Judge D’ Ambrosio honored by workers’ comp attorneys

first_img Judge D’ Ambrosio honored by workers’ comp attorneysOn September 19, 1996, a horrible tragedy occurred in the workers’ compensation community that many will never forget.An injured worker armed with a shotgun and a handgun burst into a workers’ compensation defense firm in West Palm Beach. Attorney Kennie Edwards was shot and killed at age 38 leaving behind his pregnant wife and 5-year-old son. The injured worker then shot and killed himself.Following this horrific event the workers’ compensation community established the Kennie Edwards Award presented annually to the workers’ compensation attorney who best exemplifies those professional qualities admired in Kennie — honesty, integrity, cordiality, good humor, high ethical standards, and advocacy tempered by a sense of humility.Judge Mary D’ Ambrosio was awarded the 2015 Kennie Edwards Award by the Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. D’Ambrosio was appointed as a judge of compensation claims in Palm Beach County on February 26, 2001, and currently remains on the bench. She is active in the community participating in Justice Teaching in Palm Beach County as well as PACE Center for Girls in Palm Beach County. Judge D’ Ambrosio honored by workers’ comp attorneys April 15, 2015 Regular Newslast_img read more

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News Scan for Feb 28, 2014

first_imgFDA picks flu vaccine strains for 2014-15 flu seasonA US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel today made its recommendation on strains to include for the next flu season vaccine. The move is part of a process that the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) conducts to review the most current flu strains, surveillance, and updates on vaccine performance, uptake, and manufacturing.After hearing several detailed expert presentations, VRBPAC voted to include the strains recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for next season’s Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine. The WHO announced its strain selections on Feb 20, which kept in place the same ones included in this season’s seasonal flu vaccines.VRBPAC members voted separately on each of the strains for the trivalent (three-strain) vaccine, as well as an additional influenza B strain for quadrivalent (four-strain) versions. The votes for all four strains were unanimous.Adivsers recommended strains similar to A/California/7/2009 (H1N1), A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2), and B/Massachusetts/2/2012. The group also included the WHO’s recommendation for a second influenza B strain from the Victoria lineage, B/Brisbane/60/2008.The vote today allows vaccine manufacturers to start the steps for formulating next season’s flu vaccine, which takes about 6 months.Sam Lee, PhD, Sanofi Pasteur’s senior director for pandemic influenza strategy, told the group that the quadrivalent vaccine accounted for about 20% of the total doses distributed this season and is expected to make up about 50% of next year’s vaccine doses.Though vaccine production hasn’t started yet, Lee said that, based on the information the company has, he doesn’t anticipate any major issues.Feb 28 VRBPAC meeting agenda Feb 20 CIDRAP News story “WHO keeps same strains for next season’s flu vaccine” Two Cambodian girls test positive for H5N1 avian fluTwo girls, 10 and 11 years old, from the same Cambodian province have tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, according to a news release yesterday from the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the WHO.The girls, from Tboung Khmum province (formerly part of Kampong Cham province), have both recovered from their illness after being hospitalized, the release said. Their cases bring the total H5N1 count in Cambodia this year to five.The 10-year-old is from a village in Cheung Prey district. She developed a fever on Jan 26 and then developed a cough, runny nose, and abdominal pain the next day. Staff at the Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2) in Phnom Penh took samples on Jan 29, which were confirmed to be H5N1-positive by the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Feb 20.Upon H5N1 confirmation, the girl was transferred to Kampong Cham Provincial Hospital, where she was administered oseltamivir (Tamiflu). She has since recovered, the two agencies said.The girl’s mother had bought sick and dead village ducks on Jan 25, and the girl had helped prepare them to eat.The 11-year-old girl, from Ponhea Krek district, first had a fever and cough on Feb 9. The next day she also experienced a runny nose, sore throat, and vomiting. Staff at NAMRU-2 took samples on Feb 10, which were confirmed to be H5N1-positive also on Feb 20. The older girl likewise was then prescribed oseltamivir and has recovered.From Feb 7 to Feb 10, all 30 chickens owned by the girl’s family died near her house. Relatives said the girl had no direct contact with the birds, but they had died “in close proximity” to the girl, according to the MOH/WHO press release.Of 52 H5N1 cases in Cambodia since 2005, 40 have been in children younger than 14, the release said, and 34 have been fatal.Feb 27 Cambodia MOH/WHO news release About 6,500 babies each year are hospitalized for fluAbout 6,500 US babies are hospitalized each year due to influenza, many with serious disease, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.The researchers used population-based, lab-confirmed flu hospitalization surveillance data from 2003 through 2012. They found that an average 6,514 infants younger than 1 year were hospitalized each year, with a range of 1,842 to 12,502.They also noted that 75% of the hospitalizations were in otherwise healthy babies, among whom up to 10% were admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) and up to 4% had respiratory failure. ICU and respiratory-failure rates, however, were two to three times higher in infants with high-risk conditions. And those younger than 6 months were 40% more likely to be admitted to the ICU than were older babies.The team said that lung disease, heart disease, and neuromuscular disorders were risk factors for ICU admission.They conclude, “The impact of influenza on infants, particularly those very young or with high risk conditions, underscore the importance of influenza vaccination, especially among pregnant women and those in contact with young infants not eligible for vaccination.”Feb 26 Ped Infect Dis J abstract Measles outbreak involved patient who had 2 vaccine dosesA five-case measles outbreak in New York City in 2011 involved the first known reported case in a person who had received two doses of measles vaccine, according to a report yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The index patient then spread the disease to others who had either been vaccinated or had antibodies against measles.New York and CDC researchers studied medical histories and immunization records of the patients involved. Among 88 of the index patient’s contacts, 4 secondary cases were lab-confirmed and had either received two doses of measles vaccine or had a positive measles immunoglobulin G antibody test in the past.Neutralizing antibody titers of secondary cases reached more than 80,000 milli-international units per milliliter (mIU/mL) 3 to 4 days after rash onset, while titers for the index patient were less than 500 mIU/mL 9 days after rash onset. There were no tertiary cases identified despite numerous contacts, the investigators reported.The authors conclude, “This is the first report of measles transmission from a twice vaccinated individual. The clinical presentation and laboratory data of the index were typical of measles in a naive individual.”Feb 27 Clin Infect Dis abstractlast_img read more

