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CDC monitoring avian flu outbreak in Tennessee

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working closely with USDA APHIS and the Tennessee Department of Health to minimize any human health risk posed by the avian influenza outbreak in Lincoln County, Tenn., the agency announced Wednesday. This includes implementing a protocol to monitor the health of poultry workers exposed to commercial poultry involved in the  USDA/APHIS-confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A (H7N9) outbreak.

At this time, no human infections associated with this outbreak in Tennessee have been detected.

CDC considers the risk to the public's health from this North American H7N9 virus outbreak in commercial poultry to be low. In the past, there have only been a small number (fewer than 10 in 15 years) of reported human infections with North American avian influenza A H7 viruses. Most were associated with poultry exposure and have resulted in mild respiratory illness and/or conjunctivitis.

While the risk of human infection is low, CDC is working closely with USDA APHIS and state and local agriculture and public health partners to communicate about the possible impact on people of this animal outbreak, including steps people can take to reduce possible risk.

CDC will provide updates as new information about the Tennessee outbreak is available.

 

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This Bar Saves Lives helps feed 2 million

BY Michael Johnsen

One Million Celebration from This Bar on Vimeo.

MISSION, Kan. — The proof is in the pudding; altrustic marketing resonates with today's consumer. It took three years for This Bar Saves Lives to reach its philanthropic goal of feeding 1 million malnurished children through the sale of its non-GMO bars, celebrated in the video above, but only four additional months to feed an additional 1 million children thanks to retail distribution partners including Whole Foods, Starbucks and Target.

"We may be a month into 2017, but we’re still trying to wrap our heads around how amazing the last quarter of 2016 was for our company and our community," the company wrote in a blog posted last week. "In just 3 months, you helped us give more than 750,000 packets of life-saving food to children in need. Which means that last quarter, you took us past the 2 MILLION mark."

This Bar Saves Lives is a non-GMO, gluten-free and fair trade gourmet snack bar. Actor Ryan Devlin, co-founder and CEO of the snack bar company, created the company after traveling to Africa on a humanitarian trip and witnessing the tragedy of severe malnutrition in children throughout the region.

The bar features flavors like wild blueberry pistachio, dark chocolate cherry and sea salt and madagascar vanilla almond and honey. The company also offers a line of nut-free kids bars called This Kid Saves Lives, which come in wild berry and chocolate chip flavors.

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Gradient Medical launches Quadrabloc, a wearable pain relief solution

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Quadrabloc, a wearable device for the management of pain and discomfort associated with activity and aging, is now available for chronic pain sufferers and weekend warriors, the company announced Thursday. With the commercial release of Quadrabloc by Gradient Medical consumers have an effective treatment option for pain that does not require a prescription from a medical professional.

"Quadrabloc enters the market at a time when the pain management segment of the medical device industry is increasingly dedicating resources to over-the-counter pain management options for consumers," Barry Hix, Quadrabloc spokesman, said. "However, unlike the recent medical device introductions for pain management, Quadrabloc delivers freedom from pain and, importantly, freedom from the tethers, cords and chargers that limit the consumer's ability to successfully integrate a medical device into their lifestyle."

Quadrabloc relieves pain using patented, quadrapolar magnetic discs to block pain signals that originate in the sensory nerve fibers, which are located throughout the body and send pain signals to the brain. By placing Quadrabloc directly over the site of pain, Quadrabloc interrupts the pain signals to provide pain relief.

"The release of Quadrabloc represents an important milestone in the management of pain," stated Brad Worthington, chief medical officer Gradient Medical. "Despite the availability of over-the-counter and prescription treatment options, pain can be very difficult to treat because the pharmaceutical options are characterized by potentially harmful side effects. This is particularly true of opiates that have garnered widespread use."

Quadrabloc is offered initially in three forms designed to integrate easily into the lifestyle of the user. The Quadrabloc Back Belt, which can be worn discreetly underneath apparel, is preferred by individuals with pain isolated to the low-back. The Quadrabloc Pad is designed for individuals seeking a versatile product appropriate for use in the shoulder, lower back and hip regions. The Quadrabloc Disc addresses localized pain that is contained in a small area of the body, such as the knee, neck, elbow or wrist.

 The company plans to introduce specific garments for the head, wrist and knee later this year. Suggested retail price ranges from $195 (Quadrabloc Discs) to $225 for the back belt and multi-purpose pad.

 

 

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