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How You Can Help Prevent Spread of EV-D68 Virus
9/29/2014 4:08:39 PM
Enterovirus D68 has hit as many as 277 people in 40 states and the District of Columbia as of September 26, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Red Cross has some simple steps people can follow to help prevent the spread of the virus. Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to become ill from the virus. Enterovirus D68 …
Mold Concerns Force Closure of Hospital Ward in the Bahamas
Mold Concerns Force Closure of Hospital Ward in the Bahamas
9/29/2014 9:16:06 AM
Earlier this month, The Tribune published a report that a mold problem at the Princess Margaret Hospital’s delivery ward has resulted in its closure after healthcare workers complained of respiratory problems.  According to the article, the facility had been suffering from a leaky ceiling.   Moisture from a leak can quickly turn into a mold problem.  In fact, mold can …
Lyme Patients to Hold Candlelight Vigil to Commemorate Lives Lost
Lyme Patients to Hold Candlelight Vigil to Commemorate Lives Lost
9/29/2014 8:58:08 AM
PHILADELPHIA, PA—On Friday October 10th, chronically ill Lyme disease patients and supporters from around the United States will hold a candlelight vigil to honor those who lost their lives while battling chronic Lyme disease. The event is organized by The Mayday Project Lyme patient advocacy group. The vigil and a protest rally the following Saturday coincide with IDWeek, …
Biopharma’s Premier Sales-force–Focused Decision Support Tool Receives Key Industry Award
Biopharma’s Premier Sales-force–Focused Decision Support Tool Receives Key Industry Award
9/29/2014 7:00:00 AM
Yardley, PA— September 29, 2014— Publicis Touchpoint Solutions , Inc.— a leading provider of customized, cross-channel, healthcare sales, service, and clinical teams—announced today that T-App™, the industry’s premier sales-force–focused decision support tool, has been named Silver Winner in the Sales Aid category in PM360 ’s annual Trailblazer Awards program. The award …
NIH and FDA win top award for intellectual property licensing of meningitis vaccine
9/26/2014 4:47:44 PM
The National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will receive a top national award for the year’s most outstanding intellectual property licensing deal, for technology transfer of a pioneering, low-cost meningitis vaccine launched in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2014 Deals of Distinction Award will be presented to the two federal agencies and their …
E. coli in the Home – It’s Not Just Found in Contaminated Foods
E. coli in the Home – It’s Not Just Found in Contaminated Foods
9/24/2014 3:19:48 PM
This summer, The Boston Globe published a report about the tragic death of a child in Norfolk County who had become infected with a dangerous strain of Escherichia coli ( E. coli) .  It was the first child death in Massachusetts due to E. coli since 2012. E. coli are a large group of bacteria found in the environment and the intestines of people and animals.  …
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Purchases Pure Earth Environmental Laboratory
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. Purchases Pure Earth Environmental Laboratory
9/23/2014 10:25:27 AM
Aerobiology Laboratory Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pure Earth Environmental Laboratory located in Pennsauken, NJ.  The extraordinary reputation Pure Earth Environmental Laboratory has earned over the past 20 years was the key factor influencing Aerobiology Laboratory’s decision to acquire the company. As a company that puts the needs of its …
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 …