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Local TV station hosting free immunizations for kids

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will give thousands of metro Detroit children a “boost” at the 32nd annual Healthy Living for Kids Immunization Fair.

This year, the program will be held on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Since its inception in 1977, Healthy Living for Kids has provided immunizations to more than 50,000 young people.

Eligible children three months and older will receive free immunizations against polio, rubella, measles, tetanus, mumps, varicella (chicken pox), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B, and HIB (haemophilus influenza type B). In addition, a human papillomavirus vaccine, designed to prevent cervical cancer, will be administered. Registered nurses from the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will administer the shots with the assistance of over 150 volunteers from the Health Department and WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

Additional health services will be provided including free lead poisoning testing, sign-ups for WIC’s (Women, Infant, and Children) feeding program, and enrollment for a wide variety of youth mentoring programs, including the Girl Scouts of America.

“Providing the opportunity to insure that our children receive the proper immunization care is critical, especially during these challenging economic times,” said WXYZ-TV VP and general manager Bob Sliva. “We are grateful to all the volunteers, the organizations and participating companies that have helped to make this event so special for the kids.”

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center, at 315 East Warren Avenue. Free parking is available, courtesy of the College for Creative Studies. Information regarding the Immunization Fair and specifics on immunizations is available through the Healthy Living for Kids Hotline, 1-248-827-9307 or online at www.wxyz.com.

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Researchers discover ways to prevent infection of cells

BY Alaric DeArment

MADISON, Wis. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found a way to block biological communications between cells that lead to viral infections and tumors.

In a study supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from UW-Madison and other universities created a set of synthetic molecules that interacted with the HIV protein gp41 to prevent the infection of cells. Several viruses, including HIV, Ebola and influenza, use interactions between viral and cellular proteins to infect cells.

“There’s a lot of information transfer that occurs when proteins come together, and one would often like to block that information flow,” UW-Madison chemistry professor Samuel Gellman said in a statement.

While it remains unclear whether this method can be used to create anti-HIV drugs, Gellman said it did could potentially lead to new ways of thinking about designing antiviral drug molecules.

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Behavioral Health Central to relaunch Web portal

BY Antoinette Alexander

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. In an effort to bring together clinicians, patients, payers, executives and administrators on one central Web portal, Behavioral Health Central is relaunching the www.BehavioralHealthCentral.com site.

The new Web portal provides industry and clinical news, resources and tools, and social networking capabilities designed to bring together all of the major stakeholders in behavioral healthcare. 

“This new genesis of our site brings everyone to the table so they all have access to similar resources and information,” stated Jim Miller, president of BHC. “It’s a recognition that, in the end, we’re all striving for the same thing — better treatment pathways, leading to improved outcomes for patients.”

Another key feature of the new site is the addition of nationwide directories that allow professionals and consumers to quickly locate treatment facilities, therapists, vendors, drug information, association lists and more.

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