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National Institues Of Health To Launch Human Safety Study Of Ebola Vaccine Candidate PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Preventing the Ebola virus from infecting humans is the aim of testing of an investigational vaccine announced this week by the National Institutes of Health. Testing will take place at the agency's Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

The study is the first of several Phase 1 clinical trials that will examine the investigational NIAID/GSK Ebola vaccine and an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and licensed to NewLink Genetics Corp, according to statement from the National Institutes of Health.
The trials are conducted in healthy adults with the goal of determining if the vaccine is safe and induces an adequate immune response.
Discussions are also underway with Nigerian officials about conducting a similar study of healthy adults in that country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is involved in those talks.
The pace of human safety testing for experimental Ebola vaccines has been expedited in response to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,400 suspected and confirmed deaths from Ebola infection have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone since the outbreak was first reported in March 2014. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 14:17
$200 Million In Competitive Grants Available For Innovations In Federal SNAP Program PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 16:14

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - States looking to start innovative programs to help food stamp recipients secure employment are being asked to apply for up to $200 million in competitive grant dollars through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Many SNAP participants are struggling to find work, and a large percentage already have a job but are getting paid so little that they still need assistance to put food on the table," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in the grant announcement. "When provided the opportunity to obtain additional skills many SNAP recipients are able to obtain a good job and transition out of the program. The grants announced today will allow us to test innovative approaches to give folks the opportunity to get training, get a good job and build stronger futures for their families."
The grant program will fund up to 10 pilot projects. Funding comes from the 2014 Farm Bill. 
The agency notes it is looking for an array of pilots to conduct and study, including those focused on education and training, rehabilitative services for individuals with barriers to employment, rapid attachment to work, and other strategies. 
Target audiences are those with low skills, able-bodied adults without dependents, and recipients who are working in very low-wage or part-time jobs. 
The grants will be distributed across a range of geographic areas, including rural and urban parts of the country. 
Grant information is available at usda.gov.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 16:15
New Federal Food Safety Regulations To Be Subject Of N.C. Agriculture Forum PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 August 2014 09:48

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging farmers, health professions, and regulators, and food business operators to attend this week's Food Safety Forum in order to get up to speed on the impact of new federal regulations.

Tuesday's Food Safety Forum will be held Tuesday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Admission is free and includes lunch.
“This year’s forum will focus on how the federal Food Safety Modernization Act will affect international accountability, international trade and the importation of food products,” Troxler said in a news release. “In addition, a panel of North Carolina producers will discuss consumer food choices and food safety practices on the farm.”
The event will feature comments from former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) associate commissioner Dr. David Acheson. He will focus on the impacts of the food safety law on international trade.
Other speakers include Jeff Hawley, food safety manager with Harris Teeter, and Kim Taylor, meat and seafood director with Delhaize America.
Following lunch, attendees are invited to stay for a screening of the documentary “Farmland,” which focuses on the lives of young farmers and ranchers.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 09:49
Total Public Oustanding Federal Debt As Of August 15: $17.67 Trillion PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 18 August 2014 15:09

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is data on federal government debt and spending, which shows total outstanding debt at $17,678,983,000,000.

The debt is a flash point for Election 2014, as fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party continue to push for spending cuts, while progressive Democrats align themselves with President Obama, who continues to propose additional spending. 
Other federal data of interest can be found at http://catalog.data.gov/dataset
Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 15:10

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