ENEWSPF News http://www.enewspf.com/ Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:46:27 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Doctors Without Borders: Sexual Violence in Colombia a Forgotten Medical Emergency http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57185-doctors-without-borders-sexual-violence-in-colombia-a-forgotten-medical-emergency.html
MSF staff members consult with patients at a facility in Colombia. Surinyach Anna/MSF

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA/NEW YORK—(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  Sexual violence should be treated as a medical emergency and survivors should be guaranteed accessible and comprehensive medical treatment, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“Sexual violence against any person is totally unacceptable,” said Pierre Garrigou, head of mission for MSF in Colombia. “To survive, it is essential to find medical and psychological treatment as soon as possible. Health institutions have to ensure that the response to sexual violence survivors is comprehensive and adequate. Today, the institutional response is not sufficient and late.”

“The 13-year-old girl was brought by her mother to the consultation room. The violent incident happened three years ago. According to the mother, the girl received good quality medical attention in Barbacoa. However, there were some flaws: she didn´t receive any documents (report, medical treatment received, consultations for follow-up). Besides, the attention was not comprehensive, as she didn´t receive mental health support. The girl shows depressive symptoms and post-traumatic stress that make her unable to establish adequate social relations, especially with adult men, as well as daily activities.”

Testimony from an MSF doctor in Nariño  

Eighty percent of survivors of sexual violence treated by MSF between June 2012 and August 2013 had not looked for help in local health structures. The obstacles to their seeking health and psychological help were: the lack of awareness that an assault requires medical attention (61%); not considering they had suffered sexual violence; threats by the perpetrator, and shyness, among others.

“The health staff has to be trained to actively find cases so that the response is adequate and the mental health service has to be available in the health structures at the first level of attention,” said Garrigou. “But it doesn´t have to be limited to the health sector, the emergency focus has to be across all institutions involved in the response to sexual violence.”

The Importance of Early Treatment

It is crucial that survivors of sexual violence get medical attention within the first 72 hours of an attack, in order to provide prophylaxis to prevent HIV/AIDS, and to administer antibiotics that will help prevent infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis, as well as emergency contraceptives to avoid unwanted pregnancies. 

“We identified the case of a 24-year-old patient who survived sexual violence that resulted in an unwanted pregnancy. She went to legal entities to file a complaint. However, she  didn´t go to any health institution until she had to give birth. She tried to interrupt her pregnancy several times and tried unsuccessfully to end her life. Her family expelled her from the house. Today she is fleeing from the perpetrator, who is out of jail.”

Testimony from an MSF psychologist in Caquetá

Apart from the physical consequences, sexual violence has a devastating psychological impact.  Almost all the survivors show symptoms such as aggression, sadness, excessive fear, irritability or anger, and anxiety or stress. Less than one in every three woman treated by MSF had received psychological support after their assault.

MSF is treating sexual violence survivors in its health and mental health programs in Cauca, Nariño and Caquetá,Colombia. Between June 2012 and August 2013, MSF treated 223 cases of sexual violence.  

Source: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:13:58 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57185-doctors-without-borders-sexual-violence-in-colombia-a-forgotten-medical-emergency.html
National Lawyers Guild Stands with People of Ferguson, Condemns Systematic Police Violence in Communities of Color http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57179-national-lawyers-guild-stands-with-people-of-ferguson-condemns-systematic-police-violence-in-communities-of-color.html

FERGUSON, Mo. --(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  The NLG joins the people of Ferguson in expressing disheartenment at the grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. The rampant impunity with which police murder innocent people of color, as well as the heavily militarized response to protests in Ferguson, are symptoms of a larger system of racial injustice that has criminalized and oppressed people of color since the country’s founding. In just the last week, police have shot and killed two other unarmed African-Americans – Akai Gurley, 28, “accidentally” gunned down in his Brooklyn stairwell; and Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy holding a BB gun near a Cleveland playground. As Ferguson and the rest of the nation rallies to demand an end to this state sanctioned violence, the NLG will be working to support and uphold the First Amendment rights of protesters.

The NLG helped establish the Ferguson Legal Defense Committee (FLDC). The FLDC is coordinating legal support for arrestees with support from Guild members from New York, Chicago, Detroit, and elsewhere. NLG Legal Observers will be monitoring police activity in Ferguson and solidarity demonstrations nationwide to ensure that the rights of protesters are respected.

These extrajudicial killings are bolstered by the rhetoric from mainstream media that criminalizes peaceful protesters, especially people of color, while repeatedly failing to challenge the motives and actions of police officers and other officials in positions of power. Guild Legal Worker Vice President Kris Hermes, who has been working on the ground in Ferguson, explains that the media’s profitable sensationalism "serves as a cover to use violent repression against protesters," while the "grand jury system was manipulated to exonerate Wilson." Given Gov. Jay Nixon’s preemptive "state of emergency," deployment of the National Guard, and FAA "no-fly zone" declarations, the government’s intent to squash dissent in Ferguson is clear.

As Ferguson protesters emphasized in an open letter, their struggle speaks to a much larger tradition of racial oppression, of which police brutality is just one part:

"This fight for the dignity of our people, for the importance of our lives, for the protection of our children, is one that did not begin Michael’s murder and will not end with this announcement. The ‘system’ you have told us to rely on has kept us on the margins of society […] This system you have admonished us to believe in has consistently, unfailingly, and unabashedly let us down and kicked us out, time and time again."

The NLG calls on lawyers, law students, and legal workers of conscience to contribute their legal knowledge to defending the people of Ferguson. Volunteers who are ready, willing, and able to contribute to these efforts in Ferguson may sign up here.

The NLG is accepting donations for its efforts in Ferguson and elsewhere.

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was formed in 1937 as the nation’s first racially integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights.

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Source: http://www.nlg.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:52:24 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57179-national-lawyers-guild-stands-with-people-of-ferguson-condemns-systematic-police-violence-in-communities-of-color.html
Avoid Foodborne Illness This Holiday Season http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57172-avoid-foodborne-illness-this-holiday-season.html CHICAGO –-(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  The season for family gatherings and festive meals is here, and with that comes the potential for foodborne illnesses, if the foods are not properly prepared and handled.  Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck offers this helpful advice to avoid getting sick:

“You should make sure your meats, including your Thanksgiving turkey, are completely thawed before you cook them.  As you plan your meal, consider how much time you’ll need to thaw and cook your meats, and keep raw meat and poultry separate from food that’s ready to eat.” 

If your turkey is thawed on the outside, but still frozen inside, you won’t be able to cook it to the appropriate 165° Fahrenheit temperature, which is needed to kill disease-causing bacteria.  In addition, many foodborne outbreaks result from food being contaminated during preparation or when it’s being served by unwashed or improperly washed hands. So keep your hands clean.

The following grid shows the approximate times needed to properly thaw and cook a turkey based on its size.

Turkey Size

In the Refrigerator
(Approximately 24 hours
for every 4-5 lbs.)

In Cold Water
(Approximately 30
minutes per lb.)

