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Mortenson Construction Completes Spinning Spur II Wind Project

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Mortenson Constructions Renewable Energy Groups has completed construction on the Spinning Spur II Wind Project located in Oldham County, Texas.

Spinning Spur II represents the 24th wind project that Mortenson has built for long-time customer, EDF Renewable Energy, and the 21st wind project that Mortenson has built in Texas to date.

Mortensons overall scope of work on the 167- megawatt project included engineering, procurement and construction of all access roads, foundations, wind turbine erection, collection system, operations and maintenance building and the installation of MET towers.

Approximately 200 jobs were created throughout the course of construction which began in June 2013.

Were very pleased to have partnered with EDF Renewable Energy on our 24th successful project together and to have been part of building one of the first projects to connect to the CREZ,” (Competitive Renewable Energy Zone) said Tim Maag, vice president and general manager of Mortenson Constructions Wind Energy group.

The CREZ project was initiated by the Texas legislature in 2005 to help create a competitive market for wind energy in Texas, primarily by bringing power to more densely populated areas where transmission lines did not previously exist.

Since entering the renewable energy market in 1995, Mortenson Construction has become a leading builder of wind power facilities in North America with 137 projects completed or under construction.

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South Florida Medical Research Achieves a Landmark 400th Clinical Trial as it Celebrates 20 Years of Service in the South Florida Community


Aventura, FL (PRWEB) November 20, 2012

South Florida Medical Research announced yesterday that it is currently conducting its landmark 400th clinical trial since opening their Aventura doors 20 years ago.

The milestone event marks a watershed moment in South Florida Medical Researchs dedicated history in the South Florida community, and comes just one month after winning the prestigious 2012 Miami Award in the Medical Research category from the Miami Award Program.

Executive Director Marc C. Gittelman, M.D., F.A.C.S, says he and his colleagues and staff are honored to have been part of the centers two decades of service to the South Florida community, introducing new medical techniques and medications to volunteer patients in their ongoing quest to develop new ways to treat illnesses and chronic medical conditions that are common in aging individuals.

Their groundbreaking research and clinical trials have addressed a wide array of medical conditions and illnesses, including BPH, Diabetes, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, overactive bladder / Nocturia, Low Testosterone, Prostate Cancer and Erectile Dysfunction. Through this research, Dr. Gittelman and South Florida Medical Research have contributed to the development of many drugs including: Proscar, Avodart, Flomax, Uroxatral, Rapaflo, Jalyn, Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, MUSE, Lupron, Zoladex, Casodex, Trelstar, Firmagon, Detrol, Vesicare, Oxytrol, Sanctura, and Gelnique.

The current study marking the centers 400th clinical trial is focused on men who have been diagnosed by their physician with an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In this clinical trial, the South Florida Medical Research team is evaluating a new medication for possible treatment of the signs and symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland.

Male patients who suffer from this condition are most often past age 50, and experience a myriad of painful symptoms including urinary dysfunction. As it has done for the past 20 years, the South Florida Medical Research team is inviting men who have been experiencing symptoms of an enlarged prostate or BPH to contact the center for information on participating in the voluntary research study.

All study-related medications and care are provided to the volunteer patients at no cost, and participants need no insurance. Benefits to clinical study participants include access to expert medical treatment during the trial at no cost, education about their illness and knowing that they are helping others who may be affected by the same condition.

The clinical trials performed by the physicians and staff of South Florida Medical Research are actual research studies designed to answer specific questions about new and developing treatments, or new ways of using known treatments. Prescription medications provided to patient volunteers have gone through the clinical trial process and are FDA approved for use.

Through these clinical trials, medical research has the opportunity to work toward discovering new and innovative medical treatments that benefit everyone. Without them, the medical science community would be greatly hindered in making new strides toward treating and curing illness.

By volunteering to participate in a clinical study, patients become a critical link in a long chain of research and testing during the drug development process.

To learn more about our clinical trials and find out if you are eligible to participate, please contact South Florida Medical Research by calling 305-931-8080, or Email info(at)southfloridamedicalresearch(dot)com. You can also visit our website at http://www.southfloridamedicalresearch.com

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For more than 20 years, South Florida Medical Research has been dedicated to the development of future medical treatments and therapies. Through clinical trials and research, it is possible to develop newer, more innovative therapies for a wide range of medical issues.

