‘Central torso architecture’ in new bib shorts concept from GORE Wear

first_imgGORE Wear is kicking off its 2019 Spring/Summer Collection with a completely new bib shorts concept. The design is called ‘central torso architecture’ and keeps the seat insert in the correct position, helping to ensure maximum comfort.The collection comprises three purpose-built bib shorts designs – one for competitive racers, one for cyclists who spend a long time in the saddle and one for hot weather conditions. The new shorts have been designed in collaboration with Olympic cycling champion Fabian Cancellara.Head of Design at GORE Wear, Clemens Deilmann, reportedly had the idea several years ago: ‘a bib short design that stems from the central torso and keeps the seat insert in the correct position no matter what.’ After much tweaking, the new cycle apparel offering is being unveiled with the international GORE Wear athletes and current Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara for the Spring/Summer 2019 season.GORE Wear’s new ‘central torso architecture’ builds the bib shorts’ design concept around the seat insert. In common constructions the seat insert is usually applied to an engineered bib short ‘shell’. When riding, GORE Wear adds that bib short straps exert multi-directional tension on the seat insert and the stretchy fabric of the bib short.The company claims that, with ‘central torso architecture… everything revolves around the seat insert and how it is connected to the body and the bib shorts.’ This design keeps the seat insert in position – and thus provides a stable but sensitive connection between rider and bike.What all the seat inserts also have in common is the ergonomically shaped and patented GORE WINDSTOPPER Cup. This is ‘breathable in summer to prevent overheating while being preventative from wind and over-cooling.’ Related GORE Wear adds that the use of elastic stretch materials also enables range of motion for a rider’s legs while simultaneously helping to eliminate most of the usual seams thanks to clever pre-formed cuts. The wide, seamless shoulder straps and the silicone thigh cuffs put the finishing touch to the fit.Fabian Cancellara, current Olympic champion and GORE Wear ambassador, was involved in the development at an early stage, especially when it came to the fit and details such as leg cuffs, seam placement or the degree of compression. He said “The best shorts throughout my professional career were always the ones I could barely feel. And these new Race Bib Shorts are so wonderfully unobtrusive that you could simply stay in the saddle forever.”The C7 Race Bib Shorts+ use a new lightweight, non-abrasive and woven 4-way stretch material with a compact seat for muscle support without limiting range of motion – ‘ideal for competitions and hard training’. The pre-formed Expert Race seat insert provides comfort through the use of open-cell foams paired with a dense, pressure-resistant foam at the precise point where the bones meet the saddle in the extended racing position.The C7 Long Distance Bib Shorts+, made from non-abrasive knitted 4-way stretch material, is for longer rides. The straps are soft and do not dig in, the thick knit fabric is opaque, comfortable and soft, and ‘provides comfort and a safe seat even after many kilometres on the bike’. The Expert Long Distance seat insert is the same design as the Expert Race seat insert but provides more comfort in various positions on the bike (normal on longer rides) thanks to the more generous use of pressure-resistant foam.The C7 Vent Bib Shorts+ are tailor-made for the hot and humid conditions of midsummer. The fast-drying, elastic fine knit fabric of these minimalist shorts feels cool in the heat thanks to their heat and moisture-wicking properties. The fabric is non-abrasive and opaque. Cleverly placed perforations add extra cooling, even when the race heats up. The exclusive Expert Vent seat insert provides a blend of comfort and ventilation on hot days thanks to its open-cell and simultaneously pressure-resistant foams across the entire seat. It reportedly absorbs only a tiny amount of moisture and dries quickly.www.gorewear.comlast_img read more

