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Business Report: More fuel cell jobs; what's the future for AIM Photonics

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 1:07pm
In the latest WXXI Business Report - there are more fuel cell jobs coming to the Rochester area. Plus, the building that houses some of AIM Photonics has been sold, so what does that mean for the future of AIM and photonics in Rochester. Also, we look back at the legacy of two longtime businessmen who died this past week - Bruce Hegedorn and I.C. Shah

Supreme Court Order Paves Way For N.Y. Grand Jury To Obtain Trump's Financial Records

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 12:14pm
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Supreme Court Paves Way For N.Y. Grand Jury To Get Trump Financial Records

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 12:04pm
Updated at 2:01 p.m. ET The U.S. Supreme Court, in a one-sentence unsigned order, declined former President Donald Trump's request to further delay the enforcement of a subpoena from the Manhattan district attorney for Trump's financial records. Monday's order paves the way for a New York grand jury to obtain the records and review them. The high court's decision marks a major setback for Trump, who for years has fought to shield his finances and business practices from scrutiny. It all but clears the way for District Attorney Cyrus Vance to enforce his subpoena for the former president's financial documents. Vance issued a grand jury subpoena to Trump's personal accounting firm, Mazars USA, in August 2019 for his tax filings and other financial records. Vance's office says it wants the materials as part of a criminal investigation. The exact parameters of Vance's investigation are not clear, but from court filings it appears that his office is investigating possible insurance or

Dominion Voting Systems Files Defamation Lawsuit Against MyPillow, CEO Mike Lindell

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:50am
Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against MyPillow and its CEO Mike Lindell on Monday, saying he spread false information that its voting machines rigged the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Dominion filed a suit in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking damages in excess of $1.3 billion. According to the complaint, Lindell, an ally of former President Donald Trump, knowingly participated in spreading disinformation that Dominion's voting systems stole the election in favor of President Biden. The company calls this the "Big Lie." The complaint also alleges that MyPillow ran ads targeted at people who believed the conspiracy theories about the election outcome in order to profit. "Lindell — a talented salesman and former professional card counter — sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows. MyPillow's defamatory marketing campaign — with promo codes like 'FightforTrump,' '45,' 'Proof,' and 'QAnon'—has increased MyPillow sales

Actors Involved In James Franco Suit Settle, Drop Claims

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:19am
The parties involved in a sexual misconduct case against Oscar-nominated actor James Franco have reached a preliminary settlement agreement. The two actors who filed the suit have agreed to drop their claims. In 2019, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal alleged that James Franco's Studio 4 acting school sexually exploited female students. The complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, also alleged fraud and sought to represent more than 100 former female students at the now defunct Studio 4. Vince Jolivette, Jay Davis and Franco's RabbitBandini Productions were also named in the suit which accused Studio 4 of setting out to "create a steady stream of young women to objectify and exploit." According to their joint status report filed on Feb. 11, Tither-Kaplan and Gaal agreed to drop their individual claims. The Sexual Exploitation Class claims will also be dismissed. NPR is reaching out to both parties for comment. The original complaint was filed shortly after Franco won a Golden

Coming up on Connections: Monday, February 22

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:05am
First hour: Discussing the future of movie theaters Second hour: An update on vaccine distribution from the co-leaders of the Finger Lakes Vaccine Task Force

Paciente de transplante muere después de recibir pulmones infectados con covid

Latest Updates From Kaiser Health News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 9:56am

Médicos dicen que una mujer en Michigan desarrolló covid-19 y murió el otoño pasado, dos meses después de recibir un trasplante doble de pulmón de un donante que portaba el coronavirus que causa la enfermedad, a pesar de que no mostró signos de la enfermedad y que inicialmente dio negativo.

Autoridades de la Escuela de Medicina de la Universidad de Michigan sugirieron que podría ser el primer caso comprobado en el país de covid en el que el virus se transmitió a través de un trasplante de órganos. Un cirujano que manipuló los pulmones del donante también se infectó y se enfermó, pero luego se recuperó.

El incidente parece ser aislado, el único caso confirmado entre casi 40,000 trasplantes realizados en 2020. Pero ha generado el pedido de que se hagan pruebas más exhaustivas a los donantes, con muestras tomadas de las profundidades de los pulmones, así como de la nariz y la garganta, dijo el doctor Daniel Kaul, director del servicio de trasplantes de enfermedades infecciosas de Michigan Medicine.

“No hubiéramos usado los pulmones si hubiéramos tenido una prueba de covid positiva”, dijo Kaul, coautor de un informe sobre el caso en el American Journal of Transplantation.

