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Report: Unlicensed Mich. firefighter treated patient

first_img“And if they don’t, we will,” Studaven said, referring to board members. As part of the fire department’s probation, documentation regarding its medical calls will be closely monitored by the authority. Holke, who had been demoted from captain to probationary firefighter after it was learned he didn’t hold a medical license, recently resigned from the Blue Lake Township Fire Department, according to Township Supervisor Don Studaven. The authority has permanently banned Holke from serving as an emergency medical technician or medical first responder in Muskegon County, according to Evans. The Medical Control Authority oversees emergency medical first responders who work for fire departments and ambulance services. The fire department has been put on probation by the Muskegon County Medical Control Authority, according to Dr. Jerry Evans, medical director of the authority. “The investigation concluded that, based on statements from the firefighters on scene, Mr. Holke did treat a patient while his license was expired,” Evans said in a prepared statement. The township board in April issued a written reprimand to Fire Chief Kim Busman for failing to ensure all firefighters were properly licensed. The board also disbanded its fire committee, a member of which had first brought up the licensing issue. Holke has previously refused to comment and requested that The Chronicle not further contact him. Working without a valid license in Michigan is considered a felony. Results of the authority’s investigation have been forwarded to state officials conducting their own investigation, Evans indicated. center_img BLUE LAKE, TWP., Mich. The Blue Lake Township Fire Department will be under scrutiny for the next year after county medical officials determined an unlicensed firefighter provided medical treatment to a patient. The action follows an investigation by the authority into former township fire Capt. Steve Holke, whose emergency medical technician license expired in September 2005. “I’m confident that the (fire) chief and assistant chief are going to be on top of this thing all year, and longer than that,” Studaven said. “I’m sure that’s going to happen. Studaven said he’s not concerned about the probation, and even welcomes the additional monitoring the authority will provide. Holke, who has previously said he did not provide medical treatment while unlicensed, unsuccessfully appealed the authority’s findings to the authority’s Professional Standards Review Organization subcommittee, Evans said. Studaven said earlier the committee was disbanded because the township board wanted to keep closer tabs on the fire department itself. State investigators will meet soon with Blue Lake Township officials as part of their probe, said Robin Shively, manager of the EMS & Trauma Systems Section of the Michigan Department of Community Health. last_img read more

