Volunteers needed for cystic fibrosis study

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Around 280 volunteers are needed for a £1.5 million study to investigate the treatment of an infection that causes complications for cystic fibrosis patients. Scientists from Nottingham are leading the study into whether intravenous antibiotics are the most effective way of killing a germ called pseudomonas aeruginosa. It causes a chronic destructive lung infection in Read more…


Breathe in the freshness

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Legionnaires’ disease though not very common, highlights the importance of maintaining your air conditioners to prevent infections How we love those lazy summer afternoons. With the scorching heat, we all are tempted to reach out to an air conditioner or air cooler to provide relief. But just installing these appliances is not enough. It is Read more…


Chinese Education minister back in hospital again,

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Chinese Education minister Michael Suen Ming- Yeung was last night in stable condition after fracturing his right arm when he slipped at home. Suen is being treated at Queen Mary Hospital and will be on leave until Wednesday, a government spokesman said. In December, Suen was admitted to hospital after contracting what was believed to Read more…


Legionella & Your Responsibilities…

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Under Approved Code of Practice L8  and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations, All owners or operators of all commercial premises being: Social Housing, Offices, Public Toilets, Swimming Pools, Kitchens, Retirement Homes, Nurserys, Schools, College, Health Care, MOD Sites, Prisons, Hostels & Hotels Etc… Have a statutory duty to control the risk of Read more…


How Good Plumbing Infrastructure Saves Lives

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Back in 1671, flushing toilets were not common in the city of Berlin and the toilet systems of most of the poorer classes simply involved a glass urinal or metal chamber that was emptied through doors or windows right out onto the street. The resulting piles of human waste on the streets grew so high that Read more…


Experts voice fresh fears over legionella mutation

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Experts have been expressing concern this week over worrying developments in Legionnaires’ disease.In addition to issues such as poor diagnosis by doctors and lack of effective procedures to prevent the disease, it is now claimed the legionella bacteria is mutating.The claims follow discovery of the existence of the bacteria at temperatures of greater than 50 Read more…


Just a sixth of H&S regulation to be left untouched

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The Chancellor has promised that 84 per cent of health and safety regulation will be scrapped or improved, according to this year’s Budget.Last year, in its response to the Lofstedt review, the Government said it is committed to reduce health and safety regulation by more than half. The latest figure announced in the Budget takes Read more…


Vessel owners warned about Legionella Risk in Showerheads

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A warning has been issued to vessel owners about the need for rigorous maintenance for Fresh Water Tanks and Distribution Systems as water samples from shower heads in two vessels tested positive for Legionella Bacteria.This is covered under the MGN 397 (M+F) Guidelines for the Provision of Food and Fresh Water on Merchant Ships and Read more…


(USA) Greenspring Homeowners Association – Legionella found in showers

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Greenspring Homeowners Association says they’ve been taking extraordinary precautions after they discovered legionella, the bacterium that causes Legionnaire’s disease, in more than one unit at the townhouse complex. According to GHA Property Manager Andy Childs, the presence of legionella was first indicated after a 78-year-old man who had stayed in one of the units over Read more…