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Patient Advisory for Stem Cell Therapy and Medical Tourism

August 2013 Patient Advisory for Stem Cell Therapy and Medical Tourism As stakeholders in cellular therapy, the undersigned professional organizations believe it is necessary to share the following important message with patients and families contemplating cell therapy or experimental stem cell procedures. In this document, best practices are outlined to assist patients and family members in their healthcare decisions. Controlled innovation in the context of patient safety is paramount as potential therapeutic products or procedures are researched, tested, advanced and proven. Our organizations have received questions and concerns from patients and this document presents an opportunity to address them. Introduction Advancement of clinical therapies is best done in the setting of rigorous and formal clinical trials and in a structured regulatory framework. This helps assure that safety considerations, professional peer review, and the management of patient rights and obligations are considered and addressed. Some procedures would be considered standard of care, because scientific studies have shown that they are safe and effective. Not all procedures offered to patients in all regions of the world are tested in this manner and not all geographical regions have regulations for cellular therapies or patient protection. Additionally, it is possible that some practitioners may offer stem cell procedures without following the existing regulations. Patients may be seeking treatment for incurable, potentially untreatable diseases and may be susceptible to false promises or may not have access to all of the information needed to make this important decision. As patients and families contemplate voluntarily ...

Grafix® Demonstrates Overwhelming Efficacy in Landmark Stem ...

Grafix® Demonstrates Overwhelming Efficacy in Landmark Stem Cell Study for the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers Grafix closes three times as many wounds as standard of care - the largest relative improvement ever reported in a multi-center, randomized, controlled clinical trial for DFU COLUMBIA, Md. - August 13,2013 - Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSIR), reported today that its multicenter, randomized, controlled clinical trial comparing the safety and effectiveness of Grafix® to standard of care in patients with chronic diabetic foot ulcers had met the pre-specified stopping rules for overwhelming efficacy as determined by the data monitoring committee during a planned interim analysis. For the primary endpoint, 62% of patients receiving Grafix had complete wound closure compared to only 21% (p<0.0001) of patients who received conventional treatment for their wounds - a relative improvement of 191% and the largest ever reported from such a study. A total of 131 patients were enrolled with the interim analysis being conducted on the first 97 to complete the trial. The trial also reached statistical significance in favor of Grafix on all top-line secondary endpoints, demonstrating faster wound closure and a reduction in the number of treatments needed to achieve wound closure. In the crossover phase of the trial, patients whose wounds failed to close after 12 weeks of standard of care had an 80% closure rate when switched to Grafix. Importantly, patients randomized to receive standard of care were 74% more likely to experience an adverse event than those receiving Grafix (p=0.008). As a result, the blinded phase of the trial is being discontinued immediately and all patients randomized to the control arm will be offered treatment with Grafix. “Today, Osiris has established a new standard in diabetic wound care and has demonstrated to the world the tremendous impact stem cell products can have in medicine,” said C. Randal Mills, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer. “Diabetic foot ulcers afflict 25% of all diabetics and are responsible for more hospitalizations than any other diabetic complication. With 25 million diabetics in the United States, the cost to our health care system is enormous. Through this rigorous study we have shown that Grafix can heal more patients, in less time, and with fewer complications.”

Metro-North Railroad - MTA
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Safety & Security Department President J. Giulietti Chief Safety & Security Officer A.E. Kirsch Safety • District Safety & Security Officers • Industrial Hygiene • Safety Data Analysis • Hazard Analysis Emergency Management Security • Security Command Center (SCC) • Security Systems, Projects, & Technology • Pass Office • Emergency Planning • Fire Protection • Fire Command • Fire Brigades Incident Investigation • Accident Investigation and Reporting • Corrective Actions 2 MTA Metro-North Railroad Priority One Safety Program • Program Goals • Defined Roles & Responsibilities • Injury Reduction Targets • Senior Safety Working Group • Priority One Steering Team Objectives • Corporate Commitment o Safety Statement o 12 Essentials Elements • Line Managers • System Safety Program Plan • District Safety Working Group • General Safety Instructions • Local Safety Working Group • Corporate Health/Safety Policies • 24/7 Safety • Auditing • • • • • Training Efficiency Testing Job Safety Analysis Job Safety Briefings Safety Contacts • Recognition • Communication • Accountability • Metrics and Reporting • Safety Reviews • Incident Investigation • Compliance Programs • Department & Local Programs • Post-incident Management • Office Safety Training MTA Metro-North Railroad 3 Objectives 4 MTA Metro-North Railroad Standards & Policies: Safety Policy & Procedures • General Safety Instructions – Update to be published 1Q 2014 • System Safety Program Plan – Improved 2011 Plan based on FRA and APTA guidelines – Buy-In and acceptance from all departments and labor organizations – Expected 2Q 2014 revision of SSPP • Planned Policy & Procedure Updates for 2014 – Asbestos, Lead, Hearing Conservation, Respiratory Protection, Right to Know, Hearing Conservation, Bloodborne Pathogen Protection, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Fall Protection, Confined Space 5 MTA Metro-North Railroad

