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Prevent hepatitis Act now declares UN on World Day targeting hepatitis B

The theme for this year’s Day Prevent Hepatitis: Act Now focuses on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80 per cent of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.WHO has announced a new Global ýInjection Safety Initiative in three pilot countries — Egypt, Uganda and India – to combat what the UN health agency calls the “silent epidemic.”And this year, WHO’s flagship event takes place in Egypt, a country that has one of the world’s highest hepatitis burdens.Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said hepatitis is preventable and “some forms are curable.”“Despite this truth, the disease continues to spread and is responsible for the deaths and suffering of millions around the world,” Mr. Fedotov said in a statement on the Day that some 6.3 million people, or every second person who injects drugs, are living with hepatitis C.“On World Hepatitis Day, UNODC stresses that it will continue to work closely with its partners, including civil society, to do everything possible to prevent the spread of hepatitis C among people who use drugs and those living in prisons,” he said.According to WHO, viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.5 million people every year, mostly from hepatitis B and C. These infections can be prevented, but most people don’t know how.Key messages of World Hepatitis Day 2015, include:Prevent hepatitis – know the risks Unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment can all result in hepatitis infection.Prevent hepatitis – demand safe injectionsTwo million people a year contract hepatitis from unsafe injections. Using sterile, single-use syringes can prevent these infections.Prevent hepatitis – vaccinate children Approximately 780 000 persons die each year from hepatitis B infection. A safe and effective vaccine can protect from hepatitis B infection for life.Prevent hepatitis – get tested, seek treatment Effective medicines exist to treat hepatitis B and cure hepatitis C.The date of 28 July was chosen for World Hepatitis Day in honour of the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus and developer of the first hepatitis B vaccine. ‹ › read more

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Webasto technology reduces impact of engine idling

first_imgAt the forthcoming Bauma 2013 trade fair (April 15 to 21 in Munich) Webasto will present robust heating, cooling and ventilation systems for mining and construction machinery, including new Engine-Off heating technology for parking heaters – a new development that the company says can produce significant savings in the industry. With it, costly idling times are avoided by efficiently using the engine’s residual heat. The uptimes of equipment and the driving comfort are maintained. While most capital mining equipment runs around the clock, this technology would have applicability for ancillary machines and infrastructure fleets.The intelligent control system of the Engine-Off technology detects if the engine is running. If the engine shuts down, the system responds immediately and automatically switches on the circulation pump. After the engine is switched off, this pump takes on the job of transporting the residual heat through the cooling loop so that the heater can continue to use it. The cab temperature thus remains constant. If the engine cools down further, the Webasto parking heater automatically turns on when the temperature drops below a defined limit. As a result, the engine and the cab are kept at the operating temperature. Even after longer breaks, restarting with Engine-Off technology is performed smoothly and efficiently. Cold starts are therefore a thing of the past.Webasto states: “The consequences of engine idling are enormous, chiefly in the construction industry. Depending on the type of construction equipment, the fuel costs of idling can be thousands to tens of thousands of euros per year. But not only the fuel costs are tremendous. Idling often forms up to 50% of the operating hours and can dramatically increase costs over the life of a machine. This has a negative impact on the resale value, the frequency of maintenance and the warranty. Last but not least, idling shortens the life of the particulate filters, which are necessary to meet the emission limits. In a nutshell: If you avoid idling times, you save significant costs several times over while preserving the environment.”last_img read more