Centers For Disease Control And States Update Number Of Hospitalized E-Cigarette Or Vaping Cases And Deaths

first_imgCenters for Disease Control offers updates on EVALI cases. Courtesy image CDC News:The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that as of Dec. 27, 2019 the number of hospitalized cases or deaths from e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury (EVALI) was 2,561 nationwide.More specifically, there have been 55 deaths confirmed in 27 state and the District of Columbia.These states include: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.More deaths are under investigation.Current findings on the issue:Syndromic data on emergency department visits suggest that the EVALI outbreak began in June 2019. Cases have been declining since a peak in September.This data align with recently released CDC national epidemiologic data among EVALI patients suggesting that the number of new hospitalized EVALI cases has also been declining since a peak in September.While emergency department visits associated with possible EVALI have declined, they have not returned to levels before June 2019 and EVALI remains a concern.Laboratory data support previous findings that vitamin E acetate is closely associated with EVALI.This study analyzed samples from 51 EVALI cases from 16 states and a comparison group of samples from 99 healthy people for vitamin E acetate, plant oils, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, coconut oil, petroleum distillates, and diluent terpenes.Vitamin E acetate was identified in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples (fluid samples collected from the lungs) from 48 of the 51 EVALI patients, but not in the BAL fluid from the healthy comparison group.Although progress in the investigation and response is being seen, the CDC encourages the public to remain vigilant. National data show that certain groups of EVALI patients released from the hospital are more likely to be rehospitalized or die.Characteristics of EVALI patients who were readmitted or died following hospital discharge indicate that some chronic medical conditions, including cardiac disease, chronic pulmonary disease, and diabetes as well as increasing age might be risk factors leading to higher morbidity and mortality among some EVALI patients.Based on the findings on EVALI patient rehospitalization and death, CDC has updated its guidance to clinicians to minimize these outcomes.The updated clinical guidance recommends that hospitalized patients be documented as clinically stable for 24–48 hours prior to discharge.Patients should have a follow-up visit with a primary care provider or pulmonary specialist, optimally within 48 hours of discharge—a shorter follow-up time than the previous recommendation of 1–2 weeks.Healthcare providers should continue to report cases of EVALI to their state or local health department. CDC will continue to update guidance as we learn more about EVALI.What We KnowLaboratory Findings Reported Dec. 20, 2019:Laboratory data show that vitamin E acetate, an additive in some THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, is closely associated with EVALI.A recent study analyzed samples from 51 EVALI cases from 16 states and a comparison group of samples from 99 healthy people for vitamin E acetate, plant oils, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, coconut oil, petroleum distillates, and diluent terpenes.Vitamin E acetate was identified in fluid samples collected from the lungs from 48 of the 51 EVALI patients, but not in the BAL fluid from the healthy comparison group.No other toxicants were found in BAL fluid from either group, except for coconut oil and limonene (1 EVALI patient each).This study built upon a previously released using a large number of fluid samples from EVALI patients, and added healthy controls, and yielded the same finding.These findings complement the ongoing work of FDA and some state public health laboratories to characterize e-liquid exposures and inform the ongoing multistate outbreak.About the Outbreak:CDC is only reporting hospitalized EVALI cases and EVALI deaths regardless of hospitalization statusData suggest two distinct periods: a gradual increase in ED visits associated with e-cigarette use since 2017, followed by a sharp rise in June 2019.About Patient Exposure:All EVALI patients have reported a history of using e-cigarette, or vaping, products.Vitamin E acetate has been identified as a chemical of concern among people with e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI).THC is present in most of the samples tested by FDA to date, and most patients report a history of using THC-containing products.The latest national and state findings suggest THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers, are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.CDC has analyzed national data on use of THC-containing product brands by EVALI patients. Overall, 152 different THC-containing product brands were reported by EVALI patients.Dank Vapes, a class of largely counterfeit THC-containing products of unknown origin, was the most commonly reported product brand used by patients nationwide, although there are regional differences. While Dank Vapes was most commonly reported in the Northeast and South, TKO and Smart Cart brands were more commonly reported by patients in the West and Rove was more common in the Midwest.The data further support that EVALI is associated with THC-containing products and that it is not likely associated with a single THC-containing product brand.What We Don’t KnowWhile it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with EVALI, there are many different substances and product sources that are being investigated, and there may be more than one cause.What CDC RecommendsCDC and FDA recommend that people should not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online sellers.Vitamin E acetate should not be added to e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Additionally, people should not add any other substances not intended by the manufacturer to products, including products purchased through retail establishments.While it appears that vitamin E acetate is associated with EVALI, there are many different substances and product sources that are being investigated, and there may be more than one cause. Therefore, the best way for people to ensure that they are not at risk while the investigation continues is to consider refraining from the use of all e-cigarette, or vaping, products.Adults using e-cigarettes or vaping products as an alternative to cigarettes should not go back to smoking; they should weigh all available information and consider utilizing FDA-approved cessation medications. They should contact their healthcare provider if they need help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.Adults who continue to use an e-cigarette, or vaping, product should carefully monitor themselves for symptoms and see a healthcare provider immediately if they develop symptoms like those reported in this outbreak.If you are an adult trying to quit smoking:Contact a healthcare provider for help quitting tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.Use evidence-based treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications.If you are concerned about your health after using an e-cigarette, or vaping, product, contact your healthcare provider or local poison control center at 1.800.222.1222.Adults with ongoing cannabis (marijuana) use that leads to significant impairment or distress should seek out evidence-based behavioral treatment.Effective treatments are available, and recovery is possible. A number of therapy-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, motivational enhancement therapy, and multi-dimensional family therapy have been shown to be effective.Visit Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Locator to locate treatment in your area or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).For adults currently using marijuana/THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products for medical use: We do not know if there are different health effects of using different forms of marijuana, such as smoking, vaping, and edibles, or whether transitioning from one form to another might reduce harm.Talk with your healthcare provider about other available treatment options for the conditions.Regardless of the ongoing investigation:E-cigarette, or vaping, products should never be used by youths, young adults, or women who are pregnant.Adults who do not currently use tobacco products should not start using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. There is no safe tobacco product. All tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, carry a risk.THC use has been associated with a wide range of health effects, particularly with prolonged frequent use. The best way to avoid potentially harmful effects is to not use THC-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Persons engaging in ongoing cannabis (marijuana) use that leads to significant impairment or distress should seek evidence-based treatment by a healthcare provider.CDC will continue to update guidance, as appropriate, as new data becomes available from this complex outbreak.For updates on this investigation, visit www.cdc.gov/lunginjury.last_img read more

