STD tested – Heiki Wed, 11 May 2022 13:34:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 STD tested – Heiki 32 32 Pharmacy chains set to pay $878 million for epidemic role of opioids, Ohio counties say Tue, 10 May 2022 18:34:00 +0000

CLEVELAND, May 10 (Reuters) – A lawyer for two counties in Ohio said on Monday that CVS Health Corp (CVS.N), Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) and Walmart Inc (WMT.N) should fund a $878 million plan. to tackle the opioid crisis there, as a first-of-its-kind trial was launched to determine the contribution of drugstore chains.

A federal jury ruled in November that the companies created a public nuisance by flooding Ohio’s Lake and Trumbull counties with addictive prescription painkillers that ended up on the black market, in the first trial at which drug chains pharmacies have faced during the crisis. Read more

Now the counties want the companies to fund an $878 million, five-year plan that Mark Lanier, a lawyer representing the counties, said Monday was aimed at solving the opioid crisis rather than assigning blame.

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Lanier’s remarks came at the start of a two-week trial before U.S. Judge Dan Polster in Cleveland, which will decide how companies should fix a public nuisance caused by prescription opioids.

“I have been instructed to do something that no other federal judge in our country has been instructed to do,” Polster said at the start of a non-jury trial.

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart denied the counties’ claims and said they would appeal the November verdict.

The companies offered to fund a year-long program to buy back unused prescription opioid medications in the two counties. They argue that Ohio’s public nuisance law only requires them to stop the nuisance identified by the jury – an oversupply of prescription drugs – and not to address all of its harmful effects on communities.

The companies argued that if they have to do more than buy back drugs, they shouldn’t be forced to cover the costs associated with illegal drug use.

The counties argued that illegal drug use must be addressed at trial because addictions caused by the oversupply of prescription drugs have created a market for illicit drugs like heroin and synthetic fentanyl.

The opioid epidemic in the United States has caused more than 500,000 overdose deaths in two decades, according to government data. More than 3,300 opioid lawsuits have been filed nationwide against drugmakers, distributors and drugstore chains, leading to a recent flurry of proposed settlements.

The Ohio counties public nuisance theory has rarely been tested in trial and has had mixed results in other courts.

Oklahoma’s highest court on November 9 overturned a $465 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N), and a California judge in November ruled in favor of four drugmakers in a lawsuit filed by several large counties.

A New York jury in December found drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA.TA) liable for causing a public nuisance in the state, although the amount Teva must pay will be determined in a trial later in 2022.

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health promotes STD and HIV testing, community testing low | News Sat, 07 May 2022 15:30:00 +0000

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Associate Maura Dahl assists the Department of Public Health and Human Services Prutehi Hao Program booth with information on STD and HIV prevention and free condoms .

With the number of people getting tested for STDs and HIV having halved since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Prutehi Hao Program is reaching out to the community to get tested and practice safer sex.

Vince Aguon, communicable disease II coordinator for the Prutehi Hao, or Protect Yourself, program said the pandemic has scared many residents away from going to clinics or hospitals for the sexually transmitted diseases and HIV testing.

“Usually we see 1,000 to 1,500 people a year for HIV and STD testing. In the first year of COVID-19 we saw a quarter of that number, and in 2021 so far about half,” Aguon said.


That’s why Prutehi Hao is sending more healthcare workers to engage with residents at events like the Life Skills Workshops in Hågat and Passport to Services at Ypao Beach Park in April.

Maura Dahl, a public health associate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the STD, HIV, and Viral Hepatitis Program through Public Health, represented the program at both events by handing out free male and female condoms and dental dams and showed how to use them correctly.

“Sexual health is one of those things that we can take a lot of preventative action on, and it goes a long way in terms of community health and longevity,” Dahl said during the life skills workshops.

The most common STD in Guam is chlamydia, followed by gonorrhea, with about several hundred cases reported each year, Aguon said.

Women and girls are the most exposed to STDs, with the population most at risk being those aged 15 to 24. This is why Aguon said more awareness raising in schools is needed.


Aguon said there are a few basic ways individuals can protect themselves against STDs and HIV.

One is to find out your status and that of your partner through tests carried out either at the Northern Region Public Health Center or through a primary care physician.

The most common myth Aguon said he heard about STDs in the community is that if someone doesn’t feel sick, they aren’t infected.

“Often infected people don’t show any symptoms and the only way to know is to get tested,” Aguon said.

