Coal burning, road dust most toxic air particles

first_imgA new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) air pollution study of millions of deaths from heart disease, lung disorders, and other causes in 75 American cities found that the effect of particles on mortality rates was about 75% higher in cities with a high proportion of sulfates from coal burning power plants than in cities with little sulfate pollution. It was about 50% higher in cities with a higher proportion of particles from road dust.The air pollution effects were highest when the temperatures were mild, and windows are most likely to be open, said lead author Lingzhen Dai, doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health at HSPH. For each 10 micrograms per cubic meter of air particles, city death rates increased by over 1%. What’s more, the concentration of fine particulate matter in the air fluctuated with changing seasons and weather.The paper was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on May 6, 2014.“These findings confirm the large number of studies showing airborne particles kill, and provide insight into which types are most toxic,” said Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology at HSPH, senior author. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Read More

Saint Mary’s student tests positive for COVID-19 after traveling abroad

first_imgA Saint Mary’s undergraduate student tested positive for COVID-19, interim vice president for student affairs Linda Timm announced in an email Monday. The unidentified student returned to the U.S. on March 13 after traveling abroad.“[The student] came directly to campus to retrieve personal belongings from her residence in Le Mans Hall,” Timm said in the email. “She did not spend the night and reported that she did not come in contact with other students.”The student started showing symptoms March 17 and elected to be tested for COVID-19. She received positive results Sunday, Timm said, and the College was notified of her condition that night.“Currently, the student is recovering at home, receiving medical care and is in good spirits,” Timm said. “She has been in contact with one of our staff nurses as well as her local health department and is following quarantine guidelines.”Timm reminded students to continue practicing good health hygiene and appropriate social distancing, as well as staying updated on the CDC’s latest information and safety recommendations.Tags: abroad, coronavirus, COVID-19, Linda Timm, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Read More

Salmonella outbreak increases to 329 cases

first_imgFeb 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A prolonged Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter has expanded to 329 cases in 41 states, an increase of 41 cases since the outbreak was announced on Feb 14, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers not to eat any Peter Pan peanut butter produced since May 2006 or any Great Value brand peanut butter with a product code on the lid that begins with 2111. Both products are made at the same ConAgra plant in Sylvester, Ga., and epidemiologic studies have linked both with Salmonella enterica infections, according to the CDC and FDA.S enterica typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves in a week. Of 249 patients for whom clinical information is available, 51 (21%) have been hospitalized in the outbreak, but no deaths have been reported. Illness onset dates, known for 224 patients, ranged from Aug. 1, 2006, to Feb. 2, 2007, according to the CDC. Sixty percent of the illnesses began after Dec 1.Two closely related DNA fingerprints of S enterica serovar Tennessee have been associated with the outbreak, the CDC has said.The current outbreak is the second known instance of Salmonella infections traced to peanut butter. In 1996, 15 people were sickened after eating peanut butter that was contaminated with S enterica serovar Mbandaka, according to a 1998 report published in the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Investigators traced the contamination to roasted peanuts.One earlier salmonellosis outbreak was linked to a snack that contained peanut butter. The outbreak, which involved more than 2,200 children in Israel, England, and Wales in 1994 and 1995, was traced to contamination of a peanut butter–coated snack popular with children in Israel.In an investigation of peanut butter contamination, Sima Yaron, PhD, a senior lecturer at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and her colleagues studied heat tolerance of three S enterica serovars. In the November 2006 issue of the Journal of Food Protection, they reported that the Salmonella strains could survive peanut butter pasteurization processes. They suggested that the pathogen may have increased heat resistance in foods that have low water and high lipid content, such as peanut butter and chocolate.Yaron said that because Salmonella contamination is less common in peanut butter than in animal products, food companies and consumers don’t approach peanut butter with the same level of caution. “However, the very low infection dose related to this product might cause extensive outbreaks in the few cases in which the peanuts are contaminated, as indeed happened this time or in many other countries in the past, including Israel,” she told CIDRAP News in an e-mail message.The findings about Salmonella’s survivability in peanut butter have prompted recent interest from food companies, Yaron said. She added that her group is studying alternative pasteurization methods and the mechanisms Salmonella organisms use to survive in foods with low water and high lipid content.See also:Feb 21 CDC press release overview of salmonellosis W, Cameron S, Dalton C, et al. A South Australian Mdbandaka outbreak investigation using a database to select controls. Aust NZ J Public Health 1998 Aug;22(5):536-9Shachar D, Yaron S. Heat tolerance of Salmonella enterica serovars agona, enteritidis, and typhimurimum in peanut butter. J Food Protec 2006 Nov;69(11):2687-91 [Abstract]last_img read more