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All Together NM Fund Awarding $750K In Grants

first_imgATNMF News:SANTA FE — The All Together NM Fund will be awarding $750,000 for grants to help New Mexico’s smallest businesses survive the COVID-19 pandemic.The funding will be divided among four New Mexico nonprofit organizations that will award and administer grants of up to $5,000 for businesses with five employees or fewer. “Business relief from the federal government has been scattered, and far too much of what was first available went to large businesses. Many micro businesses in New Mexico and elsewhere didn’t get a fair shake,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “So thank you to the All Together NM Fund for reaching out and reaching in to support as many micro businesses as we can. No doubt that’s going to make an incredible difference,” she said.The nonprofits that will administer the grants are:​WESSTRio Grande Community Development CorpNM Community CapitalDreamSpring​“They were chosen because together they already serve micro businesses across the state and know who and where they are,” said Randy Royster, president and CEO of the Albuquerque Community Foundation who has been spearheading this aspect of the All Together NM Fund grantmaking. Micro businesses with existing relationships with one of the four nonprofits will receive guidance from the nonprofit about how to apply. Micro businesses seeking more information on the grant process should contact one of the nonprofits directly.“We’re committed to getting as much money as possible out to all the counties. We should not end up seeing a significant portion going to the larger population centers,” Royster added.The smallest businesses to qualify will be those operated by the owner plus one employee. Recipients will use the grants to make payroll or to buy needed materials. “The whole idea is we want to positively affect small businesses, especially those owned by women and people of color, that are employing people,” Royster said. “We’re really looking to help vulnerable businesses that are not likely to survive without this infusion of capital.”The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations started the All Together NM Fund in March to help New Mexico meet immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer long-term support for the recovery work that lies ahead. The many donors who made these grants possible include:​Stanley E. Fulton Family FoundationMcKinnon Family FoundationBlue Cross and Blue Shield of New MexicoIntel FoundationPattern EnergyBlattner Energy, IncTri-State Generation and Transmission AssociationIllinois #3 FoundationRALI New MexicoPhRMAVirgin GalacticIsora FoundationComcastSwire Coca ColaDaniels FoundationThe Santa Fe Community Foundation is the fund’s administrator.Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made through the website, www.AllTogetherNM.org or:Donors may contribute gifts of stock, property and electronic fund transfers by calling the Santa Fe Community Foundation at 505.988.9715 ext. 7006.Gifts by check can be mailed to the Santa Fe Community Foundation, PO Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Please note “All Together NM Fund” on the check itself.Text “together” to (505).333.4714 to give.last_img read more