Cooking Times                325° Fahrenheit Unstuffed

4 to 12 pounds

1 to 3 days

2 to 6 hours

1 ½ to 3 hours

12 to 16 pounds

3 to 4 days

6 to 8 hours

3 to 4 hours

16 to 20 pounds

4 to 5 days

8 to 10 hours

4 to 4 ½ hours

20 to 24 pounds

5 to 6 days

10 to 12 hours

4 ½ to 5 hours

Symptoms of foodborne illness may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever or abdominal pain.  While people most often get sick within four to 48 hours after eating bad food, foodborne illness can appear anywhere from 30 minutes to two weeks after eating the contaminated food.  Find more information about food safety at http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbsafefood.htm.

Source: illinois.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:24:09 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57172-avoid-foodborne-illness-this-holiday-season.html
Illinois Dept on Aging Observes Family Caregivers Awareness Month by Reminding about Resources to Assist http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57171-illinois-dept-on-aging-observes-family-caregivers-awareness-month-by-reminding-about-resources-to-assist.html Administers the Family Caregiver Support Program

SPRINGFIELD –-(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  Family caregivers help their loved ones with a broad range of activities which can be a critical component in providing long term care for older adults.  Without the support of their relatives and caregivers, many older adults would have difficulty remaining in their homes and community.  Increasing numbers in the aging population has led to an increased need for caregivers.  But, caregivers also need support or risk putting their own health and well-being at risk which is the message from the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) in observance of National Family Caregiver Month.

“A family caregiver steps in to help a relative who can no longer manage without some assistance.  It can be small tasks that increase over time until the family caregiver becomes the primary person responsible for managing the older adult’s needs.  Often the family caregiver does not realize how important their role is until they need a break.  It can be overwhelming and we want family caregivers to know about resources available to help them in their role of supporting an older adult loved one,” said IDoA Director John K. Holton, Ph.D. 

Through IDoA, the state has resources for family caregivers to receive support.  Through its partnership with the 13 Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers, IDoA offers information, assistance, counseling training, and respite care through the Family Caregiver Support Program.  IDoA lists caregiver resources on its website at http://www.illinois.gov/aging/CommunityServices/caregiver/Pages/caregiver_links.aspx.

Director Holton also encourages families to use the upcoming holiday as an opportunity to assess the needs of older adult loved ones.  When families gather for Thanksgiving, it may be determined their loved one needs assistance but does not ask. Some signs that assistance may be needed include:   

• Decreased mobility, forgetfulness
• Neglected personal hygiene
• Change in appetite
• Unfilled and/or unopened medical prescriptions
• Lack of home maintenance 
• Unusual display of unopened mail
• A loved one may be mishandling their finances, for example, not paying their bills or losing money.

For more information about programs and services to assist older adults in Illinois, their families and caregivers, including the Illinois Family Caregiver Support Program, log on to the department website at:  http://www.illinois.gov/aging/ or call the Department on Aging at 1-800-252-8966 or (TTY, hearing impaired use) call 1-888-206-1327.

Source: illinois.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:22:10 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57171-illinois-dept-on-aging-observes-family-caregivers-awareness-month-by-reminding-about-resources-to-assist.html
State of IL Seeks Public Input on Strategy to Reduce Phosphorous and Nitrogen Pollution in Mississippi River Basin http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57170-state-of-il-seeks-public-input-on-strategy-to-reduce-phosphorous-and-nitrogen-pollution-in-mississippi-river-basin.html SPRINGFIELD –-(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.   Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett and Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Robert Flider today announced that the public is invited to provide comments on a new statewide effort designed to improve water quality in Illinois and the Gulf of Mexico. The public comment period for the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy is now open, and comments must be postmarked by midnight on January 24, 2015.

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy relies on the latest science and best available technologies to guide statewide efforts to reduce phosphorus and nitrogen losses that end up in Illinois waterways and the Gulf of Mexico. These nutrients spur algae blooms that deplete oxygen levels, hinder recreation, and threaten public health. Nutrient pollution can also degrade drinking water quality and require cities to install costly treatment equipment.

“The Illinois EPA recognizes the work farmers and municipalities have done and continue to do to protect the environment, and we want to build on that good work,” Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett said. “We thank the members of the Policy Working Group for the hard work and expertise they brought to this process and look forward to public participation as we move toward a final strategy.”

“Illinois agriculture has a long history of responding positively to environmental issues,” Illinois Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. “Programs like T by 2000 in the 1980s and 90s and, more recently, Keep it for the Crop have enabled farmers to sustain their industry-leading agricultural production while protecting the state’s valuable soil and water resources. This strategy builds upon these proven programs. It contains sound, incentive-driven approaches to keep more nutrients in farm fields and reduce run-off into streams and rivers.”

The strategy outlines practices to reduce nutrient losses from point sources such as wastewater treatment plants and industrial facilities, and non-point sources, including runoff from farm fields and city streets. It uses scientific assessments to target the most critical watersheds and to build upon existing state and industry programs. The goal is to reduce the amount of total phosphorus and nitrate-nitrogen reaching Illinois waters by 45 percent. Recommendations include establishing committees to coordinate water quality monitoring, developing specific measuring criteria, improving urban stormwater programs and education, improving agriculture stakeholder and agency collaboration, and defining a regular review and revision process.

“The Illinois Farm Bureau appreciates the IEPA and IDOA’s lead - and all of the stakeholders' involvement - in developing the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy,” said Lauren Lurkins, Director of Natural and Environmental Resources. “Further, we appreciate that education, outreach and voluntary incentive-based practices will continue to be the primary tools for addressing the agricultural components of the NLRS. This approach will lend itself to more widespread adoption of necessary best management practices to address this complicated issue. Illinois farmers are committed to continued use of best management practices, as they care deeply about the quality of the water in our state and that which makes its way to the Gulf of Mexico.” 

“Reducing nutrient losses is part of the fertilizer industry’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program (right source, right rate, right time, right place),” said Jean Payne, President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association. “Illinois ag retailers and certified crop advisers are already making substantial progress with their farmer customers on changes in nitrogen and phosphorus management that minimize environmental impact and ensure long-term profitability for the farmer. The strategy document will help us refine our 4R efforts and enable us to provide accountability to the state on positive changes in fertilizer management.”

Illinois EPA and Illinois Department of Agriculture developed the strategy with representatives from state and federal agencies, agriculture, and non-profit organizations as well as scientists and wastewater treatment processionals. The one-year effort was facilitated by the Illinois Water Resources Center at the University of Illinois and marks the most comprehensive and integrated approach to date for addressing both point and non-point sources of nutrients in Illinois.

“Meeting the challenge of nutrient reduction in the Mississippi River Basin can only be accomplished through shared action,” said David St. Pierre, Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. “The MWRD appreciates the states’ leadership in creating a multi-constituent task force, and we are moving forward on significant nutrient reductions in support of the states’ plan.”
      
“The Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies, representing 8 million ratepayers of Illinois, appreciates being invited to participate as the State Agencies have prepared this strategy,” said Rick Manner, Nutrient Committee Chairman, Illinois Association of Wastewater Agencies. “As front-line environmental stewards, we’re acutely aware of the financial burden Illinois residents pay in taxes and fees for treating their sewage. We hope that legislators and representatives of Illinois will review this document and weigh in as to the direction we as a state wish to proceed.”

“Nutrient pollution is Illinois’ most widespread water quality problem, and the release of this draft Strategy is an important step toward solutions that will protect our drinking water and wildlife,” said Dr. Cindy Skrukrud, Clean Water Advocate for the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter. “We are pleased that everyone agrees that overloading our waters with nutrients is a major problem. We will be reviewing this draft Strategy and offering suggestions for strong, specific actions we can take to protect our waters and the health of Illinois families and wildlife.”