Q&A with Heather Henriksen

first_imgWhat’s the mission of the Harvard Office for Sustainability?Our mission is to lead the Harvard University community in achieving its sustainability goals. We are organized centrally as part of the Office of the President in order to provide (and receive) advice and support across each of the University’s Schools and departments. We create forums in order to facilitate the sharing of best practices and new technologies from internal and external sources. We also develop University-wide outreach and education campaigns, as well as programs and incentives for faculty, students, and staff.Chiefly, we want to work with each of the Schools and departments in order to achieve the goals of reducing this community’s environmental impact. We believe that saving energy, water, and other resources is not only smart but is good for the economy, the environment, and is consistent with the Harvard tradition of demonstrating leadership on key societal issues. We will be working closely with the Schools and departments to help them meet their sustainability goals and promote their achievements.The office is only a few months old. What’s your focus right now?We’re focused on establishing the implementation framework for the greenhouse gas reduction commitment announced this summer. This is an opportunity to reduce our energy usage and have our buildings and their inhabitants perform more efficiently.We have convened six working groups made up of representatives from each of the Schools and key administrative areas to help us tackle implementation issues. An executive committee made up of several deans, faculty, and senior administrators will be reviewing the recommendations of each working group over the next six months. Our overall goal is that, by the end of this academic year, all Schools and units have a clear understanding of the steps required to plan their energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction strategies. Additionally, we are striving to create a coordinated plan to achieve that goal and develop processes to track and report our progress.We would like to integrate energy conservation and efficiency into all University operations, and into people’s lives. This saves resources and money. Our office will play an advisory role, helping define operational and building guidelines and identifying best practices through the GHG working groups. We will also work to ensure frequent and consistent communication regarding the University’s accomplishments in this area and help foster behavior changes that lead to reduced energy consumption and minimized impact on the environment.The Harvard Green Campus Initiative (HGCI) has been absorbed into the new Office for Sustainability. Does it still exist?When the Harvard Green Campus Initiative was created eight years ago, it was funded in part by a grant from the President and Provost, and also offered a fee-for-service entrepreneurial model for serving schools at Harvard on a project-by-project basis. Under the guidance of co-chairs Jack Spengler [Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Habitation at the Harvard School of Public Health] and Thomas Vautin [Harvard’s associate vice president for facilities and environmental services] the HGCI helped Harvard become a living laboratory for sustainability practices and an environmental leader.Through the efforts of the HGCI and the schools, Harvard has instituted a number of programs and initiatives in partnership with the Schools and units, such as the Resource Efficiency (REP) program, The Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ (FAS) student peer-to-peer education program, renewable energy projects, University Operations Services’ shuttle bus conversion to biodiesel, the campus-wide green building guidelines, and continued implementation of environmental education programs. The Harvard Greenhouse Gas Task Force recommended changing the HGCI into a more formal Harvard Office for Sustainability to broaden and enhance the University’s engagement in sustainable campus operations.What has changed?The Office for Sustainability oversees sustainability efforts across the University, including the implementation of the greenhouse gas reduction goals. We’ll keep our flexible service-based programs on the fee-for-service front, but the core of what we are doing is to focus on University-wide sustainability efforts. We will accomplish this by promoting Harvard-wide occupant engagement, offering operational recommendations beyond our green building guidelines, facilitating best-practice exchange between the University’s Schools and units, and encouraging relevant behavior changes.Will HGCI programs remain in place?Our office will continue numerous programs and projects the HGCI has been working on for the past several years. These cover five main areas: green building services; community education and engagement; management of the Harvard Green Loan Fund; development and delivery of trainings; and best practices sharing.What role will individuals have in your sustainability plans?We want to take the resources and educational services we have and transfer them to people so they own these goals. Each person on campus can be a change agent — and it will take all of us doing our part to reach our goals. Sustainability, especially reducing our energy usage and waste, is something that galvanizes and unifies the Harvard community. We all want to reduce costs and waste. This makes economic sense and shows environmental leadership. Not only can our behavior changes help meet our campus-wide goals, everything we share about reducing energy consumption at Harvard can be used by people to reduce their own energy bills at home.The HGCI published case studies of Harvard’s green buildings — the new and the refurbished. Will your office continue that?There are four big energy conservation areas — energy supply, building design, building operations, and building occupant practices. There will be case studies on all four areas. Traditionally, we’ve done case studies on building design and how buildings are efficiently operated. If you can commission an existing building to operate as they were intended to operate, you can have incredible energy efficiency — often up to 15 percent or more. For example the undergraduate Resource Efficiency Program (REP) has achieved a 13.8 percent reduction in electricity use in dorms between 2002 and 2007. Publishing case studies and capturing the lessons learned from projects at Harvard are some of the best ways to make sure we see continuous improvement over time and this will continue to be a focus of our organization.What about occupant behavior?We have research on energy consumption at Harvard Houses when they do their Green Cup competitions. We know the energy reductions they are getting and we’re working with Harvard University Dining Services, which has a Green Skillet program. We know exactly what their reductions are in energy and natural gas — Leverett House achieved 20.63 percent reduction in electricity and 11.81 percent reduction in gas usage over a three-year baseline. We also know the impact of closing fume hoods in labs through the energy savings of the FAS Shut the Sash program and technology upgrades employed in the School of Public Health’s labs. For example, the Shut the Sash program saved the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in FAS $160,000 and 283 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent of emissions over the course of a single year. We know that if everyone plugged everything into a power strip and turned it off every night it would make a huge difference. We can put the lights on sensors, we can put computers on power-saving defaults, and we can default our printers to double-sided copies. So sustainability is also about how people use the buildings they occupy. Case studies can help translate such best practices and their true impact.Universities are taking a big hit economically, along with the world at large. How will that affect what your office does?The current economic climate makes energy conservation even more important. Energy reductions will save money. One of our most inspiring messages is that there are things we can do in relatively short order to reduce energy, and that saves money.Will Harvard’s sustainability programs have an impact beyond Cambridge?Harvard is recognized as a leader in environmental sustainability. The University has worked in partnership with the cities of Boston (as a member of the city’s Green Building Task Force) and Cambridge (serving on Cambridge Climate Action Committee) for several years, and continues to do so. The best thing we can do is continue to lead, and demonstrate best practices in reducing energy consumption, water consumption, solid waste, and so on. By motivating behavioral change and honoring our sustainability principles, we can strengthen our role as a living laboratory for sustainability — a place of demonstration, research, and teaching.last_img read more

