Vermont Business Magazine The prevalence of Lyme disease is increasing in the United States, spiking significantly between 2016 and 2017, and has spread to all 50 United States and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released today by Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX). Based on more than six million de-identified laboratory test results conducted over the past seven years, the Quest Diagnostics study also found that outside of the northeastern U.S. which is historically associated with Lyme disease, California and Florida saw the largest absolute increases in positive test results. California found 483 infected patients in 2017, a 194.5 percent increase over 2015 levels. Floridafound 501 infected patients in 2017, a 77 percent increase over 2015 levels.”Lyme disease is a bigger risk to more people in the United States than ever before,” said Harvey W. Kaufman, M.D., senior medical director for Quest Diagnostics and head of the company’s Health Trends research program. “Our data show that positive results for Lyme are both increasing in number and occurring in geographic areas not historically associated with the disease. We hypothesize that these significant rates of increase may reinforce other research suggesting changing climate conditions that allow ticks to live longer and in more regions may factor into disease risk.”The Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ report on Lyme disease is the latest in a series of reports from Quest providing insights derived from the company’s 44 billion de-identified laboratory test results, the largest database of clinical lab results in the word. These reports are intended to provide actionable insights that can improve health outcomes for conditions affecting a large number of Americans. Additional findings of the Quest Diagnostics Health Trends report on Lyme disease include:Lyme disease remains most prevalent in the Northeastern United States Combined, Pennsylvania and the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) accounted for 60.6 percent of the total number of positive Lyme disease test results found in the United States in 2017.Pennsylvania tops the nation in Lyme disease cases. With 10,001 cases in 2017, Pennsylvaniasaw the most positive Lyme disease test results of any state in the nation, and nearly as many found in all New England states combined (11,549).Notable increases also observed in other states between 2015 and 2017 including Georgia, Arizona, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia.Spread by tick bites from infected blacklegged and deer ticks, Lyme disease is an infection by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that causes more than 300,000 illnesses each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is the most commonly occurring vector-borne disease and the sixth most commonly reported notifiable infectious disease.Common signs of potential Lyme exposure include the tell-tale “bullseye” shaped mark that frequently forms on the skin at a tick-bite location, or a presence of flu-like and/or other symptoms associated with Lyme or tick-borne infections.Unique Test from Quest Helps Diagnose Tick-Borne DiseasesPhysicians who suspect their patients might have been exposed to the bacteria causing Lyme disease can order laboratory tests to confirm the presence of Lyme or other tick-borne diseases. The Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ report analyzes results of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibody testing. This immunoblot test can help identify antibodies produced by the body in response to infection.In recent years, other tick-borne diseases have emerged in addition to Lyme disease. These conditions may share common symptoms but require different therapies, challenging accurate diagnosis and outcomes. This summer, Quest introduced a new test service that helps identify infection of Lymedisease and four other tick-borne infections from a single patient specimen. This test uses advanced technologies, including qualitative real-time PCR, to identify the DNA of each infectious agent. Quest also offers a test that detects antibodies and if positive or equivocal is confirmed by immunoblot.Study Methodology This study examines patterns and trends in laboratory test data performed by one or more Quest Diagnostics laboratories in the United States. The study’s strengths are its size and national scope and use of an objective laboratory method, versus surveys or polls, which may be subject to user misrepresentation or error. Study limitations include geographic disparities and inability to confirm laboratory findings through access to medical records or clinical evaluation. The Lyme disease analysis evaluated results of IgG which may identify current or long-standing infection, including post treatment. Physicians order IgG testing for patients suspected of Lyme disease, and consider results, symptoms and other factors to make a diagnosis. Quest Diagnostics Health Trends studies are performed on aggregate de-identified data in compliance with applicable privacy regulations and the company’s strict privacy policies, and following procedures approved by the Western Institutional Review Board.About Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™Quest Diagnostics manages the largest database of de-identified clinical laboratory data, based on 44 billion laboratory test results. From this data, the company derives clinically significant insights that empower patients, healthcare practitioners and policymakers to improve health. Developed in collaboration with top researchers and institutions, Quest Diagnostics Health Trends studies are published in peer-reviewed medical journals and by the company as a public service. Quest Diagnostics Health Trends reports have yielded novel insights to aid the management of allergies and asthma, clinical (prescription) drug monitoring, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease, influenza and wellness. The company also produces the Drug Testing Index (DTI)(link is external)™, a series of reports on national workplace drug positivity trends. QuestDiagnostics.com/HealthTrends(link is external).About Quest Diagnostics Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 45,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com(link is external).SOURCE SECAUCUS, N.J., July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics www.questdiagnostics.com(link is external) To access the full report, go to: www.QuestLymeReport.com(link is external)
Folks, we’ve seen some pretty cool wildlife ‘round these parts. But reader Kim Marinacci-Hill’s submission today likely takes the “Spotted in…” cake.Marinacci-Hill says she was at Porter Park in Prairie Village today around noon when she noticed this magnificent bald eagle:Good chance he headed east after hearing what happened to his buddy out near Hillsboro…Remember, if you have any cool wildlife sightings to report, we’d love to post them. Just send us an email here.
