first_imgSep 21, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – French researchers have found a significant link between one 2009 H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy in adults, a finding that is likely to prompt some countries to take a fresh look to see if adult cases have surfaced in the wake of pandemic vaccine campaigns.The French findings are part of a larger investigation under way through the Vaccine Adverse Event Surveillance and Communication (VAESCO) Consortiu led and funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The data are from a case-control study that was partially included yesterday in a detailed technical report from the ECDC that explored the vaccine-narcolepsy link in eight European countries, including some that didn’t report the problem.Full findings from the French case-control study appeared yesterday on the Web site of the French Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM), a group that is similar to the US Food and Drug Administration.Only one vaccine has been linked to the narcolepsy cases, Pandemrix, a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) product that contains its AS03 adjuvant. The vaccine was not used in the United States during the 2009 H1N1 vaccine campaign, but several European countries used it alone or alongside other vaccine formulations. Canada and Brazil also used a very similar GSK pandemic vaccine containing the AS03 adjuvant.Yesterday’s ECDC report confirmed the link between narcolepsy and pandemic 2009 vaccination in Finnish and Swedish kids, and reported that a sensitivity analysis found a narcolepsy link to vaccinated adults when data were pooled from countries that hadn’t already noted an association.The ECDC said more data and case reports will be needed to better understand the link between narcolepsy and the vaccine.The French researchers used a study protocol that was developed by VAESCO for use in the larger ECDC investigation. However, they noted that the study periods used by the wider study and the analysis specific to France are different, with the French study period starting 6 months later and ending 10 months later.In the report yesterday, French investigators said 51 cases of narcolepsy were reported in French patients who were immunized against the pandemic virus; 47 received Pandemrix, but only 3 received Panenza (a nonadjuvanted vaccine from Sanofi Pasteur), and 1 received an undetermined product. All of the narcolepsy cases were confirmed by sleep study tests, and 38 involved cataplexy episodes.During France’s pandemic vaccine campaign, about 4.1 million doses of Pandemrix and about 1.6 million vaccinations with Panenza were administered, according to the report.Researchers found that 22 of the narcolepsy cases were in people 16 years old and older and 28 were in children 8 to 15 years old. Symptom onset occurred from 2 days to 15 months after vaccination. Eight patients—6 adults and 2 teens—had a medical or family history that might explain the condition.The investigators reported that overall the same signal seen in Finnish and Swedish children was found in French children, but the link between Pandemrix and narcolepsy was also detected in French adults.They cautioned that the findings don’t show a causal relationship and that a more thorough investigation should be conducted to explore the link further, including possible environmental or genetic factors.ECDC spokesman Giovanni Mancarella, in response to queries from CIDRAP News, said France is the only country in which an association between the pandemic vaccine and narcolepsy has been observed in adults, most of them younger adults. Though other countries have submitted adult cases to the wider ECDC study, based on the new French findings, they may reinvestigate them.There are more than 100 suspected narcolepsy cases in adults reported in the European Medicine Agency’s EudraVigilance database, the ECDC said.Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said today that it is conducting further study on adult cases, according to a statement in Finnish posted on the group’s Web site. It said the investigation will focus on 40 to 50 adult narcolepsy cases that were diagnosed between 2009 and 2011. About half of the patients had received the pandemic vaccine.It’s not clear why France is the only country that has found the association, Mancarella said, noting that with the data so far, it’s impossible to show a causal relationship between the vaccine and narcolepsy in adults.Yesterday’s technical report included only part of France’s data, and now that complete results have been submitted, Mancarella said, the ECDC will use it to look at the VAESCO case-control data again, with results expected in October.See also:Sep 20 ANSM statement and study (in French)Sep 21 THL statement (in Finnish)Sep 20 ECDC press releaseSep 20 ECDC technical report summarySep 20 ECDC full technical reportSep 20 CIDRAP News story “ECDC studies shed new light on narcolepsy and H1N1 vaccine”last_img read more