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South Florida Medical Research Executive Director Marc C. Gittelman, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a Board-certified urologist, in practice since 1988. Dr. Gittleman has overseen 400 clinical research trials since 1992. SFMR physician staff includes six urologists, two gynecologists, a cardiologist/internal medicine specialist, a rheumatologist, two neurologists and a family medicine practitioner. This private, research-specific facility has 16 full-time trained research staff members dedicated to conducting clinical trials. A strong patient recruitment department and clinical and data quality assurance staff ensures SFMR processes are accurate and complete.

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New Study Suggests Potential Link between Viagra and Deadly Skin Cancer


St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 24, 2014

A recent article published by JAMA Internal Medicine in April 2014 evaluated the association between sildenafil use and the risk of incident melanoma among men in the United States. The study concluded that [s]ildenafil use may be associated with an increased risk of developing melanoma. In particular, the researchers found that men who took sildenafil were about 84% more likely to develop melanoma in comparison to men who did not take the drug.

The active ingredient in Viagra is sildenafil. Viagra, manufactured by Pfizer, was the first oral medication approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). Viagra was approved by the FDA and has been on the market in the United States since 1998. According to the official Viagra website, Viagra has been prescribed for over 22 million men.

Dr. Abrar Qureshi, professor and chair of the dermatology department in the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and co-author of the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, told NBC News in an April 2014 report that, Viagra may increase the risk of melanoma because it affects the same genetic pathway that allows the skin cancer to become more invasive.

However, because the study was a retrospective, observational study, the authors cautioned that their findings, should be interpreted cautiously and are insufficient to alter current clinical recommendations. Dr. June Robinson agreed with the study authors in an accompanying editorial published in JAMA Internal Medicine in April 2014, providing that a prospective study will be required before clinical recommendations should be changed. In an article released in April, Forbes reported that although this, new study provides early evidence showing an association between sildenafil and melanoma, though, like all observational studies, it is unable to demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship.

NBC News reported in April 2014 that melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and about 76,100 new melanoma cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2014. About 9,710 people will die as a result, including approximately 6,470 men.

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Data Based Medicine Americas Ltd. Announces a New Online Tool to Show Possible Links Between Prescription Drugs and Sex


Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) December 03, 2012

RxISK.org, the first free independent website for researching and reporting prescription drug side effects, has added a Sex and Relationships Zone to demonstrate and collect data on the links between prescription drugs and our sex lives.

Links with antidepressants and ones sex life are well established, says Dr. David Healy, a world-renowned psychiatrist who has written extensively about the lack of data in evidence-based medicine, including in his latest book, Pharmageddon.

In fact, many prescription drugs can affect all aspects of how we function sexually, including our orientation and sexual preferences.”

When the antidepressants were introduced first, Kuhn (a Swiss Psychiatrist) and Kramer (an American Psychiatrist) celebrated a restoration to normality when they claimed that in some cases, homosexuals on antidepressants were changing their sexual orientation to heterosexuality. But if a drug can push us towards heterosexuality, then can it not also push us the other way that is, towards homosexuality?

Healy says there is a wide range of potential prescription drug side effects on our sex lives and relationships. Some of the effects may be as subtle as a drug changing a mans smell or his lovers sense of smell so that she no longer finds him desirable.

The Sex & Relationships Zone allows users to enter the name of a prescription drug and see the side effects relating to sex that have been reported to the FDAs MedWatch System since 2004, as well as to RxISK, for more than 35,000 drug names from 103 countries. The data is presented in tables, tag clouds, heat maps, and interactive graphs, showing whats happening with other people taking the same drug around the world and in a users community.

Users can then select the effect(s) they are experiencing and click on Report a Drug Side Effect to complete a report. This will add their anonymized experience to the RxISK database so that others can benefit from this information, as well as provide reporters with a personalized RxISK Report linking their symptoms and meds, which they can take to their doctor or pharmacist to facilitate a better treatment conversation.

Dr. Dee Mangin, Data Based Medicines Chief Medical Officer and a professor and Director of Research in the Department of Public Health and General Practice at the University of Otago in New Zealand, says we sholdnt have preconceived ideas about how a drug may affect us. For example, while we may think antidepressants have effects on sex and relationships because they act on the brain, they primarily act elsewhere in the body. Surprisingly, statins have more effects on the brain.

