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World Asthma Day 2016Every year since 1999 the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) designates the first Tuesday in May as World Asthma Day. This year World Asthma Day is on May 3rd. The purpose of this annual event is to raise awareness of asthma and its care around the world. Since 2007 the theme of the day has been “you can control your asthma”.

ELISA and multichannel pipetteWe are setting up an Interlaboratory Comparison (ILC) for the quantification of Influenza A nucleoprotein. ILCs measure the ability of a lab to deliver accurate results and are an important part of quality assurance programs. Participating in an ILC or Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme is one of the criteria necessary to gain ISO 17025 accreditation for a particular testing method. As there is no PT scheme available for Influenza A nucleoprotein quantification, we are setting up an ILC.

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April 4th – 10th is World Allergy Week. This annual event is an initiative of the World Allergy Organisation (WAO). This year the theme is the effect of climate change on pollen and mold allergies.

Facilities Management Ireland 2016On the 7th of March members of the Health Friendly Air team went down to the RDS for the Facilities Management Ireland conference and exhibition. The conference was launched to respond to the increasing demand from Irish companies for solutions to improve their efficiency and reduce the cost of running their business environment.

2016 American Academy of Allergy Asthma Immunology ConferenceEarlier this month some of our team travelled to LA to present our latest bed bug research at the 2016 AAAAI Conference. The conference is the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. We were delighted to continue the tradition of presenting at this prestigious gathering of experts. This year the conference was held in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

2016 Research and Innovation Conference and ExhibitionOn the 3rd of March we attended the Research and Innovation Conference and Exhibition in Croke Park. It was a day packed with talks from leaders in research and innovation from the top industries in Ireland.

Every breath we take report coverToday the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) released the report “Every breath we take: The lifelong impact of air pollution”. The report covers the health effects of air pollution across our lifetime, from before birth to old age. The issue of air pollution is very important. In the UK around 40,000 deaths a year are estimated to be attributable to outdoor air pollution. However the report emphasises that air pollution is not just an outdoors problem. We spend most of our time indoors, so pollution of indoor spaces such as homes, workplaces and schools is just as crucial.

airmid healthgroup bids farewell to Christabel Lo as she completes a 2 month internship as a part of the business team.

MERS outbreak during Asia visitMembers of our team recently visited Asia, including a trip to the South Korean capital, Seoul. At the time Seoul was experiencing an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Sydrome (MERS). This illness affects the respiratory system and is caused by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The first human cases of this novel virus strain were reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. News of the spread of MERS-CoV added to the already high level of concern about viruses in Asia. Just some of the recent well publicised outbreaks in the region are Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002/2003; Hand, Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD) in 2008 and 2009; and Influenza A virus subtype H1N1 (Swine Flu) in 2009.

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AHR Expo Chicago 26 28th JanuarySeveral members of the airmid healthgroup team attended the AHR Expo in Chicago, the premier event for the HVACR (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) Industry.  With 2,100 exhibiting companies and an estimated 42,000 visitors, the event provided a key platform to showcase new products and meet customers from around the world.