Meeting of the Metro-North Railroad Committee - MTA

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Meeting of the Metro-North Railroad Committee January 2014 Members J. Sedore, Chair F. Ferrer, MTA Vice Chairman J. Balian R. Bickford J. Blair N. Brown J. Kay S. Metzger C. Moerdler J. Molloy M. Pally A. Saul C. Wortendyke a Metropolitan Transportation Authority MEETING AGENDA METRO-NORTH RAILROAD COMMITTEE January 27,2014 - 8:30 a.m. 347 Madison Avenue Fifth Floor Board Room New York, NY AGENDA ITEMS PUBLIC COMMENTS PERIOD 1. Approval of Minutes - December 16, 2013 3 2. Approval of 2014 Work Plan 10 3. Procurements 16 • Non-Competitive 20 • Competitive 24 • Ratifications 32 4. President's Report • Safety 33 • • Operations 36 Financial 44 • • Ridership 67 Capital Program 78 5. MTA Police Report Date of next meeting: Monday, February 24,2014 at 8:30 AM 83 Minutes of the Regular Meeting Metro-North Committee Monday, December 16, 2013 Meeting Held at 347 Madison Avenue New York, New York 10017 8:30 a.m. The following members were present: Hon. Thomas F. Prendergast, Chairman & CEO, MTA Hon. Fernando Ferrer, Vice Chairman, MTA Hon. James L. Sedore, Jr., Co-Chaitman of the Committee Hon. Mitchell H. Pally, Co-Chairman of the Committee Hon. Andrew Albert Hon. Jonathan A. BalIan Hon. Robert C. Bickford Hon. James F. Blair Hon. Norman Brown Hon. Ira R. Greenberg Hon. Jeffrey A. Kay Hon. John J. Molloy Han. Susan G. Metzger Hon. Charles G. Moerdler Hon. David A. Paterson Han. Vincent Tessitore, Jr. Hon. Carl V. Wortendyke Not Present: Hon. Andrew M. Saul Also Present: Howard R. Pennut - President, Metro-North Railroad Helena Williams, President, Long T sland Rail Road Raymond Burney - Sr. Vice President, Administration Michael R. Coan - Chief, MfA Police Department Seth J. Cutnmins - Vice President and General Counsel Randall Fleischer - Senior Director, Business Development, Facilities and Marketing Anne Kirsch - Chief Safety and Security Officer Susan Doering - Vice President-Customer Service & Stations John Kesich- Acting Senior Vice President - Operations, Maintenance of Equipment Timothy McCarthy - Senior Director, Capital Programs Kim Porcelain - Vice President - Finance and Information Systems Michael Shiffer - Vice President - Operations Planning...

YMCA of Metro North Camp pre-interview for Camp Counselors.

YMCA of Metro North Camp pre-interview for Camp Counselors. As part of the pre-interview process please answer and submit the following questions below along with your employment application and resume (optional). You can use the provided space or submit typed answers. You can scan and email your paperwork to Gregg Ellenberg at gellenberg@metronorthymca.org or drop them off at the YMCA camp you are applying to. Once your responses are received, we will determine whether we feel that you would be a strong candidate for our camps. If so, we will contact you to set up an interview. Please note that there are mandatory training dates on Saturday, June 14th and Saturday, June 21st (Camp Eastman and Camp Sachem) that are required to work camp for the summer. The safety and well-being of our campers is of utmost importance. Before you can work at the YMCA of Metro North, you must undergo an intensive background check that includes but is not limited to an examination of your criminal history (a CORI and SORI check) and the National Sex Offender Registry; 4 references checked; two in person interviews; several hours of Child Abuse prevention training; and First Aid and CPR/AED certification. If you are not comfortable with this process, please seek employment elsewhere.

