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first_img311 frontman Nick Hexum is delving out on his own with his new solo project, The Nick Hexum Quintet. The band features Hexum and his brother Zack Hexum (guitar, keys, sax, backing vocals), Gary Novak (drums, percussion), Luke Miller (keyboards), and Andrés Rebellón (bass).According to an interview with Alternative Addiction, Hexum explained that the project originated as a jam band between the two Hexum brothers, but as the music evolved, the duo realized they were developing enough material for a full album. The album, My Shadow Pages, was just released yesterday (October 1st).The Nick Hexum Quintet is scheduled to play three shows at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on October 6th, 13th, and 20th.My Shadow Pages is available via iTunes.Nick Hexum Quintet “Super Natural”:last_img read more

first_imgMoves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.Depending on where you live, your pet may face new outside dangers as human activity increasingly encroaches on wildlife habitat. Wildlife that your pet may encounter include beavers, coyotes, gophers, raccoons, rodents, skunks, even deer, bears and moose. The best way to avoid wildlife around your home is to limit any behavior that might attract it. Do not leave animal kibble unattended outdoors; raccoons, coyotes and even squirrels that eat pet and people food can lose their fear of humans and may become aggressive. Keep trash in containers with lids that are animal-resistant. In addition to larger animals, smaller pests such as fleas, ticks and spiders can be extremely dangerous as they carry disease to pets and humans, Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, and check for ticks and bites on your animal when you get home. Visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nuisance for a full list of wildlife dangers and how to avoid them, and the Washington State Department of Health’s web page describing how to avoid pests, such as ticks and spiders, at www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Pests.Animal ServicesWashington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)Puget Sound Region16018 Mill Creek Blvd.Mill Creek, WA 98012 425-775-1311http://wdfw.wa.govThe WDFW manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips about living with many of the species across the state. For information about wildlife in the Puget Sound region specifically, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regions/region4.Pierce County Animal Services2401 S. 35th St., Room 200Tacoma, WA 98409 253-798-7387www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?nid=325Animal Services, part of the Pierce County Auditor’s Office, provides a variety of services, including pet licensing, animal adoptions, noise complaints, investigation of animal neglect and cruelty, enforcement of county and state animal ordinances and laws, and connecting lost pets with their owners. For more information, visit the office’s website.Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County2608 Center St.Tacoma, WA 98409 253-383-2733www.thehumanesociety.orgThe state’s largest animal welfare agency, the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County finds loving homes for more than 6,000 pets a year, reunites thousands of lost pets with their owners, provides medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offers comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs. For more information on the animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the society’s website.Veterinary ServicesVeterinary services in Pierce County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association website, http://wsvma.org.Pets for Patriotshttps://petsforpatriots.orgPets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Business Magazine On October 17, state officials announced an online tool that they say will help Vermonters weigh health insurance options and choose the health plan that best fits their medical needs and budget. The 2018 Plan Comparison Tool allows individuals and small business employees to compare at least 24 health plan options not just by monthly premiums and deductible amounts, but also by estimated total annual costs.Current Vermont Health Connect members aren’t required to compare health plans or to take any action at all. As long as they continue to pay their bills, members will automatically be renewed into the 2018 version of their 2017 plan. In past years more than nine out of ten members have gone this route, with only five percent actively deciding to change plans during the last Open Enrollment. However, even if they like their current plan, officials are encouraging them to invest the time into being sure that it’s the best option for them.“Comparison shopping is how Americans try to get the best deal possible for all kinds of consumer choices,” said Cory Gustafson, Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access.  “This tool makes it easy for Vermonters to do that research and comparison for health insurance.”Vermonters can try out the 2018 Plan Comparison Tool by clicking vt.checkbookhealth.org/(link is external). After taking a couple minutes to enter age, income, health status, and expected use of medical services, the anonymous tool tells the user if they qualify for subsidies to lower the cost of coverage. It also presents the estimated total costs of each of the 24+ qualified health plans in a typical year, as well as in a high-use year. The user then has several options for how to sort and screen the results, or to dive into plan details and links to more information on the BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont and MVP Health Care websites.