England vs. USA in World Cup Odds Preview

The World Cup begins two weeks from today and the public can’t wait for the June 12 opener between England and USA. Here’s the preview from BroburySports.com.

England is a -250 favorite over USA for the opener, with the Americans at +650. A tie comes in at +325 and the total is 2 ½-goals.

England is trying to win its first World Cup since 1966. Its best finish since then was a 4th in 1990. This country has experienced a lot of heartbreaks at the World Cup. Losing on penalty kicks is nothing new to them, and it happened again against Portugal in 2006.

However, oddsmakers are again high on their chances. England is +500 to win the title, with only Spain (+350) and Brazil (+400) listed above them. The next five on the list are Argentina (+600), Netherlands (+900), Italy (+1000), Germany (+1100) and France (+1250).

Star players are what make England tick. David Beckham was the big name in the last three World Cups. He would have become his country’s first player to play in four, but was derailed by an Achilles injury.

Beckham would have been just a bit player anyhow. The new star is forward Wayne Rooney, who put up over 30 goals this year for famed Manchester United. He’s battled injury problems of his own, but he must put the ball in the net for England to win the tournament.

Coach Fabio Capello is coaching his first World Cup for England. He’s been a star in Italy as both a player and a coach, and has brought good energy to the process.

USA shocked the world in 2002 by going to the World Cup quarterfinals. They then put up a fight against powerful Germany before losing 1-0.

USA had a disappointing result in 2006, losing to Ghana and the Czech Republic, while surprising tying eventual champion Italy. They did not advance.

A runner-up spot at the 2009 Confederations Cup has cause for much more optimism this time around.

Note that England is the heavy -333 favorite to win Group C. USA is +420 with Slovenia +1000 and Algeria +1400. This is considered an easy grouping for England, and USA should advance to the second round as well.

Treating infants with jaundice all in the comfort of home

New Straits Times May 22, 2001

New Straits Times 05-22-2001 Treating infants with jaundice all in the comfort of home Edition: Main/Lifestyle; 2* Section: National see here jaundice in newborns

Petaling Jaya –

PETALING JAYA, Mon. – Mothers of infants suffering from jaundice or Hyperbilirubinemia can now opt to seek phototherapy treatment in the comfort of their own home.

Normally phototherapy treatment is only done in hospitals with both mother and newborn as in-patients, although sometimes parents choose to have just the newborn hospitalised.

Thanks to Home Phototherapy Services Sdn Bhd (HPS), mothers can now choose not to be separated from their newborns and breastfeeding is easier as the baby can be placed next to the mother.

HPS offers rental of the portable phototherapy equipment called Blue Lite. Technicians and nurses will help set up the equipment.

Blue Lite is locally-produced and designed by a Malaysian, Ridha Anas, who is also the managing director of HPS.

He said home phototherapy was not a new concept in healthcare management and had been practised in America for over 20 years.

The product was launched by National Population and Family Board chairman Datin Paduka Zaleha Ismail at a hotel today.

Ridha said it now had 15 units and HPS had received enquiries from Australia and Hong Kong.

He said opting for this home service was an economical option as hospitalisation costs for this ailment was between RM1,500 and RM2,500 for a four- to seven-day treatment.

Home phototherapy would cost about one third of the overall hospital treatment cost, including daily visits to the pediatrician and the bilirubin test.

Ridha said before renting the Blue Lite, the mother of a newborn needed to get the pediatrician’s consent and would need to follow his instructions on how often she had to meet up with him.

Rental charges are RM80 for delivery, setting and collection of the equipment including instructions by trained nurse or technician, RM50 for daily rental and a RM300 deposit. A manual will also be given to customers. go to website jaundice in newborns

The minimum rental period is three days.

Jaundice in newborns has, in recent years, became a common post- natal phenomenon in Malaysia where conservative estimates state that about 10 to 20 per cent of newborns were affected.

Diet, lifestyle and environment are factors often cited as the cause of the problem. Symptoms of the illness include yellowness of skin and eyes caused by excess bilirubin in the blood.

High levels of bilirubin can cause deafness and cerebral palsy or brain damage. Jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up faster than a newborn’s liver can break it down and pass it from the body.

In most cases, treatment involves phototherapy.

For enquiries on Blue Lite, contact HPS at 03-7957 8137.


Caption: A convenient option … Zaleha showing the Blue Lite home phototherapy equipment at the launch. Looking on is Ridha.

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