Dr. Mangin notes that other drugs from the antihypertensives through to diabetes drugs almost certainly affect our sex lives as much as antidepressants do. Viagra was under study for its effects on pulmonary hypertension when its effects on erections were noted.

About Data Based Medicine Americas Ltd.

RxISk.org is owned and operated by Data Based Medicine Americas Ltd. (DBM), based in Toronto, Canada. DBM’s founders have international reputations in early drug-side-effect detection and risk mitigation, pharmacovigilance, and patient-centered care. Although drug side effects are known to be a leading cause of death and disability, less than 5% of serious drug side effects are reported. DBMs mission is to capture this missing data directly from patients through RxISK.orgs free drug side effect reporting tool and use this data to help make medicines safer for all of us.

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Back to School and the Newest Chemical to Watch: Phthalates

With children across the country returning to school this week, many parents are just completed the infamous back-to-school shopping trip, wherein backpacks, notebooks, pencils, markers, and locker decorations were purchased. This year, some scientists and politicians are warning about the dangers of phthalates.

Phthalates are also known as “plasticizers.” This is a group of industrial chemicals, used in everything from raincoats, shower curtains, toys, and children’s backpacks. According to the Environmental Working Group, phthalates can disrupt the endocrine system, decrease a man’s sperm count, and possibly even cause cancer.

This week, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice released the “Back-to-School Guide for PVC-Free School Supplies.” The report tells parents how to avoid PVCs, calling them “poisonous.” A number of media sources have picked up the story and are cautioning parents against purchasing products containing these chemicals. However, not everyone is necessarily ready to call phthalates a health hazard just yet.

An op-ed piece appearing on Forbes.com this week blasts the allegations made by some politicians and environmental groups, noting that many of the studies only involved animals or test groups so small that it would be irresponsible to draw sweeping conclusions from them:

Most recently, in NeuroToxicology, the Mt. Sinai Hospital researcher linked phthalates and another controversial plasticizer, bisphenol A, to a variety of health problems including neuro-developmental delays, behavioral issues and reduced fertility. Her evidence? She examined urine samples from 10 Mennonite women —yes, 10 of 1.5 million Mennonites worldwide. From a science perspective, any conclusions she might make from such a dismally small sample is literally ridiculous—but the media had a field day, nonetheless.

The truth is that there simply is not enough information out there at this point to make a definite determination regarding the safety of phthalates. These chemicals not not highly regulated, and science is still emerging about any potential long-term effects.

 

Surface Miners Inhaling Toxic Dust At Risk for Black Lung

Many surface coal miners previously believed that only their colleagues working underground were at risk for contracting black lung disease. A new study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) says otherwise.

Black lung disease is simply a common name used to describe any lung disease that can be contracted by inhaling coal dust. The name is derived from the appearance of a person’s lungs, which normally appear to be pink. There are two types of black lung disease, also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis: coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP or the “simple” form); and progressive massive fibrosis (PMF or the “complicated” form).

Utilizing chest x-rays and breathing tests, researchers at NIOSH discovered severe cases of black lung disease in surface coal miners. While a prior study, completed in 2002, revealed less than a 2% incidence rate of black lung disease, this current study revealed that the rate is actually about five times higher.

Although it is still somewhat unclear as to what specific chemicals are the most harmful, researchers have speculated that silica dust, found primarily in the Appalachian region, is especially dangerous.

Because of these findings, researchers are now alleging that federal regulations governing coal miners may be insufficient to protect workers. Currently, miners who work on the surface are often exposed to clouds of dust around coal trucks, mines, and along mine roadways.

Inhaling coal dust also increases the risk of contracting emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD. X-rays are able to detect many lung diseases early, so workers who are concerned should get tested so that early treatment options are available to them. If an x-ray does reveal a formal positive diagnosis of black lung disease, workers have a legal right to be transferred to a less dusty working environment without a reduction in pay.

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North Carolina Governor Rejects Fracking Legislation

On Sunday, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a bill which would have allowed companies to drill for natural gas in North Carolina through the highly controversial fracking process. (For background information on fracking, please see our blog post from August 24, 2011.) Governor Purdue said in a public statement that she did not believe the legislation contained adequate environmental protection.

“I support energy policies that create jobs and lower costs for businesses and families,” Perdue said. “Our drinking water and the health and safety of North Carolina’s families are too important; we can’t put them in jeopardy by rushing to allow fracking without proper safeguards.”