Another is to practice safer sex using a condom to avoid spreading the disease from one person to another. He said public health offices have a large supply of free condoms that the public can request.

Aguon said those who may be at high risk of HIV exposure should talk to their doctor about getting a drug called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which helps prevent someone from getting HIV.

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Find out if you live in one of the states most affected by STDs after gonorrhea and syphilis cases surge Fri, 06 May 2022 02:45:00 +0000

CASES of some sexually transmitted diseases have reached an all-time high, the CDC has announced.

In 2020, cases of certain STDs peaked for the sixth consecutive year. But officials warn that the 2021 data could be even worse.


STDs were on the rise during the pandemic, data showsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Gonorrhea cases are up 45% from 2016, the CDC reports. Syphilis cases increased by 52% compared to the same year.

In a staggering jump, cases of congenital syphilis rose 235% from 2016. Chlamydia was the only one of the four diseases to decline, by 1.2%.

But in this case, the CDC notes that the decline is likely the result of fewer STD screenings — not a reduction in new cases.

Mississippi has the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, while Louisiana was close behind in second place.

When it comes to primary and secondary syphilis, Nevada has the highest rates.

Meanwhile, New Mexico has the highest rates of congenital syphilis.

Of all four, Vermont has the lowest number of cases.

Overall, CDC data suggests STDs increased in the first year of the Covid pandemic, despite stay-at-home orders and social distancing.

While some states, like Louisiana, appear to have made progress in controlling the spread of STDs, experts say that may not be true and a drop in testing may be to blame.

“In the middle of the pandemic, nobody could get tested,” Patricia Kissinger, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Tulane University, told

“The clinics that were open and testing, many of them had low supplies.”

Most US states riddled with STDs

Top 10 states with the highest rates of chlamydia:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Alaska
  4. Caroline from the south
  5. North Carolina
  6. Georgia
  7. New Mexico
  8. Tennessee
  9. Alabama
  10. Illinois

Top 10 states with the highest gonorrhea rates:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Caroline from the south
  4. Alabama
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Missouri
  7. South Dakota
  8. Alaska
  9. Tennessee
  10. North Carolina

Top 10 states with the highest syphilis rates:

  1. Nevada
  2. Mississippi
  3. Alaska
  4. Oklahoma
  5. New Mexico
  6. Arizona
  7. California
  8. Arkansas
  9. Georgia
  10. Florida

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Juniper Systems Limited launches the new GNSS Geode GNS3 Wed, 04 May 2022 04:16:00 +0000

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom, May 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Juniper Systems Limited, a manufacturer of rugged handheld computers and GNSS receivers, launched its Geode™ GNS3 Rugged GNSS Receiver, offering data collection real-time data with sub-meter measurements, sub-foot and decimeter accuracy options. The Geode GNS3 GNSS receiver is now available worldwide.

This all-new GNSS receiver offers a scalable platform allowing users to get the level of accuracy they need now, with the ability to increase accuracy in the future. Plus, it’s available without the exorbitant price or complexity of other precision receivers.

“This new Geode provides expanded accuracy options for our users,” said Mr. John Florio, Geode Product Manager at Juniper Systems, Inc. “We decided to offer a product that is scalable based on the needs of our users. The GNS3 allows users to get a receiver that matches their accuracy needs at the time, while enabling them to achieve greater accuracy through subscriptions when the need arises.”

Available in scalable single-frequency and multi-frequency antenna configurations, users have the level of precision needed to match the demands of a job. The Geode GNS3S (single frequency) offers pinpoint submeter accuracy with a single frequency antenna. The Geode GNS3M, with a multi-frequency antenna, enables scalable accuracy, including support for all constellations on L1, L2 and L5 frequencies.

Multi-frequency signal tracking, combined with Atlas L-Band correction subscriptions, provides decimeter accuracy. As with previous Geode receivers, SBAS corrections are available for sub-meter accuracy in some areas. Both models also support local GNSS RTK/CORS differential network corrections via the Geode Connect NTRIP client.

“The geode is such a flexible device; we have designed it for use in a wide range of industries,” said Mr. Simon Bowe, Managing Director of Juniper Systems Limited. ‘Atlas’ correction capability and scalable accuracy allow the geode to be used in markets such as railway maintenance, asset tracking, water utility locating, land mapping agriculture and irrigation, forestry services, environmental science, wildlife management and other remote mapping projects where other corrections services are not available, or which require a degree of higher precision.

