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DOD Tracking Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Virus [MERS]

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 – The Defense Department is closely monitoring the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which has infected more than 800 people worldwide, Air Force Col. Carol Fisher, DOD’s director of Public Health, said today.

Those who catch the virus, first identified in 2012, exhibit flu-like symptoms -- fever, cough and shortness of breath.


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LED Lighting and Retinal Damage in Rats

Hidden Blue Hazard? LED Lighting and Retinal Damage in Rats.

 The Canadian government greeted 2014 with the first tier of its new energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs,1 which will effectively ban incandescent light bulbs by next year.2 But efficient lighting can have its own drawbacks. For instance, although devoid of the mercury used in compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), some white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) emit a wavelength of light associated with adverse human health effects. In this issue of EHP, researchers study retinal changes in rats exposed to white LEDs like those sometimes used in household lighting.3

Among the most popular household LEDs are products that employ a chip emitting blue light, which is surrounded by a yellow phosphor coating. Although the resulting light looks white to the naked eye, it can feature a spike in the blue end of the spectrum, at wavelengths of 460–500 nm.

Light of this wavelength has been shown to have unique physiological effects, some positive, some negative.4,5,6 White LEDs, as a new source of exposure to blue light, initially prompted concerns about potential changes in melatonin production and disruption of human sleep cycles.7 More recent research considers the direct effect of this light on the eye, including the risk of ongoing damage to retinal cells.8

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Justice Department Sues South Dakota Drug Manufacturer for Improperly Producing Sterile Eye Drops

The government filed suit in the U.S. District Court for South Dakota against Dakota Laboratories LLC and its owner, Charles L. Voellinger, Sr., to block them from violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) in connection with their alleged violations of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP).  The alleged violations concerned problems with the manufacture of eye drops that may have caused the products to be non-sterile.  The Justice Department filed the suit on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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Health care law saved an estimated $2.1 billion for consumers

The health care law the Affordable Care Act – has saved consumers an estimated $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums according to a new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services. For the first time ever, new rate review rules in the health care law prevent insurance companies in all states from raising rates with no accountability or transparency. To date, rate review has helped save an estimated $1 billion for Americans. Additionally, the law’s Medical Loss Ratio (or 80/20) rule is helping deliver rebates worth $1.1 billion to nearly 13 million consumers. 

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New Hope for Stopping HIV

Many people don't know they have HIV or take all the actions to control it.
Testing: More people need to be tested for HIV., 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the US., Nearly 1 in 5 people (about 240,000) don't know they are infected. Getting an HIV test can lead to getting the medical care needed to stay healthy longer. 

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CDC Telebriefing on West Nile Virus Update

OPERATOR: Welcome and thank you for standing by all participants will be on listen only. You may ask a question by pressing star 1 on your touch tone phone. Today’s conference is being recorded. If you have any objection, you may disconnect at this time. I'd like to turn meeting over to Lola Russell. Thank you, you may begin.

LOLA RUSSELL: Good afternoon. Welcome to today's telebriefing on West Nile virus where CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services will be discussing the most current West Nile numbers, virus numbers and will provide you with an update on the situation in Texas. As you know, we are reporting record numbers of West Nile virus disease to date since it was ................ 

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Six in 10 adults now get physically active by walking

Less than half get enough physical activity to improve their health

Sixty-two percent of adults say they walked for at least once for 10 minutes or more in the previous week in 2010, compared to 56 percent in 2005, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Beyond Hangovers

A brightly colored cosmopolitan is the drink of choice for the glamorous characters in Sex and the City. James Bond depends on his famous martini—shaken, not stirred—to unwind with after confounding a villain. And what wedding concludes without a champagne toast? 


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