Flu Scan for Jan 14, 2014

first_imgTFAH calls for boosting flu vaccine coverage in adultsWith the flu season hitting its stride and the 2009 H1N1 virus spreading, the public health advocacy group Trust for America’s Health today called for greater efforts to increase flu vaccine coverage, saying only 35.7% of working-age adults were vaccinated last season.”The trend of low vaccination rates among younger adults is particularly troubling this year, when they are more at risk than usual for the effects of the H1N1 strain of flu that’s circulating,” Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH, said in a press release. The 2009 H1N1 virus is the dominant US strain this season.TFAH said overall flu vaccination rates remain low in the United States, though coverage in children and the elderly is better than in working-age adults. Citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the group said 45% of Americans got a flu shot for the 2012-13 season, which was an increase from 41.8% in 2011-12.Vaccination coverage last season was highest in Massachusetts, at 57.5%, and lowest in Florida, at 34.1%, TFAH reported. Only 12 states had 50% coverage or better: Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Tennessee.The group recommended a number of steps to increase flu vaccine uptake, including supporting flu shots without copays for all Americans and requiring vaccination for all healthcare workers.In other comments, TFAH said federal flu spending is slated to increase under a budget agreement reached by negotiators in the US House and Senate yesterday. The omnibus spending bill for fiscal 2014 allocates $156.7 million for flu planning and response, about a $6.6 million increase over last year, but $2.2 million lower than in 2012, the group said.Also, the bill allocates $115 million for pandemic flu preparedness, which hadn’t been funded since fiscal 2011, TFAH reported. Jan 14 TFAH press release Jan 14 TFAH full report Dec 12, 2013, CIDRAP News story on flu vaccine impact and coverage CDC FluVaxView page with vaccine uptake data  New Columbia Mailman Web site forecasts flu trends by cityA flu-forecasting Web site developed by the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York may help consumers take extra precautions to guard against the illness and may inform the public health sector on such decisions as vaccine and antiviral stockpiling and distribution, according to a Mailman news release yesterday.”For the first time, people can see the outlook for seasonal flu in their area by going online,” Mailman assistant professor Jeffrey Shaman, PhD, said in the release.The site, called the Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases: Influenza Forecasts, or CPID (www.cpid.iri.columbia.edu), tracks influenza in 94 US cities and forecasts rates of seasonal flu in upcoming weeks “based on a scientifically validated system,” according to the story. Updated every Friday afternoon during the flu season, it includes an interactive map, comparison charts of the four most recent flu seasons, and exportable data.Among current predictions are these:Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Nevada have already seen the peak of flu casesThe current season will peak later and with fewer cases than the 2012-13 season but will be far more severe than the 2011-12 seasonCases in most of the cities tracked will peak in January (eg, Chicago, Jan 12 to 18; New York, Jan 19 to 25), but in several, including Miami and Providence, R.I., the worst will come in February (Feb 2 through 8 and Feb 16 through 22, respectively)Jan 13 Columbia Mailman news release Study: Text messages may boost flu vaccine uptake in pregnant womenText messages provide an effective means of reminding urban, low-income pregnant women to get their flu shots, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health.The authors, primarily from Columbia University, enrolled 1,187 obstetric patients from five New York community-based clinics in their randomized controlled trial during the 2011-12 flu season. Women were eligible if they had a first trimester visit between Feb 1 and Aug 31, 2011, had an estimated delivery date after Aug 31, and had a cell phone capable of receiving text messages. Messages were sent in English or Spanish, depending on patient preference.Patients were randomized to receive five weekly text messages about flu vaccination beginning in mid September 2011 and two appointment reminder texts or to receive “usual” care. Messages were stopped after vaccination. Standard, automated appointment-reminder phone messages were sent to both groups.After adjusting for gestational age and number of clinic visits, the women in the text-message group were 30% more likely to have been vaccinated by December 2011, with those early in the third trimester at the start of the intervention most likely to have been affected by the messages (61.9% versus 49.0% for the controls).Pregnant women, while constituting only 1% of the population, are at increased risk for flu morbidity and mortality, note the authors.February Am J Public Health abstractlast_img read more

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A Summer Share On Steroids

first_imgLush accommodations at “A Room at The Beach”For Lucy Swift Weber and Charles Lemonides, simplicity should be the first ingredient of any recipe for a Hamptons hotel. But thanks to their eye for high design and lush living, the enterprising couple and creators of the newly opened “A Room at The Beach” have gone several steps further. And now, as they like to put it, “what was once a rather average motel has been transformed into a luxurious and serene oasis.” Located a stone’s throw from downtown Bridgehampton (and, counter-intuitively, some two miles from the beach), the quaint 10-room operation is set into a wooded, 1.5-acre plot and is roughly what you’d expect if a summer share house were grown to twice its natural size and carrying capacity: There’s an outdoor pool and sauna, a suite of Weber grills at your disposal, and a fleet of Serena & Lily bicycles. Each room, individually designed by Weber, is a unique collection of antiques and flea market finds, Frette linens, and rainfall showers. Gourmet minibars are stocked with Casa Dragones tequila and treats from L&W Market on Main Street, Bridgehampton, the latest offshoot of the Almond group, conveniently co-owned by Lemonides’s brother, Eric. On-site yoga classes, massage, and aromatherapy are available by appointment. Needless to say, all of that doesn’t come cheap. For your own room at the not-quite-the-beach, prices start at $420 per night, with weekend rates currently topping out just above $800 per night.A Room at The Beach is located at 2668 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Reservations can be made online at www.iwantaroomatthebeach.com. Sharelast_img read more

