Matawan faces adversity but enjoys solid season

first_img By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer JERRY WOLKOWITZ Middletown North’s Mike Niesz drives past Freehold Township’s John Kambon during the Lions’ overtime loss at home on Friday. On the heels of a solid 56-45 win at St. John Vianney in Holmdel on Saturday, the Matawan High School boys’ basketball team is looking forward to the second half of the campaign. Freshman Jason Simmons put up 12 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked five shots, as Lucas Castell contributed 14 points and A.J. Roque added 13 points for the Huskies. “That was a big win for us,” Matawan coach Jack George said. “This is a relatively young team, so it will give us some confidence. The guys really came out with purpose against St. John’s, and they played well from start to finish.” The Huskies are indeed a young team, and to make matters more difficult, a scheduling snafu resulted in just seven home games this season. At this point, Matawan has played more games at St. John Vianney’s (four) than it has at home (three). “These things happen, so we’re just trying to work hard and get better,” George said. “We have an up-and-coming team. We have only two seniors, so most of our guys will be back next year, the jayvee and freshman teams are doing well and the Matawan Avenue Middle School team is undefeated. There’s talent in the program, and more is coming.” Senior Troy Robin, a 6-4 forward, leads the Huskies in scoring with an average of 13 points and also contributes seven rebounds. Simmons, who stands at 6-5, is right behind with averages of 12 points and seven boards, and Castell, a junior, is also averaging in double figures, with 10.5 points and 2.5 assists. Point guard Chris Coachman and Roque are averaging six points apiece, and 6-5 forward Carl Howard, usually the first man off the bench, is averaging two points and three rebounds. Other members of the team include senior swingman Mike Abromowitz and sophomores Rasheed Edwards and Eric Fertig, both guards, and Kevin Edwards and Sandy Perry, two forwards. The 6-5 Perry, a recent transfer student, becomes eligible on Friday when the Huskies host Rumson-Fair Haven. At 4-8, it seems a long shot for the Huskies to earn a state playoff berth this season. However, the young team is overcoming adversity and is getting better as the season progresses, which is all a coach can ask for. With a solid nucleus of players at Matawan now, George has plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the program. “We have a lot of potential, and I see a bright future for our team,” he said. “We have talent and height; the only thing we lack is experience. But that’s coming.” By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer Scheduling mistake leaves team with just seven home games last_img read more