adminNovember 18, 2020bkqbtjLeave a Comment

Read More

TaniHub donates animal feed to Taman Safari Indonesia amid COVID-19 epidemic

first_img“We are preparing a special section on the TaniHub app dedicated to animal feed donations. It will be launched soon,” he said.According to a survey conducted by the Indonesian Zoo Association (PKBS), 92 percent of the association’s members in Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and Borneo had stocks to feed their animals only until mid-May.TSI, which is notable for its collection of carnivorous animals, previously attempted to compensate for supply shortages by reducing the amount given to the animals and altering the composition of the feed. “We are very supportive of TSI’s [initiatives], especially its scientific research and animal re-population efforts,” Pamitra said in a statement on Monday.Read also: Thousands of animals in Indonesian zoos may soon go hungryThe firm donated 200 kilograms of chicken and 1,300 kg of fruits and vegetables to the zoo on Thursday.TaniSupply director Sariyo said members of the public would soon be able to contribute to the donation campaign through the TaniHub mobile app. Homegrown agricultural (agritech) technology firm TaniHub Group has donated animal feed to Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) in Bogor, West Java as concerns were raised over animal welfare after the zoo was closed to the public amid the COVID-19 epidemic.TSI is the first of several private zoos and conservation centers across the country to have received supplies of animal feed from the agritech company.TaniHub Group president Pamitra Wineka said the company was committed to alleviating some of the burden placed on TSI to maintain the well-being of various fauna amid the major economic downturn.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Read More

RCCF awards $45k to local groups

first_imgJennifer Russell & Laura HamiltonBatesville, In. — In October, the Ripley County Community Foundation’s Board approved $45,000 in grants to be paid to eleven non-profits serving Ripley County.  The purpose of these grants is to assist local groups with their quests to promote and support community service, social service, education, health, environment and art needs of Ripley County.This year, large grants were awarded as follows: $2,172 to the Batesville Adams Lutheran Church to clean and paint their steeple, $3,020 to Holton Police Department for a mobile radio, $3,505 to New Horizons for chair scales and laptops, $3,753 to St. Anthony Preschool in Morris for a Smartboard and Tablets, $3,800 to the Osgood Library for computers, $4,500 to Voices for Children for recruitment of volunteers, $4,500 to Tyson Library in Versailles for computers, $4,870 to Young Life in Batesville for A/V Equipment, $4,880 to St. Nicholas School in Sunman for flex seating, $5,000 to South Ripley Elementary for flex seating, and $5,000 to Gleaners for the BackSack Food for Kids.“2018 has been an amazing year for grant opportunities through the Ripley County Community Foundation.  This year, through its’ community grant programs, the Foundation has awarded $10,000 in Impact Grants, $9,000 in small grants, $9,000 in proactive grants, and $45,000 in large grants” Amy Streator, Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation, stated.  All of the community foundation’s granting opportunities are due to the generosity of Community Granting Funds.  “The needs in Ripley County are always changing; making the Foundation’s Community Granting Funds an essential resource for Ripley County residents.  Since Community Granting Funds are not earmarked for a designated purpose, the Board of Directors can determine, on an annual basis, what the most pressing needs in Ripley County are, and can devise a plan to support those organizations which are best addressing those needs”, stated Streator.From left: Tanya Ruble-Richter, Vicky Wilson & Pat PolleyCurrently, qualified donations to a Community Granting Fund will be matched 200% by a private foundation.  This matching opportunity is available on a first come first served basis and is available for a limited time, or until all match money has been committed to other donations.  Streator further noted that “if you wish to provide resources for your Community Foundation to meet future needs, assist an existing program, or even start a new program, the Community Granting Fund is the perfect choice.  Your resources will be granted at the discretion of the Foundation for purposes which are meaningful and timely and meet the guidelines and policies of the Foundation.”  Donations to the Ripley County Community Foundation can be made online at or can be sent directly to the Foundation office at 13 E. George Street, Suite B Batesville, IN 47006.Community Granting Funds allow us to Connect People Who Care With Causes That Matter.last_img read more

adminSeptember 24, 2020adurddLeave a Comment

Read More