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2009-03-31 14:30:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One of the nation's leading independent research institutes is expanding in Kansas as the region's scientific assets align to support the critical mission of protecting the American food supply and to develop urgently needed bioenergy solutions. Officials at Midwest Research Institute (MRI) announced today that they are expanding MRI's existing operations by establishing a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute that will be named...

2009-03-18 09:42:00

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David P. Wright, Co-Chair of the Alliance for Biosecurity and Chairman and CEO of PharmAthene, Inc., testified today before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee on the critical importance of developing drugs, vaccines and other medical countermeasures needed to protect Americans from bioterrorism and other catastrophic health emergencies. Effective medical countermeasures for many of the chemical,...

2009-01-26 22:16:31

An overwhelming majority of postal workers elected not to be vaccinated when anthrax was sent through the U.S. Postal Service in 2001, researchers said. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health said reactions from postal workers were shaped partially by fears of being guinea pigs, disagreements among public health agencies about whether the vaccine should be recommended, physician advice, low perceived risk of infection and conflicting reports from national...

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2009-01-22 14:28:24

When anthrax was sent through the U.S. Postal Service in 2001, an overwhelming majority of postal workers elected not to be inoculated with the available vaccine because of confusion and distrust, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study. Although the FBI officially closed the case on the attacks this year, lingering suspicion and uncertainty remain, say study authors, which could influence the public's reactions to future emergencies. According to the...

2009-01-07 07:00:00

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Ryan Burnette, Director of Alliance Biosciences will lead a trade mission to SingaporeJanuary 19, 2009 through January 23, 2009. Dr. Burnette will be promoting the need for international accreditation processes for high-containment biomedical labs as a lynchpin to an effective biosecurity and biosafety preparedness program. "I am very excited to visit Singapore, a progressive country that has embraced the need for well-designed and operated...

2008-11-13 03:00:16

A U.S. expert on bioethics says the question of who is 'essential' during a flu pandemic must be considered by emergency planners. Nancy Kass, deputy director of Public Health for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, said truck drivers, communications personnel and utility workers should be considered essential along with doctors, nurses and firefighters. "When preparing for a severe pandemic flu it is crucial for leaders to recognize that if the public has limited or no access...

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2008-10-12 09:15:00

Calling it the "nuttiest thing" he'd ever heard, Defense Secretary Robert Gates laughed off claims by Indonesia's health minister that shipments of bird flu virus to a U.S. research laboratory had been halted for fear Washington might use them to make biological weapons. However, buried deep inside an 86-page supplement to the United States' export regulations is a single sentence that prohibits U.S. exports of vaccines for avian bird flu to five countries designated as state sponsors of...

2008-08-22 15:00:29

By CARPINTER, Bernard BIOSECURITY NEW ZEALAND is preparing to use poison and carp to fight a devastating lake weed. It plans to start on Lake Tutira, north of Napier, but fishermen are worried that the campaign could spoil the trout fishery on the lake and associated streams. The weed hydrilla has been found in Tutira and three other small lakes nearby. Hydrilla crowds out native plants and forms dense mats. "If it spread to some of our iconic lakes like Taupo or Waikaremoana the...

2008-06-18 15:00:45

SAN DIEGO, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Kansas researchers and companies excel in the human health biosciences, and $3.7 million in new Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) investments in that sector will support cutting-edge innovations for the treatment of cancer, HIV, and osteoporosis, as well as in pharmaceutical development. "Kansas has tremendous human-health research capabilities and strong corporate clustering, and we're using those strengths to address critical national and international...

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2008-02-29 11:59:59

Researchers have developed a new technology that can simultaneously screen thousands of samples of food or water for several dangerous food-borne pathogens in one to two hours. The technique, which has potential biosecurity and food safety applications, also can estimate the amount of microbes present and whether they pose an active health risk. This could help neutralize potential threats and improve food processing techniques, said Arun Bhunia, a professor of food science at Purdue...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.