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy was developed in response to the federal 2008 Gulf of Mexico Action Plan, which calls for the 12 states in the Mississippi River Basin to develop strategies to reduce loading to the Gulf of Mexico, where excess nutrients have led to an aquatic life “dead zone” that stretches for thousands of miles.

A list of the Policy Working Group is attached. For more information on the strategy and public comment period, visit www.epa.state.il.us/water/nutrient/nlrs.html.

Source: illinois.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:20:26 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57170-state-of-il-seeks-public-input-on-strategy-to-reduce-phosphorous-and-nitrogen-pollution-in-mississippi-river-basin.html
Only 3 in 10 Americans with HIV Have Virus In Check http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57156-only-3-in-10-americans-with-hiv-have-virus-in-check.html New study finds that two-thirds of Americans with virus not in check have been diagnosed.
There is an urgent need to reach more people with testing and make sure those with the virus receive prompt, ongoing care and treatment. Entire Infographic

Atlanta, GA--(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  Just 30 percent of Americans with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, and approximately two-thirds of those whose virus was out of control had been diagnosed but were no longer in care, according to a new Vital Signs report published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The new study underscores the importance of making sure people with HIV receive ongoing care, treatment, and other information and tools that help prevent transmission to others, as well as the need to reach more people with HIV testing.  Among those whose infection was not under control, more than three times the proportion (66 percent) were no longer in care as had never been diagnosed (20 percent).

The HIV epidemic continues to threaten the health and well-being of many Americans – with more than one million people living with the disease in the U.S. and 50,000 new infections each year.

When used consistently, antiretroviral medication can keep HIV controlled at very low levels in the body (known as viral suppression), allowing people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives and reducing the likelihood they will transmit HIV to others. Treatment has been shown to reduce sexual transmission of HIV by 96 percent, and U.S. clinical guidelines now recommend that everyone diagnosed with HIV receive treatment, regardless of their CD4 cell count or viral load.

"For people living with HIV, it’s not just about knowing you’re infected – it’s also about going to the doctor for medical care,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “And for health care facilities, it’s not just about the patients in your care – it’s every person diagnosed, and every person whose diagnosis has not yet been made.  Key to controlling the nation’s HIV epidemic is helping people with HIV get connected to – and stay in – care and treatment, to suppress the virus, live longer and help protect others.”

The new study estimates that of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV in 2011, 70 percent did not have their virus under control. Among the nearly 840,000 people who had not achieved viral suppression:

66 percent had been diagnosed but were not engaged in regular HIV care,

20 percent did not yet know they were infected,

4 percent were engaged in care but not prescribed antiretroviral treatment, and

10 percent were prescribed antiretroviral treatment but did not achieve viral suppression. 

The percentage of Americans with HIV who achieved viral suppression remained roughly stable (26 percent in 2009 vs. 30 percent in 2011).

CDC focus on stopping HIV transmission through treatment

CDC has increased the focus on diagnosing people with HIV, supporting linkage to ongoing care and treatment, provision of risk reduction information, and increasing medication adherence.  By making the most of these strategies for those who are HIV-positive, as well as other high impact strategies to protect those who remain uninfected but are at highest risk for HIV, CDC believes substantial progress can be made in reducing new infections. 

“There is untapped potential to drive down the epidemic through improved testing and treatment, but we’re missing too many opportunities,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention. "Treatment is crucial.  It is one of our most important strategies for stopping new HIV infections."

Current initiatives to promote HIV testing and treatment include innovative partnerships to make HIV testing simple, accessible and routine; programs to help health departments identify and reach out to infected individuals who have fallen out of care; and public awareness campaigns to urge testing and encourage people with HIV to seek ongoing care.

These efforts are an essential component of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, launched in 2010.  Key goals of the strategy include reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to care and optimizing health outcomes, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.

Younger adults with HIV least likely to have virus under control

Today’s study also found that viral suppression increased with age, with young people significantly less likely than older age groups to have their virus under control – only 13 percent of people aged 18-24 were virally suppressed, compared to 23 percent among those aged 25-34, 27 percent among those aged 35-44, 34 percent among those aged 45-54, 36 percent among those aged 55-64, and 37 percent among those aged 65 and older. The researchers attribute the disparity in large part to the fact that fewer than half (49 percent) of 18- to 24-year olds with HIV have been diagnosed, underscoring the need for more HIV testing in this population.

“It’s alarming that fewer than half of HIV-positive young adults know they are infected,” said Eugene McCray, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.  “Closing that gap could have a huge impact on controlling HIV – knowing your status is the first critical step toward taking care of your own health and avoiding transmission to others.”

The study did not find statistically significant differences in viral suppression by race or ethnicity, sex, or risk group.

For additional resources on today’s analysis, visit www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom.

Source: cdc.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:48:56 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57156-only-3-in-10-americans-with-hiv-have-virus-in-check.html
Ambulatory Health Care Services Receipts and Employment on the Upswing, According to Census Bureau’s Economic Census http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/analysis/57155-ambulatory-health-care-services-receipts-and-employment-on-the-upswing-according-to-census-bureau-s-economic-census.html
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Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  Receipts for the nation’s 582,733 ambulatory health care services establishments (NAICS 621) totaled $825.7 billion in 2012, up 23.5 percent from $668.5 billion in 2007, according to the latest economic census statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Employment in this industry increased 15.1 percent, from 5.7 million in 2007 to 6.6 million in 2012, while annual payroll rose 24.3 percent from $274.7 billion in 2007 to $341.4 billion in 2012.

The ambulatory health care industry includes outpatient services, such as offices of physicians and dentists, home health care and medical laboratories, but not inpatient care, such as hospitals and nursing facilities, or social assistance. 

Offices of physicians (NAICS 62111) accounted for nearly half (49.1 percent) of ambulatory health care services receipts: $405.7 billion in 2012, up 20.6 percent from $336.3 billion in 2007.

Other highlights for the offices of physicians industry include:

Offices of physicians except mental health specialists (NAICS 621111) had an increase of 20.6 percent in receipts from $332.0 billion in 2007 to $400.5 billion in 2012. The number of establishments rose 0.6 percent, from 209,148 in 2007 to 210,334 in 2012.

Employment for offices of physicians, mental health specialists (NAICS 621112) increased 12.2 percent, from 40,483 in 2007 to 45,433 in 2012. Annual payroll climbed 21.2 percent, from $1.9 billion in 2007 to $2.3 billion in 2012. This industry consists of establishments of health practitioners primarily engaged in the independent practice of psychiatry or psychoanalysis.

Statistics are included on sources of revenue for offices of physicians and other industries. Examples of such sources for offices of physicians include treatment of diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue, complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and injury and poisoning. These data are available on census.gov.

Although still relatively small, the home health care services industry (NAICS 621610) has grown rapidly in recent years. This industry comprised 5.2 percent of establishments, 8.1 percent of receipts, and 19.6 percent of employees within the ambulatory health care industry in 2012 and experienced increases from 2007:

Number of establishments — up 30.6 percent (from 23,070 in 2007 to 30,122 in 2012).

Receipts — up 39.7 percent (from 47.6 billion in 2007 to 66.5 billion in 2012).

Employment — up 30.7 percent (from 984,164 in 2007 to 1,286,471 in 2012).

