Press Releases

 

Friday
May082009

Daily Grind: Questions Follow New Deputy HUD Secretary into Office 

EXCLUSIVE: Records violations ensnare housing nominee
Ron Sims withheld information from King County residents on the controversial building of Qwest Field.

 

Union and ACORN Wage Inspectors Coming to a Corner Near You
The U.S. Department of Labor is becoming the "U.S. Department of Labor Unions."

 

Monitoring "Extremism"
"[W]e do not - nor will we ever - monitor ideology or political beliefs..." except for all the Internet "chatter" the Department monitors.

 

Capitalism in Crisis
Richard Posner notes that the financial crisis' root cause was easy money from the central bank.

 

 

 

Friday
May082009

NH DHHS - CDC Confirms Third H1N1 (Swine) Flu Diagnosis in NH Resident

Additional Information on Two New Probable Cases of H1N1 Virus

 

Concord, NH – Dr. José Montero, the Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced confirmation of a third New Hampshire resident diagnosed with H1N1 influenza. DHHS received the confirmation from the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC). This diagnosis of H1N1 is in an Upper Valley resident who was considered a probable case pending final confirmation of test samples sent to the CDC. DHHS is also announcing two new probable cases that are currently being tested for H1N1. The latest cases are an adult from Rochester and a 10 year old from Bedford. The Division of Public Health (DPHS) has determined there are no potential exposures in the case of the Rochester resident; the case from Bedford is still being investigated.

 

Summary of New Hampshire Cases as of May 7, 2009

 

Three cases of H1N1 Confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC has confirmed H1N1 influenza in two Concord Hospital employees and a resident from the Upper Valley.

 

Eight Probable Cases Awaiting Confirmation

 

New Hampshire is currently awaiting confirmation of H1N1 virus in the following cases:

18-year-old Kearsarge High School student

15-year-old New Hampton School student

13-year-old Nashua resident (attends school in Massachusetts)

19-year-old Kearsarge High School student

Second 13-year-old Nashua resident

Derry resident

Rochester resident

10-year-old Bedford resident

 

Samples tested

 

Through Thursday afternoon, the DHHS Public Health Labs completed testing on 549 samples. Of these, 519 tested negative for seasonal flu and H1N1, 19 samples tested positive for seasonal flu, the remaining 11 are detailed in the data above.

 

DHHS wants to remind everyone to stay home from work or school if you feel sick; cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze; and wash your hands. These steps can help stop the spread of illness.

 

For questions about H1N1, possible symptoms, travel information, or other issues related to this illness residents can call 1-888-330-6764 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. For more information on H1N1 flu, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu

Friday
May082009

NH DHHS - H1N1 Consumer Warning 

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is warning consumers, in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission, to be wary of promotions and products on the Internet and elsewhere that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat, or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) virus.

 

The FDA warns that consumers who purchase such products that have not been approved, cleared, or authorized by the FDA for the treatment or prevention of influenza risk their health and the health of their families. “We are very fortunate that there are FDA-approved antivirals, namely oseltamivir and relenza, that can treat this particlar strain of flu,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “so it is especially disturbing that there are people who would try to capitalize on others’ concern about a new virus and potentially cause people harm. Therefore, we are urging consumers to use common sense, and when they are unsure of a product’s efficacy, safety or approval, check with their healthcare provider.”

 

H1N1 (and any flu) can be spread from one person to another when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person are sprayed through the air and land on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Influenza viruses may also be spread when a person touches cough or sneeze droplets on another person or object and then touches their own mouth or nose (or someone else’s) before washing their hands.

 

Routine actions are an important way to stay healthy; these include:

 

Wash your hands frequently (15-20 seconds with soap and warm water) or use 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizing gels, especially before eating and after using the bathroom

 

Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and always throw used tissues into the trash, or cough into your elbow/shoulder

 

If you have not washed your hands, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

 

Do not share drinking/eating containers or utensils

 

Avoid contact with ill persons if possible

 

Monitor your own health

 

If you do become ill, stay home from work and school

 

Keep surfaces at home and work clean (such as keyboards, door knobs, computer mice, telephones, light switches, faucets) by wiping them down with a disinfectant according to directions on the product label.

 

The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to seasonal influenza, including fever, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, chills, headache and muscle aches, and fatigue. Some patients have also reported diarrhea and vomiting and severe illness, including pneumonia, and sometimes death occurs.

 

For questions about H1N1, possible symptoms, travel information, or other issues related to this illness residents can call 1-888-330-6764 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. For more information on H1N1, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu. For more information about consumer H1N1 scams, go to www.fda.gov/h1n1flu/default.htm.

Friday
May082009

SEIU - Mother's Day Deliveries to Congress 

Granite State Mothers to Deliver Mother’s Day

Message to Congress: We Need Health Care for All

 

CONCORD, NH – On Friday, May 8, mothers from around the state will make special Mother’s Day deliveries to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, and Senator Gregg with a message: this mother’s day, we need quality, affordable health care for all.

 

Moms will deliver flowers and cards to Senator Shaheen and Representative Shea-Porter thanking them for their leadership this year in reauthorizing and expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. New Hampshire mothers are counting on their continued leadership to make sure that all parents can stay healthy too.

 

Senator Gregg will get a different kind of mother’s day delivery – prescription pill bottles – to remind him that too many mothers across the state are struggling with the high costs of health care. Senator Gregg voted against the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and against the budget which included a down-payment on health care reform.

 

WHO: Granite State moms

 

WHAT: Delivery of Mothers Day cards and flowers to Senator Jeanne Shaheen and

Representative Carol Shea-Porter;

Delivery of prescription pill bottles to Senator Gregg

 

WHERE: Berlin – 12pm – Sen. Gregg’s Office, 60 Pleasant St.

Concord – 11am – Sen. Gregg’s Office, 125 N. Main St.

Dover – 10:30am – Rep. Shea-Porter’s Office, 104 Washington St.

Dover – 11am – Sen. Shaheen’s Office, 340 Central Ave. Suite 205

Manchester – 10:30am – Sen. Shaheen’s Office, 1589 Elm St.

Manchester – 11am – Sen. Gregg’s Office, 41 Hooksett Rd.

 

WHEN: Friday, May 8

 

Friday
May082009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

New Veterans Hit Hard by Economic Crisis


Mr. Spurlock's disability claim for his back injury took 18 months to process, a year longer than expected.
by Lizette Alvarez


After a mortar sent Andrew Spurlock hurtling off a roof in Iraq, ending his Army career in 2006, the seasoned infantryman set aside bitterness over his back injury and began to chart his life in storybook fashion: a new house, a job as a police officer and more children. "We had a budget and a plan," said Mr. Spurlock, 29, a father of three, who with his wife, Michelle, hoped to avoid the pitfalls of his transition from Ramadi, Iraq, to Apopka, Fla.


But the move proved treacherous, as it often does for veterans. The job with the Orange County Sheriff's Office fell through after officials there told Mr. Spurlock that he needed to "decompress" after two combat tours, a judgment that took him by surprise. Scrambling, he settled for a job delivering pizzas.
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