Like all Juniper Systems products, rugged characteristics are inherent in the Geode GNS3 design. Tested according to the American standard MIL-STD-810G, it resists drops, shocks, vibrations and extreme temperatures. The enclosure is IP68 rated, moisture and dust proof.

The Geode GNS3 continues to offer flexible connectivity and can be used with devices running Microsoft® Windows, Android™ or Apple® Operating systems. Its all-in-one design makes it compact for easy portability. It has only one button for easy operation. The USB-C port enables data transfer and fast charging, and an antenna port allows the use of an external antenna, if desired.

Geode GNS3 single and multi-frequency receivers are available now from Juniper Systems Limited and our reseller partners. Visit our Geode product page for more information.

About Juniper Systems Limited

Based in Logan, Utah, USA, and Birmingham, UK, Juniper Systems ( is a global leader in the design and manufacture of ultra-rugged handheld computers, GNSS receivers and mapping software, creating field data collection solutions for extreme environments. Since 1993, professionals have used Juniper Systems’ innovative mobile technology in the railroad, geomatics, industrial, environmental science, mining, military, utility and utility markets.

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		MicroGEM Obtains Emergency Use Authorization from FDA
		Fri, 29 Apr 2022 11:01:08 +0000


SARS-CoV-2 saliva test provides point-of-care PCR results in just 27 minutes and is robust with existing variants

MicroGEM US Inc., a Virginia-based molecular biology company, has obtained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS- CoV-2, which provides polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results at the point of care in 27 minutes.

The MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test is the first saliva test cleared for emergency use by the FDA for SARS-CoV-2 using point-of-care PCR where people can expect fast results after providing a sample. Clinically tested during the Delta and Omicron waves of the pandemic, the MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test has been shown to be robust despite the viral mutations that have occurred.

“The MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test will be a critical testing tool in our continued efforts to get our nation’s communities and businesses back to regular operations,” said MicroGEM CEO Jeff Chapman. “The introduction of the MicroGEM Sal6830 Point of Care PCR System marks a historic milestone in our mission to democratize molecular diagnostics by moving ultra-fast, high-performance testing out of the lab and closer to people at the point of need, enabling decisions to be done in real time.”

“The MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 saliva test will be an invaluable tool for testing children without scaring them with a stick in their nose.” said Vanessa Mills, RN, BSN, MPH and COO of Care 4 U (C4UCHC), a Miami, Florida-based community health center providing primary medical care, including HIV/STD screening, testing and COVID-19 vaccines, and other medical services regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. “The ability to reliably and quickly test all patients who show symptoms of COVID-19 is a game-changer for our clinics, allowing us to provide care to people when they need it.”

The MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test is easy to use. Its simple workflow and easy saliva collection reduce the workload of healthcare workers and limit their exposure to the sample.

Additional benefits include:

  • Non invasive : Requiring only a small amount of saliva, it eliminates the discomfort of swab testing, making it more comfortable for routine testing.
  • Robust with existing variants: Clinically tested during Delta and Omicron waves, multiple SARS-CoV-2 gene targets enable robust detection of current variants and protect against obsolescence of future variants.
  • Portable: The platform’s small size fits easily into testing sites such as mobile testing labs, ambulatory surgery centers, emergency departments, and workplace CLIA-exempt testing sites.

“We see many patients worried about nasal swabs, so we are delighted to be able to offer saliva testing. If patients are comfortable providing the sample and getting their results quickly, then they are more likely to ‘be receptive to ongoing care and future testing.'” said Dr. Teresa Tyson, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, president and CEO of The Health Wagon, a nurse practitioner-run practice providing medical, dental and vision care in southwestern Virginia. “The MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test is also a perfect fit for our mobile labs with a workflow easily administered by our staff, allowing us to provide patient care within minutes of results.”

The innovative cartridge design of the MicroGEM Sal6830 Point of Care PCR System allows new targets to be quickly added or replaced, significantly reducing assay and product development time. The company’s plans include seeking permission to expand the testing menu and harden the system to deal with the austere field conditions presented in military and disaster medicine. Plans are also underway to adapt the system to the growing healthcare market of precision medicine with quantitative gene expression panels used as biomarkers.

In addition to facilities in Charlottesville, Virginia, MicroGEM has established a US-based supply chain, with full-scale test kit production facilities in Ogden, Utah, and production facilities for instruments in Hudson, New Hampshire.

The MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test has not been cleared or approved by the FDA, but has been cleared for emergency use by the FDA under an EUA for use by licensed laboratories . This product has been licensed for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid form only, and not for other viruses or pathogens. Emergency use of this product is authorized only for the duration of the declaration that there are circumstances justifying the authorization of emergency use of in vitro diagnostics for the detection and/or diagnosis of COVID -19 pursuant to Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 USC § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the statement is terminated or the authorization is revoked earlier.

The MicroGEM Sal6830 Point of Care PCR System and MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test were funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) initiative to accelerate the launch of the test with federal funds from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under contract number 75N92020C00015.

MicroGEM democratizes molecular biology by moving complex molecular biology tools from highly skilled labs to non-lab environments where they can be used quickly when needed. The company’s innovative enzymatic approach to nucleic acid extraction provides the basis for rapid sample preparation suitable for PCR analysis. Coupled with its expertise in microfluidics and synthetic biology, MicroGEM creates the next generation of portable diagnostic devices for infectious disease management and other personalized medicine applications.

To learn more about the MicroGEM Sal6830 SARS-CoV-2 Saliva Test, visit

Dynabook launches the Portégé X40-K, offering portability, productivity and performance Thu, 28 Apr 2022 01:32:13 +0000

Japanese computer maker Dynabook unveils its 14.0-inch Portégé X40-K.

Boasting a 12th generation hybrid architecture of 28W Intel Core P-Series processor options, Windows 11 Pro and a dark blue aluminum chassis, the new model offers performance, portability and security.

“With a more dispersed workforce becoming the norm for businesses, IT departments face the challenge of sourcing IT solutions that deliver the best combination of portability, performance and productivity features. Our high-end 14-inch Portégé X40-K has been designed specifically for this,” says Angela Walker, Managing Director of Dynabook ANZ.

“This new laptop checks all the right boxes for customers. It’s light, powerful, secure and packed with features. Moreover, it is very elegant, which modern buyers demand and is reinforced with a durable aluminum chassis.

Created with the hybrid workplace in mind, the laptop is just 17.9mm thin and weighs less than 1.46g. It was designed and tested to MIL-STD-810H standards for strength and durability to ensure endurance.

Opening the lid exposes a thin-bezel 14-inch IPS or multi-touch display, a backlit keyboard, and a large multi-touch ClickPad embedded in an aluminum palm rest.

With 28-watt 12th Gen Intel Core processor options, the Portégé X40-K benefits from the efficiency provided by Intel’s new hybrid architecture.

Configurable with Core i3, Core i5, or i7 processors, up to 64GB of memory, and beefed up with SSD, Wi-Fi 6E, and Thunderbolt 4 storage, the Portégé X40-K is suited for multitasking.

Intel Iris Xe graphics add crisp, smooth video performance, support for up to four external 4K displays, and enhanced security.

Ports including full-size HDMI, Gigabit LAN, 3.5mm audio and USB-A, plus a microSD card slot offer adapter-free expansion.

When not in use, Sleep & Charge technology maintains a powered USB port, allowing the laptop to charge a smartphone and other accessories.

The Portégé X40-K comes preconfigured with Windows 11 Professional. Windows 11 can be managed with familiar tools and processes. For businesses awaiting migration, these laptops can be ordered with Windows 11 Pro and would be eligible for a free downgrade to Windows 10 Pro when ready to make the transition.

The Portégé X40-K meets Microsoft’s stringent requirements for secure-core PCs (vPro models) and addresses the security and manageability challenges posed by the accelerated transition to flexible work models.

Dynabook’s proprietary BIOS provides another layer of extensive security to mitigate BIOS-level security threats, while built-in features such as Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0, enterprise-grade encryption, and optional authentication Windows Hello fingerprint and facial protection provides seamless protection against data, device and identity threats.

IT departments can easily support and manage these laptops using built-in intelligent management features.

Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) (vPro models), built into new 12th Gen Intel Core processors, provides remote device management.

Dynabook’s proprietary BIOS can also be upgraded and managed remotely to maintain the highest levels of security.

Dynabook will offer several configurations of the Portégé X40-K laptop through the company’s reseller network. Pricing will start at $1410 for the Portégé X40-K. The price indicated is RRP and VAT included.

STD Awareness in a Digital World – Jamaica Observer Sun, 24 Apr 2022 04:20:54 +0000

Sexually active people are encouraged to get tested every six months, whether or not they have symptoms. Screening for STDs doesn’t have to be a difficult and inconvenient task.

