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Revisiting the anthrax attacks

... uncertainty, confusion and time pressures of a bioterrorism or pandemic emergency create major barriers for ... Human Services declared anthrax as a continuing bioterrorism threat through the end of 2015, she said. ... of experimental or "off label" drugs to address bioterrorism or public health emergencies. According to Dr. ...

Report Finds Economic Crisis Hurting U.S. Preparedness for Health Emergencies; More Than Half of States Score 7 or Lower Out of 10 in Readiness Rankings

... the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and bioterrorism report, which finds that progress made to better ... from disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and bioterrorism is now at risk, due to budget cuts and the ... protect Americans from diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism is already hurting state response capabilities. ...

1957-58 Flu Pandemic Can Provide Clues to Planning for h1n1

... had similar patterns. In an article published today in Biosecurity and bioterrorism , researchers at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of ... to the 1957-58 Influenza Pandemic," was published in Biosecurity and bioterrorism ahead of print at: http://www.liebertonline.com/toc/bsp/0/0 . ...

Nose-spray vaccine against botulism effective in first tests

... (CDC). Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) have been designated Category A bioterrorism agents that pose a high risk to national security because they are deadly, ... and Dentistry. Lance Simpson, Ph.D., director of Center for Research on bioterrorism and Biodefense at Thomas Jefferson University, Leonard Smith, Ph.D., chief ...

Southern Research Wins $37 Million Black & Veatch Sub-Contract for Biological Threat Reduction Program

... also involves strengthening biosafety and biosecurity measures to combat bioterrorism and prevent the proliferation of biological weapons-related technology, ... government's existing disease surveillance systems to detect and report bioterrorism attacks, epidemics and potential pandemics. About DTRA ...

Data Published in Nature Medicine Highlights Ability of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals' Bavituximab to Cure Lethal Virus Infections

... hemorrhagic fevers under a contract worth up to $44.4 million with the bioterrorism program of the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Bavituximab ... Lassa fever virus, a hemorrhagic fever virus that is listed as a class A bioterrorism agent by the CDC. Bavituximab showed potent anti-viral activity in both ...

UT Southwestern researchers develop new strategy for broad spectrum anti-viral drugs

... promise as a new strategy to fight viral diseases, including potential bioterrorism agents. In a study appearing in the December issue of Nature Medicine ... by rats. As a hemorrhagic fever virus, Lassa is listed as a Category A bioterrorism agent the same class as the Ebola and Marburg viruses by the Centers for ...

Researchers Pursuing Nasal Anthrax Vaccine

... for Disease Control and Prevention. Anthrax can also be used as a bioterrorism weapon, as evidenced in 2001, when terrorists mailed letters containing ... York University Medical Center, and author of Protect Yourself Against bioterrorism . And, the need for boosters isn't always practical in military ...

Nanoemulsion vaccines show increasing promise

... are also exploring nasal nanoemulsion vaccines to protect against bioterrorism agents and hepatitis B. Potential for a better smallpox vaccine ... a safer way to protect citizens and health care workers in the event of a bioterrorism attack involving smallpox, Baker says. That would allay concerns about ...

Computers help chemists fight emerging infections

... technology could save time, money and lives during a sudden outbreak or a bioterrorism attack. They reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the ... also provides a potential means of identifying quick treatments for bioterrorism agents, such as new strains of anthrax, as well as rare infectious ...

Partnership Collaborates on HIE for Interoperability of Electronic Health Records and Patient Data in Ohio

... clinical trials. Public Health organizations will also benefit from The Ohio HPOC Service by having more detailed, real time data to combat bioterrorism and natural health threats. Payers will benefit from The Ohio HPOC Service offering through improved economic efficiencies based on fewer errors, ...

New Drug Fights Anthrax Toxin

... blood, and it may be too late for antibiotics alone to be effective, the researchers explained. "This drug strengthens America's arsenal against bioterrorism that would work in the face of antibiotic-resistant anthrax bacterium," said lead researcher Sally Bolmer, senior vice president of development and ...