Yo La Tengo Welcomes Fred Armisen, Greg Hetson, & More At Hanukkah Run Opener [Videos]

first_imgOn Sunday night, Indie-rock pioneers Yo La Tengo kicked off their annual Hanukkah run of shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City with a night one performance featuring covers and special guests.Related: High Time Welcomes Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplin For Thrilling Performance At Brooklyn Bowl [Photos/Videos]Yo La Tengo opened their set with a cover of The Beatles‘ “From Me to You” before running through a litany of classic originals including “Everyday”, “Stockholm Syndrome”, “The Point of It”, and more. About halfway through the show, Yo La Tengo brought out special guests William Tyler and Steve Gunn, who opened the show, along with Saturday Night Live veteran and drumming aficionado Fred Armisen for a rendition of “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)”. After that, the guests stuck around for an all-star jam of the Grateful Dead‘s “Wharf Rat”. Following the sit-ins and covers, YLT got back to business by bidding farewell to the special guests and closing out the set with “Today is the Day”, “Tom Courtenay”, and “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”.For the encore, the band once again brought out Armisen, as well as Greg Hetson, for a punk-rock medley beginning with a rendition of Hetson’s own “Live Fast And Die Young” from his time in Circle Jerks. After that came a cover of “S&M Party” by Red Kross followed by The Heartbreakers‘ “Chinese Rocks” and The Ramones‘ “Carbona Not Glue”.Yo La Tengo then bid farewell to Hetson and welcomed Jon Glaser to the stage to sing Irving Berlin‘s classic “White Christmas” to close the show.Check out some fan-shot videos from night one of Yo La Tengo’s Hanukka run at the Bowery Ballroom below:Yo La Tengo w/ Steve Gunn, William Tyler, Fred Armisen – “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)” – 12/22/19[Video: Richard Wolf]Yo La Tengo w/ Steve Gunn, William Tyler, Fred Armisen – “Wharf Rat” [Grateful Dead cover] – 12/22/19[Video: Richard Wolf]Yo La Tengo w/ Greg Hetson, Fred Armisen – Punk Rock Medley – 12/22/19[Video: Larry Rulz III]Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah run continues tonight, Monday, December 23rd, at Bowery Ballroom. For a full list of upcoming Yo La Tengo dates, head here.Setlist: Yo La Tengo | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY | 12/22/19Set: From Me to You (The Beatles cover); Everyday; Here You Are; Stockholm Syndrome; Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House; The Point of It; Swing for Life; Tears Are in Your Eyes; Shades of Blue; Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)*; Wharf Rat (Grateful Dead cover)*; Today Is the Day; Tom Courtenay; Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m GoodkindEncore: Live Fast Die Young (Circle Jerks cover)%; S&M Party (Redd Kross cover)%; Chinese Rocks (The Heartbreakers cover)%; Carbona Not Glue (Ramones cover)%; White Christmas (Irving Berlin cover)^* w/ William Tyler, Steve Gunn and Fred Armisen% w/ Greg Hetson and Fred Armisen^ w/ Jon Glaser and Fred Armisenlast_img read more