ACCORDING to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one million sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs) are contracted worldwide every day. It is crucial for those who are sexually active to understand the the importance of safer sex and how to protect yourself from the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.

What is an STD?

By definition, a sexually transmitted disease or infection is transmitted from one person to another through sexual contact. The type of sexual contact can be vaginal, oral or anal. The only way to completely protect yourself from STDs is to completely abstain from sexual activity. Condoms are a reliable way to protect yourself from contracting and/or transmitting an STD to a sexual partner. Practicing safer sex doesn’t just mean using a barrier method when having sex, it also means making sure you know your status and getting tested frequently while you’re sexually active.

The most common STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Each infection has its own symptoms and treatment methods, on which you can consult your doctor for more information. Some of the more common symptoms that should raise STD issues include:

• Sores or bumps on the genitals, rectum or mouth

• Sensation of pain or burning when urinating

• Unusual and/or excessive discharge from the penis or vagina

• Unusual vaginal bleeding

• Pain during sexual activity.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you should contact a doctor – either in person or virtually – for advice on your next steps. This will most likely include getting tested and then moving forward with a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and eradicate the infection for those that are curable.

Telemedicine and STDs

Consulting a doctor online through telemedicine services is a secure and reliable first step in the diagnosis and management of STDs. With a topic as sensitive as STDs, patients may want a little more privacy when inquiring about their risks or symptoms. Telemedicine provides exactly that. You can get medical advice on how to protect yourself against STDs and explain some of your symptoms to your doctor if you think you have been exposed or are at risk. Also, if there is a sore or lump that worries you, you can use online services to send pictures to your doctor for advice on whether it should be cause for concern or not. Finally, if you already know you have an STD and may face lifelong symptoms or flare-ups, online services can allow you to access fast prescriptions without having to deal with the inconvenience of going to a doctor every time.

Consulting a doctor online through telemedicine services is a safe and reliable first step in the diagnosis and management of STDs

It is important to understand that online health services are completely secure and confidential, and any information you share through these platforms will not be shared with anyone outside of you and your doctor. However, there are huge limitations to using telemedicine services to treat STDs. The main limitation is that in order to confirm that your symptoms are the result of an STD, you will need to perform lab tests, although your symptoms may tick all the boxes for the diagnosis.

STD screening

Sexually active people are encouraged to get tested every six months, whether or not they have symptoms. Screening for STDs doesn’t have to be a difficult and inconvenient task. Many sites offer quick STD tests that get you your results in 30 minutes, rather than waiting days with traditional testing methods.

MDLink adds extra convenience for STD testing by offering rapid testing services at their drive-thru location in Kingston, located at 168 Old Hope Road. Not only will you be able to maintain the privacy you want for these tests, you’ll be able to get results fast – all from the comfort of your car and without the anxieties of crowded waiting rooms.

You are responsible for your sexual health

During STD Awareness Month, and every month after, you need to track your sexual health not only to protect yourself, but also to protect your sexual partner(s). Today’s world of technology gives you access to various conveniences including professional healthcare advice from the comfort of your home as well as rapid tests to master your treatment as soon as possible. Although no shame should be attached to protecting your sexual health, it is extremely important to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable enough in the spaces where you have access to health. Talk to your doctor today about ways to access STD information and treatment, and learn more about how telemedicine can help you as a private and convenient starting point for treatment.

Dr. Ché Bowen, digital health entrepreneur and family physician, is the CEO and founder of MDLink, a digital health company that provides telemedicine options. Visit the Company’s website at You can also contact him at

Preventing Bench Grinder Accidents – Today’s Medical Developments Fri, 22 Apr 2022 06:07:16 +0000

Because bench grinders are everyday machines in workplaces nationwide, many operators are becoming complacent about their risks. However, bench grinders are very dangerous when used improperly. Statistics show that more than half of crusher injuries, such as fingers caught in the machine or eye and face lacerations, are the result of operator error. Rockford Systems LLC, a leading provider of machine guarding products and services, offers this primer on grinder safety regulations to help prevent accidents.

First of all, it is important to be familiar with the regulations that describe the installation, maintenance and safe operation of the grinder. The workplace regulations that apply to shredders are OSHA 29 CFR SubPart O 1910.215, a “machine specific” (vertical) regulation with a number of requirements that, if left unchecked, are often cited by OSHA as violations. ANSI B11.9-2010 (grinders) and ANSI B7.1 2000 (abrasive wheels) also apply. Read these sets of regulations carefully before using a grinding machine.