DOR BioPharma Appoints Christopher P. Schnittker, CPA, as Vice President of Administration and Controller

... developing products to treat life-threatening side effects of cancer treatments and serious gastrointestinal diseases, and vaccines for certain bioterrorism agents. DOR's lead product, orBec(R) (oral beclomethasone dipropionate or BDP), is a potent, locally acting corticosteroid being developed for the ...

Pennsylvania Department of Health Workshops Will Help Businesses Prepare for Flu Pandemic

... Health Preparedness, which supports the Department of Health's efforts to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from all acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. To register for the workshops or learn more about pandemic influenza planning, visit ...

FDA Commissioner Hamburg to Deliver Keynote at RAPS Conference

... is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine, and an authority on global health, public health systems, infectious disease, bioterrorism and emergency preparedness. She has vowed to restore public confidence in FDA by making the agency's public health mission its top measure of ...

Niutang Sucralose Patent Litigation Successfully Concluded

... ISO 9001:2000/cGMP/HACCP certified Kosher and Halal certified Registered with the U.S. FDA in accordance with the Security and bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 About Niutang Niutang Chemical is one of the world's leading manufacturers and ...

County and City Leaders Coordinate to Just Be Ready

... available to cities from Public Health such as the development of continuity of operations plans in case of a pandemic; chemical, biological, or bioterrorism incident; or the aftermath of a natural disaster that may have public health consequences. It also covered ways in which cities may develop critical ...

Scientists discover how smallpox may derail human immune system

... risky, routine vaccination against smallpox was stopped. However, public health concerns regarding the possible re-emergence of the virus through bioterrorism have led to renewed interest in the development of treatments for the disease and safer vaccines. ...

Secretary of Health Unveils Pennsylvania's New Portable Hospitals in Lehigh County

... Health Preparedness, which supports the Department of Health's efforts to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from all acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. To learn more about health preparedness for Pennsylvanians, visit www.health.state.pa.us . ...

NABP Position Paper Calls for Action Against Proliferation of Rogue Internet Drug Outlets

... and illegal sources via the Internet and other means is compromising the US medication distribution system and making US citizens vulnerable to bioterrorism attacks." The 2009 position paper notes that, "[i]n the six years since NABP called attention to this situation, little has changed." The ...

Looking Forward: The Use of Health IT in Crisis

... Hupert: Since 2000, Dr. Hupert has led a number of federally funded projects to develop improved tools and logistics for mass prophylaxis, bioterrorism response, and health system preparedness for surge capacity. A leading authority in using computer models to predict and plan for public health ...

College of American Pathologists Is Confident in U.S. Laboratories' Ability to Respond to Influenza Outbreak

... to enhance early detection and surveillance activities, as well as increase laboratory response capacity associated with a potential pandemic or bioterrorism threat. In the United States, the LRN--a system of 1,500 laboratories throughout the 50 states--enables earlier detection of flu cases and allows ...

PA Secretary of Health Recognizes Pennsylvania Volunteers; Urges Greater Citizen Involvement

... which supports the Pennsylvania Department of Health's efforts to prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from all acts of bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. National Volunteer Week was created in 1974 as an annual celebration of volunteering. The theme for this ...

Study finds program has improved health agencies' preparedness for bioterror and disease outbreaks

... Readiness Initiative has helped agencies in the nation's most-populous regions become better able to dispense life-saving medication following a bioterrorism event or after an infectious disease outbreak," said Henry Willis, the study's lead author and a policy researcher at RAND, a nonprofit research ...

RWJF launches $19 million public health law research program

... explores legal and regulatory solutions to pressing health challenges such as infectious and chronic diseases, and health emergencies such as floods, bioterrorism and epidemics. Burris is an internationally recognized expert on the influence of laws on public health. He published the first law review article ...

Japanese Researchers Develop New Smallpox Vaccine

... 10 (HealthDay News) -- A third-generation tissue-cultured smallpox vaccine shows promise, Japanese researchers report. "The threat of smallpox bioterrorism has prompted reconsideration of the need for smallpox vaccination," the researchers noted. "Serious events associated with first-generation vaccines ...

