The Zika virus has been in the news and causing concerns. Unfortunately, there is still a lot we don’t know about Zika. Research is under way to get a better understanding of the virus. In the meantime, read on for important facts and preventative measures. The Zika virus is primarily a mosquito-borne illness, spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Currently, there are outbreaks in a number of countries (click here for CDC information on areas with Zika). At this time, there have been no locally-transmitted cases of Zika in the continental United States, but Aedes mosquitoes are in some parts of the U.S.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the KAMRA inlay, a device implanted in the cornea of one eye (the clear, front surface) to improve near vision in certain patients with presbyopia. It is the first implantable device for correction of near vision in patients who have not had cataract surgery. Presbyopia is the loss of the ability to change the focusing power of the eye. It occurs with normal aging and results in difficulty with near vision, generally in adults 40 to 50 years of age. The KAMRA inlay is an opaque, ring-shaped device intended for use in patients 45 to 60 years old who, in addition to not having had cataract surgery, are unable to focus clearly on near objects or small print and need reading glasses with +1.00 to +2.50 diopters of power—but do not need glasses or contacts for clear distance vision.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed new regulations that would greatly expand the regulatory jurisdiction over waters throughout the United States as part of the “Clean Water Act.” For the past several months, the Georgia Chamber’s Energy and Natural Resources Policy Committee has been studying the proposals and talking with key stakeholders to develop a response that has been submitted as part of the federal rulemaking process. READ MORE
$80 million contract increased to $107 million to protect Marines, Soldiers and Sailors Wednesday, October 15, 2014 1:39 pm CDT MINNEAPOLIS-3M today announces it has received additional orders from U.S. government for its Enhanced Combat Helmet that provide military personnel with protection against head injury from ballistic threats and blunt impacts. 3M will deliver 35,000 helmets for the U.S. Army and 2,500 helmets for the U.S. Navy in addition to the 77,000 ordered for the U.S. Marine Corps last fall. READ MORE http://news.3m.com/press-release/company/us-government-order-totals-114000-enhanced-combat-helmets-3m