Covid Threatens People With Intellectual and Developmental Challenges

first_imgChronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, colorectal cancer, mobility impairment, epilepsy, heart failure, spinal cord injury and liver disease were also associated with an increased risk of death.The report is not the first to highlight the unique risks that individuals with developmental disorders and intellectual disabilities face in the pandemic. Scientists at Syracuse University reported in June that people with these disabilities who were living in group homes in New York State had far higher rates of Covid-19, compared with other state residents, and that their risk of dying was markedly higher, as well.The population is uniquely vulnerable for several reasons. Many live in group homes or receive care from aides, therapists or teachers who must maintain close physical proximity in order to assist them. Between 16 percent and 20 percent live in congregate settings, compared with only 6 percent of seniors, said Scott Landes, an associate professor of sociology at Syracuse University and an author of that study.- Advertisement – Many are medically frail to begin with, with high rates of underlying health conditions, particularly respiratory problems. That makes them susceptible to pneumonia, increasing the risk for severe illness if they become infected with Covid.Individuals with Down syndrome are more likely to have congenital heart defects; they may have less muscle tone around the neck and a larger tongue, increasing the risk of choking frequently and developing lung infections. Over all, the death rate among all patients with Covid-19 was 0.6 percent. By contrast, 1.22 percent of those with developmental disorders and Covid-19 died, as did 3.37 percent of those with intellectual disabilities.In addition to the high risk to people with developmental disorders, lung cancer and intellectual disabilities, people with spina bifida and other nervous system anomalies were twice as likely to die of Covid-19. So were patients with leukemia and lymphoma.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

US abortion rate drop to record low

first_imgAnti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington this Jan. 18, 2019 photo. AP The report fromthe Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights,counted 862,000 abortions in the U.S. in 2017. That’s down from 926,000 talliedin the group’s previous report for 2014, and from just over 1 million countedfor 2011. NEW YORK – Thenumber and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to theirlowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according tonew figures released Wednesday.center_img Guttmacher isthe only entity that strives to count all abortions in the U.S., makinginquiries of individual providers. Federal data compiled by the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention excludes California, Maryland and New Hampshire.(AP)last_img read more

‘Fighting Finn’ launches casino affiliate website

first_img StumbleUpon Share A former National Hockey League (NHL) enforcer has announced plans to launch a new casino affiliate website.Sami Helenius, formerly of Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks, is to target Swedish casino enthusiasts with ‘Kasino Curt.’Speaking about the aims of his new project, Helenius said:  “When it comes to online gambling, Sweden is a very interesting country. A Swedish market survey by the Mediavision consultancy, found that 61 percent of all new online gambling accounts set up over the past year were with internationally licensed operators. “From an affiliate’s point of view, this means that referring Swedish players to online casinos should not be difficult, as long as the affiliate website has traffic. “I believe that in a couple of years internationally licensed online operators will be allowed to apply for Swedish licenses. I am very excited about Kasino Curt.”Helenius can’t promote the website in his homeland of Finland, where gaming is directed by the Lotteries Act, and three organisations, Veikkaus, RAY and Fintoto, hold exclusive rights to gambling operations.In Sweden it is believed that plans to overhaul its online gambling market are to be pressed ahead with, ending the monopoly of state owned Svenka Spel and allowing international operators to apply for local licenses.Should this go ahead, however, it’s thought it won’t come into force until after the country holds its next general election in September 2018. Submit Share Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more