The forum for the Overland Park City Council Candidates will be held at the Johnson County Central Resource Library Tuesday evening.Shawnee Mission Post forum for Overland Park city council Wards 1, 2 and 3 candidates set for Tuesday. To give local voters a chance to hear the candidates discuss the most important issues facing their communities in person, the Shawnee Mission Post is hosting a forum for the candidates of the Overland Park city council Wards 1, 2 and 3, ahead of November’s election. The forum takes places Tuesday at Johnson County Library’s Central Resource branch, 9875 W. 87th St., Overland Park, and will run from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Doors to the event will open at 6 p.m. You can RSVP to the event by clicking here.Data breaches occurred at local Hy-Vee stores. After detecting unauthorized activity on some of Hy-Vee’s payment processing systems at local stores in July, company officials have provided more information on the data breaches and measures the company has taken. Locations within Johnson County that may have been impacted include Hy-Vee stores in Lenexa, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park and Shawnee. The specific time frames when data from cards used at these locations may have been accessed vary by location over the general time frame from Dec. 14, 2018, to July 29 for fuel pumps and from Jan. 15 to July 29 for restaurants and drive-thru coffee shops.Lenexa student Melany Reyes joins National Society of High School Scholars. The National Society of High School Scholars announced in August that student Melany S. Reyes of Lenexa has been selected to become a member of the organization. Reyes is a student at Lawrence Virtual Charter School in Lawrence. [Local student receives a national honor — Dos Mundos]
“They won 21 games last year and have a lot of kids back,” coach Pam Borton said. “They’re a very athletic team and very talented, but I think we know what we need to do to succeed against them.”One of those items will be to stay out of foul trouble. Minnesota has come into the season sporting a very aggressive defensive style which, while impressive, has caused the Gophers to be stuck in foul trouble too often in the two preseason games.Junior guard Emily Fox fouled out after playing just 20 minutes against Australia, but scored 16 points in that time frame. Expected to be a main contributor offensively, Fox will need to stay on the floor.“Obviously I want to get my teammates involved, but also I need to look for my shot as well,” Fox said. “Even though I didn’t get many minutes, I think the last game was a confidence booster for that.” Gophers start regular season after rolling in exhibitions Mark HeiseNovember 9, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota women’s basketball team will open its season tonight at home, facing off against California-Riverside at 7 p.m. in Williams Arena.“It’s exciting,” senior forward Leslie Knight said. “The last two games have been against teams that we’ve kind of taken care of, so practice this week has been a lot more meaningful, going up against tougher competition.”The Highlanders will be, without a doubt, a better team than the Australian squad the Gophers wiped the floor with last week, as Riverside returns all five starters from last year’s conference championship team.The Highlanders are led by senior forward Kemie Nkele, who averaged 16 points and nearly nine rebounds last season.