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News in Brief – October 2008

first_imgRENFE’s freight business has formed a joint venture with logistics company Algeposa aimed at increasing its share of the steel products market. The Spanish national operator owns 49% of Railsider which it hopes will increase its turnover from this sector to €71m this year from €67m in 2007. The planned merger of CD Cargo and ZSSK Cargo was endorsed by Czech and Slovak Prime Ministers Mirek Topolánek and Robert Fico on August 21. They agreed that both countries would have an equal stake in senior management after the merger, which has been under negotation since October 2007 (RG 8.08 p474). The equal representation is a political decision, as CD Cargo is a somewhat larger business than its Slovak counterpart. Passenger services between Shanghai and Chizhou in China’s Anhui province were launched on September 1. Construction of the line took four years. Swaziland Railways has spent US$16m upgrading the eastern line from Mpaka which connects end-on at Goba with the Mozambique Railways branch to the port of Maputo. SR CEO Gideon Mahlalela said the line is now in good condition for another five decades, and he foresees a revival of iron ore mining, the original reason for building the railway. On September 15 Class 120 Alvia gauge-changing trainsets replaced Talgo IV formations on RENFE’s Vigo – Barcelona service, which at 1 341 km is the Spanish national operator’s longest daytime route. Using high speed infrastructure between Zaragoza and Barcelona has cut 2 h 04 min from the journey time, with the service now operating daily instead of three days a week in each direction.Czech Railways began running test trains through the Vitkov tunnels in Praha on September 1. The KC9bn cross-city link provides a high-capacity connection between three of the country’s main rail corridors (RG 1.06 p42). Pakistan’s Minister for Railways told the senate last month that a study has determined that is it not commercially feasible to construct a rail link from Havelian to China over the Khunjerab Pass which crosses the mountains at 4 700 m. Following electrification of the Tours – Vierzon route, the Centre region of France has funded the introduction of a suburban service between Tours and Bléré-la-Croix, comprising 11 return workings each day. The region provided €1·5bn or 65% of the necessary investment, including turnback facilities at Bléré to avoid conflicting movements with other services.On September 17 DB Schenker subsidiary Railion Italia announced its offer to buy a 49% stake in Milano-based NordCargo had been accepted. Spun off from Ferrovienord in 2003, NordCargo transports freight between Germany, Switzerland and Italy, with 182 employees and revenue of €34m in 2007. To finance the acquisition of 24 double-deck EMUs and 16 AGC trainsets for SNCF TER services, France’s Rhône-Alpes region has signed a leasing agreement with a consortium of three banks led by Caisse D’Epargne Rhône-Alpes. The 38-year lease represents a saving of €25m on orders worth €300m, according to the region. On August 25 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin formally postponed construction of the 460 km Kyzyl – Kuragino railway in the Tuva region of Russia from 2012 to 2014. The governments of Chile and Argentina have both now declared the project to build a 23 km base tunnel under the Andes (RG 3.08 p137) to be of public interest. A new hydroelectric plant at Punta de Vacas has been proposed to provide power for the electrified route. As part of a programme of legal reform in anticipation of possible EU membership, last month Croatia passed legislation to establish a railway agency which will provide independent safety regulation and ensure non-discriminatory access to the network. Under the Gröna Tåget research programme (RG 9.08 p725), a Bombardier Regina EMU set a Swedish rail speed record of 303 km/h between Töreboda and Skövde on September 14. On September 10 the European Commission approved an extension to the financial support being provided by the French and Italian governments during the experimental phase of Modalohr rolling motorway services on the 175 km Fréjus corridor between Aiton-Bourgneuf and Orbassano. Train services are suspended for three months until November 18 on the 94 km Torralba – Soria route in Spain as a €16·6m programme of track renewals is undertaken. On August 8 the Croatian and Serbian national railways restarted regular freight traffic across the Bogojevo bridge over the Danube. Passenger services are planned for December. SNCF and the Pays de la Loire region have signed an agreement covering the operation and funding of TER services in 2008-14. The French region is planning to undertake €700m of rail investment up to 2014. Discussing the Singapore – Kunming Rail Link at the 10th ASEAN-Mekong Basin Development Co-operation meeting held in Singapore during August, ministers agreed that a conference to attract investment for the project will be convened in early 2009. Malaysia accepted an invitation to be permanent chair of the working group.last_img read more

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