Another industry experiencing rapid growth was offices of other health practitioners (NAICS 6213), such as chiropractors, offices of mental health practitioners (except physicians), podiatrists, optometrists, physical and occupational therapists, and audiologists. Total receipts for this industry increased 34.2 percent, from $50.3 billion in 2007 to $67.5 billion in 2012.

The ambulatory health care services industry also includes offices of dentists (NAICS 621210), outpatient care centers (NAICS 6214), medical and diagnostic laboratories (NAICS 62151), and other ambulatory health care services (NAICS 6219), such as blood and organ banks, pacemaker monitoring services and ambulance services.

Additional statistics for these industries include:

Annual payroll for the ambulance services industry (NAICS 621910) increased 33.5 percent, from $4.1 billion in 2007 to $5.5 billion in 2012.

The number of employees in kidney dialysis centers (NAICS 621492) increased 43.7 percent, from 72,890 in 2007 to 104,737 in 2012.

As part of the Economic Census Industry Series, statistics for hospitals (NAICS 622) and nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623) are also being released today, as are statistics for wholesale medical supplies (NAICS 42345) as part of the professional, commercial, and service equipment and supplies data (NAICS 4234) .

These results are part of the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series, which publishes national statistics for detailed industries, as well as information on the product lines sold by or services provided by businesses. These data are collected on establishments, which are typically single physical locations of a business that produce or distribute goods or perform services and can be accessed via American FactFinder.

The Economic Census Industry Series will be released through February 2015. For more information on these future releases, see http://www.census.gov/econ/census.

About the Economic Census

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts an economic census every five years and provides a comprehensive and detailed profile of the U.S. economy, covering millions of businesses representing more than 1,000 industries and providing unique portraits of American industries and local communities. 

Economic census statistics will be released over a two-year period, through June 2016. Statistics at the local level, including information for more than 5,000 communities not available from previous economic censuses, will be available starting in February 2015. About 40 billion cells of data on U.S. businesses with paid employees will be released in total. Separate statistics for 2012 on the approximately 21 million businesses without paid employees are available via census.gov

Reference information about the economic census, including a data release schedule, is available on the 2012 Economic Census home page.

The statistics presented in this release are based on data from the 2007 and 2012 economic censuses and include data only for establishments with paid employees. The 2012 Economic Census Industry Series results will be superseded in subsequent 2012 Economic Census data product releases. All dollar values are expressed in current dollars relative to each survey year, i.e., they are not adjusted for price changes. For more information about the economic census (including a data release schedule and information on comparability, confidentiality protection, sampling error, nonsampling error and definitions), see http://www.census.gov/econ/census/.

Source: census.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:44:38 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/analysis/57155-ambulatory-health-care-services-receipts-and-employment-on-the-upswing-according-to-census-bureau-s-economic-census.html
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on OUR Walmart Black Friday Protests http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57153-statement-by-afl-cio-president-richard-trumka-on-our-walmart-black-friday-protests.html Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.

As the Walton family indulges in their own Thanksgiving meal, many Walmart workers who help keep them rich can’t afford food for their families. On Black Friday, the entire labor movement will proudly stand with the brave workers at Walmart as they lead the largest mobilization to date for better wages and schedules. Their courage is inspiring and powerful in the fight for all workers.

The low-down, low-cost, low-wage, low-road Walmart model is wrecking America, causing real pain for workers, and it’s wrong. In an economy where too many people who work still can’t make ends meet, it’s the economic and moral responsibility of businesses to step up. Walmart can continue its dangerous business model or it can lead the way to family-sustaining jobs.

The Walton family is worth $150 billion, but that isn’t enough to silence working people or keep us from fighting for what’s right. Local labor movements across the country join with community groups and allies to amplify Walmart workers’ call for the company to publicly commit to $15 an hour and full-time, consistent hours. There comes a time when we’ve got to stand for justice, for good pay, for good jobs, for our future, for our families and for each other. And that time is now, so all Americans can have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Source: aflcio.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:31:13 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57153-statement-by-afl-cio-president-richard-trumka-on-our-walmart-black-friday-protests.html
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57152-statement-by-afl-cio-president-richard-trumka-on-the-ferguson-grand-jury-decision.html Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--November 24, 2014.

The reactions to today’s grand jury decision in the case of the shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown reflect a deeper feeling that our justice system is biased against communities of color.  While we can all agree that justice must take its course, we cannot deny or marginalize the perception that the system, itself, is not yet color blind.  As a labor movement, we have begun working with local community organizations to address issues of racial and economic inequality that surround Ferguson and so many other neighborhoods like it.  We will continue that work.  We are dedicated to supporting organizing efforts that reinforce unity, healing, and fairness in policing.

Source: aflcio.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:29:34 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57152-statement-by-afl-cio-president-richard-trumka-on-the-ferguson-grand-jury-decision.html
Statement of SEIU President Mary Kay Henry On the Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson, Missouri http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57151-statement-of-seiu-president-mary-kay-henry-on-the-grand-jury-decision-in-ferguson-missouri.html Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--November 24, 2014.  Following the grand jury's decision today not to charge the officer who shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:

"For months, families across our nation have experienced collective grief and outrage over the taking of Michael Brown's life and the resulting turmoil that has upended the community in Ferguson, Missouri. Today, the grand jury's decision deepens those wounds and amplifies even more the disproportionate and disparate injustices experienced by communities of color. These injustices reverberate through all communities and take our nation another step away from a fair and just society.

Our disappointment in today's decision does not extinguish the hope in our hearts for a better America for all our children regardless of where they were born or in which zip code they live.

Black lives matter. Brown lives matter. All lives matter. The dream of America can never be fully realized until justice and safety prevail in every community across our country. The Department of Justice must prioritize the investigation into the murder of Michael Brown.

SEIU members stand with our brothers and sisters in Ferguson and across the nation in expressing our grief and frustration. We join them in calling for something better for all neighborhoods and communities and joining together in peaceful demonstrations at federal courthouses across the country. More information can be found here (http://nationalactionnetwork.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/HANDS-UP-JUSTICE-RALLY-FLIER-11-21.pdf). We encourage all involved law enforcement to honor the rules and the rights of people to protest and speak out.

We will not rest in these efforts until America is a more just society where every human being is respected and every community has equal opportunity to thrive."

Source: www.seiu.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:28:02 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57151-statement-of-seiu-president-mary-kay-henry-on-the-grand-jury-decision-in-ferguson-missouri.html
Satellite Views Early Thanksgiving Travel Trouble Areas in U.S. http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57150-satellite-views-early-thanksgiving-travel-trouble-areas-in-u-s.html Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  As the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday approaches this Thursday, November 27, NOAA's GOES-East and GOES-West satellites are keeping a weather eye out for storms that may affect early travelers. In an image from Nov. 25, the satellites show an active weather pattern is in place for travelers across the central and eastern U.S.

GOES shows 2 weather systems on Nov.25, 2014.This NOAA's GOES satellite infrared image taken on Nov. 25 at 11:45 UTC (6:45 a.m. EST) shows two main weather systems over the U.S. Image Credit:  NASA/NOAA GOES Project

NOAA's GOES-East satellite provides visible and infrared images over the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean, while NOAA's GOES-West satellite covers the western U.S. and Pacific Ocean from its fixed orbit in space. Data from both satellites were combined at NASA's GOES Project to create a full view of the U.S. on Nov. 25 at 11:45 UTC (6:45 a.m. EST). The image shows clouds associated with cold front stretching from the Gulf of Mexico over northern Florida and along the U.S. East coast to eastern Canada. Clouds associated with another area of low pressure are in the northern Rockies and northwestern U.S.