“Open Enrollment is only six weeks long this year, so we want to make sure that Vermonters have the information they need on Day 1,” said Gustafson. “We have the Customer Support Center to help those who want to talk to someone on the phone. We have an Assister Program to help those who want to meet face-to-face with a trained professional in their community. And we have the Plan Comparison Tool for those who want to understand financial help and possible out-of-pockets costs from the comfort of their home or local library.”The online tool was developed by the non-profit Consumers’ Checkbook and has won the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s award for best plan choice tool. This is the third year that Vermont is using the tool.“This kind of resource is very important because a consumer just can’t figure out: is a plan with the $200 deductible and a $10,000 out-of-pocket limit better for me than a plan with a $2,000 deductible and $4,000 out-of-pocket limit—and how about differences in co-pays, co-insurance, etc.?” said Robert Krughoff, president of Consumers’ Checkbook. “People don’t know how much various health services cost or their likelihood of needing different services – and even health insurance experts can be hard-pressed to figure out which plan is best without a helpful tool. Vermont Health Connect is a leader in making this help available.”More than three-quarters of Vermont Health Connect members find that they qualify for subsidies to lower the cost of insurance, with the typical individual receiving $395 per month toward the insurance plan of their choice. For most uninsured Vermonters, this means it is be cheaper to buy health insurance and gain health care than to pay the federal fee for being uninsured and still risk the immense costs that can come from an accident or unexpected illness.Vermonters who miss the December 15th deadline could have to wait until January 2019 to start health coverage, although those who qualify for Medicaid can sign up throughout the year and those who qualify for a Special Enrollment Period generally have 60 days to sign up.Starting November 1st, applicants can sign up in one of four ways: online, by phone, by paper, or with an in-person assister. For more information or to get started, visit www.VermontHealthConnect.gov(link is external) or call 1-855-899-9600.Mark the Calendar!November 1st – First day to sign up for 2018 health coverageNovember 9th – Open Enrollment webinars with Department of Vermont Health Access staff and representatives from all three insurance carriers (recordings will then be posted online) – see options and sign up here(link is external)December 15th – Last day for individuals to sign up and confirm a qualified health planDecember 26th – Due date to pay January 2018 premiumsSource: WATERBURY, VT – DVHAlast_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine For the second year in a row, the University of Vermont has won a Workplace Wellness Award from the Vermont Department of Health. The award recognizes Vermont organizations demonstrating an established wellness strategy that promotes healthy environments and supports the well-being of their employees.A stretching class in the Waterman Building, one of several wellness activities available to UVM employees each week. For the second year in a row, UVM won a Workplace Wellness Award from the Vermont Department of Health. Pictured (l to r) are instructor Eli Barrett, fitness coordinator for Campus Recreation; Cheryl Herrick, Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Marie Bouffard, Purchasing Services; Zhanna Gordon, Bailey Howe Library; and Peter Spitzform, Bailey Howe Library. (Photo: Brian Jenkins)“It’s an honor to be included among a group of Vermont organizations who’ve made it a priority to promote employee wellness,” said Wanda Heading-Grant, vice president of UVM’s Division of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.  “We’ve always offered a wide range of wellness programing at UVM,” she said. “But in the last two years we’ve put strong emphasis on increasing employee awareness of these many options and making them easy to access. Both last year’s and this year’s award are affirmation that we’re on the right track.”Last year the university was honored for launching its wellness program by establishing a Wellness Council and creating a centralized inventory of the many disparate wellness initiatives that exist across campus.The award this year recognizes the steps the university has taken to increase employee awareness of the UVM’s wellness programming and to facilitate enrollment in the various initiatives and events.Over the past year, UVM developed and launched a comprehensive Employee Wellness website, hired a dedicated wellness staff person within the Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs office, Lauren Cartwright, and put in place a Wellness Ambassadors program. The over 70 staff and faculty ambassadors are charged with keeping their departments informed of new and existing wellness initiatives.The new website organizes the university’s offerings into seven types of wellness programs: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual. The website lists UVM programming in each category and itemizes community partners where services are available to UVM employees at a discount.     “Making wellness a priority is a true win-win for UVM,” said Heading-Grant. “Research shows that employees who participate in wellness programs are happier, healthier and more productive. That’s a benefit to both the employee and the university.”Workplace Wellness Awards are given in a variety of categories based on an organization’s size. Last year, UVM was one of 10 winners among organizations with 1,000 or more employees.This year’s awards will be presented on March 21 at the annual Worksite Wellness Conference to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Burlington.Source: UVM 3.5.2018last_img read more

first_img Related The Bikes Belong Coalition is launching an ambitious Bicycling Design Best Practices Project. The goal is to improve US bicycling infrastructure by encouraging the implementation of innovative, successful models of bike facility design, engineering and promotion – many of them developed in northern Europe.To kick off the project, Bikes Belong is hosting a five-day transportation research trip that will visit the Netherlands and Germany, during 30 August to 3 September. Elected officials and transportation planners and engineers from Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Taiwan will participate. Bike facility professionals from the Netherlands, Germany, and the US will guide the 16 person group.Bikes Belong recently selected Zach Vanderkooy, a graduate of the master’s programme in Urban Planning at Harvard University, to coordinate the project. Vanderkooy, who studied under noted transportation expert Anne Lusk, will lead European research trips and work to publicise global best practices in bike facility and bike programme development.In many Dutch cities, more than 30% of all trips are made by bicycle. In the German city of Mlast_img read more

first_imgJo Ella Hoye (left) and Laura Smith-Everett have announced plans to run for the District 17 House seat occupied by Rep. Tom Cox, who is running for the state senate next year.The 2020 election cycle may be more than a year away, but Republican Rep. Tom Cox’s announcement that he plans to seek a move to the upper chamber next year has set off a flurry of early activity.In the hours after Cox’s announcement that he will seek the District 10 Senate seat held by fellow Republican Mary Pilcher-Cook since 2009, two Democrats have announced plans to seek his District 17 House seat.Laura Smith-Everett, who lost a close race to Cox in 2018, was the first to make her plans public. And Tuesday morning Jo Ella Hoye, a prominent volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, announced she would file for the race as well.While neither have held elected office to date, both Smith-Everett and Hoye have been involved in public affairs. Smith-Everett was an intern for Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri during her time as a student at William Jewell College.In addition to her work with Moms Demand Action, Hoye has worked as an analyst in the Johnson County Manager’s Office.In her campaign announcement, Smith-Everett said she was driven to address some of the policies enacted during the Brownback administration that she believes have had a negative effect on her community.“Ultra conservative Republicans in Topeka are out of touch with the citizens of House District 17,” Smith-Everett said. “I am confident that the people of our district support a shared vision of government that works for all of us and will vote to restore our state after nearly a decade of cuts in programs and services for Kansans.”For her part, Hoye said she hopes to put her background in advocacy work in recent years to use in the statehouse.“Kansans want their leaders to come together to find commonsense solutions in order to provide the best quality of life for everyone in our state,” said Hoye. “The knowledge and experience that I’ve gained as a local government professional and community advocate have positioned me to be the right person to represent the citizens of the 17th District by listening and working hard to make their voices heard in Topeka.”last_img read more

first_imgLast fall, Rachel Luttrell was standing in front of a grill at a Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) campus in the midst of monsoon season. She was volunteering at one of NAIOP’s Dream Team barbecues that fed more than 10,000 homeless individuals last year. The grills were having a hard time staying lit, and she recalls the smell of smoke filling her clothes.“I felt defeated,” Luttrell says. “We grabbed the batch of burgers to refill the serving line and were greeted by volunteers and CASS clients smiling. The smoke smell no longer smelled foul; it smelled delicious! A few clients raised their hands in the air and welcomed the rain on their skin. No frowns, just joy!”Luttrell, a senior property manager at ACP Property Services and philanthropy chair for NAIOP Arizona’s Developing Leaders Chapter for professionals under the age of 35, says the moment reminded her to be thankful for the food, shelter and support network she has. Developing Leaders hosts five to 10 events a year, including a Halloween costume drive for UMOM, a “Feeding the Homeless” event at CASS and an event that benefits Children’s Cancer Network.