While Governor Perdue’s veto was criticized by the leadership in both the State House and Senate, the move received praise from a number of state and national environmental groups, who have been cautioning against the risks associated with fracking for many months now.

While Republicans in North Carolina supported fracking for its potential to create many jobs within the state, Democrats and many environmental groups fear that the process will contaminate drinking water and is therefore not worth the risk. They argue that releasing toxic chemicals into potable water could create massive health risks for those consuming water from sources near fracking sites.

To read more about the bill in North Carolina, please see the article in the Charlotte Observer.

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New Vaccination Designed to Help Smokers Quit and Prevent Non-Smokers from Starting

British scientists have developed a vaccination that is designed to remove all addictive properties of nicotine. Specifically, the pleasure your body associates with smoking would no longer be generated when you smoke a cigarette.

While human trials for the vaccine have yet to begin, tests on mice have proven to be successful. After a single dose, mice were found to be immune to nicotine addiction for their entire lifespan.

The vaccine contains a harmless virus, which is engineered to generate anti-nicotine antibodies upon administration. The virus works by selectively affecting cells in the liver.

Because the vaccine works by turning liver cells into antibody generators, it is expected to cost far less than prior vaccines, which required antibodies to be administered directly. Because older vaccines have required numerous administrations of these antibodies, they were believed to be less effective and more costly.

If human trials are successful, scientists believe that the vaccine could be administered to children, who have never tried a cigarette. This should prevent any recipients of the vaccine from ever deriving pleasure from smoking.

To read more about the vaccine, please visit Sky News.

Certain Toxic Chemicals Possibly Linked to Autism

The product of a conference hosted by the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) in 2010 has gained publicity in the past few days. Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, Luca Lambertini, PhD, MPH, MSc, and Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, recently published an editorial called “A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.” The editorial focuses on certain toxic chemicals that the editors suggest are linked to autism.

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According to the National Academy of Sciences, 3 percent of neurobehavioral disorders in children are caused by exposure to toxins in the environment. The disorders in this category include ADHD and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). An additional 25 percent of these disorders are believed to be caused by a mix of exposure to environmental factors and genetics, though the exact causes are still unknown. Researchers at Mount Sinai have estimated that between 400,000 and 600,000 of the 4 million children born each year in the U.S. are affected by these issues.

For these reasons, Dr. Landrigan, as well as four other editorials, have called for additional studies to be conducted to determine which chemicals might be causing conditions like autism. The CEHC listed ten chemicals it believes to be linked to causing autism and learning disabilities. They are:

1. Lead

2. Methylmercury

3. PCBs

4. Organophosphate pesticides

5. Organochlorine pesticides

6. Endocrine disruptors

7. Automotive exhaust

8. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

9. Brominated flame retardants

10. Perfluorinated compounds

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The New Drug of Choice: Hand Sanitizer?

While you certainly can’t sue over the subject matter of this post, this new trend is so baffling that it nonetheless merits attention. According to a recent article in the L.A. Times, a new trend is emerging on college campuses throughout the country: drinking hand sanitizer.

In the past year, the California Poison Control System announced that it has received sixty reported cases of teenagers drinking hand sanitizer. In order to kill all of those germs on your hands, sanitizer contains 62% ethyl alcohol. Unfortunately, many teens have begun to utilize the substance to create a very potent alcoholic beverage, which sometimes includes salt to separate out the alcohol. Some students reported locating instructions for making this stiff cocktail on the Internet.

If you are concerned that your child might be interested in experimenting, there are ways to continue using hand sanitizer, while minimizing the availability of the product around your house. According to Cyrus Rangan of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “All it takes is just a few swallows and you have a drunk teenager.” Health experts have advised purchasing foam hand sanitizers instead of the liquid versions, as the foam is more difficult to transform into a legal beverage.

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California Study Finds Toxins in Nail Polish

Reports in a variety of scientific journals demonstrate that nail salon employees suffer from more frequent headaches, respiratory issues, and skin irritation than most Americans. Furthermore, those working in nail salons are frequently exposed to dangerous chemicals at higher levels than most.

With this in mind, it is disturbing that the Department of Toxic Substances Control is releasing a report, showing that toxic chemicals were found in a number of nail products, claiming to be toxic-free. ”Toxic-free” refers to products not using the “toxic trio:” formaldahyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate. Exposure to these three chemicals has been linked to both cancer and birth defects.