To create the image, NASA/NOAA's GOES Project takes the cloud data from NOAA's GOES-East satellite and overlays it on a true-color image of land and ocean created by data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites. Together, those data created the entire picture of the storm and show its movement. After the storm system passes, the snow on the ground becomes visible.

NOAA's National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center said "a storm system will develop off the coast of the Carolinas early Wednesday (Nov. 25) and strengthen as it moves rapidly up the East Coast Wednesday into early Thursday (Nov. 26). Heavy snow is likely to begin in the central Appalachians early Wednesday morning, spreading northeast through the interior Mid-Atlantic into New England by Wednesday night. Winter Storm Watches are in effect for these areas."

For travelers in the western U.S., the Northern Rocky Mountains are expected to receive more snow from the north side of a stationary frontal boundary. South of the boundary rain showers will affect the lower valley. The National Weather Service calls for cold weather to continue in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest as a Canadian surface high pressure rules the weather. The U.S. Southwest will experience nice weather for mid-week.

In the Pacific Northwest, the National Weather Service noted that a warm front will bring rain, heavy at times, to the Cascades today and tonight. There will be a break in the heavier rains on Wednesday, then another period of heavy rain for the Cascades Wednesday night through Friday morning as a cold front slowly drags through the area.

NOAA's GOES satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. Geostationary describes an orbit in which a satellite is always in the same position with respect to the rotating Earth. This allows GOES to hover continuously over one position on Earth's surface, appearing stationary. As a result, GOES provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric triggers for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms and hurricanes.

For updated information about the storm system, visit NOAA's NWS website:  www.weather.gov

For more information about GOES satellites, visit:  www.goes.noaa.gov/ or goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Source: nasa.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:26:02 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57150-satellite-views-early-thanksgiving-travel-trouble-areas-in-u-s.html
Representatives Schakowsky, Gutierrez and Quigley send letter to EPA in Support of Stronger Smog Standard http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57149-representatives-schakowsky-gutierrez-and-quigley-send-letter-to-epa-in-support-of-stronger-smog-standard.html WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)—November 25, 2014. Today, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Luis Gutierrez, and Mike Quigley sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy in support of the Agency’s consideration of a stronger standard for ground-level ozone (smog) pollution.  Smog pollution poses serious risks to public health, including asthma.  Children, the elderly, and those who work outdoors are most vulnerable to its impacts. 

The EPA is considering a standard ranging from 60-70 parts per billion – an improvement from the 75 parts per billion (ppb) standard that exists today, which experts say is inadequate to protect public health.  The members urged a 60 ppb standard, which could extend life for four to five times as many people compared to weaker 70 ppb standard.

“We hope that you will follow the long tradition of the EPA to set a protective standard that will build upon those decades of public health and technological progress,” said the members.  “Doing so would have a lasting and positive impact on our home state of Illinois, where 1.2 million adults and 13 percent of children suffer from smog-related asthma.” 

For the full letter, click below.

      Schakowsky Gutierrez Quigley send letter to EPA in Support of Stronger Smog Standard

Source: Schakowsky.house.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:21:00 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57149-representatives-schakowsky-gutierrez-and-quigley-send-letter-to-epa-in-support-of-stronger-smog-standard.html
Senators Wyden, Burr, 39 Other Senators Urge Funding Solution for Land and Water Conservation Fund http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57147-senators-wyden-burr-39-other-senators-urge-funding-solution-for-land-and-water-conservation-fund.html Washington, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)—November 25, 2014. U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Richard Burr, R-N.C., and a bipartisan coalition of 39 of their Senate colleagues urged Senate leaders Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to work with them to find a permanent funding solution for the Land and Water Conservation Fund before the end of the current Congress on Dec. 31, in a letter sent yesterday.

The LWCF program, which helps ensure access to outdoor recreation areas by providing funding to protect public lands and matching state grants, is set to expire in September 2015. In the 50 years since Congress created the program, the LWCF has helped conserve land for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, wilderness, monuments, and civil war battlefields, and served as a resource for creating and developing state and local parks in all 50 states.

“The Land and Water Conservation Fund guarantees a prosperous and vital future for the next generation while preserving our uniquely American way of life across this nation,” the senators wrote in the letter. “Accordingly, we urge you to enact a permanent and comprehensive solution for this vital program before the 113th Congress adjourns.”

The LWCF is funded almost entirely by oil and gas leasing along the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Congress authorized the fund at $900 million through the end of the fiscal year, on Sept. 30, 2015.

Other senators who signed the letter include: Senators Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., John Walsh, D-Mont., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Tom Udall, D-N.M., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Angus King, I-Maine, Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Al Franken, D-Minn., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Chris Coons, D-Del., Robert P. Casey, Jr., D-Penn., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa., Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Mark Udall, D-Colo., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

Read the letter here

Source: wyden.senate.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:16:44 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57147-senators-wyden-burr-39-other-senators-urge-funding-solution-for-land-and-water-conservation-fund.html
NIH Scientists Determine How Environment Contributes to Several Human Diseases http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57145-nih-scientists-determine-how-environment-contributes-to-several-human-diseases.html Bethesda, Maryland--(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  Using a new imaging technique, National Institutes of Health researchers have found that the biological machinery that builds DNA can insert molecules into the DNA strand that are damaged as a result of environmental exposures. These damaged molecules trigger cell death that produces some human diseases, according to the researchers. The work, appearing online Nov. 17 in the journal Nature, provides a possible explanation for how one type of DNA damage may lead to cancer, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and lung disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Time-lapse crystallography was used by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) researchers to determine that DNA polymerase, the enzyme responsible for assembling the nucleotides or building blocks of DNA, incorporates nucleotides with a specific kind of damage into the DNA strand. Time-lapse crystallography is a technique that takes snapshots of biochemical reactions occurring in cells.

Samuel Wilson, M.D., senior NIEHS researcher on the team, explained that the damage is caused by oxidative stress, or the generation of free oxygen molecules, in response to environmental factors, such as ultraviolet exposure, diet, and chemical compounds in paints, plastics, and other consumer products. He said scientists suspected that the DNA polymerase was inserting nucleotides that were damaged by carrying an additional oxygen atom.

“When one of these oxidized nucleotides is placed into the DNA strand, it can’t pair with the opposing nucleotide as usual, which leaves a gap in the DNA,” Wilson said. “Until this paper, no one had actually seen how the polymerase did it or understood the downstream implications.”

DNA nucleotide damaged by oxidation

After the DNA polymerase (gray molecule in background) inserts a damaged nucleotide into DNA, the damaged nucleotide is unable to bond with its undamaged partner. As a result, the damaged nucleotide swings freely within the DNA, interfering with the repair function or causing double-strand breaks. These steps may ultimately lead to several human diseases. (Graphic courtesy of Bret Freudenthal)

Wilson and his colleagues saw the process in real time, by forming crystal complexes made of DNA, polymerase, and oxidized nucleotides, and capturing snapshots at different time points through time-lapse crystallography. The procedure not only uncovered the stages of nucleotide insertion, but indicated that the new DNA stopped the DNA repair machinery from sealing the gap. This fissure in the DNA prevented further DNA repair and replication, or caused an immediate double-strand break.