Basilica houses continent’s oldest carillon

first_imgThe height of spire of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart makes that building the tallest on Notre Dame’s campus, taller than both the golden dome and the Hesburgh library. Within that tower hangs the oldest carillon in all of North America, the 23 bells Fr. Sorin himself purchased and brought over from France after he founded the University. Basilica organist Daniel Bayless said although some of the original ropes, pulleys and weights from the carillon’s mechanical system remains in the tower, most of the notes tolled over God Quad are programmed and played through a computer system. “The computer system automatically tolls out the hour chimes and automatically plays the alma mater,” he said. “Twice a day, at noon and six p.m., we have hymns that are played which you can hear on the quad. At noon and six also the Angelus prayer is rung, which is a series of bells played before the hour is rung.” To program the tolling, Bayless said he can play a series of notes into a keyboard located next to the computer system in the sacristy of the Basilica. “Basically, there’s an electronic connection between here and the tower so whenever you hit a key on the keyboard, an electromagnet moves a clapper and makes the sound,” he said. “You can play it down here where it’s relatively warm and comfortable instead of having to go upstairs every time.” To qualify as a full carillon, a set must contain at least 23 bells, Bayless said. The Basilica has 23, which can be played electronically from the sacristy and otherwise accessed by a narrow, winding staircase up the tower. Bayless’s job brings him up the tower every few months or so, he said. The largest bell in any carillon is called the “bourbon,” Bayless said, and the one in the Basilica is known as the St. Anthony Bell. This bell is positioned lower down in the tower, closer to the ground, than the other 22. “There’s a tradition in Roman Catholicism that every bell is given a name, and [the largest one] is named St. Anthony,” he said. “Before it comes in the tower, it’s actually washed with holy water, which is called baptizing the bell. It has nothing to do with the sacrament of baptism, of course, but the tradition is that every time it rings, a prayer to St. Anthony goes up.” “All the bells in the tower have names and prayers associated with them. Someday I’m going to make a catalog of the names of all of them, but at this point that information is gone, except for where it’s written on the bells themselves.” Bayless said each of the bells has two clappers, one located inside for the old carillon system and one positioned outside for the electronic system. A clavier, or manual keyboard, looks like an organ and is located partway up the tower to play the mechanical system. “[The clavier] is really out of adjustment and it doesn’t play well right now, which is something we need to look into getting money to fix, but you play with your fists,” he said. “It was installed in the [1950s] because originally, there was no way to manually play the instrument.” The 22 bells besides the bourbon are hung above the platform where the clavier is located, spread to distribute the weight equally within the tower, Bayless said. “Fr. Sorin picked all the names on each bell, one is Mary of the Annunciation, another is Mary of the Seven Dolors, or Our Lady of Sorrows who is the patron of the [Congregation of] Holy Cross,” he said. “They’re made of an alloy … and they were originally gleaming, like just pure metal. “Over the years, they’ve developed what we call a patina, this tarnish,” Bayless said.  That changes their sound a bit; it makes them a bit more sweet-sounding and not as harsh-sounding. “This bell is part of the hour system, and you can see right here with the striker hits, the patina has worn away and it gleams? That’s the original color.” Bayless said the tower walls surrounding the bells are intentionally left open to let the sound ring out, and the grates are visible from the ground view. In the original “flying clapper system,” he said people documented hearing the bells as far away as in downtown South Bend. “In a flying clapper system, as the bell goes back and forth the clapper actually goes with the bell and hits on the upper part of the bell,” Bayless said. “There are other traditions where the bell doesn’t swing quite as far and so the clapper comes up and hits the bottom part of the bell before the bell goes back, which is called a hanging clapper.” The flying clapper, which cannot be used with the electronic method of playing the bells, produced much louder and faster sound, accounting for the toll ringing throughout the city, he said. “In a dream world, hopefully we’ll get them flying again someday,” he said. “It was stopped because they thought it was making too much force on the tower, but eventually we’ll do an engineering survey and see if we can get it flying again.” When Pope John Paul II declared the church a Basilica, Bayless said he referred specifically to the carillon, which is commemorated by a plaque inside the building. “We know that the pleasant harmony of America’s oldest carillon reportedly resounds from Sacred Heart,” the charter reads. “We hope that its sound will not only calm and gladden human hearts but will also call those who hear it to faith and Christian truth that it will stir their spirits.” Contact Ann Marie Jakubowski at ajakubo1@nd.edulast_img read more