FINAL Deep Dive Report (S10-140310-003)[1] - Federal Railroad ...

On May 17, 2013, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, an accident occurred on Metro-North’s New Haven Line, when an eastbound Metro-North train of 8 cars, traveling 74 mph, derailed and came to rest on an adjacent track. Approximately 20 seconds later, a westbound Metro-North train on that adjacent track struck the derailed train. As a result of the accident, more than 50 people, some seriously injured, were hospitalized, rail operations were suspended, and millions in property damage occurred. • On May 28, 2013, a second accident occurred when a Metro-North train in West Haven, Connecticut, that was traveling 70 mph, struck and killed a Metro-North maintenance-ofway (MOW) employee who was part of a roadway work group performing railroad maintenance on a construction project. • On July 18, 2013, a third accident occurred when a CSX Transportation freight train derailed while traveling over Metro-North’s system. No one was injured, but property damage was significant. • On December 1, 2013, the fourth accident occurred when a Metro-North train of 7 cars traveling south from Poughkeepsie, New York, to Grand Central Terminal in New York City, derailed as it approached the Spuyten Duyvil Station. All cars derailed and the front cab came to rest close to the Harlem River. Four passengers were killed, and more than 70 were injured. Rail operations were suspended, and millions of dollars in property damage alone was sustained. On December 3, 2013, 2 days after the fourth and most serious of these accidents, FRA sent a letter to MTA expressing support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s directive that MTA hold a safety stand-down, and directing Metro-North to implement a Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS) (Appendix 2). Additionally, FRA issued Emergency Order 29 and Safety Advisory 2013-08. • Emergency Order 29, issued on December 6, 2013, required Metro-North to take immediate action to prevent excessive train speeds by identifying and prioritizing highrisk areas, modifying its existing signal system to ensure speed limits are obeyed, and 1 requiring a higher level of engagement and communication among operating crewmembers in areas in which major speed restrictions are in place. • Safety Advisory 2013-08, issued on December 10, 2013, urged railroads to provide additional training, increase the frequency of operational testing, and reinforced the importance of communication between crew members. The purpose was to ensure that all railroads adhere to Federal regulations and railroad operating rules regarding maximum authorized train speed limits. On December 16, 2013, FRA launched Operation Deep Dive, an assessment of Metro-North’s operations and safety compliance. More than 60 technical and human factor experts comprising 14 teams, conducted a 60-day comprehensive safety assessment of Metro-North. With assistance from the Federal Transit Administration, these experts reviewed and assessed Metro-North’s safety-related processes and procedures, its compliance with safety regulations and requirements, and its overall safety culture. In assessing Metro-North, the Deep Dive team evaluated:...

Accident No.: DCA14MR002 Accident Type: Railroad Train ...

course of the investigation. On December 1, 2013, about 0719 eastern standard time, southbound Metro-North Railroad (Metro-North) passenger train number 8808 derailed at milepost 11.35 on track number 2 of the Metro-North Hudson Line in The Bronx, New York. Train movements on this line are governed by a traffic control system. The train originated in Poughkeepsie, New York with a destination of Grand Central Station in New York City. It consisted of seven passenger cars and one locomotive at the rear pushing the train. As a result of the derailment, 4 passengers died and 59 persons were transported to local hospitals for injuries. Metro-North estimated there were about 115 passengers on the train at the time of the derailment. Damage was estimated by Metro-North to be in excess of $9 million. The weather at the time of the accident was reported as 39° F with cloudy skies. Figure: Aerial view of accident scene National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators have completed the on-scene work in The Bronx. The investigation will continue at the NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C. Preliminary results of the investigation include: The derailment occurred in a 6 degree left hand curve where speed was limited to 30 mph. Estimated train speed at the time of the derailment was at 82 mph. Detailed inspection and testing of the signal system, train brakes, and other mechanical equipment did not identify any anomalies. An inspection of the track in the derailment area did not identify any pre-accident anomalies. All cars on the train and the locomotive derailed. Between December 1 and 11, 2013, investigators completed interviews of train crews and first responders. Interview transcripts will be included in the public docket upon release. Locomotive event recorders were sent to the NTSB laboratory in Washington, D.C. for further analysis. The parties to the investigation include the Federal Railroad Administration, Metro-North Railroad, New York Public Transportation Safety Board, Teamsters Local 808, New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, and Bombardier Transportation. The Association of Commuter Rail Employees (ACRE) was initially designated as a party. However, because one of ACRE’s senior officials made unauthorized comments on the investigation to the media, ACRE was removed as a party on December 3, 2013.

