Daily Archive: November 7, 2023

California Bill Requiring Baby Food Manufacturers to Test Their Product for Toxic Heavy Metals Signed Into Law

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October 12, 2023 – Torrance, CA – Assembly Bill 899, which will help protect babies by requiring baby food manufacturers to test their products for toxic heavy metals, was signed into law on Wednesday by Governor Gavin Newsom. This new law will, starting on January 1, 2025, require representative samples of baby food products sold, manufactured, or delivered in California to be tested for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury and requires those test results to be posted on the manufacturer’s website.

This first-in-the-nation legislation enacts recommendations by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. In their 2021 report on toxic heavy metals in baby foods, the Subcommittee found that “commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury. Exposure to toxic heavy metals causes permanent decreases in IQ, diminished future economic productivity, and increased risk of future criminal and antisocial behavior. Toxic heavy metals endanger infant neurological development and long-term brain function.”

“This new law will help protect babies by requiring baby food manufacturers to test their products for toxic heavy metals and post test results on their websites,” stated Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, the bill’s author. “By requiring this testing and reporting in California, the biggest consumer market in the nation, baby food manufacturers across the United States will hopefully take greater action to ensure their products are free of toxic heavy metals. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should follow California’s lead in enacting similar national testing and reporting requirements.”

“This law fills two critical gaps in FDA’s efforts to reduce children’s dietary exposure to cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic to as low as possible while maintaining access to nutritious foods,” said Tom

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Construction worker killed, 4 hospitalized after crane collapses at Mercy Hospital renovation site – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

MIAMI (WSVN) – Heavy cargo fell hundreds of feet after a crane collapsed at a construction site outside HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, killing one worker and sending four others to the hospital, officials said.

City of Miami Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the deadly crane malfunction, early Saturday afternoon.

“When we arrived at the scene, we found a 200-foot, roughly, crane had collapsed at its highest point,” said Miami Fire Rescue spokesperson Pete Sanchez. “It was carrying a load, landing on workers that were below.”

The incident happened around 12:15 p.m., as work was being done for a renovation project.

“We had a mass casualty Level 1 incident because of the fact that we had five patients that needed evaluation and assessment,” said Sanchez.

Paramedics rushed two construction workers rushed into Mercy Hospital and two others to Ryder Trauma Center.

“The fifth patient, unfortunately, did not survive the injuries and he was pronounced deceased on the scene,” said Sanchez.

On Monday, Miami Police identified the deceased worker as 32-year-old Mario Bladimir Andino.

City of Miami Building Director Asael Marrero told 7News that a piece of the crane collapsed on itself as mechanical equipment was being lifted.

“We are expected to be here throughout the night and possibly all day tomorrow, safely working with the crane company to remove the damaged crane,” said Marrero.

Now several organizations are working together to figure out how this tragedy happened.

“We are conducting an investigation through the Miami Police Homicide Unit and Crime Scene Investigations Unit, together with [the Occupational Safety and Health Administration] and the Miami Dade Medical Examiner Department to find out what happened during this tragic incident,” said Miami Police Assistant Chief Armando Aguilar.

Both of the victims at Mercy Hospital were in serious but stable

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How Much Does Hospital Website Development Cost?

A well-designed and functional website not only serves as a platform for providing vital information to patients and visitors but also helps build trust and credibility. If you’re considering developing a hospital website, one of the first questions that come to mind is, “How much will it cost?” In this blog post, we’ll explore the factors that influence the cost of hospital website development and provide a dollar estimate guide to help you plan your budget.

Website Scope and Features:

The complexity and scale of your hospital website directly impact the development cost. A basic informational website with essential features like contact information, service details, and a few pages will be more affordable compared to a comprehensive website with features like patient portals, appointment booking systems, and interactive health tools. Expect the more extensive and feature-rich websites to cost significantly more.

Design and User Experience (UX):

A user-friendly and aesthetically appealing design is vital for a hospital website. The cost of website design depends on whether you choose a pre-built template, a custom design from scratch, or something in between. Custom designs usually cost more due to the time and expertise required to create them, but they offer a unique and tailored appearance that aligns with your hospital’s branding.

Development Platform:

The choice of the development platform can impact costs as well. Some hospitals opt for Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, which offer more flexibility and easier content management. Others might prefer custom-built websites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The latter may be costlier but can be beneficial for specific and intricate functionalities.

Mobile Responsiveness:

In today’s mobile-centric world, ensuring that your hospital website is responsive and optimized for various devices is essential. Mobile responsiveness adds to the development cost, but it ensures a

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Gloucestershire marketing agency delivers the UK’s largest cyber awards ceremony

PinPoint Media, with south west offices located in Cheltenham, recently delivered a huge event in the National Cyber Awards 2023 — with great success.

Hosted in London on Monday 25 September 2023, the event saw over 400 high-profile cyber professionals from across all aspects of the sector, from public to private. Its events team received excellent feedback from guests and winners for a seamlessly smooth and enjoyable ceremony.

The largest accolades for the cyber industry, the fifth edition of the National Cyber Awards featured categories including Innovation and Defence; Policing and Law Enforcement; Education and Learning; Cyber in Business; and Public Service.

25 individual awards were up for grabs, including the Cyber Defence Product of the Year; the Cyber Policing Team of the Year; the Cyber University of the Year; and the Cyber Business of the Year — receiving the seal of approval from the top of the government, there was even a Prime Minister’s Award for Cyber, supported by the Cabinet Office.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak MP said: ‘The National Cyber Awards are a wonderful way to reward, celebrate and showcase the work of those who are committed to keeping us safe online.’

A content marketing agency with bases in Cheltenham, London and Manchester, PinPoint Media have created digital marketing materials and resources for clients such as The Royal Air Tattoo, Siblings Gin and Gloucester Rugby.

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