The ABCs of preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

first_img From the Florida Department of Health/Orange CountyEvery baby deserves a first birthday. That is why, during Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) focuses on reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with the Baby Safe Sleep campaign.According to the National Healthy Start Association, one of the top five leading causes of infant mortality in the United States is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is an unexplained death occurring during sleep of an otherwise healthy infant under 1 year of age.The Baby Safe Sleep campaign encourages parents, caregivers, and medical professionals to remember their ABCs of Baby Safe Sleep – Babies sleeping Alone, ontheir Back, and in a Crib. The campaign also offers actions that can help babies sleep safely and reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths.Baby Safe Sleep practices include:Babies sleeping Alone, on their Back, and in a CribUse a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheetNo bumper pads in the cribNo toys or blankets in the cribDon’t overheat or overdress a babyParents can share their room with their baby, but never their bedThere are several other risk factors that can contribute to infant mortality including: late prenatal care, being overweight, smoking, substance abuse, poor nutrition, domestic violence, and pre-term labor.DOH-Orange works collaboratively and tirelessly to ensure that every baby is able to celebrate its first birthday and beyond through programs such as Healthy Start Care Coordination, Nurse Family Partnership, and Bellies, Babies and Beyond.To learn more about DOH-Orange’s Healthy Start programs and the Baby Safe Sleep campaign, please call 407-858-1472.About the Florida Department of HealthThe department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSFlorida Department of Health in Orange CountySudden Infant Death Syndrome Previous articleFlorida to investigate if 22 vaping companies are targeting teensNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Teen shooter reported killed in Richmond school shooting

first_imgRichmond, In. — Indiana State Police now say shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday morning an active shooter was reported at the Dennis Middle School in Richmond.Officers from multiple agencies responded to the school, which had already been placed on lockdown.  As officers arrived, they confronted the 14-year-old male suspect outside the school who then reportedly shot out the glass of a locked entry door to the school, and ran inside with police officers in pursuit.  The suspect, once in the school, and being pursued exchanged gunfire with police officers.  The teenage suspect is deceased the result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  No officers were injured and it has not been determined if the suspect was wounded by police.It is important to emphasize that due to the result of advance notification of the potential for a violent act at the school, the school had initiated their lockdown procedure which clearly prevented injury to students and faculty even though the suspect was able to enter the school.The school will be closed Friday, December 14 and Monday, December 17.last_img read more

Water outages affecting parts West Donegal and Inishowen

first_imgTwo separate areas of the county are without water this morning due to burst water mains.Homes, businesses and farms in both Annagry and around Crislaghkeel, Fahan are affected by outages.Irish Water will begin works on the burst at Droim na Ceárta, Anagaire from 10:30am until 2pm today (Monday). Repairs are also underway in Inishowen, where residents of properties in the Crislaghmore Group Water Scheme area should have their supplies restored by 4pm. Water outages affecting parts West Donegal and Inishowen was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New technology to treat burns

