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Human intrusion on fruit bat habitats raises exposure risk to Hendra virus in Australia
(University of Sydney) There is a rising risk of human and domestic animal exposure to deadly Hendra virus (HeV) carried by fruit bats in Eastern Australia due to human intrusion into their habitats, human proximity to woodlands and vegetation loss, a new study reveals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UCLA faculty voice: We can ’t rely on luck to counter public health threats
UCLA Dr. Jonathan Fielding Dr. Jonathan Fielding, is a professor-in-residence of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding of Public Health and pediatrics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He served as chair of the independent expert panel on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services response to Ebola. This op-ed appeared in U.S. News and World Report. In 2014, we were lucky. There were only four diagnosed cases of Ebola virus in the United States. But in Africa, there were over 25,000 diagnosed cases of Ebola virus and more than 11,000 deaths, amounting to a public health tragedy. The respons...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 18, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

MP "very interested" in GP and pharmacist pilot delivering for elderly patients
After a briefing in Westminster, Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, accepted an offer from the RPS of a constituency pharmacy visit to explore some of the issues that were mentioned.  The visit was hosted jointly with Hendra's at Penryn Pharmacy. The visit provided a fantastic (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - February 16, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Why Are We Seeing an Explosion of New Viruses Like Zika?
Zika virus, Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Nipah virus, Hendra virus, bird flu, swine flu -- these viruses have all grabbed international attention in recent years. In the past few decades the world has witnessed an alarming surge in emerging infectious diseases (EIDs). Since 1980, new pathogens have emerged in the human population at a rate of about three each year. Why are we seeing such a surge in new pathogens? One could argue that some of the pathogens may not be new at all; they could have circulated among humans for centuries and are...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 1, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Optimal fall indicators for slip induced falls on a cross-slope - Domone S, Lawrence D, Heller B, Hendra T, Mawson S, Wheat J.
This study aimed to determine the optimal fall indicators for fall detection models which ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Why Scapegoating Bats Is A Big Mistake For Human Health
Even before allegations emerged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak may have originated in bats, public opinion of the animal was hardly glowing. Years as a Halloween icon cast a dark shadow over the flying mammal's reputation. But leading experts in ecology and public health -- even Batman himself -- now beg you to reconsider. "These creatures of the night are thought of as evil," said Michelle Baker, a researcher at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Victoria. "But bats play an amazing role in the ecosystem. And we have so much to learn from them." Bats are critical to the health of people a...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news