Global Climate Change Alliance - European Commission - Europa

The publication has been produced thanks to the contributions and experiences shared by colleagues working on the GCCA in the delegations of the European Union across the world, in particular : Habtamu Adane (Ethiopia), Baptiste Bobillier (Tanzania), Baas Brimer (Lao PDR), Kristina Bünde (Bhutan), Cristina Casella (Fiji/Pacific), Sutthiya Chantawarangul (Thailand), Bernard Crabbé (Uganda), Koen Everaert (Cambodia), Harriet Farma (Sierra Leone), Sylvie Fontaine (Mali), Elisabeth Gotschi (Solomon Islands), Hubert Grandjean (Mauritius & Seychelles), Harshini Halangode (Sri Lanka & Maldives), Jalia Kobusinge (Uganda), Adrien Mourgues (Vanuatu), Séraphine Mukankusi (Rwanda), Lluis Navarro (Nepal), Jorge Niero Rey (Bangladesh), Susanna Nilsson (Ethiopia/African Union), Thomas Opperer (Jamaica & Belize), Ronan Pecheur (Burkina Faso), Fausto Perini (The Gambia), Fanny Pochet (Benin), Frank Rijnders (Mozambique), Ranjan Shrestha (Nepal), Anne Simon (Senegal), John Stanley (Samoa), Thorsten Strand (Guyana), Pierre-Luc Vanhaeverbeke (Jamaica & Belize) Tjasa Zivko (Mauritius & Seychelles) and Diego Zurdo (Rwanda). Our thanks are also due to Annette Arjoon-Martins and the Mangrove Action Committee (Guyana) and Karla Van Eynde and Lisa Verpeaux from the Intra-ACP Support Programme to the GCCA (Belgium). Peter Brinn, Catherine Paul and Florine Thiery contributed to the collection and preparation of information from the field, Nicola Holland undertook the copy-writing and Lindsey Chalmers with Anthony Hughes designed the publication, under the coordination of Mark Futter (GCCA Support Facility). Sophie De Coninck oversaw the content and writing of the publication, in collaboration with Ana Moreno and Paul Renier (DG Development and Cooperation of the European Commission).

Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States (Report)

This report was produced by an advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, for the Subcommittee on Global Change Research, and at the request of the U.S. Government. Therefore, the report is in the public domain. Some materials used in the report are copyrighted and permission was granted to the U.S. government for their publication in this report. For subsequent uses that include such copyrighted materials, permission for reproduction must be sought from the copyright holder. In all cases, credit must be given for copyrighted materials. First published 2009 Printed in the United States of America A catalog record for this publication is available from the British Library. ISBN 978-0-521-14407-0 paperback Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party Internet Web sites referred to in this publication and does not guarantee that any content on such Web sites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate. Information regarding prices, travel timetables, and other factual information given in this work are correct at the time of first printing, but Cambridge University Press does not guarantee the accuracy of such information thereafter. Recommended Citation: Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, Thomas R. Karl, Jerry M. Melillo, and Thomas C. Peterson, (eds.). Cambridge University Press, 2009.

The Facts and Science of Climate Change - U.S. Senate ...

Committee on Environment and Public Works The Facts and Science of Climate Change by U.S. Senator James M. Inhofe Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works The climate is constantly changing, and has done so throughout history. The challenge is to understand the natural changes in the climate and whether humans are contributing significantly to those changes. The larger challenge is to separate the politics from the discussion of the science, in order to better understand the state of knowledge of climate change science. Today, even saying there is scientific disagreement over global warming is itself controversial. But anyone who pays even cursory attention to the issue understands that scientists vigorously disagree over whether human activities are responsible for global warming, or whether those activities will precipitate apocalyptic natural disasters. It is extremely important for the future of this country that the facts and the science get a fair hearing. Without proper knowledge and understanding, alarmists will scare the country into enacting their ultimate goal: making energy suppression, in the form of harmful mandatory restrictions on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions, the official policy of the United States. Such a policy would induce serious economic harm, especially for low income and minority populations. Energy suppression, as official government and nonpartisan private analyses have amply confirmed, means higher prices for food, medical care, and electricity, as well as massive job losses and drastic reductions in gross domestic...

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