El virus se transmitió cuando los pulmones de una mujer de la zona centrooeste del país, que murió después de sufrir una lesión cerebral grave en un accidente automovilístico, fueron implantados en una mujer con enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica en el Hospital Universitario de Ann Arbor.

Las muestras de nariz y garganta recolectadas de forma rutinaria tanto de donantes como de receptores de órganos habían dado negativo para SARS-CoV-2, el virus que causa covid.

“Todos los exámenes que normalmente hacemos y podemos hacer, los hicimos”, dijo Kaul.

Sin embargo, tres días después de la operación, la receptora tuvo fiebre; su presión arterial bajó y su respiración se volvió dificultosa. Las radiografías mostraron signos de infección pulmonar.

A medida que su condición empeoraba, la paciente desarrolló un shock séptico y problemas de función cardíaca. Los médicos decidieron realizar la prueba para SARS-CoV-2, dijo Kaul. Las muestras de sus nuevos pulmones dieron positivo.

Sospechando el origen de la infección, los médicos regresaron a las muestras de la donante. Una prueba molecular de un hisopo de la nariz y la garganta de la donante, tomada 48 horas después de extraer los pulmones, resultó negativa para SARS-Cov-2. La familia de la donante les dijo a los médicos que no tenía antecedentes de viajes recientes o síntomas de covid, y que no había tenido una exposición conocida a nadie con la enfermedad.

Pero los médicos habían conservado una muestra de líquido tomada de lo más profundo de los pulmones de la donante. Cuando analizaron ese líquido, resultó positivo para el virus. Cuatro días después del trasplante, el cirujano que manipuló los pulmones y realizó la cirugía también dio positivo.

El examen genético reveló que la donante había infectado a la receptora del trasplante y al cirujano. Otros diez miembros del equipo de trasplantes dieron negativo para el virus.

La salud de la receptora del trasplante se deterioró rápidamente y desarrolló una falla orgánica multisistémica. Los médicos probaron tratamientos conocidos para covid, incluido remdesivir, un medicamento recientemente aprobado, y plasma sanguíneo convaleciente de personas previamente infectadas.

Finalmente, tuvo respiración extracorpórea con la opción conocido como ECMO, un último recurso para mantener viva a una persona, sin éxito. Fue desconectada y falleció, 61 días después del trasplante.

Kaul calificó al incidente como “un caso trágico”.

Si bien el caso de Michigan marca el primer incidente confirmado en los Estados Unidos de transmisión a través de un transplante, se sospecha de otros.

Un informe reciente de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) revisó ocho posibles casos de lo que se conoce como infección derivada de donantes que ocurrieron la primavera pasada, pero concluyó que la fuente más probable de transmisión del virus en esos casos estaba en la comunidad o en el entorno de atención médica.

Antes de este incidente, no estaba claro si el coronavirus que causa covid podría transmitirse a través de trasplantes de órganos sólidos, aunque es algo que está bien documentado con otros virus respiratorios. La transmisión por donantes de la influenza pandémica H1N1 de 2009 se ha detectado casi exclusivamente en receptores de trasplantes de pulmón, apuntó Kaul.

Si bien no es sorprendente que el SARS-CoV-2 pueda transmitirse a través de los pulmones infectados, no se sabe todavía si otros órganos afectados por covid (corazones, hígados y riñones) también puedan transmitir el virus.

“Parece que para los donantes que no son de pulmón puede ser muy difícil transmitir covid, incluso si el donante tiene covid”, dijo Kaul.

Los donantes de órganos han sido analizados de forma rutinaria para SARS-CoV-2 durante la pandemia, aunque no es un requisito de la Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), que supervisa los trasplantes en todo el país. Pero el caso de Michigan subraya la necesidad de pruebas más extensas antes del trasplante, especialmente en áreas con altas tasas de transmisión de covid, dijo Kaul.

Cuando se trata de pulmones, eso significa asegurarse de analizar muestras del tracto respiratorio inferior del donante, así como de la nariz y la garganta. Obtener y analizar estas muestras de donantes puede ser difícil de realizar en una urgencia. También existe el riesgo de introducir una infección en los pulmones donados, explicó Kaul.

Debido a que no se utilizaron otros órganos además de los pulmones, el caso de Michigan no brinda información sobre los protocolos de prueba para otros órganos.

En general, las transmisiones virales de los donantes de órganos a los receptores siguen siendo raras y ocurren en menos del 1% de los receptores de trasplantes, según muestran investigaciones. Los riesgos médicos que enfrentan los pacientes enfermos que rechazan un órgano de un donante son generalmente mucho más altos, dijo el doctor David Klassen, director médico de United Network for Organ Sharing, el contratista federal que administra la OPTN.

