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airmid healthgroup was pleased to attend and sponsor Cleaning Products US 2017, which was held in Alexandria, VA from the 10th to the 12th October. This annual event brings together researchers, experts and leaders from a range of companies across the cleaning products supply chain including Church & Dwight, P&G, Clorox, Kimberley Clark, SC Johnson, Unilever, Sun Products, Reckitt Benckiser, Dow Chemical and DuPont.
airmid healthgroup is pleased to announce Dylan Johnston will be joining the business team on an internship program for the next two months. Dylan will be entering his 4th year as an undergraduate at Michigan State University this fall. He is currently a double major in Biochemistry and Biotechnology with hopes to continue his education after his undergraduate career to achieve a masters in business administration. Dylan is very excited to be part of the Digital Content and Marketing team and will be helping to plan and deliver various sales and marketing initiatives.
We 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.
On 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.
Earlier 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.
Members 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.
Several 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.
The Asthma Society of Canada held the inaugural “For Life and Breath” summit in Toronto on the 30th April and 1st May. The event focused on the impact the environment is having on asthma and respiratory allergies in Canada and brought together leaders from government, industry, academia and the not for profit sector to discuss the issue.
Damp materials or high humidity environments contribute to preferential conditions for mould growth. Moulds are capable of colonising and persisting on a vast array of surfaces due to their role in nature in the decomposition and nutrient recycling process in the environment. After flooding or water damage has occurred, insufficient remediation of the affected buildings can lead to favourable conditions for mould/fungal growth, both visible and hidden. Floor coverings such as vinyl, laminate and carpets as well as underlying insulation should be replaced where necessary. Where not replaced or left untreated, flooring can act as a favourable substrate for microbial growth. Additionally, any underflooring materials such as chipboard or joists should be replaced without hesitation if damaged, while any modifications such as cracks, heaves or discolouration may be indicative of damage that needs to remediated.
airmid healthgroup ltd has been shortlisted for the Testing Laboratory of the Year Award 2013. The Irish Laboratory Awards promote and celebrate the success and achievements of Ireland's leading companies in the world of science.
The Health Friendly Air division of airmid healthgroup are delighted to have been invited to host a seminar entitled “Indoor Air Exposure in the Workplace and Legal Compliance” on Thursday 19th September at our facilities in the Trinity Enterprise Campus in Dublin. The event is being organised by the Ireland branch of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health), the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world.
This method involves petri dishes, a heating plate/mat and a plastic membrane - Parafilm ‘M’. A small amount of blood is placed into the lid of a petri dish, which is then covered with stretched parafilm ‘M’ plastic. The bottom of the petri dish is used to push down the parafilm so that it is in contact with the blood. A hotplate is used to keep the temperature of the blood at 37°C and the insect containers are placed upside down on the parafilm so that the bed bugs can feed through the mesh lid. The petri dish method shares some disadvantages with the water bath method, such as expensive heating equipment and the leaking of blood. While leakage may occur, one of the advantages of the petri dish method is that there is a reduced risk of this leaking blood causing damage e.g. bed bug drowning. Other advantages include its quick setup and the use of disposable petri dishes (Chin-Heady et al. 2013).
Last week, we discussed the most effective bed bug feeding method—the live host method using human and animal blood—as well as its shortcomings. In this week's installment of our three-part series on bed bug research, we will cover the first of the two main artificial feeding methods in use today: the water bath method.
Goddard. Feeding by the Common Bedbug. 2009.
In the first part of our three-part series on bed bug research, we will cover the most effective method of feeding laboratory reared bed bug colonies in terms of cost and reliability—the live host method. Humans or animals can be used and while both methods are effective, each presents its own challenges.
It’s summer—the prime time of the year for travel. Yet, with the hustle and bustle of hotels, luggage, airports, and rental cars, summer travelling also starkly correlates with rises in bed bug problems. To assist in tackling this issue, airmid healthgroup presents a special three-part blog series to provide advice to researchers looking to combat the spread of these insects. Over the nextthreeweeks, airmid healthgroup will discuss methods to keep bed bugs alive for research and their associated challenges.