West Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claims

first_imgLinkedin Print Email Facebook Shannon Foynes Port annual report State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat WhatsApp TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCroaghfoynesHSE Mid WestlimerickNational Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI)Shanagolden Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claimsBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2016 1219 Taoiseach Leo Varadkarby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Health Minister Leo VaradkarHEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has once again been called upon by families in West Limerick to engage with them over claims of high rates of cancer within their community.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group maintain that Minister Varadkar has ignored findings in the 2001 Askeaton health report indicating that it had a significantly higher rate of deaths in children under the age of 14 than in other areas of the Mid-West.According to the group, this trend has continued and no one has investigated it. They have previously raised concerns over high rates of miscarriages and early pregnancy loss with women in the area, coupled with high respiratory problems over the years from suspected Industrial pollution in the region.“To date, the Minister has refused to meet with us and has failed to inform us fully as to how a review will be conducted and what area it will entail, its time frame to be completed by and what doctors are been spoken to,” said spokesman for the group, Pat Geoghegan.“Overwhelming evidence has been produced to Minister Varadkar to stop a recurrence happening again and families deserve more that a whitewash again this time around. This review must be fully transparent in every aspect of it,” he added.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group also want to see a broadening of any review carried out to cover the areas of Shanagolden, Foynes, Askeaton and Croagh, in relation to cancer problems.In response, a spokesperson for HSE Mid-West said that following concerns arising originally from animal health in Askeaton and its environs during the 1990s several reports by different groups including HSE and University researchers used National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) data to examine human cancer rates in the area.“The NCRI records and reports on all new cases of malignant cancer registered in Ireland and is the only source of incidence rates across geographical areas in Ireland.   “All previous reviews covering the period since cancer registration began in Ireland in 1994 until 2006, showed no significant excess of cancer incidence in the Askeaton area, although significantly elevated rates were noted in parts of Limerick City.”“As a result of new concerns expressed by a community group in the Askeaton/Cappagh area in July 2015 to the Department of Health, the HSE requested an updated analysis from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) for the same geographic area as outlined in their previous reports.“The new NCRI report confirms the continuation of this pattern for the period 2003-2012 with cancer incidence ratios in the Askeaton area still below the levels expected when compared to Mid-West incidence and significantly below the level in the Irish population during that period although higher rates persisted in Limerick City.”The HSE also says that it consulted with local GPs on any unusual clusters of cancer since 2013, especially for patients that may have resided close to Cappagh/Askeaton. Only one out of the group of GPs noted a higher rate of tumour of a particular type during this period.The HSE submitted an additional request to the NCRI to undertake a further analysis from their 1994-2012 cancer registration data specifically on this type of tumour.“The rates were analysed by NCRI for the same geographical area and no rates indicating either higher or lower risk of statistical significance were found in either the Askeaton or Limerick City areas.“In summary, rates of invasive cancer reported by NCRI remained below those expected between 2003 and 2012 in the Askeaton study areas. However, because there is a lag period of up to two years between diagnosis and inclusion in published reports, local GPs have been asked to continue to monitor for any unusual patterns in order to maintain a strong system of surveillance through the GP network.” Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Previous articleFather and son sent for trial in biker murderNext article#WATCH Adams slams ‘bad planning decisions’ leading to region’s flooding Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Twitter Limerick Lotto winners pledge to use winnings to secure children’s futurelast_img read more