Rest and Tongue Guard
OSHA specifies that work supports must be kept snug within 1/8″ of the wheel to prevent the workpiece from being pinched between the wheel and the support, resulting in potential wheel breakage. Because grinders run at such high rpm, the wheels actually explode when they break, causing very serious injuries, blindness and even death.In addition, the distance between the wheel and the adjustable tongue guard – also called -spark” – should never exceed 1/4”. As the impeller wears during use, these two dimensions should be regularly checked and adjusted.

Grinder safety gauges can be used when installing, servicing and inspecting bench/pedestal grinders to ensure that work supports and tongue guards comply with the OSHA 1910.215 and ANSI standards. To do this, wait until the grinding wheel has come to a complete stop and the grinder is properly locked out before using a grinder safety gauge. The grinder slowing down time takes several minutes, which may tempt an impatient employee to use the gauge while the wheel is still spinning. This practice is very dangerous because it can cause wheel breakage.

Another tip: when it comes to grinders, personal protective equipment (PPE) usually means a full face shield, not just safety glasses. The fact is that an employee cannot be too careful with a machine that is operating at several thousand revolutions per minute. Remember to document all safety requirements set forth by OSHA as this is the best evidence that safety procedures are being followed.

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OSHA does not allow more than a total of 90° of the wheel left exposed.

test ring
OSHA requires that grinding wheels be tested before mounting. This simple step prevents the inadvertent mounting of a cracked wheel. Ring-testing consists of hanging the wheel by its central hole, then tapping the side of the wheel with a non-metallic object. This should produce a bell sound if the wheel is intact. A clunking sound or cracked plate noise indicates a cracked wheel. For larger grinders, the grinding wheels are laid flat on a vibrating table with sand evenly distributed over the grinding wheel. If the wheel is cracked, the sand moves away from the crack.

To avoid cracking a wheel during the mounting procedure, employees must be very carefully trained in these procedures. It starts with making sure the wheel is properly matched to that particular grinder, using the correct blotters and spacers, and knowing exactly how much pressure to apply with a torque wrench, to name a few things.

wheel covers
This OSHA compliant wheel cover allows no more than a total of 90° degrees of the wheel left exposed. (65° from the horizontal plane to the top of the trim). Never exceed these maximum trim opening dimensions. Larger wheel cover openings create a wider pattern of flying debris in the event of a wheel explosion.

A well-known safety precaution on bench/pedestal grinders is to stand well beside the grinding wheel for the first full minute before using the machine. Accidents have shown that grinding wheels are more likely to break/explode during this first minute. OSHA Instructional Standard #STD 1-12.8 dated October 30, 1978 deals with conditional and temporary removal of work support for use with larger workpieces only, provided side guards are provided.

grinder to do

  • Always handle and store wheels with care
  • Visually inspect all wheels prior to assembly for any damage
  • Make sure that the operating speed of the machine does not exceed the speed marked on the wheel, its blotter or its container
  • Check that the mounting flanges are of equal size, relieved as needed and of correct diameter
  • Use mounting blotters when supplied with wheels
  • Make sure the work support is set correctly on pedestal and floor grinders
  • Always use a safety guard that covers at least half of the wheel
  • Allow newly mounted wheels to run at operating speed, with guard in place, for at least one minute before grinding
  • Always wear safety glasses or an approved type of eye protection while grinding
  • Turn off the coolant before stopping the wheel to avoid creating an out of balance condition

Do not grind

  • Do not use a wheel that has been dropped or appears to have been abused
  • Don’t force a wheel on a machine or change the mounting hole size – If a wheel won’t fit the machine, buy one that will
  • Never exceed the maximum operating speed established for the wheel
  • Do not use mounting flanges whose bearing surfaces are not clean, flat and smooth
  • Do not overtighten the mounting nut
  • Do not grind on the side of conventional, straight or type 1 wheels
  • Do not start the machine until the safety guard is properly and securely in place
  • Do not block the work in the wheel
  • Do not stand directly in front of a grinding wheel whenever a grinder is started
  • Do not grind materials for which the wheel is not designed

Rockford Systems offers a wide variety of grinder guard products including motor starters, disconnects and shields.