“We realize the importance of strong community in the success of future generations,” Luttrell says. Most of Developing Leaders’ events, like NAIOP’s Dream Teams, founded in 2013, cap at 30 people. However, Luttrell points out that most networking events that reach much larger groups of NAIOP members can be turned into a philanthropic opportunity (i.e. making admission to an event nonperishable food).Cushman & Wakefield of Arizona staffers (left to right) Blaine Black, Bonnie Machen, Greg Valladao and Patrick Devine flip burgers on the grills at the Human Services Campus in Phoenix.“It was recognized early on that NAIOP’s members are actively involved in the communities they live and work therefore philanthropy was a natural addition to the existing advocacies. The Developing Leaders felt building relationships occurs best when you are alongside each other, stripped of titles and suites, working together for a common cause.”Charity is a relatively recent addition to the NAIOP Arizona chapter. In 2008, Megan Creecy-Herman established Developing Leaders’ philanthropy committee, which pre-dates NAIOP Arizona’s own official adoption of charitable efforts in 2010. Legacy Capital Advisors Principal Keaton Merrell points out that the chapter has engaged in philanthropic events over the years, but didn’t make it a part of annual programming until four years ago. In that time, the chapter has raised about $150,000 for charitable causes through its annual Crawfish Boil benefiting Ryan House and has served about 23,000 meals to homeless individuals. In 2013, NAIOP established Dream Teams, groups of 30 volunteers comprised of about 10 people from three firms, who get together once a month to barbecue burgers and hot dogs for the homeless.In 2013, NAIOP Arizona fed more than 10,000 homeless people as member firms volunteered on 12 Friday afternoons. Given the name “Dream Teams,” NAIOP Arizona members this year have fed almost 3,000 homeless people.“It is always great to see a Dream Team with volunteers who have never done it before and see them team up to feed 800 homeless people,” Merrell says. “Seeing this massive line of people that you are feeding is very gratifying. People that show up for the first time literally had no idea they would be affecting that many people.”There’s literally a quarter-mile-long line of homeless, says Chuck Vogel, senior vice president of real estate joint ventures and dispositions at American Realty Capital Properties, Inc.“Until you go down [to 12th and Madison avenues] and do it the first time, you don’t even get it,” he says.Just wrapping up its first year, word has spread and there’s a waiting list to get assigned to a Dream Team. Currently, there are more volunteers than space to feed the homeless. Registration costs about $75 per volunteer. “It’s funny,” Vogel says. “We send a follow-up email with photos, and we get phone calls from people saying, ‘Hey we want to go, too.’ It’s almost a competition. They see who has participated. It’s more about who isn’t on that list. Not who is on it.”last_img read more

first_imgEmail Pinterest Share on Twitter Depression is a major public health burden, affecting millions of people worldwide and costing the US alone over $200 billion per year. The most common treatments for depression are cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and antidepressants. However, 1 in 5 patients with depression do not respond to any intervention, and many relapse.“Previous animal and human brain imaging studies have suggested that psilocybin may have effects similar to other antidepressant treatments,” says Professor David Nutt, senior author from Imperial College London “Psilocybin targets the serotonin receptors in the brain, just as most antidepressants do, but it has a very different chemical structure to currently available antidepressants and acts faster than traditional antidepressants.” [1]The trial involved 12 patients (6 women, 6 men) with moderate to severe depression (average length of illness was 17.8 years). The patients were classified as having treatment-resistant depression, having previously had two unsuccessful courses of antidepressants (lasting at least 6 weeks). Most (11) had also received some form of psychotherapy. Patients were not included if they had a current or previous psychotic disorder, an immediate family member with a psychotic disorder, history of suicide or mania or current drug or alcohol dependence.Patients attended two treatment days – a low (test) dose of psilocybin 10mg oral capsules, and a higher (therapeutic) dose of 25mg a week later. Patients took the capsules while lying down on a ward bed, in a special room with low lighting and music, and two psychiatrists sat either side of the bed. The psychiatrists were present to provide support and check in on patients throughout the process by asking how they were feeling. Patients had an MRI scan the day after the therapeutic dose. They were followed up one day after the first dose, and then at 1, 2, 3, and 5 weeks and 3 months after the second dose (figure 1).The psychedelic effects of psilocybin were detectable 30 to 60 minutes after taking the capsules. The psychedelic effect peaked at 2-3 hours, and patients were discharged 6 hours later. No serious side effects were reported, and expected side effects included transient anxiety before or as the psilocybin effects began (all patients), some experienced confusion (9), transient nausea (4) and transient headache (4). Two patients reported mild and transient paranoia.At 1 week post-treatment, all patients showed some improvement in their symptoms of depression. 