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Environmental Professionals in Puerto Rico Help to Prevent Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease
Environmental Professionals in Puerto Rico Help to Prevent Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease
9/22/2014 9:37:52 AM
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease each year.  However, it is believed that many infections are not diagnosed or reported, so this number is likely much higher.   People can develop this potentially fatal disease by breathing in a mist or vapor …
Lyme Activists Target IDSA’s IDWeek Conference
Lyme Activists Target IDSA’s IDWeek Conference
9/21/2014 9:09:02 PM
On October 10th and 11th, 2014 chronically ill Lyme disease patients and supporters from around the United States will gather for a protest at the IDWeek medical conference in Philadelphia. They will call on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to update its guidelines for Lyme disease to reflect the current state of science and improved standards for patient …
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center designated MIDAS Center of Excellence
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center designated MIDAS Center of Excellence
9/18/2014 11:00:26 AM
Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center received a five-year, $12.5 million award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences that designates the Seattle campus as a MIDAS Center of Excellence. Models of Infectious Disease Agency Study (MIDAS) centers are designated to play a role in planning for national emergencies such as a pandemic or an act of …
UN: nearly $1 billion needed to combat Ebola outbreak
UN: nearly $1 billion needed to combat Ebola outbreak
9/16/2014 5:02:34 PM
The United Nations announced today that it would need nearly $1 billion for an exceptional, international response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declaring: “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.” “This is not just a health crisis; it has grave humanitarian, economic and social consequences that could …
Should Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents Replace the Standard of Care for Hepatitis C Infection?
9/15/2014 3:04:45 PM
For the 3.2 million people in the United States infected with the hepatitis C virus, disease management can be costly and debilitating. But are the new agents recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a better way to manage the disease? Direct-Acting Antiviral Agents for Hepatitis C Virus Infection—What You Need to Know is a complimentary webinar hosted by …
Racing ahead of disease outbreaks: $12 million in new research grants
Racing ahead of disease outbreaks: $12 million in new research grants
9/10/2014 2:23:30 PM
Ebola, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), malaria, antibiotic-resistant infections: Is our interaction with the environment somehow responsible for their increased incidence? The joint National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) program is providing …
American Lung Association Statement on Recent Increase in Enterovirus D68
9/9/2014 3:09:46 PM
Several cases of enterovirus D68, a rare and serious respiratory infection, have been reported in the United States.  Hospitals in Missouri and Illinois are seeing more children than usual with severe respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68. Several other states are investigating cases of children with severe respiratory illness that could also be caused by enterovirus …
Avian influenza virus isolated in harbor seals poses a threat to humans
9/4/2014 2:38:04 PM
A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists found the avian influenza A H3N8 virus that killed harbor seals along the New England coast can spread through respiratory droplets and poses a threat to humans. The research appears in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications . The avian H3N8 virus was isolated by scientists …
Flu Vaccines Are Now Available at All Target Pharmacy and Clinic Locations
9/4/2014 11:56:13 AM
Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) announced today that flu vaccines are now available at all Target Pharmacy and Target Clinic locations nationwide. Target will offer guests Quadrivalent, Trivalent and High Dose. In addition, FluMist will be available later this month. All vaccines are also available in preservative-free options. “At Target, we know that prevention is key when …
Lyme Activists to Speak Out at NY Times with Silence Against Silence
Lyme Activists to Speak Out at NY Times with Silence Against Silence
9/3/2014 11:53:27 AM
New York, NY—On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Lyme disease patients from around the U.S. will unite at the headquarters of the New York Times to call for greater coverage of the Lyme disease pandemic. Lyme patients are using the NY Times as a symbol for the media as a whole to bring attention to the general underreporting of this public health crisis. By holding a silent …
HHS contracts with Mapp Biopharmaceutical to develop Ebola drug
9/2/2014 4:42:47 PM
The development of a medication to treat illness from Ebola will be accelerated under a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response ( ASPR ). This contract supports the government - wide response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development …
Ebola response must be based on ‘scientific evidence, not on fear,’ urge top UN officials
Ebola response must be based on ‘scientific evidence, not on fear,’ urge top UN officials
9/2/2014 4:04:30 PM
Misinformation about Ebola can only exacerbate an already fragile situation, said United Nations officials at the highest level today, urging international action and solidarity to help West African countries deal with the myriad health and socioeconomic impacts of current outbreak of the deadly virus. “The fear factor plays a strong role in the crisis. I encourage the Member …
UPS Provides Transport of Ebola Aid
9/2/2014 11:02:45 AM
UPS® (NYSE: UPS) today announced it is providing transportation support and commitments totaling $400,000 in gifts-in-kind (GIK) for urgent relief items to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak which has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 individuals in West Africa. "UPS and The UPS Foundation are responding to the World Health Organization’s plea for increased international …
Mars Chocolate UK Partners With (RED) To Help Prevent Transmission Of HIV From Mothers To Their Babies
Mars Chocolate UK Partners With (RED) To Help Prevent Transmission Of HIV From Mothers To Their Babies
9/2/2014 9:08:16 AM
Mars Chocolate UK today, 2nd September 2014, announces a partnership with (RED) that will generate Ł750,000 to help prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies. The ‘Choose (GALAXY®)RED, Make Lives Better’ campaign will raise money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, to finance HIV/AIDS programmes in Africa. The partnership will raise enough money to …
WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa
8/29/2014 2:28:13 PM
WHO is issuing today a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6–9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader …
Single animal to human transmission event responsible for 2014 Ebola outbreak
8/29/2014 9:33:15 AM
Scientists used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This research has also revealed the dynamics of how the Ebola virus has been transmitted from human to human, and traces how the genetic code of the virus is changing over time to adapt to human hosts. …
Cystic Fibrosis and Fungal Infections Linked in New Study
Cystic Fibrosis and Fungal Infections Linked in New Study
8/28/2014 4:16:09 PM
Last month, a study from the University of Manchester caught the attention of the medical community and professionals who deal with indoor mold contamination issues.  The study found that almost 50% of adult patients who suffer from cystic fibrosis (CF) are also infected with Aspergillus , a common type of fungi found in the environment and in water-damaged buildings. The …
How to Get Rid of Yeast Infections Fast & Permanently
8/27/2014 1:00:00 PM
The Yeast Infections No More Program by Linda Allen is a revolutionary, introduction of a new way to treat for a yeast infection in only 12 hours, and cure the rot problem within 60 days. The inventor of the e-book program, Linda Allen, was a 12 year sufferer of chronic yeast infections, until she developed a holistic way to cure the infection. Due to the …
How to Get Rid of Herpes Naturally and For Good
8/27/2014 8:46:03 AM
The ‘ Get Rid of Herpes Program’ by Sarah Wilcox is an innovative program for self-help, natural ways to cure Herpes. Antiviral medications only stop the herpes virus from multiplying; it will not eliminate the virus completely. The inventor of the program, Sarah Wilcox, was a 2 year sufferer of HSV before deciding that the traditional methods were not curing her of the …
What Does a Naturopath Do? Perth Naturopath and Herbalist Reveals How Alternative Therapies Helped Heal his Body and Change His Life
8/27/2014 3:46:57 AM
PERTH, Australia August 2014 – When Shannon Burford left Australia as a young person in his twenties to travel the world, he had no idea he would return home a broken man, fighting the symptoms of typhoid and dysentery and struggling through the pain and discomfort of thyroid growths and digestive infections. After losing a lot of strength and weight in the battle, Shannon …