Colorado offers free at-home STI test kits Tue, 19 Apr 2022 23:09:44 +0000

DENVER (KDVR) — With the number of sexually transmitted infections on the rise in Colorado and across the country, state officials are encouraging people to get tested, and now there’s a new option.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment offers free home test kits for STIs. People can order them from the CDPHE website, and the kits will be discreetly delivered to their homes.

“Some would prefer to be tested at home confidentially, or may not have a medical home they could go to, and so we are seeing more and more opportunities for home testing,” said Dr Eric France. , Chief Medical Officer of CDPHE.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexually transmitted infections rose in Colorado and across the country in 2020, and some doctors say a lack of testing early in the pandemic could have contributed to that.

Dr. Beth Carewe of Rose Medical Center said many of her patients are now coming in and getting back on track with regular care. His office routinely tests for STIs.

“The most common STIs we see in our office are gonorrhea and chlamydia,” Carewe said.

If caught early, most STIs are completely treatable.

“I recommend the test for all my patients under the age of 24, which the CDC recommends, annual testing, and then it is offered to anyone over that age, especially when there is an increase in risk factors. risk – so change sexual partners. , or STD exposures, things like that,” Carewe said.

Asus ZenBook 14 Flip OLED (UN5401) review: warns HP Sun, 17 Apr 2022 12:46:58 +0000

Reviewing convertibles is difficult. There is this temptation to compare a 2-in-1 to a classic laptop, which you always have to keep under control. Because the moment you start doing that, you are drifting away from reality. Both are like apples and oranges. Some people like apples, others prefer oranges. Just because there’s a better apple to be had at about the same price doesn’t make the orange any less appealing.

For example, the Asus ZenBook 14 Flip OLED.

The top model of this convertible laptop will cost you Rs 1,34,990. You can get a better stacked laptop from Asus itself for less than this. The VivoBook Pro 16X OLED (test) comes to mind.

Then there’s the urge to pit the ZenBook 14 Flip against its Vivobook 13 Slate OLED (test), which technically is also a convertible – and much cheaper. It’s also not an apt comparison, as it’s designed to be a tablet first. His laptop shenanigans are limited.

The ZenBook 14 Flip combines the form and convenience of the VivoBook 13 Slate with the utility of the VivoBook Pro 16X and puts it in one device. This is its main USP. And that is why it is so expensive. So the question is, what do we compare it to? The HP Specter x360 14 (test) can be a good benchmark.

Asus ZenBook 14 Flip OLED | Design and build quality

The Flip has a 360 degree hinge. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/Financial Express)

The 14 Flip, being a ZenBook, is Asus’ premium offering, whether in choice of build materials, styling or ergonomics. It is also instantly recognizable with its characteristic concentric circle finish on the lid. The entire chassis is made of diamond cut aluminum alloy. The laptop is military-grade MIL-STD 810H certified for durability.

It measures only 15.9 mm and weighs 1.4 kg, acceptable proportions for a 14-inch laptop. It is easy to carry by hand or inside a backpack. So no problems there.

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The laptop is MIL-STD 810H certified. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/Financial Express)

Naturally, the main appeal of this 2-in-1 is the hinge. It can “tilt” 360 degrees on its axis. This allows the device to be propped up and used at multiple angles. In laptop mode, Asus’ “ErgoLift” mechanism tilts the keyboard and raises it a little so that you can, for example, type more comfortably. It also helps to dissipate heat from underneath. We can’t stress enough how well thought out it all is and it works as expected with barely a hiccup. Asus claims the hinge is tested to over 20,000 open and close cycles.

Asus ZenBook 14 Flip OLED | Display

It becomes almost like second nature for Asus devices to offer some of the most compelling screens on a budget. OLED at “these” prices seemed outlandish not so long ago until Asus one day decided to flip the script. The 14 Flip also comes with a high-quality OLED display with 2.8K or 2880 x 1800p resolution, high 16:10 aspect ratio, and built-in HDR support. It also gets very bright, up to 550 nits. It’s a lot brighter than we would have liked, but that can’t be said to be a deal breaker.

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It has a 2.8K OLED display. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/Financial Express)

Colors are nice and crisp and refined just about right, right out of the gate. The panel supports 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, is Pantone validated and TÜV Rheinland Eye Care certified. As a bonus, it can also refresh up to 90 times per second.

The headline feature, though, is that it’s a ‘touchscreen’ OLED, meaning it could be a great machine for creators and enthusiasts looking to dip their toes in in creation, photo, video, etc. Conventional laptops at this price usually don’t come with an optional touchscreen. The VivoBook Pro 16X OLED does not.