Quarantine escapee sparked more Ebola in Nigeria

first_imgA contact of Nigeria’s first Ebola patient fled quarantine in August and passed the disease to a doctor, who subsequently infected at least two other people, offering a textbook example of how not to deal with the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.The episode extended Ebola’s reach in Nigeria from Lagos, the capital, to Port Harcourt, the country’s oil hub on the southeastern coast. Because of the number of people exposed to the doctor, the outbreak in Port Harcourt could grow bigger than the original outbreak in Lagos, the WHO said.Meanwhile, a trio of United Nations (UN) and WHO officials today again stressed the urgent need to expand the international response to West Africa’s Ebola epidemic, but insisted that the governments of the affected countries must remain in charge of efforts within their borders. The officials estimated that the international effort will cost at least $600 million.Port Harcourt casesA sick airline passenger, Patrick Sawyer, spread Ebola virus to Nigeria when he flew from Liberia to Lagos on Jul 20; he died on Jul 25. One of Sawyer’s close contacts in Lagos fled the city, where he was under quarantine, to seek treatment in Port Harcourt, the WHO said in today’s statement.The contact was treated from Aug 1 to 3 by a male physician at a Port Harcourt hotel. The physician fell ill on Aug 11, but for 2 days afterward he continued treating patients at his private clinic, operating on at least two of them, the WHO said.On Aug 13 his symptoms worsened, and he then stayed home until he was hospitalized on Aug 16, the WHO said. He died on Aug 22, and his Ebola virus disease (EVD) was confirmed on Aug 27 by a lab at Lagos University Teaching Hospital.After he got sick, the doctor had numerous contacts with others, both before and after his hospitalization, the WHO said. In the hospital, members of his church visited him and performed a healing ritual said to involve the laying on of hands, and he was attended by most of the hospital staff.The two people who caught the virus from the physician are his wife, also a doctor, and another patient at the hospital where he was treated, according to the WHO, which did not describe their conditions. Other hospital staff members are being tested.”Given these multiple high-risk exposure opportunities, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Port Harcourt has the potential to grow larger and spread faster than the one in Lagos,” the agency said.It said Nigerian health workers and WHO epidemiologists are monitoring more than 200 contacts, including about 60 believed to have had high-risk or very high-risk exposures.The Port Harcourt cases apparently raise Nigeria’s Ebola count to at least 20 cases and 7 deaths. The latest WHO general update on Ebola in West Africa, on Aug 28, put Nigeria’s tally at 17 cases and 6 deaths.Nigeria respondsThe WHO said the Nigerian government has taken a number of emergency steps in response to the new cases, with support from the WHO, the UN Children’s Fund, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).The government has activated an Ebola emergency operations center, set up a 26-bed isolation facility, and put 21 teams to work on contact tracing. The emergency center is supported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In addition, the WHO and local officials are assessing public measures at airport gates and other ports of entry in Port Harcourt.But the agency warned that security problems and public fear of Ebola “create serious problems that could hamper response operations,” with military escorts needed when moving patients into the Ebola treatment center.WHO, UN officials underline urgencyAt a press briefing in Washington, DC, today, WHO and UN officials again stressed the need to accelerate the response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis.”We’re not in a position where we can afford to lose a day, because the outbreak is currently moving ahead of efforts to control it,” said David Nabarro, MD, senior UN system coordinator for Ebola disease.Nabarro, who just returned from a needs assessment trip to West Africa with the WHO’s Keiji Fukuda, MD, said, “We need on the order of three to four times what is currently in place” in the way of resources to battle the epidemic.He estimated that it will cost “at least $600 million and maybe a lot more to get the necessary support to the countries to get this under control.”Today’s briefing followed a meeting in New York yesterday at which UN and other officials addressed UN member states to emphasize the seriousness of the Ebola situation in West Africa and urged them to send aid to the region.Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment, said he and Nabarro met with a wide range of officials and people at all levels during their visit to Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone.The main message they heard was about the lack of capacity to respond to the epidemic, including the lack of treatment centers, vehicles, protective equipment, and funds, he said.”But of all things that are low in capacity, the most important is that we don’t have enough people on the ground,” including nurses, doctors, drivers, contact investigators, Fukuda said.Aside from Nabarro’s cost estimate, he, Fukuda, and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, declined to estimate just how many health workers or other types of resources are needed. They noted previously announced goals of reversing the trend in cases within 3 months and stopping transmission in 6 to 9 months.They also stressed the obstacles caused by the Ebola-inspired cancellations of airline flights to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Chan said she has talked with experts from around the world who are willing to go to the region to provide infection control and clinical care, but because of flight cancellations, “We are unable to deploy them.”Reporters asked the three officials why, given the magnitude or the problem, they weren’t calling for more of a military-style, “command and control” response, like the “massive mobilization” coordinated by the US Navy in response to the 2004 tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia.Nabarro replied that he believes it is possible to cope with the situation “with the institutions and resources we have,” but added that scaling up the response sufficiently and fast enough is very difficult. “Over the next few days we are changing the way the WHO and UN works on this issue, and talking to governments to get them fully invested,” he said. “We are talking to all other groups that could provide support.”He commented further, “The governments of the affected countries are in charge; our role is to help them do the job they need to do.” He added that the UN aims to do all it can to ensure that responders are protected from infection.Chan echoed the point about national sovereignty saying, “I don’t think any government in this world will accept a takeover by others. So whatever we are doing, we are supporting national authorities to take the leadership.”UK patient releasedIn other developments, Royal Free Hospital in London today announced the release of William Pooley, a British nurse who contracted EVD in Sierra Leone and was treated at the hospital for 10 days. His treatment included the experimental drug ZMapp, which has been given to several other patients, including two Americans.In addition, Nancy Writebol, an American missionary and medical worker who was flown back to the United States after contracting EVD in Liberia, talked about her illness and recovery at a press conference today. She was hospitalized at Emory University in Atlanta and was released Aug 19.Writebol, who worked for the SIM (Service in Mission), said she initially thought she had malaria and was tested and treated for that disease. She said there were many times when she thought she wouldn’t survive.She said she didn’t know if the ZMapp she received was what cured her, but suggested it was more the overall combination of treatment, prayers, and support from others that saw her through the illness.Meanwhile, Bruce Johnson, president of SIM, identified the SIM worker who was recently infected with Ebola in Liberia as Rick Sacra, MD, a Boston doctor, according to a WSOC-TV news report on Writebol’s press conference. Johnson said Sacra is in good spirits and communicating with his family by phone and the Internet, the story said.Also today, the WHO released a list of 197 experts and officials who will take part in a WHO meeting in Geneva the next 2 days to discuss how experimental treatments and vaccines should be used in the Ebola epidemic.In addition, the biopharmaceutical company Chimerix announced today that its investigational antiviral drug brincidofovir has shown in vitro activity against Ebola virus. The findings came in testing by the CDC and the US National Institutes of Health, the company said in a press release.Chimerix said phase 3 trials of brincidofovir as a treatment for cytomegalovirus and adenovirus are currently under way. The company noted it will have representatives at the WHO meeting on Ebola treatments this week.See also: Sep 3 WHO statement on situation in NigeriaAudio recording of Sep 3 UN press briefingSep 3 press release on release of William Pooley from Royal Free Hospital, LondonSep 3 WSOC-TV story on Nancy Writebol comments (with video link)WHO’s list of participants in Sep 4-5 meeting on Ebola interventionsSep 3 Chimerix press releaselast_img read more