8 of the 12 patients (67%) achieved temporary remission. By 3 months, 7 patients (58%) continued to show an improvement in symptoms and 5 of these were still in remission. Five patients showed some degree of relapse (figure 4).The patients knew they were receiving psilocybin (an ‘open-label’ trial) and the effect of psilocybin was not compared with a placebo. The authors also stress that most of the study participants were self-referred meaning they actively sought treatment, and may have expected some effect (5 had previously tried psilocybin before, table 1). All patients had agreement from their GP to take part in the trial. They add that patients were carefully screened and given psychological support before, during and after the intervention, and that the study took place in a positive environment. Further research is now needed to tease out the relative influence of these factors on symptoms of depression, and look at how psilocybin compares to placebo and other current treatments.Writing in a linked Comment, Professor Philip Cowen, MRC Clinical Scientist, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, says: “The key observation that might eventually justify the use of a drug like psilocybin in treatment-resistant depression is demonstration of sustained benefit in patients who previously have experienced years of symptoms despite conventional treatments, which makes longer-term outcomes particularly important. The data at 3 month follow-up (a comparatively short time in patients with extensive illness duration) are promising but not completely compelling, with about half the group showing significant depressive symptoms. Further follow-ups using detailed qualitative interviews with patients and family could be very helpful in enriching the assessment.” Psilocybin – a hallucinogenic compound derived from magic mushrooms – may offer a possible new avenue for antidepressant research, according to a new study published in The Lancet Psychiatry today.The small feasibility trial, which involved 12 people with treatment-resistant depression, found that psilocybin was safe and well-tolerated and that, when given alongside supportive therapy, helped reduce symptoms of depression in about half of the participants at 3 months post-treatment. The authors warn that strong conclusions cannot be made about the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin but the findings show that more research in this field is now needed.“This is the first time that psilocybin has been investigated as a potential treatment for major depression,” says lead author Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, Imperial College London, London, UK. “Treatment-resistant depression is common, disabling and extremely difficult to treat. New treatments are urgently needed, and our study shows that psilocybin is a promising area of future research. The results are encouraging and we now need larger trials to understand whether the effects we saw in this study translate into long-term benefits, and to study how psilocybin compares to other current treatments.” [1]center_img Share on Facebook Share LinkedInlast_img read more

first_imgBritish Columbia measles outbreak spreadsA measles outbreak in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver has temporarily closed a school in eastern British Columbia after sickening nearly 100 students, and vaccine is being distributed to pharmacies and physicians’ offices as the outbreak spreads from the school into the nearby communities, according to news sources this week.The outbreak began at the Mount Cheam Christian School in the town of Chilliwack, said a Mar 11 Toronto Star story. Two cases in the greater community had been confirmed at that time, but a CBC News story today says 80 new cases have been reported from Chilliwack and nearby Agassiz. One patient, a 9-year-old girl, has been hospitalized.British Columbia’s Fraser Health system is requesting that older children and adults in its Fraser East region (which includes the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Harrison Hot Springs, and Hope in addition to Chilliwack and Agassiz) get vaccinated with the two-dose series, according to a news story from the organization. Children under age 5, who are at greatest risk from measles, need to obtain vaccinations through a physician’s office or public health clinic, says Fraser.The Star story says the students at the school had a low vaccination rate because of religious beliefs, but of even more concern is the 25% to 30% of people in the surrounding communities who have not been vaccinated even though the vaccine is available and free.Fraser is organizing vaccination clinics in Chilliwack and Agassiz for next week. In addition, people are being asked to isolate themselves at home if they have measles symptoms (blotchy rash, high fever, runny nose, cough), to avoid travel during spring break if they think they may have been exposed, and to alert any healthcare facility they plan to visit.Mar 14 CBC News story Mar 13 Fraser Health news story Mar 11 Toronto Star reportIn related news, California is