Bipolar molluscs and their evolutionary implications

first_imgThe phenomenon of bipolarity, one of the major disjunct distribution patterns on the face of the earth, has been investigated repeatedly since the mid-nineteenth century. Running through the many hypotheses that have been put forward to account for its occurrence, it is possible to detect two persistent themes: it is usually interpreted within a dispersal framework, and it is generally believed to be of comparatively recent origin. To many authors, the phenomenon is intimately linked to the Plio-Pleistocene glaciations. Recent palaentological investigations have extablished that bipolarity can now be traced back to at least the Early Jurassic period (i.e. 200 m.y.a.). Here it is well marked in the Pliensbachian stage by a variety of pectinacean bivalve taxa. Further bivalves indicate probable Middle Jurassic examples, but the phenomenon is more clearly seen in the Late Jurassic, especially in the Tithonian stage. At this time, in-oceramid, buchiid and oxytomid bivalve occurrences at northern hemisphere localities such as arctic Canada, N.W. Europe, Siberia, N.E. USSR and Japan can be matched with those in southern South America, Antarctica and Australasia. A striking Early Cretaceous (Aptian-Albian) bipolar pattern for the oxytomid Aucellina may be complemented by several infaunal bivalves, brachiopods and at least one gastropod. There is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that bipolar molluscs continued to develop through the Cenozoic era. Such is the level of generic and subfamilial differentiation within certain living forms as to suggest that they must be the product of a considerable evolutionary history. It is likely that present-day distribution patterns of prosobranch gastropod groups such as th whelks (Buccinidae), together with certain fissurellids, littorinids, naticids and turrids, can be related to a late Paleogene-early Neogene phase of bipolarity. Many amphitropical taxa, in both the marine and terrestrial realms, have probable late Neogene-Pleistocene origins. It is possible to set the Jurassic and Cretaceous examples of bipolarity within a largely vicariant framework based upon the disintegration of the Pangean supercontinent. In this way the widespread ranges of putative Triassic ancestors were disrupted by tectonic processes in low latitude regions, although it should be emphasized that major climatic and oceanographic changes were almost certainly involved too. Similarly, it is possible to view late Paleogene earl Neogene bipolarity as a vicariant event, but this time with climatic change identified as the single most important agent. Widespread or cosmopolitan distributions are held to have formed during global cool phases (such as the late Eocene-early Miocene) only to be disrupted by global warming (such as in the late early Miocene). It is even possible to view Plio-Pleistocene patterns as, at leat in part, the products of vicariant events caused by rapid temperature and sea level shifts. Clearly, there is an urgent need here for more critical taxonomic data to test these various hypotheses. Phylogenetic studies of groups such as the Mesozoic bivalve superfamily Monotoidea and the Cenozoic Buccinidae, in particular, should constitute future rigorous tests. In so doing, they should also provide much useful information on the relative roles of dispersal and vicariance in promoting global disjunction in marine faunas. Repeated formation of bipolar patterns through geological time may have had important implications for modes of speciation and phenomena such as the origin of taxonomic diversity gradients.last_img read more

Moving Containers at High Speed through a Tube Could Become a Reality at Hamburg Port

first_imgHamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) have established a joint venture aimed at developing a system that would enable transporting containers at high speed through a tube to and from the Port of Hamburg.As explained, the goal of the joint venture is to develop and later market a Hyperloop transport system for shipping containers.Initially, plans include the construction of a transfer station for testing purposes at the HHLA terminal in Hamburg and the development of a transport capsule for standard shipping containers.“With the Hyperloop transport system, HHLA is pursuing the goal of developing an additional component of efficient logistic mobility solutions in Germany. As gateway to the future, we want to employ innovative approaches to make a contribution towards relieving the strain on the transport infrastructure in and around the Port of Hamburg and to use the capacities of our terminal facilities in an even more efficient way,” Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, commented.“Together, we will develop a complete system, that not only concentrates on speed and efficiency, but also takes into account the issues ports face in daily operation,” Dirk Ahlborn, founder and CEO of HTT, said.“Digitisation and technological developments are increasingly changing our day-to-day work. In order for us to remain a leading global logistics hub in the future, we need new ideas and new business models in the logistics environment, as well as infrastructure projects such as the adjustment of the navigation channel of the river Elbe and the expansion of motorways. It is good when we can develop and test such innovations here in Hamburg,” Michael Westhagemann, Minister for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, noted.Behind the concept of the Hyperloop is the idea of transporting people and goods at high speed through a tube. With the help of magnetic levitation technology, the transport capsules used in the system will be sent through a tunnel, in which there is a partial air vacuum, at speeds reaching or even exceeding 1000 km/h. A test track for transporting people and goods is currently under construction in Toulouse, France. The first test journeys in Europe are set to take place here next year.last_img read more