Midwestern and Southern States Receive Least Federal Funding for Disease Prevention

... HIV/AIDS, MRSA, TB, and other infectious disease prevention; Food and water safety; Environmental health improvement; and bioterrorism and health emergency preparedness. In addition, more than 11,000 state and local public health jobs have already been cut, and another ...

Scripps research scientists engineer new type of vaccination that provides instant immunity

... apply whether the target is a cancer cell, flu virus, or a toxin like anthrax that soldiers or even civilian populations might have to face during a bioterrorism attack." Only those mice that received both the vaccine and the adapter compound generated an immediate immune attack on the cancer cells that led ...

Natural Products Association Comments on New GAO Report on Regulation of Dietary Supplements

... dietary supplement products and their manufacturers. The dietary supplement industry has cooperated by registering all manufacturing facilities under bioterrorism regulations that went into effect more than five years ago. Additionally, the NPA is currently working with the government to create a database of ...

Vaccine patent portfolio licensed from UK Ministry of Defence

... & pending international patents, describes the production of multi-valent vaccines for the treatment of alpha-viral infections resulting from bioterrorism or endemic disease. These highly infectious, mosquito-borne encephalitis viruses pose a serious risk to people and livestock for which no vaccine or ...

Scientists uncover secrets of potential bioterror virus

... 100 percent abortion rate in these animals. Its outbreaks periodically cause economic devastation in parts of Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Zimbabwe, and bioterrorism experts warn that its introduction to the United States would cripple the North American beef industry. "It's really important to know how this ...

DOR BioPharma Announces Potential $30 Million North American Partnership Agreement with Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals for orBec(R) in the Treatment of Graft-versus-Host Disease

... developing products to treat life-threatening side effects of cancer treatments and serious gastrointestinal diseases, and vaccines for certain bioterrorism agents. DOR's lead product, orBec(R) (oral beclomethasone dipropionate or BDP), is a potent, locally acting corticosteroid being developed for the ...

On the front lines in the war on terror

... disciplines: Shmuel Shapira, epidemiology and hospital administration; Jeffrey Hammond, trauma surgery and emergency response; and Leonard Cole, bioterrorism and public policy. Moreover, many of the book's 35 contributors have had immediate and extensive experience in the medical management of terrorist ...

MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community

... microbiology and immunology, New York University Langone Medical Center, and author, The Secret Life of Germs and Protect Yourself Against bioterrorism ; January 2009, Archives of OtolaryngologyHead & Neck Surgery ...

Study Finds More Effective Treatment for Pneumonia Following Influenza

... the elderly. During pandemics -- such as the one that may arise from avian influenza -- up to 95 percent of influenza deaths are due to pneumonia. A bioterrorism attack using the influenza virus would likely result in the same high percentage of pneumonia deaths, according to the researchers. The group, ...

Study finds more effective treatment for pneumonia following influenza

... and the elderly. During pandemicssuch as the one that may arise from avian influenzaup to 95 percent of influenza deaths are due to pneumonia. A bioterrorism attack using the influenza virus would likely result in the same high percentage of pneumonia deaths, according to the researchers. The group, led ...

'Airport Malaria' Risk Rising With Global Warming

... Medical Center, professor, microbiology and pathology, NYU School of Medicine, and author, The Secret Life of Germs and Protect Yourself Against bioterrorism ; Dec. 8, 2008, presentation, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting, New Orleans ...

America's 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies Revealed

... services include adult and adolescent immunizations for business and leisure travel, college, immigration, military readiness, disaster relief, and bioterrorism response. Our on-site services for employers and schools include onsite clinics for Flu, Meningitis, and more. Passport Health has provided anthrax ...

New Report Finds Rising Risk of Infectious Diseases in America

... and local governments to allocate the necessary resources to build and sustain the nation's public health capacity to respond to threats of bioterrorism and naturally occurring disease; -- Further its leadership role to improve the global capacity to respond, control, and eliminate infectious ...

September Ophthalmology research highlights

... a distributed network of government EHR that would support retrospective research, prospective clinical trials, and early detection of epidemic or bioterrorism disease outbreaks. CAPT Study Findings on Advanced AMD The Complications of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Prevention Trial (CAPT) was a ...
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