“The damaged nucleotide site is akin to a missing plank in a train track,” Wilson said. “When the engine hits it, the train jumps the track, and all of the box cars collide.”

Large numbers of these pileups and double-strand breaks are lethal to the cell, serving as a jumping off point for the development of disease. However, it can be a good thing if you are a researcher trying to destroy a cancer cell.

“One of the characteristics of cancer cells is that they tend to have more oxidative stress than normal cells,” said Bret Freudenthal, Ph.D., lead author of the paper and postdoctoral fellow in Wilson’s group. “Cancer cells address the issue by using an enzyme that removes oxidized nucleotides that otherwise would be inserted into the genome by DNA polymerases. Research performed by other groups determined if you inhibit this enzyme, you can preferentially kill cancer cells.”

Wilson and Freudenthal stressed that the quantities of oxidized nucleotides in the nucleotide pool are usually under tight control, but if they accumulate and start to outnumber undamaged nucleotides, the DNA polymerase adds more of them to the strand. Molecules that inhibit oxidation, known as antioxidants, reduce the level of oxidized nucleotides, and may help prevent some diseases.

NIEHS supports research to understand the effects of the environment on human health and is part of NIH. For more information on environmental health topics, visit http://www.niehs.nih.gov. Subscribe to one or more of the NIEHS news lists to stay current on NIEHS news, press releases, grant opportunities, training, events, and publications.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

NIH...Turning Discovery Into Health®

Reference

Freudenthal BD, Beard WA, Perera L, Shock DD, Kim T, Schlick T, Wilson SH. 2014. Uncovering the polymerase-induced cytotoxicity of an oxidized nucleotide. Nature; doi:10.1038/nature13886 [Online 17 November 2014].

Source: nih.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:09:54 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57145-nih-scientists-determine-how-environment-contributes-to-several-human-diseases.html
High-tech Analysis of Genetic Data May Yield New Test for Endometriosis http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57144-high-tech-analysis-of-genetic-data-may-yield-new-test-for-endometriosis.html NIH-funded study may offer alternative to surgical diagnosis

Bethesda, Maryland--(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  Using sophisticated computer-based technology to analyze genetic data obtained from uterine tissue, researchers have identified patterns of genetic activity that can be used to diagnose endometriosis, an often-painful condition that occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The prototype diagnostic method, developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health, can not only distinguish endometriosis from other disorders of the uterus, but can also identify the severity of the disease.

The finding is the first step toward the eventual development of a test to diagnose endometriosis that wouldn’t require surgery. Currently, a surgical procedure known as laparoscopy is the only definitive way to diagnose and stage endometriosis that occurs on the pelvic lining and organs.

A study by NIH researchers estimated that as many as 11 percent of women have endometriosis.

In their study, the researchers used a computer-based technology known as machine learning to analyze the gene activity of samples of tissue taken from the endometrium — the inner lining of the uterus. Machine learning allows computers to learn from an activity without being explicitly programmed. Biomedical researchers rely on the technology to analyze the interactions that take when information on large numbers of genes is translated into proteins, a process called gene expression. The method enabled the researchers to develop a highly accurate grouping system to distinguish samples that came from women with endometriosis from samples that came from women with other conditions affecting the uterus and pelvis, and samples that came from normal controls.

“Laparoscopy involves general anesthesia and making an incision in the abdomen,” said Louis DePaolo, Ph.D., chief of the Fertility/Infertility Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and a coauthor of the study. “These findings indicate that it may be possible to avoid the surgical procedure and diagnose endometriosis from a tissue sample obtained in the office setting without anesthesia.”

The study, appearing in the journal Endocrinology, was conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) through the NIH Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research, funded by the NICHD. Additional support came from the University of California Office of the President.

In most cases, endometriosis results from retrograde menstruation, in which endometrial tissue flows backward, through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity, rather than out through the cervix, explained Linda Giudice, M.D., Ph.D., an obstetrician, gynecologist, and reproductive endocrinologist at UCSF and the lead author of the study. In women with endometriosis when the endometrial tissue enters the abdominal cavity it attaches to organs in the abdominal and pelvic cavities, such as the ovaries, the outside of the uterus, the intestines, or other organs or tissues. This tissue continues to follow the monthly menstrual cycle, and the resulting bleeding can cause inflammation, scarring, and pain. In the long term, endometriosis may lead to infertility.

The researchers used samples from the NIH/UCSF Human Endometrial Tissue and DNA Bank External Web Site Policy, established by Dr. Giudice. The samples in the bank came from women who were undergoing procedures involving the uterus or pelvis.

Dr. Giudice and her colleagues used DNA microarray technology to identify which genes were expressed (involved in making protein) in each woman’s endometrial tissue. They analyzed 148 samples: 77 from women with endometriosis, 37 from women without endometriosis but with other uterine/pelvic problems, and 34 from women without any uterine conditions (the control group).

Not only could the researchers distinguish between samples from endometriosis patients and those who did not have endometriosis, they could also tell the difference between samples from endometriosis patients and those from patients with other uterine disorders. Moreover, they could tell the difference between lesser and more advanced stages of endometriosis, and identify endometriosis at different points in the menstrual cycle.

“We’re looking ahead to potentially being able to do a test for endometriosis in the office, as opposed to general anesthesia in the operating room,” Dr. Giudice said. Such a procedure would likely involve inserting a tiny, thin plastic catheter through the cervix into the uterus to remove a sample of endometrial cells – a procedure that takes about 5-10 minutes, Dr. Giudice explained.

The NIH NICHD Reproductive Medicine Network has begun a multisite clinical trial that will test the method in a larger number of volunteers, Dr. De Paolo said.

In the endometrium of women with endometriosis, the researchers found distinct patterns of gene expression involving inflammation and in activating the immune system. The also observed specific patterns of gene expression involved in building new blood vessels. Women with uterine fibroids and other pelvic disorders also showed signs of immune activation, although the gene expression in these conditions differed from that in women with endometriosis.

For investigators seeking to further refine the method into a diagnostic test, the study, along with the genomic data the researchers identified, is available online at http://press.endocrine.org/doi/abs/10.1210/en.2014-1490?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3dpubmed External Web Site Policy.

