Print Friendly Version The men’s mile and women’s 1,500 meters are set to feature some of the top runners in the world as part of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Wednesday, April 10.The men’s mile, which has seen 34 competitors shatter the 4-minute mark in Drake Stadium history, has six competitors who have previously run faster than a 4-minute mile slated to compete this year.Fans will have the opportunity to cheer on many Relays regulars during their four laps around the Blue Oval including local talent Erik Sowinski. The University of Iowa standout made his mile debut at the Drake Relays last year and finished fifth in 4:01.44. The three-time USA Champion was the bronze medalist at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in the 800 meters and has been in the finals in each of the last 13 USA Championships with seven indoor finals appearances and six outdoors.Daniel Herrera, who finished seventh in last year’s Drake Relays mile, also returns to the Blue Oval, as does Harun Abda. Abda was who was sixth at the 2018 USA Indoor Championships in the 800 meters and a four-time Drake Relays champion while competing for Minnesota. Another collegiate standout, Chad Noelle, also returns to the Blue Oval to join the mile field.Jack Edwards, Brandon Lasater, Joe Coffey, Mike Marsell, David Elliot, Jay Welp and Julius Bor are also set to challenge the field.The women’s 1,500 meters features an equally impressive contingent headlined by Heather Kampf, a three-time Grand Blue Mile champion who was a member of previous USA Pan-American Games teams. Shannon Osika, who was fourth at the 2019 USA Championship in the indoor mile is also in the field as is Hannah Fields, who is coming off a fifth-place showing in the 1,000 meters at the USA Indoor Championship.Alexa Efraimson, one of the sport’s top young talents and the American junior record holder in the event, returns to the Blue Oval after finishing fifth in last year’s two-mile event and sixth in the 1,500 meters in 2017. Completing the field is Alexina Wilson, who was an Iowa state champion, Grace Barnett, Heather MacLean, Dana Mecke, Ashley Stinson and Savannah Camacho-Colon. The group has a total of seven NCAA All-America honors to their credit.Many of the competitors in the mile and 1,500 meters will also compete in the Grand Blue Mile as well. This year, the Grand Blue Mile, in partnership with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, is also serving as the USA Road Mile Championship.Relays Week competitions begin Tuesday, April 23, with the Grand Blue Mile on the streets of downtown Des Moines. The heptathlon and decathlon get underway in Drake Stadium Wednesday, April 24, followed by the annual Capital Square Vault. Combined events conclude Thursday, April 25, at Drake Stadium followed by the annual Distance Carnival. Action continues all day Friday and Saturday at Drake Stadium.All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets for all of the action are available via DrakeTix.com, 515-271-3647 or visiting the Drake Athletic Ticket Office.
Croup is a viral infection of the voice box and windpipe commonly seen in young children from about 6 months until three years of age. The symptoms are usually mild and the most recognizable symptom is a harsh barking cough. There may also be noisy breathing due to inflammation and mucus on the lining of the windpipe as well as hoarseness, a runny nose and a sore throat. Croup can occur on its own or develop after a cold so the child may have other cold or flu-like symptoms such as feeling warm and generally achy and unwell. Often parents will remark that the child seems not too bad during the day apart from the cough but has more difficulty breathing and a worse cough at night. Usually, the child is worst within the first few days and then improves with a lingering cough which may take a week to 10 days to settle. Is it serious?Croup is often quite mild but can occasionally become a lot worse. Usually, one or two nights of interrupted sleep with a cough and mild breathing difficulty will be followed by recovery and waiting for the cough to settle. Sometimes, however, the windpipe becomes quite narrow and the child’s breathing becomes more difficult necessitating admission to hospital for a short period. How do I know if I should bring my child to see the doctor?Firstly, if you are worried about your child you should seek medical attention. Croup will often give rise to noisy breathing but if your child has difficulty breathing then they should see the doctor. You will recognize this difficulty by seeing the child’s neck and chest muscles being pulled in with each breath, along with rapid breathing, agitation and a pale appearance. If your child has a blue appearance, is unusually drowsy, struggling to breath or unable to swallow and drools, it is an emergency situation and you should ring 999. How is croup treated?At home try to remain calm with the child and sit them upright to help their breathing – you can help them adopt a comfortable position. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are used to help lower the temperature. (If your child has a temperature for more than five days they need to see a doctor.) Cool drinks (if they want them) can also help and sometimes cool fresh air may help alleviate mild symptoms. Don’t make them drink or lie down if they have difficulty breathing if they don’t want to. Cough medicines are not suitable for children under six and antibiotics are not usually prescribed for croup (because it is caused by a virus). We used to think that steam was helpful but there is not much evidence now that it does much good and there is a risk of burns with steam. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid to help reduce the inflammation which is making breathing difficult. If the child is admitted to hospital other inhaled medication may also be used. The above information is intended as advice only and should you have any concerns please contact your own Doctor. Dr Ciarán Roarty MB, BCh BAO MICGP DRCOG Grad. Cert. Obst. Ultrasound is a full-time GP at Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice , Scally Place, Letterkenny, Tel 0749164111scallys.ieDD Medical Matters: What is croup and when do we need to see a doctor? was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Scally McDaid RoartyShare this:Click 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 share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD Medical MattersDr Ciarán Roarty of Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – “Over the past near four years, the issue of crime and border control has been one of those areas in national life that drew my, as well as my Party’s keen attention. It is unfortunate that I am again speaking to this issue after a criminal spree over the weekend that saw a series of serious offenses committed which included the physical attack on a young lady. The PDM continues to be concerned about crime and the recent spate over the past few days only heighten our concerns.”“Whilst persons will say we are out of control and others will say we must be guarded as we are a tourist destination. I say we are neither at the place that we wish to live in nor one that tourists will like to see. The recent crimes continue to be out of character for us and at a level and of a sort that we must never before seen nor can we accept even at the expense of development.”“My Party and I have already sought an audience with the Commissioner of Police and Governor Freeman to ensure that all is being done to minimize as much as possible the recent spike in crime. We will also begin a dialogue with Flow and Digicel to implement a free non – emergency number to contact Police.”“We continue to recognize the importance for stronger and better Police/People relations and will seek to initiate crime prevention programs between the Police and the People. Since last year we began our call for Neighborhood Watch Groups and we will again renew these efforts. However, we will immediately embark on the establishment of a Citizens Advisory Board to advise Police which would foster a better relationship between Police and the People.”“We have over the years called for a Symposium, for a national dialogue, for stronger and innovative leadership of the Police and Border Control with new crime fighting tools that will outmatch today’s criminals. We have released a 12 Point Plan publicly for use by the authorities. We renew our call today again to take the fight to crime as crime has certainly taken its fight to our very own homes. We wish to reemphasize the need to never politicize crime or to use it as a political football and we remind all to continue to recognize that the powers, day to day operations and ultimate responsibility lies with the Governor and the Commissioner of Police. We must however see ourselves as critical stakeholders and partners in the fight.”“As we hear also of the recent Prison break from a Prison described by Haiti as “violent”, we are cognizant of the fact that it is highly possible that escapees can make their way here to our shores. To this end, whilst we acknowledge the Government’s call for heightened alert of our systems and for the UK to patrol our waters, we call for a high level dialogue with our partners in OPBAT, the Coast Guard and the Royal Navy. These are unusual times and we believe that we do have a strong position for heightened assistance. We can ill afford to become a safe haven to any of these escapees.”“In the mean time we continue to ask our citizens and residents to form neighborhood watch groups, report suspicious behavior to Police, report any sloops that you may have knowledge of that may have TCI as its destination and do not harbor any illegal or criminals. This requires all hands on deck. A safer TCI depends on all of us. We remain eager to assist as citizens and to be a more active and meaningful partner with those who have the constitutional and financial authority to curb this tide.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp