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June 20
Red Meat Allergies May Increase Heart Disease in 1 % -20 % of the Population

​The National Institute of Health has released a study conecting galactose-α-1,3-galactose, or alpha-Gal, a type of complex sugar to cause a stubstantial increase in atherosclerosis.

The number of people with red meat allergies in the United States is unclear, but researchers estimate that it may be 1 percent of the population in some areas. The number of people who develop blood antibodies to the red meat allergen without having full-blown symptoms is much higher — as much as 20 percent of the population in some areas, the researchers say.

Only in recent years did scientists identify the main allergen in red meat, called galactose-α-1,3-galactose, or alpha-Gal, a type of complex sugar. They also found that a tick — the Lone Star tick — sensitizes people to this allergen when it bites them. That is why red meat allergies tend to be more common where these ticks are more prevalent, such as the Southeastern United States, but also extending to other areas, including Long Island, New York.

The Lone Star tick is gorging on Garden State blood 

To identify this blood marker, the researchers analyzed blood samples from 118 adults and detected antibodies to alpha-Gal, indicating sensitivity to red meat, in 26 percent of them. Using an imaging procedure, the researchers found that the quantity of plaque was 30 percent higher in the alpha-Gal sensitized patients than in the non-sensitized patients. These plaques, a hallmark of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), also tended to be more structurally unstable, which means that they have an increased likelihood of causing heart attack and stroke.

Please click on the following link for further information.  NIH Study

May 14
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 2| Volume 9 |January - May 2018

The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • Distracted Driving
  • IAC Excellence Award for Loss Prevention
  • Sharing the Road
  • Active Shooter Preparedness
  • Moving Without Injury
Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook

May 02
Vector-Borne Diseases on the Rise - What Can You do to Prevent Exposure?

Summer is upon us.  The CDC has reported a threefold increase in vector-borne diseases from mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas between 2004 and 2016.  Please pay attention and follow the prevention guidelines outlined in the following articles:

CDC Article

What Can We Do? CDC Fact Sheet​

April 02
Why Are Environmental Health Services So Important?

Ever wonder how environmental health services work with epidemiology and laboratory professionals to protect public health? Click on the following link to access a video developed by the Centers for Disease Control for a straight forward explanation why.

Click on This Youtube Video and See For Yourself

March 28
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 1| Volume 9 |January - February 2018

The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • Keeping Resolutions
  • How To Make Your Resolutions Stick
  • Excellence Award For Loss Prevention
  • Workplace Violence
  • Webinar Wednesdays
  • Warning Signs - How To Spot Potentially Violent Behavior
  • First Aid In The Workplace
Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook

January 08
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 6 | Volume 8 |November - December 2017

The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • Holiday Safety
  • The 12 Days of Safety
  • How Effective Is Your Safety Program
  • Using Leading & Lagging Indicators to Measure & Improve Performance
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Stepladder Safety
Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook

January 04
High Blood pressure?  Consider the "DASH" Diet.

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report ranked the National Institutes of Health-developed DASH Diet "best overall" diet among nearly 40 it reviewed. The announcement came just as new research suggests that combining DASH, or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, with a low-sodium diet has the potential to lower blood pressure as well as or better than many anti-hypertension medications.

Follow this link for details: DASH Diet​

October 11
Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook:  Issue 5 | Volume 8 |September - October 2017

The Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Risk Management produces a periodic newsletter titled Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook.  In this issue, the following topics are presented:

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • National Depression & Mental Health Screening Month
  • Active Shooter Preparedness
  • How To Create A Stigma Free Workplace
  • Severe Weather: Preparing Your Workplace For A Disaster
  • Slip, Trip, & Fall Prevention
  • Fire Prevention Week
  • National Drug-Free Work Week
  • Safety & Loss Prevention Word Search
Click here to open the newsletter:  Safety and Loss Prevention Outlook
September 21
Hurricane Irma FEMA Claims

Florida State University has received notification from the State of Florida that Leon County is under evaluation to determine if thresholds will be met for pre-landfall Public Assistance Declaration for Hurricane Irma. FSU will submit estimates to be applied to the $1 million Leon County threshold. FSU is collecting information about losses that were incurred during the time of September 4, 2017 through present.

Any questions regarding property claims and FEMA claims should be directed to Amanda Boor at aboor@fsu.edu or at 850-645-7736.

August 31
Home Depot to Pay $5.7 Million Penalty for Selling Recalled Products

Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing previously recalled consumer products, including welding torches, under cabinet power and light strips, stepladders, portable heaters, smoke and CO alarms, and fire extinguishers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Aug. 30. CPSC said the Atlanta-based company's agreement settles charges that it knowingly sold and distributed approximately 2,816 recalled products from 33 separate voluntary corrective actions from August 2012 through November 2016; it is illegal to sell, offer for sale, or distribute in commerce a consumer product that is subject to voluntary corrective action, such as a recall, that has been publicly announced and taken in consultation with CPSC. Read more https://ohsonline.com/articles/2017/08/31/home-depot-penalty.aspx

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