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s website at http://www.nichd.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

Source: nih.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:06:46 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57144-high-tech-analysis-of-genetic-data-may-yield-new-test-for-endometriosis.html
Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden and CAP Action Fund President Ted Strickland on Ferguson Decision http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57143-center-for-american-progress-president-neera-tanden-and-cap-action-fund-president-ted-strickland-on-ferguson-decision.html Washington, D.C. —(ENEWSPF)--November 24, 2014.  Today, Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress President, and former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH), Center for American Progress Action Fund President, issued the following statements on the grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson:

Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress President:

While we respect the work and the decision of the grand jury in Ferguson, today’s news reminds us that, for too many people in our nation, the place they call home is not the safe haven it should be; that the trust we rely on between neighbors and between police and the citizens they have sworn to protect is still broken in many communities. For centuries, we have worked to live by the values on which the country was founded, but we have always understood that it is a work in progress. On days like today, it is clear how much work we still have left to do to ensure that the opportunity to prosper is not based on one’s ZIP code and treatment by the criminal justice system is not determined by one’s race. We must recommit to doing that work together if we are going to weather these challenges and rebuild our fractured communities. ​

Former Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH), Center for American Progress Action Fund President:

Too many of our communities have been divided by our failure to ensure that all Americans are treated equally by our judicial and legal systems. As a former governor, I know the responsibility we have to build inclusive communities where families thrive and where compassion, not fear, is the core value. After today’s decision, our work is to ensure that Ferguson serves as a model for the nation on how to bridge the divide and rebuild in a way that creates a government and justice system reflective of the community it serves. But leaders must not just reflect the community, they must be a part of it, and the entirety of the community must have a role in who those leaders are. It is only through this path that we can continue forming a more perfect union.​

Source: www.americanprogress.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:02:33 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57143-center-for-american-progress-president-neera-tanden-and-cap-action-fund-president-ted-strickland-on-ferguson-decision.html
Groups File Lawsuit Against BLM on Coal Leasing Program http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57142-groups-file-lawsuit-against-blm-on-coal-leasing-program.html BLM has not comprehensively reviewed the program, including climate impact, since 1979; Philanthropist Paul G. Allen underwriting litigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. –-(ENEWSPF)—November 25, 2014. Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, with the support of philanthropist Paul G. Allen, today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to require the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement for the federal coal leasing program.

There has not been a comprehensive environmental review of the federal coal leasing program since 1979. Since that time, scientific evidence has established that greenhouse gases produced by coal mining and combustion endanger the public health and welfare. The BLM, however, has never analyzed the coal leasing program’s impact on climate change. The complaint argues that the results of this analysis will compel the Bureau of Land Management to deliver on its legal obligation to promote environmentally responsible management of public lands on behalf of the citizens of the United States.

“There is an inconsistency between the President’s declared policy on global warming and the coal leasing policy of the BLM,” said Ben Schreiber, Climate and energy program director, Friends of the Earth. “The lawsuit is saying, under the law, the BLM must provide an updated programmatic environmental impact statement that examines the contribution of mining and combustion of BLM coal to climate change and consider alternative energy policy options that would help reduce global warming.”

“More than 80 percent of federal coal comes from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming,” said Bob LeResche, Vice Chair of WORC and rancher from Clearmont, Wyo. “People living in the Powder River Basin have endured many hardships not predicted in the outdated environmental studies including, lack of access to grazing lands, un-restored groundwater aquifers, toxic emissions from explosions, costly and dangerous railroad traffic in major cities to name a few. A full environmental study will enable the BLM to fulfill their duty to promote environmentally responsible management of public lands in light of climate change on behalf of the citizens of the United States.”

“More than 40 percent of all the coal mined in the United States is owned by U.S. taxpayers, yet the BLM has not fulfilled its obligation to manage these resources responsibly,” said Dune Ives, co-manager of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. “The American people should not have to go to court to get the government to do its job, but we need to do what’s necessary to protect our lands for future generations. We are supporting this litigation because we can’t wait three more decades to understand the environmental impact of the federal coal leasing program.”

In early 2013, President Obama declared the policy of his Administration is “to act” in leading the world in addressing climate change by “using less dirty energy, using more clean energy, wasting less energy throughout our economy.” The lawsuit says, “As administrator of the largest coal deposits on earth, the BLM must undertake a review of the coal management program to assess its environmental effects and alternatives that mitigate or eliminate them.”

Of the primary fossil fuels used for energy production, coal produces the most CO2 per unit of energy. The plaintiffs believe ending the extraction of our coal should be the starting place for the U.S. to achieve the greenhouse gas reductions necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act, the BLM has a responsibility to supplement a programmatic environmental study whenever significant new information bearing on the program’s environmental impact emerges. The scientific understanding of the causes and effects of climate change, and the role of coal and other fossil fuels, has advanced significantly over the past three decades.

Coal combustion for power generation is responsible for 40 percent of global CO2 emissions. The BLM, as the public’s agent in managing federal mineral resources, has direct responsibility under NEPA to consider the environmental and public health effects of coal mined on public lands.

For more information on the lawsuit, see the attachments here and here.

About Friends of the Earth: Friends of the Earth fights to create a more healthy and just world. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solutions to climate change, keeping toxic and risky technologies out of the food we eat and products we use, and protecting marine ecosystems and the people who live and work near them.

About Western Organization of Resource Council: Based in Billings, Mont., the Western Organization of Resource Councils is seven-state network of farmers, ranchers, and conservationists organized to protect water quality, family farms and ranches, and unique quality of life.

About The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: Launched by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen in 1988, the Allen family’s philanthropy is dedicated to transforming lives and strengthening communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded over $529 million to more than 1,500 nonprofit groups to support and advance their critical charitable endeavors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Foundation’s funding programs nurture the arts, engage children in learning, address the needs of vulnerable populations, and advance scientific and technological discoveries. For more information, go to www.pgafamilyfoundation.org.

Source: www.foe.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:59:02 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57142-groups-file-lawsuit-against-blm-on-coal-leasing-program.html
Petition Seeks to Limit Length, Weight of Oil and Hazardous Material Trains to Prevent More Derailments http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57141-petition-seeks-to-limit-length-weight-of-oil-and-hazardous-material-trains-to-prevent-more-derailments.html Existing Federal Proposals Fail to Sufficiently Protect Public, Environment From “Bomb Trains”

PORTLAND, Ore.—(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  In the face of a dramatic rise in trains carrying explosive crude oil and derailing in a series of devastating accidents, the Center for Biological Diversity and Riverkeeper, Inc. today petitioned the Obama administration to protect the public and environment by significantly reducing the risk of oil train derailments by limiting the length and weight of trains hauling oil and other hazardous liquids.

Federal regulators have acknowledged that the weight and length of oil trains has contributed to derailments and spills in recent years, and that, in all cases, the size of a train compounds the potential significance of a disaster. But agencies have not proposed any solutions to address this concern. In fact the latest federal proposal aimed at improving tanker car safety admits the rule could result in longer, heavier trains.

“One of the quickest ways to make these oil trains safer is limiting how much of this volatile crude oil they can carry,” said Jared Margolis, an attorney at the Center who focuses on the impacts of energy development on endangered species. “The government has acknowledged the dangers of these massive trains — now it needs to take action to protect people and wildlife from spills and derailments.”

Today’s petition calls for oil trains to be limited to 4,000 tons, which is the weight the American Association of Railroads has determined to be a “no problem” train, meaning there would be significantly less risk of derailment. This would limit oil trains to 30 cars. Most oil trains today include about 100 cars — well beyond what the industry has determined to be truly safe.

“Federal regulators have admitted these oil trains pose a significant risk to life, property and the environment, and granting our petition would significantly reduce those risks,” said Phillip Musegaas, Hudson River Program Director for Riverkeeper. “The government, to date, has left the lid off this explosive industry — setting a cap on train length and weight is a necessary, logical, safety step that is one of the simplest ways to reduce the risks that our communities, first responders and ecosystems are confronted with on a daily basis.”

Oil transport, especially by rail, has dramatically increased in recent years, growing from virtually nothing in 2008 to more than 400,000 rail cars of oil in 2013. Billions of gallons of oil pass through towns and cities ill equipped to respond to the kinds of explosions and spills that have been occurring. A series of fiery oil-train derailments in the United States and Canada has resulted in life-threatening explosions and hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil being spilled into waterways.