According to Thu Quach of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, nail products are not closely regulated, and the toxic effects of nail products can be compounded if a nail salon is not properly ventilated. Therefore, some cities have begun to pay attention and implement stricter regulations. While Boston has approached the issue by requiring salons to obtain health permits, the city of San Francisco has used an incentive approach by recognizing salons that use toxic-free products.

If you or a loved one have been injured by a toxic product, contact us for a complementary consultation.

For more information on toxic nail products, please see the article appearing in today’s Los Angeles Times.

Cancer Cluster in Fridley, MN? Erin Brockovich is on the Scene.

Shortly after wrapping up an investigation in upstate New York, Erin Brockovich has traveled to Fridley, Minnesota, where she and her team are now attempting to decipher what might be causing elevated cancer levels in the area. Current estimates place the incidence of cancer in Fridley at around ten percent higher than other areas in the state.

While heightened occurrences of all types of cancer are cause for concern, epidemiologists are working to trace which types of cancers are appearing more than others. John Soler, an epidemiologist for the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System, indicated that initial findings revealed higher concentrations of lung cancer, especially in women. Despite this, Soler noted that final numbers have yet to be crunched.

In the meantime, Bob Bowcock, Brockovich’s associate, is reaching out to Fridley residents on the facebook page, “Fridley Cancer Cluster.” The page was started by residents and was one of the reasons Fridley caught Brockovitch’s attention.

The page has nearly 1,900 members and is full of stories from locals whose lives have been affected by cancer.

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More Reasons to Quit Smoking

Just when you thought you had heard every possible reason under the sun to quit smoking, another one emerges. The latest incentive for kicking your habit comes from an article released today by Reuters. The article pronounces, not only is smoking bad for you, for your friends and family, for those around you, but it’s a “drag on the world economy.”

The Tobacco Atlas, funded by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, launched a book, which contains a number of statistics concerning the harm caused by tobacco. One of the most important figures indicates that smoking costs around 1 to 2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product every year. Included in these figures are costs such as healthcare expenses for treating tobacco-related illnesses and the costs of tobacco-related absences from work.

Today, there are around 7 billion people on the planet, and approximately one out of every seven smokes. Each year, approximately 600,000 non-smokers die as a result of second-hand smoke.

Sadly, these staggering statistics don’t seem so staggering after being in the news for so many years. The World Health Organization is taking action to curtail global tobacco use, and so are nations around the globe. As of today, 174 countries have signed and ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, the Convention lacks any penalties for a State’s failure to comply with Convention provisions. The United States has signed the treaty, but it has not been ratified. Therefore, the signature is nothing more than a symbolic gesture; treaties are not binding until they have been ratified.

While frightening statistics about tobacco use and related injuries have become the norm, and while one more article likely won’t cause anyone to to toss their last pack of Marlboros in the trash, it remains important to be reminded every once in a while that kicking the habit can not only save lives, but apparently, it can help our ailing economy.

Is Fluoride in Water Dangerous?

Recently, the New Jersey State Legislature introduced a bill, requiring all public water systems to add fluoride to local water supplies. This bill was proposed in light of the discovery that around two hundred New Jersey municipalities have stopped adding fluoride to water.

 

Fluoride prevents tooth decay and guards against the development of cavities. According to WebMD, the mineral allows teeth to resist being damaged by bacteria and sugars in the mouth, and it reversed early tooth decay. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has hailed the addition of fluoride to local water supplies as one of the top ten public health achievements of the 20th century.

Objections to fluoridation of water have been raised over concerns that fluoride, in addition to preventing tooth decay, also can cause bone weakness if consumed in high doses over many years.

In 1986, the E.P.A. mandated that fluoride levels in water could not exceed 4.0 milligrams per liter. This regulation was accompanies by a suggestion that levels actually be limited to 2.0 milligrams per liter. Twenty years later, the National Research Council released a study it was asked by the E.P.A. to conduct. The study indicated that the 4.0 maximum level should be lowered, though it does not specify by how much. Today, the E.P.A. is still pondering how to proceed.

It seems that other federal agencies are beginning to take notice of the issue as well. In January 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services recommended that fluoride levels be capped at 0.7 milligrams per liter.

In light of these findings and recommendations, cities throughout the country have begun to explore the issue in greater detail. While many cities in New Jersey have elected to abandon fluoride in local water, others like Aspen, CO and Shippensburg, PA have elected to continue adding it.

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