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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is an official partner of the third USA Science and Engineering Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival is free and open to the public. The working hours are from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.BOEM will be exhibiting at booth 3537, in the Earth Sciences Pavilion where they will present their work on powering the future with ocean energy.Fun hands-on activities related to environmental science, geology and offshore oil and gas resources, and offshore renewable energy are planned.The USA Science & Engineering Festival is a national grassroots effort to advance STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.Press Release, April 21, 2014; Image: usasciencefestival
Greek dry bulk ship owner Diana Shipping has signed three Memoranda of Agreement to acquire three Panamax vessels from a related party for a price tag of USD 39.8 million. The agreements include a 2010 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75,700 dwt MV Sunshine, a 2013 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75,403 dwt MV Manzoni, and a 2013 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 77,901 dwt MV Infinity 9.The vessels, built by China-based Jiangnan Shipyard (Group), are expected to join Diana Shipping’s fleet by the end of March 2016.Consummation of the purchases is subject to the company obtaining bank financing from the sellers’ existing lenders for substantially all of the purchase price of the vessels.“Not only has the company been able to negotiate the purchase of these vessels at “distressed” prices not seen during the past 15 years, but we believe that our strong balance sheet and attractive credit risk will enable us to negotiate extremely favorable financing terms with the current lenders to finance 100% of the purchase price that will be non-amortizing for two years,” President of Diana Shipping, Anastasios Margaronis, said.“By preserving available cash, the company will maintain its strong balance sheet to weather the continuing downturn in the dry bulk market and to fund future vessel acquisitions throughout the eventual market recovery, consistent with the company’s long term strategy,” Margaronis added.Diana Shipping Inc.’s fleet currently consists of 43 dry bulk vessels, excluding the three vessels, as well as one newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulker, a newbuilding Newcastlemax dry bulker and a newbuilding Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel expected for delivery by the end of 2016.
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Published: February 1, 2017 5:34 AM EST Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE Volkswagen to pay at least $1.2 billion to bigger-diesel buyers Author: AP FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2 billion in buybacks and compensation to settle claims from U.S. owners of cars with larger diesel engines that the company rigged to cheat on emissions tests.The proposed settlement filed late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco covers owners of some 75,000 Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche cars with 3.0-liter diesel engines.Volkswagen has already agreed on a $15 billion settlement for some 500,000 smaller, 2.0 liter diesel engines.Under Tuesday’s proposed class action settlement, owners of older models from 2009-2012, which cannot be fixed to meet pollution standards, will be offered buybacks or trade-ins plus compensation ranging from $7,755 to $13,880, according to a statement from owners’ attorneys.People with newer cars from model years 2013-16, which can be fixed, will get compensation of $7,039 to $16,114.That’s if VW can come up with a fix approved by U.S. environmental authorities by an agreed deadline. If not, buybacks could push the cost as high as $4.04 billion.Parts supplier Bosch also agreed to pay $327.5 million under the settlement proposal. The deal must still get court approval to take effect.The Wolfsburg-based automaker has admitted it equipped diesel engines with software that detected when the vehicle was being tested and turned the emissions controls off during everyday driving. The result was cars that emitted some 40 times the U.S. limits of nitrogen oxides, a pollutant that can harm people’s health. Some 11 million cars worldwide have the deceptive software.The civil diesel settlement deals help put one chapter in the scandal behind the company. But it still faces numerous legal problems. Volkswagen’s former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, and 36 others are under criminal investigation in Germany. U.S. prosecutors have criminally charged seven former Volkswagen employees and the company has agreed to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion in fines.Investors in Germany are suing, saying management didn’t inform them of the problem in a timely way. Volkswagen shares plunged after the scandal broke.The company’s reputation has taken a beating since U.S. authorities revealed the cheating in September 2015. But that didn’t stop VW from passing Toyota last year to become the world’s largest carmaker by sales. Booming sales in China helped Volkswagen win the sales crown with 10.3 million vehicles sold to 10.2 million for Toyota.