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LINSPRAY launch for Linde

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Chart confirms Carrabine appointment

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Steder delivers Ethiopian load

first_imgSteder Group, member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network for Ethiopia, transported one 110-tonne tunnel boring machine (TBM) with dimensions of 5.63 m x 4.25 m x 3.06 m; and two 76.9-tonne TBM grippers measuring 7.33 m x 4.25 m x 3.06 m respectively. Steder Group took delivery of the over-dimensional cargoes and loaded them on to trailers at the port of Djibouti. The destination of the consignment was the Ethiopian Inlands hydro power plant, some 1,500 km away in the Genale Dawa River basin. Due to the poor state of parts of the road network, assistance was from bulldozers was required to prepare the roads for the heavy loads. On certain parts of the journey, only 25 km per day could be achieved. Steder Group successfully delivered the machinery to the jobsite in 14 days. www.stedergroup.comwww.cargoequipmentexperts.comlast_img read more

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Traxx approved for the Gotthard Base Tunnel

first_imgSWITZERLAND: Traxx locomotives which have been upgraded with the latest EBI Cab 2000 automatic train protection software are now approved for operation in the Gotthard Base Tunnel, Bombardier Transportation announced on November 28.Authorisation has been obtained as a result of ‘close co-operation’ between federal transport agency BAV, infrastructure manager SBB Infra, operator BLS Cargo and supplier Bombardier. The updated software enables Traxx MS and AC locomotives to run on all sections of the Gotthard Base Tunnel route, including those requiring use of ETCS Level 2. Locomotives which have not been retrofitted with the updated software can operate as the non-leading locomotive on double-headed trains. ‘We thank the FOT, SBB Infra and BLS Cargo for the constructive teamwork that will enable our Traxx locomotives to operate reliably and efficiently in the Gotthard Base Tunnel’, said Albert Bastius, Head of Product Line Locomotives. ‘We are now continuing to see that the implementation of our latest software progresses well on the many locomotives in operation, so that our customers benefit from this updated version.’last_img read more

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Plans afoot to reduce electricity costs, official claims

first_img Share 30 Views   no discussions LocalNews Plans afoot to reduce electricity costs, official claims by: – May 23, 2013 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sarah McDonald is DOMLEC’s new chairperson. Photo credit: DOMLECNew chairperson of the Dominica Electricity Services Limited (DOMLEC) Sarah McDonald has assured the public that plans for new ways to help reduce electricity cost in Dominica is ongoing. McDonald who took over from former chairman Robert Blanchard at Wednesday’s annual general meeting, told a press conference that the company will use its shared expertise in the region to resolve issues affecting the company. “We will immediately look for opportunities to start to share knowledge and we can hopefully bring things to Dominica but we know that we can also learn from Dominica,” she said.Light and Power holdings of Barbados (LPH) recently acquired a 52 % interest in DOMLEC from WRB Enterprises Inc. (WRB) of Tampa, Florida. One of the objectives of the new company is reducing operational cost. “We are working very actively through EMERA around renewables and we know that the processes are high in many places because of the price of fuel and we want to find ways to reduce our reliance on oil”.EMERA owns majors shares in several utility companies in the Caribbean region including Grenada, Barbados and St. Lucia.According to McDonald, the company is looking at several options including wind energy in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick, solar in Barbados or geothermal in Dominica.“We think that the opportunities are there to start bringing renewables in which will help us reduce cost and also reduce emissions which is good for the environment,” McDonald said. Meanwhile, general manager of DOMLEC Collin Cover said the reduction in electricity cost is determined by the company’s dependence on fossil fuel and his company is working in collaboration with the Dominica Government in that regard. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Greater Farmington Film Fest announces lineup