Asus ZenBook 14 Flip OLED | Hardware, performance and battery life

It’s crazy because under the hood, the ZenBook 14 Flip has the same hardware as the VivoBook Pro 16X, minus the dedicated graphics card. The top-end model we have for review packs AMD’s 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX chip. This is paired with 16GB of LPDDR4X (4266MHz) RAM which is soldered down and not user replaceable. You get a 1TB NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD that can be upgraded.

Reference Score
Geekbench 5.3 Multiprocessor 7423
Geekbench 5.3 Single CPU 1435
Geekbench 5.3 OpenCL / Computing 15673
Cinebench R23 Multi 11040
Cinebench R23 Simple 1416
Cinebench R23 Multi (30 mins) 10975

Now, putting that much power into a relatively more compact chassis – like this one – might be tricky, but we’re happy to report that Asus has worked the innards well. There are enough vents and outlets, as well as two heat pipes and fans, to keep the temperature from skyrocketing. The system stays quiet most of the time, unless you’re testing it, say, during performance testing or heavy modding or when you’re spending one of those crazy days browsing through a bunch of different tabs on Chrome.

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The top-end model features AMD’s 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX chip. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/Financial Express)

Overall, the thermals are pretty solid, and we struggled to notice any significant throttling or lag, even when using the laptop heavily. The ZenBook 14 Flip is reliable in that sense. Be aware that this is not a gaming laptop, so you should keep your expectations in check. More experienced creators would already know that getting a more powerful laptop or desktop would make more sense. The 14 Flip could be a good gateway – at best – to this illustrious career. Or a great portable device for work, study and play at home.

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The keyboard is backlit. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/Financial Express)

Battery life could be better though. There’s a decently sized 63Wh battery inside this laptop and Asus won’t give you any specific numbers. We were only able to get 6-7 hours of mixed use, which is fine, but we expected more from an AMD-powered machine like this. You get 100W USB Type-C fast charging, which is nice.

Port selection is generous. The ZenBook 14 Flip has 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, HDMI 2.0, a microSD card reader and a 3.5mm combo audio jack in addition to Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0.

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Port selection is good. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/Financial Express)

The keyboard, likewise, offers enough bells and whistles, including backlighting and useful keyboard shortcuts which, when you consider the size and form factor, are quite impressive. The individual keys are nice and spacious. They have good travel – 1.4mm. The typing doesn’t feel cramped in any way. Asus also managed to add a fingerprint reader to the feature list, in addition to the power button. The top-end model gets the NumberPad 2.0 which is essentially an LED-lit number pad built into the trackpad, which itself is generously sized.

The Harman/Kardon tuned speaker is nothing special. The 720p webcam, too, simply does the job.

Asus ZenBook 14 Flip OLED (UN5401) | Should I buy it?

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The ZenBook 14 Flip OLED offers incredible value. (Photo credit: Saurabh Singh/Financial Express)

The VivoBook Pro 16X OLED is a creator-friendly laptop that gives the MacBook Pro a run for its money and the VivoBook 13 Slate OLED is a Surface Go clone that’s better than you think. The ZenBook 14 Flip OLED, similarly, warns the HP Specter x360 14.

It doesn’t kill the Specter but that’s not the point. The Specter still remains the best choice as the ultimate 2-in-1 dream for those who can afford it. But not everyone can afford it, really. Not everyone may want it either.

If you were to talk about feature sets and put them to work, effortlessly, the ZenBook 14 Flip does almost everything the Specter can do with a lot less. ZenBook 14 Flip OLED pricing in India starts at Rs 91,990 (Ryzen 5 5600H/16GB RAM/512GB SSD). The Specter x360 14 starts at Rs 1,19,999 (Intel Core i5-1135G7/16GB RAM/512GB). You’ll need a budget over 1.5K if you’re looking for an OLED Specter x360 14. Even then, Asus will give you better port selection and a bunch of other features like the NumberPad to sweeten the deal. .

The ZenBook 14 Flip OLED offers incredible value for what it delivers – from a premium design, colorful display, ample performance to an exhaustive port selection. Really, it gives you the best of both worlds – laptop/tablet – without breaking the bank. For those who were looking at such a package, well, now they can stop looking.

Advantages The inconvenients
Premium portable design Battery life could be better
Stunning OLED display No Thunderbolt port
Fast performance Speaker configuration could be louder
Good keyboard and trackpad Average webcam
Incredible value