Miranda Kerr on Husband Orlando Bloom’s Broadway Debut in Romeo and Juliet: ‘I Was Blown Away’

first_img View Comments Romeo and Juliet marks Bloom’s Broadway debut, and Kerr couldn’t be more thrilled for her heartthrob husband. “When I saw Orlando on Broadway…I was blown away,” she said. “For someone to be able to learn all that and hold the energy to do it every day, six days a week—I have so much respect for him.” But what does their 2-year-old son Flynn think? “[He] says Mommy works and Daddy plays, because Daddy is in a play…so that makes sense.” You can see Bloom opposite two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Check out the opening night video of director David Leveaux’s contemporary revival and find out why Bloom feels honored to be making his Broadway debut. Related Shows Star Files Australian model Miranda Kerr recently opened up about her relationship with Romeo and Juliet star Orlando Bloom. In the November issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, Kerr gave some insight into how the two stars get along at home and why they keep their work separate from their marriage.center_img Kerr, who runs her own skincare company when she isn’t modeling, revealed that she and Bloom have enough mutual respect for the other’s work that they don’t bring it home with them. “We don’t run lines though. We keep that very separate,” she said. “That would be like me asking him to teach me how to catwalk. When I get home, I’m not the boss like I am at work—I slip into a more feminine role.” Romeo and Juliet Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 8, 2013 Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

AmpliVox Sound Systems Now Selling Fitness and Aquatic Sound Packages

first_imgAmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced a collection of Fitness and Aquatic Sound Packages. The Sound Packages not only help health club trainers, coaches and fitness/yoga instructors project to their audiences, they’re also designed for reaching any audience that may be currently widely dispersed by social distancing. They also enable sound coverage for indoor and outdoor applications.The packages combine the AmpliVox Mega Hailer PA system with a headset microphone and other options to provide the user with maximum acoustic power, flexibility of use and freedom of movement. The Mega Hailer PA System has a built-in 50-watt amplifier and built-in speaker, with exceptional speech intelligibility and tonal balance, with less volume drop-off over longer distances. It has a built-in 96-channel wireless receiver that helps you address channel interference by systematically changing from one channel to another. Plus, there is a Bluetooth module for connectivity to any Bluetooth device, enabling it to project music or other sounds as part of a workout or meeting. Its rechargeable SLA batteries provide up to 10 hours of operation. It can be mounted on a tripod for even greater sound dispersion.The Fitness and Aquatic Sound Packages include:SW6825 2.4 GHz Digital Wireless Fitness Package — includes Mega Hailer PA System plus an S1697 2.4 GHz Digital Wireless Headset Transmitter, with a Receiver that plugs into the Mega Hailer. Gives the presenter complete freedom of movement, moving as much as 50 feet or more from the base unit.SW6826 Waistband Wireless Fitness Package — includes Mega Hailer PA System plus a Waterproof Headset Microphone, wireless 16 channel receiver, and a sweat and water-resistant Fitness Belt that holds the transmitter for freedom of movement.SW6827 Aquatic Wireless Fitness Package — includes same components as SW6826 package except substitutes a watertight case and belt to house the transmitter instead of above the Fitness belt. The case can be submerged under three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.SW6828 Rechargeable Fitness Package — Includes Mega Hailer PA System plus a wireless headset microphone with 100 channel transmitter and receiver that allows moving up to 300 feet from the Mega Hailer.More information on these packages is here.last_img read more