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Farmington-Hills based nonprofit organization kickstART farmington announces the film lineup and schedule for the 2020 Greater Farmington Film Festival.The Greater Farmington Film Festival takes place March 19-22, 2020 with a selection of recently released feature films and documentaries that engage the heart and mind, explore important contemporary issues, and inspire action: good films for a better world.Thursday, March 19The Prison WithinDirected by Katherin Hervey, narrated by Hill Harper (Documentary Feature, 85 Minutes)7:30 p.m., Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College. Director Harvey will participate in a Q&A following the film.Honored as the Best Social Justice Documentary at 35th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, this documentary explores the destructive impact of untreated trauma on individuals and communities through the powerful stories of survivors of violent crimes and prisoners incarcerated for murder in San Quentin prison.Friday, March 20NormieDirected by Kurt Neale (Documentary Feature, 74 Minutes)7 p.m., Farmington Civic TheaterWhen Annemarie looks in the mirror, she sees Down syndrome. She hates it. To her, the diagnosis is a giant barricade keeping her from the independence and intimacy she desperately desires. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to understand what it means to be normal.DrivewaysDirected by Andrew Ahn, (Narrative Feature, 83 Minutes)9 p.m., Farmington Civic TheaterSingle mother Kathy travels with her eight-year-old son Cody to Kathy’s late sister’s house, which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.Saturday, March 21NYICFF Kid Flicks One10:30 a.m., Farmington Civic Theater (Admission is free.)Catch the best short films from around the world for ages 3-7. Presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival.Skid Row MarathonDirected by Mark Hayes (Documentary Feature, 85 Minutes)7 p.m., Farmington Civic TheaterWhen a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. This story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.By the Grace of GodDirected by François Ozon (Narrative Feature, French with English Subtitles, 137 Minutes)9 p.m., Farmington Civic TheaterFrançois Ozon’s gripping drama follows three men who band together to dismantle the code of silence that continues to protect a priest who abused them decades ago. Based on events from the 2019 conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon for concealing the conduct of Father Bernard Preynat.Sunday, March 22The Euphoria of BeingDirected by Réka Szabó (Documentary Feature, Hungarian with English Subtitles, 83 Minutes)2 p.m., Holocaust Memorial CenterDirector Szabò asked a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor to co-create a dance theatre piece to provide a space for her traumas in a dialogue with a young dancer, Emese. Winner of the Human Rights Award, Sarajevo Film Festival, 2019.For more information on the films and tickets, visit gffilmfest.com. Reported bylast_img read more

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Accel-RF Wins AFRL Contract to Complete an mm-Wave Accelerated Life Test System

first_imgAccel-RF has received a follow-on contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Under the phase II SBIR program, Accel-RF will continue development efforts for millimeter-wave accelerated life test systems. The duration of the program is 27 months, from September 2018 – December 2020. The object of the Phase II effort is to demonstrate a system platform capable of performing end-of-life (EOL) reliability analysis on multiple individual test devices at V and W-band frequencies.Under the new contract, Accel-RF, a world leader in supplying equipment for performing high temperature, long duration reliability testing on compound semiconductors, such as Gallium-Nitride (GaN) and Silicon-Carbide (SiC), will develop, design, and produce a test system breadboard capable of performing Arrhenius-type reliability prediction measurements at high temperatures (≥250⁰C) on a group of devices at V-band and W-band. The Phase II work will also investigate packaging and MMIC mounting processes used at these high frequencies in order to develop a robust, extremely high temperature manufacturing capability.AFRL continues to be a strong advocate for advancing development of state-of-the-art reliability and performance-degradation testing on semiconductor technologies used in cutting-edge system applications. Reliability testing of evolving semiconductor technologies is difficult enough, but reliability testing of a significant sample size of discrete devices or MMICs from DC through millimeter-wave frequencies and at controlled channel-temperatures for thousands of hours, compounds the problem exponentially.Accel-RF is looking to significantly improve the capability of manufacturers, system designers, and end-users to measure, quantify, and improve reliability predictions for Wide Band-Gap devices such as Gallium-Nitride (GaN) at millimeter-wave frequencies. The commercial markets that this equipment can support include: automotive short- and long-range radar, automotive vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, Gbps WLAN, and 5G mobility short-range communication, and numerous industrial sensor networks. The primary goal, according to the company, is to increase confidence levels in long-term reliability for a wide range of semiconductor technologies as quickly as possible.last_img read more

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‘Tong-its’ lands 4 persons in jail

first_imgRecovered from their possession were a deck of playing cards and gambling money which amounted to P870. Detained in the lockup cell of the Patnongon municipal police station, the suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegal gambling./PN They were residents Felimono Rey Estañol, 33; Jennifer Culminas, 46; Meyna Mondejar, 38; and Edwin Alejo, 40. ILOILO City – Four persons were arrested for illegal gambling in Barangay Gabudipa Poblacion, Patnongon, Antique. They were caught playing the card game tong-its around5:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, a police report showed.last_img

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