World Malaria Day: The Burden of Malaria in Pregnancy in East India

first_imgPosted on April 23, 2010June 21, 2017By: Bram Brooks, MPH; David Hamer, MDClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)April 25th (this Sunday) is World Malaria Day. Recently, researchers from the Center for Global Health and Development at Boston University and the Indian National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) conducted studies to better understand the burden of malaria among pregnant women in east India. In honor of World Malaria Day, the Maternal Health Task Force invited Bram Brooks and David Hamer to share with our readers an overview of what they have learned.Written by Bram Brooks, MPH & David Hamer, MDGlobal OverviewMalaria in pregnancy (MiP) can have serious health outcomes for both the mother and infant and thus presents a major public health challenge. Studies have shown that MiP increases the chances of fetal death, prematurity, low birth weight, and maternal anemia [1-4]. An estimated 10,000 women and 200,000 of their infants die each year as a result of malaria infection during pregnancy [5].Current ResearchAs most MiP studies were conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, limited epidemiological data exist for MiP outside of Africa. Several studies conducted by researchers at Boston University and the Indian National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) have been recently implemented in east India with the aim of building the empirical evidence to better define the global risk map of MiP.The India MiP study consisted of a series of cross-sectional surveys and involved the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data in several urban and rural districts in the Indian states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh [6-8]. Between all the study sites, over 5,082 pregnant women were enrolled at antenatal clinics and 1,746 in delivery units. The study findings indicated that the prevalence of malaria among pregnant women in east India was approximately 2-3%. In addition, malaria parasites were more common in pregnant women with fever, those living in rural areas, and women who were pregnant for the first time. Furthermore, mean birth weight was lower among women with placental malaria versus those without placental infection. In terms of the use of malaria control measures as reported by the participants, indoor residual spraying and untreated bed nets were common, whereas insecticide-treated bed nets and malaria chemoprophylaxis were rarely used. It was also noted through qualitative interviews that misconceptions and use of unproven prevention and treatment methods are common among pregnant women in eastern India.The results from the series of MiP studies in India support other findings that show malaria mortality and morbidity in pregnant women are much lower outside of Africa. Although the magnitude of malaria-associated morbidity outside of Africa is smaller, we must remember that the number of global individuals at risk is considerable. A recent study by the Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium estimated that approximately 125 million pregnancies around the world are at risk from malaria every year [9]. With large population numbers at risk, even small prevalence rates can translate into significant mortality and morbidity numbers.Prevention and Management of MiPThe global community has in its arsenal several evidence-based strategies to control MiP that are recommended by WHO: insecticide treated nets, intermittent preventative therapy, and effective case management [5]. Meta-analyses of intervention trials suggest that successful prevention of MiP reduces the risk of severe maternal anemia by 38%, low birth weight by 43%, and fetal death by 27% among pregnant women [10]. Prevention and control of MiP is an important goal that can be achieved. The challenge is to implement these strategies within national guidelines and programs so that these are effective in reducing MiP-associated mortality and morbidity.1. Guyatt HL, Snow RW. Impact of malaria during pregnancy on low birth weight in sub-Saharan Africa. Clin Microbiol Rev 2004; 17:760-769.2. Steketee RW, Nahlen BL, Parise ME, Menendez C. The burden of malaria in pregnancy in malaria endemic areas. Am J of Trop Med Hyg 2001; 64(1-2):28-35.3. Shulman CE, Graham WJ, Jilo H, Lowe BS, New L, Obiero J, et al. Malaria is an important cause of anaemia in primigravidae: evidence from a district hospital in coastal Kenya. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 1996; 90(5):535-539.4. Verhoeff FH, Brabin BJ, Chimsuku L, Kazembe P, Broadhead RL. Malaria in pregnancy and its consequences for the infant in rural Malawi. Ann Trop Med Parasitol 1999; 93(1):S25-S335. Marchesini P, Crawley J. Reducing the burden of malaria. MERA/RBM/WHO Jan 2004.6. Hamer DH, Singh MP, Wylie BJ, Yeboah-Antwi K, Tuchman J, Desai M, Udhayakumar V, Gupta P, Brooks MI, Shukla MM, Awasthy K, Sabin L, MacLeod WB, Dash AP, Singh N. Burden of malaria in pregnancy in Jharkhand State, India. Malaria Journal 2009, 3:8:210.7. Sabin LL, Rizal A, Brooks MI, Tuchman J, Wylie B, Gill CJ, Singh MP, Setterlund KG, Joyce KM, Yeboah-Antwi K, Singh N, Hamer DH. “Attitudes, knowledge, and practices regarding malaria prevention and treatment among pregnant women in Jharkhand, India: A qualitative study.” Am J Trop Med Hyg, in press.8. Singh N, Singh MP, Hussain M, Shukla MM, Dash AP, Wylie B, Yeboah-Antwi K, Udhayakumar V, Desai M, Hamer D. “Burden of malaria in pregnancy in Chhattisgarh State India.” Abstract 010-O. International Symposium on Tribal Health, February 27-March 1, 2009. Jabalpur, India.9. Dellicour S, Tatem AJ, Guerra CA, Snow RW, ter Kuile FO. Quantifying the number of pregnancies at risk of Malaria in 2007: A demographic study. PLOS Medicine 2010; 7(1):e1000221.10. Desai M, ter Kuile FO, Nosten F, McGready R, Asamoa K, Brabin B, Newman RD. Epidemiology and burden of malaria in pregnancy. Lancet Infect Dis 2007; 7 (2):93-104.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

