILI (P=.052) and 49% effective against pneumonia and influenza (P=.022). However, the partially vaccinated children had no significant reduction in ILI or pneumonia and influenza. The report says the findings add to the evidence that children who have not been vaccinated before should receive two doses of flu vaccine for best protection.To examine the vaccine’s performance in adults, the investigators did a case-control study of people aged 50 to 64 years. The researchers used records from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to identify people who had had a laboratory-confirmed case of influenza in November or December 2003. Controls who had not had flu in that period were recruited through random-digit phone dialing and were matched to patients by age, sex, and telephone area code.The investigators found 304 patients and 1,055 controls who met the study criteria and completed telephone interviews. In the interviews, the participants were asked about flu vaccination and timing and other medical history matters. Half of the patients had medical conditions that increased their risk of flu-related complications.The analysis showed that the vaccine was 52% effective in patients having no high-risk medical condition (95% confidence interval [CI], 31%-66%) and 38% effective in those with a high-risk condition (95% CI, 30%-60%).The report notes that flu vaccine is expected to be about 70% to 90% effective when it is well matched with the major circulating virus strains. The CDC concludes that the 2003-04 vaccine was effective enough to justify recommendations to continue vaccination efforts when there is a “suboptimal match” between the vaccine and the circulating virus.Last December, a preliminary study published by the CDC indicated that the flu vaccine was not effective in protecting Colorado healthcare workers from ILI. The new report says the preliminary study might have been too small to detect low effectiveness against ILI.CDC. Assessment of the effectiveness of the 2003-04 influenza vaccine among children and adults—Colorado, 2003. MMWR 2004;53(31):707-10 [Full text]last_img read more

Borrisoleigh aiming for first County title since ’86 this weekend

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Having not reached the County Final since before he began his senior career, Borris-Ileigh captain Paddy Stapleton says they’ve made lots of small changes this year.. Borris-Ileigh are aiming for their first County senior hurling title since 1986 this weekend.The face reigning county champions Thurles Sarsfields, who are aiming for four-in-a-row.Both clubs are champions of their respective divisions this year, following impressive seasons – Sars are unbeaten, and Borris-Ileigh have only lost one game.last_img