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

Gardaí arrested and charged a man in his 20s in relation…

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook Print Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in his 20s in relation to 12 incidents of robbery, burglary, theft and fraud that occurred in Limerick city from September to December 2019.Gardaí from Roxboro Road and Henry Street carried out investigations in relation to the following incidents:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 8 theft from shop incidents where items such as clothing and toiletries were stolen.One burglary and two fraud incidents on 2nd September. Shortly after 9pm, a man entered a staff area of a business on Parnell Street and took a staff members wallet.A bank card that was inside the wallet was they used in in the area without the owner’s permission.One robbery from the person. On the 5th December, a man was walking on Cathedral Place when he was approached by 3 men, assaulted and had his wallet stolen. He was taken to University Hospital Limerick with non-life threatening injuries and was later discharged.A man in his 20s was arrested yesterday, 27th January, 2020 and detained at Roxboro Road Garda Station. He has since been charged in connection with these incidents and is due to appear before Limerick City District Court this morning at 10.30am. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleWATCH: Highlights from Limerick’s comeback win over TipperaryNext articleLimerick Ladies kick off National League Campaign with one-point loss Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post LimerickNewsGardaí arrested and charged a man in his 20s in relation to 12 incidentsBy Staff Reporter – January 28, 2020 2531 last_img read more

As Indian Country bears brunt of the pandemic, new calls on Washington to act

first_img Pandemic’s path of destruction widens For Native Americans, COVID-19 is ‘the worst of both worlds at the same time’ “The argument that we made, those of us who represent states that have larger Native populations, is that if we’re granting all these dollars to the states, why aren’t we also granting dollars to these sovereign nations?” Daines said. Though federal funds were ultimately earmarked for tribes, distribution of that money and restrictions on its use has been a source of frustration for many tribal governments.“We have over 1,000 enrolled members, and … we’ve received significantly less funding than other tribes in our similar population base,” said Shelley Buck, president of the Prairie Island Indian community in eastern Minnesota.The U.S. Treasury Department, which was charged with administering most COVID stimulus spending, used a formula to allocate funding for tribal governments based on an Indian housing grant program in which the Prairie Island Indian community didn’t participate, resulting initially in lower federal aid levels than the tribal government was entitled to, Buck said. In addition, Treasury guidance on how to spend CARES Act money has been uneven.“Until we actually get guidelines from the Treasury that are set in stone, that don’t keep changing, we’re almost afraid to use the money because we don’t want to have to pay it back,” Buck said. Like countless state and local governments, the 574 federally recognized American Indian tribes across the U.S. are struggling to respond to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19 — and the resulting economic devastation. Despite the $11 billion in direct relief Congress earmarked for tribal governments last spring, the funds have been slow to reach Native Americans, and legal restrictions and other red tape have hindered tribes’ capacities to adequately respond to the pandemic.During an online panel hosted by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, tribal leaders and members of Congress discussed the unique challenges Indian Country is facing as it responds to COVID.“The pandemic has impacted every area of our tribal life,” said Stephen Lewis, M.P.A. ’07, governor of the Gila River Indian community in Arizona. The community, which is adjacent to Phoenix and has significant numbers of tribal members living off of the reservation in surrounding towns and cities, had to scramble to find testing resources, particularly in the early summer as the virus spread rapidly across the state.“We’ve had to be, just like other tribes, very entrepreneurial at times to find solutions and make sure that we had testing,” said Lewis.As COVID-19 touched Indian Country from isolated Native Alaskan villages to the large Navajo reservation sprawled across portions of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, the economic impacts were particularly hard on tribal business and government revenues. According to an analysis by a team of researchers affiliated with the Harvard Project, the tribal regions face the loss of more than 1.1 million jobs and more than $49.5 billion in wages and benefits for workers.When Congress prepared the massive COVID-19 stimulus package known as the CARES Act this past March, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and others pushed for a more robust federal assistance package for Indian Country. “Until we actually get guidelines from the Treasury that are set in stone, that don’t keep changing, we’re almost afraid to use the money because we don’t want to have to pay it back.” — Shelley Buck, president of the Prairie Island Indian community Virus takes disproportionate toll on tribes’ health and economy, Harvard experts say Skeptics’ refusal may be big hurdle to ending pandemic, returning to normal center_img At least half of households in 4 biggest U.S. cities report serious financial problems, poll says Related The Prairie Island Indian community may not have the luxury of waiting to spend its CARES Act assistance much longer, as funding is set to expire at the end of the year. “We have been hearing from tribes all across the country that the flexibility in the funding and that the timeframe needs to be extended,” said Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids, an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the vice chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus. “I definitely think we need to see additional relief to our tribal communities because they’ve been so hard-hit.”Daines agreed that the COVID crisis is far from over in Indian Country, and that tribal governments are likely to need additional resources from Congress to recover.“We’re not out of the woods, and I’m just concerned that as we enter the fourth quarter and first quarter of next year, getting in those winter months, that I think we’re going to start seeing more difficult economic challenges and health challenges.” A public-relations campaign to build trust in COVID vaccine?last_img read more

Padres at Dodgers: Friday game time, TV channel and starting pitchers

first_imgLoves to face: Yangervis Solarte, 0 for 4PADRES LHP CLAYTON RICHARD (5-12, 5.17 ERA)Vs. Dodgers: 7-6, 4.13 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 3-2, 3.51 ERAHates to face: Justin Turner, 7 for 14 (.500), 1 HRLoves to face: Yasmani Grandal, 1 for 6 (.167), 1 strikeout THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP RICH HILL (8-4, 3.47 ERA)Vs. Padres: 3-3, 3.90 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 7-4, 2.28 ERAHates to face: Manuel Margot, 2 for 3 (.667), 1 double PADRES at DODGERSWhen: Friday, 7:10 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: SportsNet LAcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img