What To Discuss For a Healthy Financial Future

first_imgWhen it comes to a healthy relationship, it’s very important to talk about money management, how you’re going to budget, save, everything. Joining two lives is complicated enough without forgetting to talk about how you’re going to use money, split bills, and plan for your future.Things like buying a home or a car, or annual vacations need to be budgeted for, and there must be an agreement between you both about how money is spent and saved. If you don’t take the time to lay it all out early on, you may both be surprised in a negative way later. You really want to be on the same page when it comes to money, or it will lead to arguments and resentment.Here are some things that you and your significant other need to discuss, in order to have a healthy financial future:Salaries.You will likely have a salary disparity. One of you will make more, and together you’ll need to decide a fair way of splitting bills.For example, if one of you make a lot more than the other, then 50/50 split may not be fair, OR if 50/50 is very important to you both, then you will need to adjust your lifestyle accordingly, so that the lower earning partner can afford half while still saving money each month.Or maybe 60/40 works best for you, and that allows you both to be spending the same proportional amount of income towards bills. Credit score.You are your partner should both get your credit checked, so that there are no surprises. Ideally, this should be done once a year! You should know what each other’s score is, and learn how to improve your score over time, such as with paying credit cards on time, or having bills in your name.Credit score impacts your ability to buy cars, houses, and more, so if one of you has a very low score, you may need to adjust whether or not you can buy a house on a certain timeline, or using both names on the mortgage. It can also impact the amount you can get for a mortgage, because you would only be using one name and one salary to apply. Retirement.Just like savings, this one is also very important. If your partner is not saving for retirement, like in a 401 (k) or an IRA, will your retirement savings be enough to keep both of you afloat? This is another place where if it is not discussed and decided, it can sneak up on you both and be a huge problem later in life. Just because you are young doesn’t mean you can ignore retirement savings. In fact, when you’re young is the best time to start worrying about retirement! Savings.All of your monthly expenses and budgeting needs to account for saving money monthly, too. How much do you and your partner think is a good amount to save every month? How much have they saved previously? Experts say that you should always have 3-6 months worth of bills saved at any given time, in case of emergencies like an unexpected job loss.How will you keep your savings? You can invest it, keep it in a savings account or money market account, or many other options.You should also discuss what you are saving FOR. Are you going to start a separate vacation fund, or house fund, etc, if you’re earmarking money for specific things and goals. Debt.This one is VERY important to talk about before combining finances. Once you’re married, debt basically becomes shared. You should both be extremely honest about any student loans, mortgage debts, credit card debts, or others. Paying off unexpected debts can breed resentment in couples, and should be discussed before you get married!If either of you do have large debts, you both need to sit down and make a reasonable and realistic plan for tackling it. That plan might be just the debtor’s money, or it could be the combined money, but it must be planned for. These are some of the things that you have to discuss and make plans for when you are combining lives and finances.Mint is just one way to put everything in one place and have clear goals to work towards, as well as have everything organized and accessible. Next time, I am going to talk to you about budgeting for a wedding together! Post navigation Jessica Naziri is the founder of, a lifestyle website for women inspired by tech. She has been a technology news reporter for The Los Angeles Times, CNN and Since then, her work has also appeared in TechCrunch, The Washington Post, Mashable, CBS, The Travel Channel, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Inside Edition, Yahoo!, and Business Insider.Follow Jessica on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or reach out directly via email [email protected] this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Credit cards.How are you, as a couple, planning to pay your bills? Will you split individual bills, or use a shared credit card to pay for everything and split the final total at the end of the month? How you plan to pay your bills and use shared finances like credit cards is important to discuss ahead of time.You should also make sure that you agree on the type of credit card to get. Do you want points, miles, etc.You also need to discuss responsibility for credit cards. Make sure you both have the same outlook. For example, some people pay off their card every month and only put on cards what they have readily available, which is a smart way of thinking of them.last_img read more