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first_imgA traffic stop by the East Hampton Town police early Saturday, June 2, led to the arrest of a Springs man on a felony narcotics charge. According to the police, the license plate on the 2015 Jeep being driven on Fort Pond Boulevard by Jhony Nieto, 38, was not legible because it was dirty and improperly lit, leading to the stop.During a search of the car, the officer said she found four plastic bags containing an aggregate of more than a half gram of cocaine. “I did that whole bag about three hours ago,” she said Nieto told her. She also reported finding an e-cigarette containing liquid marijuana.Nieto was charged with possession of cocaine as a felony, along with a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. He was held for arraignment later that morning. “If you check my record, I’ve been in the country for 20 years, and this is the first time I’ve been arrested,” Nieto told East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky.While Justice Tekulsky agreed that Nieto has a clean record, he set bail at $1000, citing the severity of the charge. Nieto posted bail at police headquarters and was released.tom.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgNDA president Chris Godek praised Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jon A Manafort and this year’s Hall of Fame inductees for their contribution to both the demolition industry in general and their work on behalf of the association over the yearsJon A Manafort received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NDA president Chris Godek, who praised all the evening’s winners for their contribution to the demolition industry in general and the association itself.Jon has been involved with the company for more than 60 years, including its work in the aftermath of the New York World Trade Center attacks in September 2001.Bob Stuppy, who has retired after 34 years with LaBounty, was one of six inductees into the NDA Hall of Fame, and was joined by Walter Reeves, who retires from Volvo Construction Equipment at the end of April after another 30-year plus career, while Saul Spector of Spector Manufacturing Inc – whose involvement with the NDA goes back to its very early days – was similarly recognised.Former industry consultant and NDA board director Bill Gumbiner, who died in July 2019, was also inducted, as were Bill and Susan Baumann. Bill, who died in December, was the owner of Ohio-based B&B Wrecking and Susan, who filled a number of roles in the company over the years, was present to receive the award.This year also marked the first year since the NDA’s Safety Awards were renamed in honour of the late Mike Casbon.Mike passed away just before the 2019 convention and members of his family were in the hall to see the awards presented. The awards were in categories up to 175,000 hours, 500,000 hours and over 500,000 hours respectively and the winners were Adamo Group, Cherry Companies and Independence Excavating respectively.This year’s Excellence in Demolition Award winners were Stryker Demolition and Environmental Services, Alpine Demolition and Veit and Company.The 2021 NDA convention will take place in New Orleans from March 4 to 7. A long-serving demolition man, two high-profile retirees and three people who passed away in 2019 were among those honoured as the US National Demolition Association (NDA) hosted the banquet that traditionally closes its annual convention and expo.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

first_imgThe ongoing debate about complaints and dissatisfied clients raises the issue of bad publicity and how to deal with it. Given that there are a number of websites that collect complaints and achieve Google rankings, is there anything a firm can do?From the point of view of marketing management and websites, the answer is: not much. Trying to get the offending material removed will cost money and often amounts to a pyrrhic victory – if it can be achieved at all. Taken in a wider context, the internet is only providing a convenient place for people’s grievances to be aired. Those people who are dissatisfied, whether they voice their feelings online or not, will tell others anyway and there’s no way to stop word of mouth. Or is there? Isn’t that what PR is for? While considering the implications of complaint websites and the wider PR issue of how to deal with bad news affecting a firm, I called a friend who is a public relations specialist in brand protection and media, Rob Shimmin. Several ideas emerged from our discussion. If your firm is suddenly the focus of high-profile media attention, get professional help immediately. Crisis PR, like legal work, is worth every penny if you get help early. In a less pressing situation that nevertheless demands a response, think through what your firm actually stands for, the benefits of the services it provides and (where possible) two or three examples of satisfied clients. Work towards having more positive messages about your firm than negative ones. Also bear in mind that information also needs to be disseminated within the firm when such issues arise. It’s worth providing an internal memo that informs everyone of the position and the firm’s response. That way everyone knows what to say if they’re asked. If you find your firm listed on a complaints website, it’s only a disaster if that’s the only message out there about your firm.last_img read more

first_imgThe port says that the transformer is the heaviest piece of cargo that it has ever handled.Stella Prima used its own cranes to unload the massive transformer directly onto an on-dock 16-axle rail car, specifically designed for such heavy cargoes.The transformer was unloaded by the ship’s crew, a 13-man crew from the International Longshoremen’s Association and a rigging company from Texas, with the work being coordinated by Federal Marine Terminals.HLPFI understands that CSX will inspect the rail car today to make sure it is ready for travel.last_img read more

first_imgStrele loaded the chimney at the Enerstena Group’s facility, 3 km away from its installation location. It was loaded onto a semi-trailer using two 15-tonne capacity overhead cranes that were already installed in the building and a 90-tonne capacity Faun ATF90G-4 mobile crane.The chimney was then transported the jobsite by Klaipedos Transekspedicija.Once on site, a 500-tonne capacity Liebherr LTM1500-8.1 fitted with a Modulift MOD 70 beam, and a 200-tonne capacity Terex AC200, were used to install the chimney. www.modulift.com www.strelelogistics.com www.transekspedicija.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe project is included in America’s Water Infrastructure Act 2018, which was approved on October 23.Dredging will increase the depth of the harbour’s commercial channels to 55 ft (16.8 m) and the channel in the Chesapeake Bay to 56 ft (17.1 m), while the channel will also be widened to as much as 1,400 ft (426.7 m) in certain parts to enable two-way traffic of ultra-large container vessels.“Virginia’s inclusion in this legislation will ultimately provide us the means to better serve our ocean carrier customers by allowing them to sail the biggest ships in their fleets to Virginia,” said John Reinhart, ceo and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority.“When the Wider, Deeper, Safer project is coupled with the USD700 million investment we are making to expand capacity at our main container terminals, cargo owners throughout the mid-Atlantic and the nation’s heartland benefit because the speed of exports and imports flowing through Virginia will increase.”The engineering and design of the project is underway in partnership the US Army Corps of Engineers. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2020, with completion slated for 2025.www.portofvirginia.comlast_img read more

first_imgWeighing 220,000 lbs (99.8 tonnes), the transformer was transported on an eight-axle dual line suspension trailer. The unit measured 24.1 ft x 9.8 ft x 13.9 ft (7.3 m x 3 m x 4.2 m). Once at the project site, BNSFL offloaded the transformer and set it on its foundation. BNSFL is a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium (WWPC) in the USA. www.bnsflogistics.comwww.wwpc.eu.comlast_img