first_imgThe dressing is harmful to pathogenic bacteria, and helps to prevent secondary infection in vulnerable areas of skin. Prof Leon Dicks and his team at Stellenbosch University have revolutionised burn treatment with their new dressing. (Images: Leon Dicks) MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela Duvenage  Media: Faculty of Science,   Stellenbosch University  +27 21 808 2684 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s second health train rolls out • Meet a top social entrepreneur • SA’s triage system to go global • Breathing new life into Hillbrow • Drug delivery gets sophisticated Wilma den HartighA South African microbiologist has applied modern technology and science to develop a revolutionary dressing to treat burn wounds. The new dressing is the first of its kind and will reduce the risk of secondary infections. The wound dressing, developed by Prof Leon Dicks and a research team from Stellenbosch University, is an important innovation in the treatment of burns as it contains ingredients to fight the infections that are especially common in burn wound patients. A solution to infections Dicks explains that when people sustain burn wounds, the protective layer of the skin is removed. “This exposes underlying skin, which then makes them very prone to secondary infections,” he says.Infection is a major complication of burns. According to the peer-reviewed Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, statistics from the US alone show that from one million patients, an estimated 10 000 die from secondary microbial infections.He points out that traditional methods used to treat burns are effective, but only as long as the patient doesn’t develop an infection that is difficult to treat with conventional antibiotics.Many bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics such as penicillin, methicillin and vancomycin, all commonly used to treat infections.The new dressing offers a solution to antibiotic resistance, using antimicrobial peptides and nanofibres.Each oval dressing patch incorporates broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptides, or proteins, that are resistant to certain strains of bacteria, into a nanofibre dressing.The nanofibres used in the dressing material are produced using an electrospinning process, which forms thin polymer threads using an electrical current of 10 000 volts or more.“As the polymer is spun from the one charged pole to the other, the nanofibres are deposited onto a collector plate,” explains Dicks. Millions of these nanofibres are then collected onto a specific surface to form a dressing.The other advantage is that the dressing releases antimicrobial peptides slowly over several days, which means it only has to be changed once a week. “This is not the case with current dressings on the market,” he says.By altering the nanoparticles the dressing becomes part of the new skin and supports the healing process.The antimicrobial peptides kill bacterial pathogens by forming pores in their cells. This action prevents pathogens from building up resistance to the peptides.“This is an enormous advantage, especially with so many pathogens that have developed resistance to antibiotics.”Two types of dressingDicks and his research team have developed another variation of the nanofibre dressing, using living bacterial cells.“In both cases the active ingredient is securely trapped in nanofibres and slowly released from the dressing,” he explains.The dressing is available in a biodegradable and non-biodegradable form.“The biodegradable dressing forms part of the skin, while the non-biodegradable dressing is designed to be replaced, just as normal dressings are done,” he says.With the biodegradable dressing the nanofibres act as a support material to strengthen the skin. “It works much like biodegradable stitches,” says Dicks.Rewarding innovation The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) BHP Billiton Awards recently awarded Dicks the TW Kambule Award in recognition of his contribution to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa.These NSTF awards are important as they celebrate the work of South Africa’s scientists, engineers and technologists working in areas of research that are innovative, forward thinking and relevant to South Africa and the rest of the world.Dicks says the award is a great honour. “Although a true scientist never does this to receive awards, it is always good to know that your efforts are appreciated,” he says. He also commends his research team for their involvement in the research project. “It is equally important to recognise all the students that have been involved in the research and innovation. This is very much a team effort.”Successful research partnershipThe wound dressing has been patented by a leading South African pharmaceutical company, Cipla Medpro.Dr Nic de Jongh at Cipla Medpro describes the wound dressing as one example of the kind of innovation that can be achieved through collaboration between the private sector and research institutions in South Africa.Dicks says the product needs another 15 months of research before the dressing can be released for final testing and evaluation.Availability of the product will depend on how soon production of the dressing can start. The partners have to find a company that has the facilities to produce large quantities of the antimicrobial nanofibre dressing.Dicks says the funding and support of Cipla Medpro was key to ensure the success of the wound dressing project.Although South African researchers have to compete against big international teams with vast resources and funding, he believes local scientists have an advantage.“The one thing about South Africans is that we are extremely innovative and we tend to think a little broader than many of our international counterparts, which is useful in this space.”Slideshow image courtesy of Eureka Hyman’s photostream on flickr.com.last_img read more

Play Your Part TV series: episode 14 synopsis

first_imgHere’s a little taste of what episode 14 of the Play Your Part TV Series has in store for you this Saturday. This week you get to meet three women who have been working tirelessly to make a difference in their communities.Brand South Africa reporterThe Play Your Part TV series is coming at you again this Saturday, same time at 6pm and same place on SABC 2. Here’s a quick look at what episode 14 has in store for you on 13 January 2018.Nosipho Community FoundationNosipho Ngcobo, the founder of the Nosipho Community Foundation, can often be found strolling along the streets of Durban as a Good Samaritan on the move. Through her organisation, Ngcobo offers a helping hand to the homeless, providing shelter, food and employment opportunities where she can.New Jerusalem Home for ChildrenNew Jerusalem Home for Children just outside Tembisa, Gauteng, recently hosted the South African National Men’s Hockey Team. We speak to Phina Mojapelo, the social work manager for the children’s home, about the experience and what the organisation is all about.El TheosThrough her extensive experience in helping the El Theos organisation, Bijou Bakole, has taken it upon herself to provide support to a few young boys in coping with their challenging domestic circumstances.Tune in and be inspiredThe Play Your Part TV Series airs at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa you can:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Africa’s first solar data centre cooling system unveiled

