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NEWS SCAN: Surgeon general nominated, past pandemic viruses evolved stealthily

first_imgRural doctor and ‘genius grant’ winner nominated as surgeon generalPresident Barack Obama today nominated an Alabama family physician and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner to be surgeon general. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, founded a health clinic to serve tiny Bayou La Batre, Ala., home to poor, mostly uninsured African-American and immigrant Asian fishermen, and rebuilt it three times after two hurricanes and a fire. She is a faculty member at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.[Reuters story, Macarthur Foundation bio]Viruses of past flu pandemics circulated undetected for yearsThe influenza strains that caused the three pandemics of the 20th century did not emerge suddenly, but circulated for months or years, researchers from Tennessee and China say in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Applying a “molecular clock” calculation to viral isolates from the 1918, 1957, and 1968 pandemics, the researchers estimate that each strain evolved through a series of reassortments that included at least one flu virus contemporaneously circulating in swine or birds. Current surveillance programs will not detect such reassortments, they say.[PNAS abstract]last_img read more


first_imgFEATURES: A Donegal business has been nominated for ensuring that people with disabilities are given the same employment opportunities as everyone else. Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top, one of the busiest and most popular convenience stores in the North-West, have been recognized for their dedication to social inclusion by being nominated for the Zero Project. The Zero Project are a International worldwide project promoting best practice in all aspects of life for people with disabilities with a big emphasis on social inclusion.This year they are focusing their award on employment and innovative practices in the employment and training for work of people with disabilities.Kellys Centra have been nominated for these awards by a local community organization in recognition of the continuing efforts of the Kelly’s complex to ensure that people with disabilities have the same employment opportunities as everyone else.This can be confirmed by the fact that people with disabilities make up over 10% of their total employment. Given that the Government’s target of employment of people with disabilities within the public service sector is only 3% – this shows Kelly’s on-going commitment to considering people with disabilities as potential and capable staff.The Government wants to double the percentage of people with disabilities working in the public sector.Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched the Government’s employment strategy for people with disabilities at Farmleigh in Dublin.The public service employment target of people with disabilities is to be increased on a phased basis from three to six per cent.Special public service competitions for people with disabilities will be arranged and alternative recruitment channels will be opened up for people with disabilities.Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister of State with responsibility for disability policy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin also attended the event. KELLY’S CENTRA: A LEADER IN PROVIDING JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDisabilitesFeaturesJob OpportunitiesKelly’s Centranewslast_img read more