reporting 32 cases of measles since the beginning of the year, according to a news release today from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Last year at this time, only 3 cases had been reported.Vaccination coverage in the state is high; 10 of the cases reported this year have been in people who have traveled to other countries where measles outbreaks are ongoing or where it is endemic (Philippines, India, and Vietnam). Mar 14 CDPH news releaseMore measles cases confirmed on Mediterranean cruise shipItalian and European health officials yesterday in Eurosurveillance said 15 more cases of measles have been confirmed aboard a Mediterranean cruise ship that has posed a cross-border health threat. The outbreak was originally announced in a Mar 5 risk assessment from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).As of Mar 11, 27 measles cases have been reported, 21 of them in crew members and 4 in passengers. The crew or passenger status couldn’t be determined for two of the patients. Of the total, 22 cases were lab-confirmed and 5 were classified as probable. In its Mar 5 risk assessment, the ECDC had said 7 cases were confirmed at that point.Ages range from 1 year to 42 years, and 21 of the case-patients are male. Home countries were known for 19 of the patients and included Italy, India, Philippines, Honduras, Austria, Brazil, and Indonesia.Of 12 cases in which vaccination history was available, 3 patients were vaccinated with one or two doses and 9 were unvaccinated. Among samples obtained from 22 patients, measles genotype B3 was found in 10 and the samples were 100% identical to each other, suggesting a common origin; the strain was related to two British strains identified in February.Illness onset ranged from Feb 20 through Mar 1. European countries received lists of passenger names and passport numbers for those who were aboard the cruise, but in some instances there wasn’t enough contact information to track some of travelers.On Feb 27 the ship’s medical team launched a vaccination campaign for crew and passengers who had no evidence or prior immunity. The ship is also offering vaccination to new crew members who arrive on board.The authors of the report said measles aboard a cruise ship presents many challenges, including a large number of people in close quarters with unknown vaccination status. They noted that no new infections have been seen in the crew since Feb 27, but some may already have been incubating measles when they were vaccinated. The number of infected passengers may be underestimated, because the average time spend on board wasn’t long enough for an exposed patient to develop symptoms.Mar 13 Eurosurveill report Mar 5 CIDRAP News story “ECDC reports measles outbreak on cruise ship” Study: Pertussis vaccine linked to fewer hospitalizationsEven though a high proportion of breakthrough pertussis cases occur in people vaccinated for the disease, immunization does result in decreased morbidity, including hospitalizations, according to a study today in Clinical Infectious Diseases.The authors analyzed the records for 624 children in the Portland, Ore., area aged 6 weeks to 18 years with confirmed pertussis from 2010 to 2012 to determine vaccination status and disease severity and duration. They found that 286 (45%) patients were up to date with federal vaccination recommendations and 167 (27%) had received one or more vaccinations but were not up to date.Ever-vaccinated patients had significantly lower risks of hospitalization and of severe disease than unvaccinated patients. They also had decreased odds of hospitalization and of developing pneumonia compared with those unvaccinated.Furthermore, patients who were up to date with federal recommendations had a significantly shorter duration of coughing, a measure of disease severity.An accompanying commentary stressed the need for a new pertussis vaccine since the current ones allow so many breakthrough infections. However, it concludes, “The current vaccines, even with the limitations, are still protective and reduce the severity of pertussis.” Mar 14 Clin Infec Dis study abstract Mar 14 Clin Infec Dis commentary landing pagelast_img read more

first_imgGOP Chairman Steve Pearce New Mexico GOP News:ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from the U.S. Forest Service lifting the suspension of sales of fuelwood permits:“Today’s announcement lifting the suspension of fuelwood permits only addresses one of the four main problems created by the U.S. district court judge who made a ruling against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The ruling continues to kill jobs New Mexico desperately needs, puts our wonderful forests more at risk of being destroyed by fire, disease or pests and makes the habitat worse when forests are  not maintained.“The best laboratory to compare habitats for spotted owls is where the Mescalero Forest which has been thinned joins the Lincoln National Forest which has not been thinned. The spotted owls are moving from the U.S. forests to the thinned areas.“I will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure the suspensions are resolved. I have asked USDA to file an appeal as soon as possible and to review the defense submitted to the court by the N.M Director of the United States Forest Service. I have also asked Secretary Perdue and other agency officials to visit N.M. to review the situation.”last_img read more