In today's frenetic world, many urban dwellers spend more than 80% of the day indoors. Bringing nature in to living spaces by enhancing homes and offices with ornamental plants has become another popular facet of the move to "green" our lives. In addition to their aesthetic beauty, indoor plants have been shown to offer psychological and restorative values, such as reduced tension, better coping mechanisms, and increased concentration and attention. Researchers have found that the presence of houseplants in homes and workplaces can reduce eye irritation and stress, motivate employees, improve concentration, and even reduce air impurities.
Newly published research suggests that government use of torture has increased worldwide despite international norms discouraging it. The study, published in The Journal of Legal Studies, found that between 1985 and 2003, reports of state-sponsored torture collected by the U.S. State Department and Amnesty International increased, even as a growing number of countries signed on to the United Nations Convention Against Torture. "The results could not be clearer: there is no evidence that as more states have joined the CAT, states' use of torture has abated, " write study authors Michael Gilligan, a political scientist at New York University, and Nathaniel Nesbitt.
A student from The University of Queensland has made the Top 10 in New Zealand's answer to the Best Job in the World promotion. One of only two Aussies in the finals, 20-year-old Nicquel Rhoden from UQ's http://www.tourism.uq.edu.au/ is in the running to win a three-month stay in New Zealand, promoting the best the country had to offer. But to make it to the final three, she needs to secure more followers on her blog than any of the other finalists. "A Pom won our competition, so why shouldn't an Australian win the Entirely Kiwi World Famous competition?" Ms Rhoden said. No stranger to being an ambassador, Ms Rhoden, a Gold Coast native, last week helped launch the School's Tourism Regional Internship Program (TRIP).
Quality Associates Introduces H1N1 Flu Vaccine Forms Processing Service For States, Municipalities And Healthcare Providers
Quality Associates, Inc. (QAI), an established provider of services and solutions for large-scale document management, imaging, and archiving, announced the launch of its H1N1 Flu Vaccine Forms Processing Service, a comprehensive approach to help states, cities, counties, and providers in the private sector successfully and accurately capture and record essential demographic and health data from medical consent forms - a critical step in the administration of the H1N1 vaccine to millions nationwide beginning this fall. As part of the two-step inoculation process, each patient is required to fill out a printed medical consent form before each shot is given.
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced an investment by the Government of Canada of $135 million for new construction and the renovation of health services infrastructure in First Nations communities across Canada. "Improving the health and well-being of Aboriginal people is of utmost importance to our Government, " said Minister Aglukkaq. "This critical investment means new and refurbished health centres and nurses' residences for many of the remote and isolated First Nations communities served by Health Canada, and will provide immediate economic benefit by creating employment opportunities in those areas." This funding, a major stimulus under the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan, supports more than 40 projects involving new construction of health services infrastructure, and approximately 230 renovations of existing infrastructure.
BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX) announced today that it has received a significant order from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the purchase of syringes and needles, sharps collectors and alcohol swabs to be used in national flu pandemic preparedness efforts. Under the terms of the agreement, BARDA is authorized to purchase approximately $52 million of products from BD through March 2010. "BD is pleased to be able to supply the U.S. government with syringes and other medical products for the federal vaccination campaign to protect the American people against the novel H1N1 influenza virus, " said Edward J.