first_img11 July 2014Mobile telecommunications company MTN has unveiled Africa’s first concentrating solar cooling system for the energy-hungry data centres at its Johannesburg head office.The state-of-the-art system consists of 242 solar mirrors, covering 484 square metres, which track the sun to generate pressurised hot water at 180 degrees Celsius. The hot water in turn powers an absorption chiller that produces chilled water which is circulated into the data centre to cool the IT equipment.When it rains, the mirrors move into a self-cleaning position, and on cloudy days the mirrors turn down into a protective “stow” position.“MTN is acutely aware of the impact of global warming and its adverse impact on emerging markets including South Africa,” MTN South Africa CEO Zunaid Bulbulia said in a statement on Wednesday.“We continuously explore ways in which we can not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also substantially reduce our electricity consumption, which will release additional capacity for the national grid.”The system was designed by REACH Renewable and AOS Consulting Engineers and implemented jointly with Industrial Solar, Voltas Technologies and Luft Technik.Cristian Cernat, MD of Voltas Technologies, said: “The opportunity to model and design the installation using a high temperature heat source, architectonically integrated, creates a real opportunity for local manufacturing and future job creation in the field of renewable energy equipment production in our country.”In 2010, MTN’s head office became the first silver-certified building in South Africa under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Product Announcement: Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Camera

first_imgSensor18.4 MP CMOS Sensor Autofocus171 focus areas; Image StabilizationOptical Burst Shooting10/20fps w/AF; 30/60fps w/MF Nikon’s new 1 V3 features high frame rates and a sleek design, but is it practical for filmmakers and video producers?Nikon just released the specs for their new 1 V3 mirrorless camera and the specs are well, average. With mirrorless cameras being all the rage right now we thought that this camera would prove to be something different, but apart from a few features it’s not.Nikon 1 V3 Quick LookThe 1 V3 seems to offfer consumers everything they could want in a modern day camera: HD video, 18 MP, 171 fields of autofocus, etc. There are even a few cool features such as the ability to record up to 1200fps and the built-in flash.But there are a few issues with this camera, namely the 2.7x crop factor which severely changes the focal length of your lens. There is also no RAW video recording capabilities or 24p capabilities. As a result this camera would be almost useless to indie-filmmakers.Pricing and AvailabilityThe 1 V3 has an MSRP of $1,199.95 which includes the camera body, 1 lens, a grip and electronic viewfinder. It will be available in April 2014.The GH4 Technical Specs VideoMOV: 1920 x 1080 – 30p/60p; 1280 x 720 – 30p/60p/120p; 768 x 288 – 400fps; 416 x 144 – 1200fps; Sensitivity RangeISO 160-12800 Battery Life310 shots LCD Size3 inch touch screen; 1.04 million dots FlashYes – Built-In Wireless FlashYes Shutter Speed30sec – 1/16,000 View FinderTFT LCD 2,359k-dot w/ diopter; 100% coverage AudioACC: Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustableOptional external ME-1 stereo microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter) Crop Factor2.7:1 Storage MediaMicro SD, microSDHC, microSDXC While the ability to potentially shoot up to 1200 fps does sound awesome, we are skeptical about the filmmaking potential of the 1 V3. With no ability to shoot RAW video or a 24p setting we think that the 1 V3 is going to have to have some amazing test footage before we give it real consideration against cameras such as the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.What do you think of the Nikon 1 V3? Is it just for consumers or does it look like it might have some serious potential? Share in the comments below.last_img read more