“Los riesgos de frenar los trasplantes son catastróficos”, dijo. “No creo que los pacientes deban tener miedo al proceso de transplante”.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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Italian Ambassador To DRC Is Killed In Attack On Food Aid Convoy

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 9:51am
Updated at 8:50 a.m. ET Italian Ambassador Luca Attanasio was killed in a violent attack on an aid convoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday. Two other people also died, including an Italian national police officer and a driver, Italy's foreign ministry said as it announced Attanasio's death. The attackers struck near Goma, as Attanasio rode in a U.N. World Food Program convoy near the DRC's eastern borders with Rwanda and Uganda. The ambassador was part of a delegation visiting a feeding program at a school. "A number of other passengers travelling with the delegation sustained injuries during the attack," the World Food Program said. It added that the road the group was on "had previously been cleared for travel without security escorts." The exact circumstances around the attack remain unclear, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said as he announced Attanasio's death . He said Italy is now mourning a shocking loss, and will spare no effort to learn what happened. Goma is the

Green House nursing homes kept COVID cases low via small sizes, private rooms, universal workers

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 8:51am
(This is the first in a two-part series examining the Green House Project as a potential solution to the long-term care crisis. A second part, focused on whether the model is financially replicable, will air and be published online Tuesday). Like anyone with a parent in a nursing home, the pandemic hasn’t been easy for Mare Millow. Her once spontaneous visits to her 80-year-old mother’s nursing home are now prohibited. She analyzes her mother’s wellbeing through the photos that staff send her. But, unlike hundreds of thousands of others with a loved one in a nursing home, Millow hasn’t had to endure receiving that call — the call telling her that her mother, or any resident near her, has tested positive for COVID-19. “I've never felt that she's not safe,” Millow said. “Or that I have to worry about her in ways other than you would worry about any elderly parent.” Her mother’s nursing home, which is part of St. John’s skilled nursing campus in Fairport, about 10 miles east of Rochester,

'To Me He's Not A Number': Families Reflect As U.S. Nears 500,000 COVID-19 Deaths

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 8:30am
How do we wrap our minds around the fact that nearly half a million people have died of COVID-19 in the United States alone? The nation is on the cusp of that milestone: 500,000 lives lost, in just one year. Shafqat Khan was an organizer in the Pakistani immigrant community in New Jersey. He died of COVID on April 14, 2020. "Every day is a milestone for me," says his daughter Sabila Khan. Sabila Khan For the families of those who died of COVID-19, each successive milestone of this pandemic may seem irrelevant to their particular, punishing loss. "Every day is a milestone for me," says Sabila Khan. "These round numbers don't really mean anything to me. Every day is just as shocking." Her father Shafqat Khan was an organizer in the Pakistani immigrant community in New Jersey. When he died of COVID-19 at age 76 last April, near the beginning of the pandemic, the virus had claimed the lives of some 32,000 Americans. Now, with COVID deaths nearing half a million, Sabila fears the country

White House Aims To Include Higher Minimum Wage To Relief Bill

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 8:18am
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Watch Live: Attorney General Nominee Merrick Garland Has Confirmation Hearing

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 8:01am
Updated at 11:05 a.m. ET President Biden's pick for attorney general, Merrick Garland, vowed Monday that protecting civil rights and combating domestic terrorism would be priorities for the Justice Department under his watch. Garland, a widely respected judge who has served for more than 20 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the hearing live. He is expected to win the panel's approval. A final confirmation vote by the full Senate would not take place until March. "It is a fitting time to reaffirm that the role of the attorney general is to serve the rule of law and to ensure equal justice under the law," Garland told the committee. "If I am confirmed as attorney general, it will be the culmination of a career I have dedicated to ensuring that the laws of our country are fairly and faithfully enforced, and that the rights of all Americans are protected." Garland knows the Justice Department

When Does COVID-19 Become A Disability? 'Long-Haulers' Push For Answers And Benefits

WXXI US News - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 8:00am
When COVID-19 first arrived in the U.S., Jodee Pineau-Chaisson was working as the director of social services for a nursing home in western Massachusetts. By the middle of April, residents at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst were getting sick. In early May, Pineau-Chaisson was tapped for a particular duty: "I was asked to go onto the COVID-19 units to do FaceTime calls so they could say goodbye to their family members," she recalls. "I was very scared." She was worried about contracting the virus but also felt like she owed it to her residents. So, at 55 years old and with no preexisting conditions, Pineau-Chaisson put on an N95 mask and a white jumpsuit and she entered the units to help. Three days later, she had COVID-19. She says she's certain she was exposed at the nursing home since, at the time, she wasn't seeing anyone outside of work or shopping in stores, and she'd even moved out of her house and into an apartment to avoid bringing the virus home to her wife. Thinking
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