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NIH Recovery Act Funding For Infectious Disease Modeling Received By VBI Researcher

A researcher from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech has received a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support ongoing work to develop high-performance computer models for the study of very large networks. Simulations of large networks on high-performance computers can be used to study the emergence and spread of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 influenza. VBI Professor and Deputy Director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) Stephen Eubank received $786, 797 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to support the work.

Water Shortages Have Impact In Iraq, Yemen

News coverage examines water shortages in Iraq and Yemen: "A water shortage described as the most critical since the earliest days of Iraq's civilisation is threatening to leave up to 2 million people in the south of the country without electricity and almost as many without drinking water, " the Guardian reports. Recently, Abdul Latif Rashid, Iraq's water minister, estimated that up to 300, 000 marshland residents have fled their land for nearby towns and cities that are unable to support them. The crisis "has many causes, both man-made and natural, " according to the newspaper. "Two winters of significantly lower than normal rainfalls .

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Officials Flesh Out New Grant Program To Help States, Doctors With Health IT

Two weeks ago, the Obama administration offered nearly $1.2 billion in stimulus-funded grants to set up state-run health information exchanges, and create 70 "health IT regional extension centers" to help physicians adapt to the digital era, a term officials defined in greater detail during a conference call late last week, Modern Healthcare reports. "As many as 1, 250 participants logged- or dialed-in to hear and ask questions about the ground rules to apply" for the grant money "to be awarded over a four-year period to about 70 not-for-profit organizations that will run the regional extension centers." The centers will spend more than $500, 000 a year, mostly on services for physicians;

Long Travel Distances To High Volume Centers May Pose A Barrier To Optimal Cancer Care For Some Patients

Do patients choose where to get their care based on how long it takes to them to get there? Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have recently documented a growing trend in the centralization of cancer surgery - more patients seeking care at high volume centers, which are generally located in metropolitan areas. While trends like this should improve patient outcomes, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that there are still a good number of patients who will not travel a long distance to get their care. "Based on results of previous studies, patient outcomes should be improved with centralization of cancer surgery, however, we are concerned that the long distances patients may need to travel will serve as a barrier to access to high volume centers, " says Karyn Stitzenberg, M.

Frozen Culinary Circle trade; Fettuccini Alfredo With Chicken Recalled Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

SUPERVALU INC.® (NYSE:SVU) is voluntarily recalling frozen Culinary Circle™ Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken products because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products are found in the frozen foods section in a 38 oz. package and were sold at SUPERVALU-owned stores including Acme® , Albertsons® , bigg's® , Cub Foods® , Farm Fresh® , Hornbacher's® , Jewel-Osco® , Lucky® , Shaw's/Star Market™ , Shop 'n Save® , and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy® in all of the states where they operate. The possibility for contamination was identified through routine sampling of the product.

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Increase In Number Of Accidents Following Access To Motorbikes Without Taking A Prior Exam

Pedestrians and motorcyclists continue to be those most vulnerable in traffic accidents. A team of researchers has demonstrated an increase in the number of injuries among users of lightweight motorcycles after a law was passed in 2004 allowing the riding of motorbikes with a class B licence (for cars). In contrast, the study, focusing on Barcelona and published in the latest issue of the WHO Magazine, confirms that the risk of having an accident has remained unchanged. In 2004, in order to improve the flow of traffic and reduce the number of cars on the roads occupied by a single person, the Spanish government passed a law allowing holders of a class B driving licence (for cars) over a period of more than three years to ride motorcycles, whose use is permitted with a class A1 licence (for lightweight motorbikes).

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