Preschool Kids Best Prepared for Kindergarten: Study

first_imgU.S. News & World Report: All children can benefit from going to preschool, especially those who come from minority or poor families or from homes where parents don’t provide much mental stimulation, a new study says.The study included 1,200 identical and fraternal twins from 600 families who were followed from age 2 until they entered kindergarten at age 5.Overall, children who went to preschool did better once they started kindergarten than those who didn’t go to preschool, according to the study, which was published in the journal Psychological Science.Read the whole story: U.S. News & World Report More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Around the Block With an Expert

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: It takes Alexandra Horowitz about an hour to walk around a city block—but only if she’s trying.“If I walked this way all the time, I’d never get anywhere,” said Ms. Horowitz, author of “On Looking: Eleven Walks With Expert Eyes.”In the book, which landed in stores last week, she hits the pavement with an urban sociologist, a typographer, a toddler, artist Maira Kalman (whose illustrations pepper the text) and a blind woman, among others, and relates their relative “expertise,” depending on their particular vantage point.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

News Scan for Aug 04, 2015

first_imgTrial sheds light on lower VSV-EBOV dosesA trial to see if a lower dose of one of the leading Ebola vaccine candidates can reduce reactions such as arthritis and skin rashes found that the effects persisted and that decreasing the dose had a negative impact on immune response. An international research team based in Switzerland published their findings on the lower VSV-EBOV dose yesterday in an early online edition of Lancet Infectious Diseases.VSV-EBOV uses a vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) to deliver the Ebola virus glycoprotein. The vaccine was developed by Canadian researchers and is licensed by NewLink Genetics and Merck. The findings on problems with the lower dose come just days after a ring vaccination trial of the vaccine in Guinea found that it was highly effective against Ebola, putting the wheels in motion for it to be used as a response tool in the outbreak region. The vaccine reactions came to light last December during earlier phase 1 studies, which led to a temporary pause.The team looked at the safety profile of a reduced dose of 3×105 plaque-forming units (PFU), compared to 1×107 PFU or 5×107 PFU. The lower dose prompted significantly lower antibody levels against Ebola glycoprotein compared to the higher dose. Researchers also found that at the lower dose, the VSV vector was still seemingly able to seed peripheral tissues, which could explain arthritis, dermatitis, and vasculitis. About 25% (13 of 51) of study subjects had arthritis about 10 days after vaccination, but some didn’t have measurable VSV viremia, hinting that the vector might target synovial tissue. Some of the low-dose participants with arthritis also had a rash or dermatitis.Given the results, the team concluded that lowering the VSV-EBOV dose isn’t a strategy for preventing the vaccine-induced reactions.In an editorial in the same issue, Julie Ledgerwood, DO, chief of the clinical trials program at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center, wrote that the researchers have produced revealing data from a meticulous investigation that also included joint aspiration and skin biopsies to probe the cause of the adverse events. She is also the primary investigator for trials of ChAD3, the other Ebola vaccine in phase 3 trials. It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus vector and was developed by NIAID and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).She said the study and its findings show how complex the design and implementation of an early phase clinical trial can be and how important it is to collect solicited adverse events. The bulk of Ebola vaccine studies have shown that the Ebola antigen is safe and not linked to adverse events, and further vector attenuation could improve the side effect profile, Ledgerwood wrote. However, she noted that the approach raises more questions on how such steps would affect immunogenicity.Aug 3 Lancet Infect Dis abstract Aug 3 Lancet Infect Dis editorial extract 81 ill, 7 dead from legionellosis in New York boroughAn ongoing outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the South Bronx that began in mid-July has sickened 81 people and killed 7, according to an ABC News story today. An overflow crowd attended a town hall meeting last night in the area to gain answers about the.The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced the launch of an investigation into the outbreak in a Jul 29 press release. At that time, there were 31 known cases and 2 fatalities.All of the fatal cases have occurred in older adults with underlying medical conditions, according to a CNN story yesterday. Sixty-four people have been hospitalized.Water from cooling towers and other possible sources of Legionella are being tested, said DHMH, and five buildings, including a hospital and a hotel have tested positive so far, said CNN. The buildings have been cleaned, and the sites are submitting long-term plans for prevention of future growth of the bacteria.Legionellosis, which is not transmitted person to person, causes flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills and cough. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett has urged anyone with respiratory symptoms to seek medical help, CNN said.New York City’s water supply is reportedly safe and residents are not at risk, according to Bassett.Aug 4 ABC News story Aug 3 CNN story Jul 29 DHMH press releaseInput sought from FDA on raw milk cheese practicesIn an effort to identify and evaluate measures that could minimize the impact of harmful bacteria in cheese made from unpasteurized milk, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Jul 31 issued a 90-day request for comments from the public that began yesterday.Comments can include scientific data and information and are expected to aid the FDA in learning about the many and diverse standards and practices of the broad range of cheese producers, including those making artisanal cheeses.The risks accompanying consumption of cheese made from unpasteurized milk are greatest for immunocompromised persons, the elderly, pregnant women, and children, says the FDA’s Jul 31 announcement of the comment period.The FDA’s action is based in part on findings of a joint FDA/Health Canada study released Jul 31 “that included estimates for both countries of the number of servings resulting in one case of invasive listeriosis, prevalence of contaminated servings, and level of increased risk of invasive listeriosis per serving of raw milk cheese,” explained a story today in Food Safety News (FSN).Jul 31 FDA constituent update Aug 4 FSN story Jul 31 FDA/Health Canada risk assessment Study finds benefits to coadministering HPV, Tdap, and meningitis vaccinesAdministration of three childhood vaccines—9-valent human papillomavirus (9vHPV), tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap), and meningitis—in a single visit is effective and safe and may facilitate uptake, according to a report yesterday in Pediatrics.Researchers at 41 sites administered the vaccines to children ages 11 to 15 in a randomized, open-label study.A group of 621 children received the first 9vHPV dose and the Tdap and meningitis vaccines on the first day of the study, while a group of 620 received 9vHPV on the first day and returned a month later for the Tdap and meningitis vaccines. The ratio of boys and girls in each group was nearly equal.Both groups experienced similar results, with more than 75% showing a fourfold rise in titers to all four meningitis serogroups, 99.8% having acceptable diphtheria and tetanus titers 4 weeks after vaccination, and 100% demonstrating HPV seroconversion.A significantly higher proportion of children who received all three vaccines on the first day reported swelling at the HPV vaccine injection site (14.4%, compared with 9.4% in the control group).On the basis of these results, researchers determined that coadministration of all three childhood vaccines was noninferior to administering them separately. Because children and teens make infrequent healthcare visits, administration of the vaccines in one visit may increase uptake and adherence.Aug 3 Pediatrics study Positive vaccination messages effective in changing skeptical attitudesMessages that promote the positive effects of measles vaccination are more effective at changing negative attitudes toward childhood vaccines when compared with messages that refute the opinions of vaccine skeptics, according to a study published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).In response to the threefold increase in 2014 US measles cases (644 cases in 2014), psychologists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California, Los Angeles, tested the effects of different vaccine messages on a sample of 315 people.Researchers assigned study participants to one of three groups. The first group was given a mother’s story about her child contracting measles; photos of children and infants with measles, mumps, and rubella; and fact sheets about the importance of vaccination in preventing illness. The second group received facts about recent research refuting links between vaccination and autism, and the third group received scientific information unrelated to vaccination.Participants exposed to stories, photos, and illness prevention information in the first group experienced a significant increase in their support for measles vaccination. Attitudes in the groups exposed to autism risk or unrelated information did not change.Researchers said that results support the use of vaccine messages that are nonconfrontational and remind people of vaccination’s role in preventing serious illness.Aug 3 PNAS studylast_img read more