The worst was a derailment in Quebec that killed 47 people, forced the evacuation of 2,000 people, and incinerated portions of a popular tourist town. The most recent explosive derailment occurred in April in downtown Lynchburg, Va., resulting in crude oil leaking out of punctured tank cars, setting the James River on fire and putting habitat and drinking water supplies at risk.

Without regulations that will effectively prevent derailments, oil trains will continue to threaten people, drinking water supplies and wildlife, including endangered species.

“This petition directly tackles one of the root causes of these dangerous, unnecessary oil train derailments,” said Margolis. “We’ll continue to push regulators until they step up and ensure the safety of people, wildlife and the environment we all share.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 800,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

Riverkeeper is a member-supported environmental watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and to protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.

Source: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:55:26 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/science/science-a-environmental/57141-petition-seeks-to-limit-length-weight-of-oil-and-hazardous-material-trains-to-prevent-more-derailments.html
FDA Finalizes Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Rules http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57137-fda-finalizes-menu-and-vending-machine-calorie-labeling-rules.html Silver Spring, Maryland--(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines with 20 or more locations to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home. The rules are required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

The menu labeling final rule applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. Covered food establishments will be required to clearly and conspicuously display calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards, next to the name or price of the item. Seasonal menu items offered for sale as temporary menu items, daily specials and condiments for general use typically available on a counter or table are exempt from the labeling requirements.

Some states, localities and various large restaurant chains are already doing their own forms of menu labeling. The 1990 Nutrition Labeling and Education Act, the law establishing nutrition labeling on most foods, did not cover nutrition labeling for restaurants and other ready-to-eat foods. In the years that followed, states and cities created their own labeling requirements for such foods. These federal standards will help avoid situations in which a chain restaurant subject to the federal requirements has to meet different requirements in different states.

The FDA considered more than 1,100 comments from stakeholders and consumers in developing these rules. In response to comments, the FDA narrowed the scope of foods covered by the rule to more clearly focus on restaurant-type food, made other adjustments such as ensuring the flexibility for multi-serving dishes like pizza to be labeled by the slice rather than as a whole pie, and provided establishments additional time to comply with the rule.

In addition, the menu labeling final rule now includes certain alcoholic beverages served in covered food establishments and listed on the menu, but still provides flexibility in how establishments meet this provision. The majority of comments supported including alcohol because of the impact on public health. The menu labeling rule also includes food facilities in entertainment venue chains such as movie theaters and amusement parks.

Restaurants and similar retail food establishments will have one year to comply with the menu labeling requirements.

To help consumers understand the significance of the calorie information in the context of a total daily diet, under the rule, menus and menu boards will include the statement:

“2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.”

The menu labeling final rule also requires covered establishments to provide, upon consumer request and as noted on menus and menu boards, written nutrition information about total calories, total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars and protein.

The vending machine final rule requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exceptions. Vending machine operators will have two years to comply with the requirements.

The two final rules are available in the Federal Register:

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Source: fda.gov

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:42:34 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/57137-fda-finalizes-menu-and-vending-machine-calorie-labeling-rules.html
Don’t Shoot Makes Demands in Response to Grand Jury Announcement http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57135-don-t-shoot-makes-demands-in-response-to-grand-jury-announcement.html Diverse local coalition redoubles efforts for justice and accountability

ST. LOUIS --(ENEWSPF)--November 25, 2014.  Don’t Shoot, a coalition of approximately 50 local organizations formed in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown, renewed its call for police accountability and oversight following the Grand Jury’s decision not to hold Officer Wilson criminally responsible for killing Brown.

“We will redouble our efforts to secure justice for Michael Brown and demand police and criminal justice system reforms across the board,” said Michael T. McPhearson, co-chair of the Don’t Shoot Coalition and executive director for Veterans For Peace. “We learned a long time ago that police are not held accountable for killing people and especially not black and brown people. Instead, law enforcement and the judicial system have been used most aggressively and unfairly against us.”

The Don’t Shoot Coalition calls for:

  1. A thorough Federal investigation of possible criminal violations by Officer Wilson.
  2. Amnesty for all those engaging in protest activity including dismissal of all state, county and municipal charges against individuals participating in civil disobedience since the August 9, 2014 shooting.
  3. Police practices and criminal justice reforms that address systemic and prolific racial bias in policing.

Justice for Michael Brown remains a critical concern for Don’t Shoot. Now that Missouri’s Grand Jury has declined to file any changes against Officer Wilson, Don’t Shoot looks to the Federal government to continue its investigations into the shooting and into the Ferguson Police Department. Don’t Shoot urges the Department of Justice expend every possible resource to realize a fair and just outcome.

“Don’t Shoot also seeks amnesty for the protestors arrested as a result of engaging in civil disobedience,” said Montague Simmons of the Organization for Black Struggle. “We ask all involved government agencies to drop these charges. How can you prosecute people for taking action to change a guilty system?”

Don’t Shoot’s vision for police practices is based on the concept that the role of police is to defend the safety and constitutional rights of the citizens they serve, and in which the first priority is preservation of life.

“Policing priorities should reflect community priorities. We need to shift the fundamental power dynamic between the broader community and those it assigns to protect them and keep the peace.” said Don’t Shoot member John Chasnoff.  Don’t Shoot also wants to see police agencies engage the best and most progressive practices and meet the highest standards for professionalism in the field.

To achieve this vision, Don’t Shoot has developed a significant agenda of long-term reforms needed at the municipal, county, state and federal levels (in part outlined in Don’t Shoot’s October 22, 2014 letter to the Department of Justice). Its immediate priorities for reform include:

Establishment of an independent county-wide Citizen Review Board to review serious complaints of police misconduct, make policy recommendations and report on the activities of departments. For such an entity to be effective, it must independently commissioned and empowered with adequate funding, subpoena power and access to Internal Affairs files.

Strengthening Missouri’s racial profiling bill to include repercussions for departments that have demonstrated patterns of racial profiling or failed to comply with the law.

Expanding Missouri’s training requirements for officers to include mandatory in-service training on topics such as: interacting with people with mental illnesses, use of force, responding to sexual assault, unarmed combat, conflict resolution, anti-racism and other critical issues.

Revision of Missouri law to allow individuals with prior felony convictions to serve on juries.

“We will not allow the Grand Jury’s decision to set us back,” said Denise Lieberman, Don’t Shoot co-chair and Senior Attorney with Advancement Project, which on Saturday filed a legal demand letter on behalf of coalition partners promising to protect the constitutional rights of demonstrators in the wake of the decision. “We view this as a beginning, not an end. We look forward to working with people from all concerned communities to bring a new era of change and end the fear and suffering of communities targeted and harassed by police.”

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The murder of Michael Brown and its aftermath have exposed the ongoing crisis of police-on-black crime. As we work toward justice for the Brown family, we must also address the ongoing systemic problems of police practices in black, brown and all oppressed communities. We come together as diverse local organizations to speak with one voice, so that the greater St. Louis area can become a model for justice for all across the United States.

Source: www.commondreams.org

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shirkop4@shireweb.biz (Press Release) Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:36:05 GMT http://www.enewspf.com/opinion/commentary/57135-don-t-shoot-makes-demands-in-response-to-grand-jury-announcement.html