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Building buys a pint…

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Volga delivers Turkmenistan equipment

first_imgThe heavy cargoes were transported on behalf of air charter broker Pacific Airlift. The consignment consisted of several parts – one of which weighed 40 tonnes and required a special loading device to safely stow it onboard the freighter. www.volga-dnepr.comwww.pacificairlift.comlast_img

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Attorney: O.J. Simpson banned from Las Vegas hotel-casino

first_imgAttorney: O.J. Simpson banned from Las Vegas hotel-casino LAS VEGAS (AP) O.J. Simpson’s attorney says the former football star has been banned from The Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in Las Vegas.Attorney Malcolm LaVergne on Thursday told The Associated Press that Simpson received a trespass notice from the hotel Wednesday. He denied that Simpson was intoxicated or belligerent while at the Las Vegas Strip property.LaVergne says Simpson was not given a reason for the ban. He says Simpson contacted his parole officer Thursday and underwent drug and alcohol tests, which were negative.MORE: O.J. Simpson out of prison after 9 years for armed robberyThe hotel in a statement says it does not comment on it guests.Simpson was paroled from a Nevada prison last month after serving nine years for armed robbery and assault with a weapon in an ill-fated bid to retrieve memorabilia.He is living in a Las Vegas gated community. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: November 9, 2017 10:11 PM EST SHARElast_img read more

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Madrid picks Citadis

first_imgON AUGUST 3, Alstom announced that it had been selected to supply 70 Citadis LRVs to operate the planned 31 km light rail network in Madrid. Signing of the €144·6m contract is expected this month. The cars are to be built at the company’s Spanish plant, which assembled the Citadis cars for the two light rail networks in Barcelona. Deliveries are expected to run from 2006 until June 2007. Each car will be able to carry up to 372 passengers, and operate at up to 70 km/h.A few days earlier, the President of Alstom Spain, Antonio Oporto, signed the €296·6m contract to supply 50 trainsets to operate Barcelona metro Line 9. These are to be supplied to ATM under an 18-year leasing deal financed by ICF Holding, La Caixa, Caja Madrid and Société Générale (RG 2.04 p66). During the ceremony, Oporto confirmed that Alstom will open a research & development centre at its Santa Perpetua de Mogoda facility near Barcelona.last_img read more

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Low-profile lighting film shows the way out

first_imgUSA: Grote Industries has launched LightForm Emergency Egress Lighting Film, which uses low-profile LED lighting technology to highlight escape routes from rolling stock. The company said that while standard reflective and glow-in-the-dark tapes are easy to install, they may not attract the attention of passengers when most needed. ‘LightForm Emergency Egress Lighting Film is easy to install, and unlike traditional lighting fixtures, requires no lens or bezel,’ according to business development manager Steve Green. It can be installed on almost any material in almost any shape, and resists water and mechanical damage. LED brightness is consistent throughout the length of the product and multiple modules can be linked to minimise wiring.last_img read more

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Dominican pastor receives Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 80 Views   3 comments Pastor Lovelace St. John with his medalPastor Lovelace received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour for Community Service on Saturday, September 8, 2012. Pastor St. John received this honour for his tremendous work during the aftermath “following a shooting in Scarborough, a suburb in east Toronto, July 17, 2012. Two people were killed and at least 19 injured in a shooting at an outdoor party in Toronto”. He opened the doors of his Progress Church to provide a safe refuge for residents in the neighbourhood who sort help and comfort. Pastor Lovelace St. John was born in the Village of Wesley, Dominica and started preaching at the Christian Union Mission Church at a very young age. He remains true to the values that were instilled in him as young boy. At the age of 23 her migrated to Montreal, Canada then relocated to Toronto.He is married to Ester St. John and together they raised three sons. Two of whom received Football Scholarships at American Colleges and his eldest son is a producer and Musician. Pastor St. John is also the founder and Senior Pastor of Progress Church. It is always great to see a fellow Dominican receive recognition like these. Pastor St. John will be celebrating Dominica’s Independence with a church service at Progress Church, 4242 Kingston Road, Scarborough, Ontario on October 28, 2012.Wesley Toronto Community extends congratulatory greetings to their Vice President Pastor Lovelace St. John.Press releasecenter_img Share LocalNews Dominican pastor receives Diamond Jubilee Medal of Honour by: – September 13, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

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Police investigates alleged suicide in Pottersville

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force is carrying out investigations into an alleged suicide in Potterville.A report from Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Pelham Jno Baptiste indicates that the alleged suicide was reported at 9:15am on Sunday 6 December 2015. “Julien George, 57 year old male of 52 Potters Street, Pottersville was found in a crouching position with one end of an electrical cord tied around his neck and the other end secured to an exposed steel rod from the concrete roof of the apartment where he resided,” the report indicates. The scene was processed by the Crime Scenes team of the Criminal Investigations Department. Sergeant Jno Baptiste informed that George was transported to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where he was officially pronounced dead by a medical doctor. A coroner’s inquest will be convened as investigations into the report continue.Sergeant Jno Baptiste also extended sympathies to the family and friends of the late Julien George on behalf of the Police Force.center_img 520 Views   no discussions LocalNews Police investigates alleged suicide in Pottersville by: Dominica Vibes News – December 7, 2015 Tweetlast_img read more

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BREAKING: Tsunami Possible Following Major Earthquake Near Jamaica, Cuba

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Shaking was reported across nearby islands immediately following the 7.7 quake, although the extent of damage is unclear at this time. Share NewsRegional BREAKING: Tsunami Possible Following Major Earthquake Near Jamaica, Cuba by: – January 28, 2020 (AccuWeather) A powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time.The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS, but was later upgraded to a 7.7.Shaking was reported as far away as Miami, Florida.The epicenter of the earthquake was 72 miles (117 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).Tsunami waves as high as 1 meter are possible along some coasts of Belize, Cuba, Hondura, Mexico, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Share 139 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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