(NewsUSA) - A train rumbling down the tracks is an iconic part of America's landscape. For many, it represents economic empowerment -- a way for businesses to efficiently transport goods to market. America's increased energy production offers a good example of how rail is contributing to a growing economy. Though still a relatively small part of overall rail traffic, crude oil has increased as a percentage of rail cargo, and oil trains have become more common.
Though rail is one of the safest ways to transport crude oil, the addition of that cargo brings inherent risks.
This is a heightened concern for the Twin Cities, for instance, where six trains with 100 or more crude oil tank cars pass through every day. In the unlikely event of a derailment, local officials told the Minnesota Star-Tribune that "to fight a significant oil-train fire, local fire departments would need help from railroad emergency crews."
This is why BNSF Railway, a regional crude hauler, has created a free railroad hazmat-response training program. To date, the company has provided training to more than 65,000 emergency responders, or about 4,000 local emergency responders per year.
"It is in our interest to prevent any accident and injury, which is why we invest so much in safety," said BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth.
While BNSF Railway's program has been in place for almost two decades, the railway understands that more can be done and the program can always be redefined and updated.
BNSF has specialized equipment and hazmat responders staged across its network to deal with hazmat and crude oil incidents, including firefighting and spill cleanup, more than 250 trained hazmat responders at 60 locations and a geographic information system for emergency incidents that enables the company to quickly identify emergency responders closest to any incident along one of its lines.
In addition, the company has developed and shared geographic response plans with state and local emergency response organizations in many areas and has also provided a computer-based emergency-response training program on hazardous materials to every fire department within two miles of its rail lines.
BNSF's desire to raise awareness about emergency response and to train first responders comes at a time when Congress, the Federal Railroad Administration, railways and tank car manufacturers are all studying rail safety to ensure transportation of crude by rail is as safe as possible.
For more information, visit www.bnsf.com.
(NewsUSA) - United Cannabis Corporation was founded to advance the use of CBD's, or cannabidiols, in medicine through research, product development and education. The Company is dedicated to improving the lives of patients through the creation of products using only the highest quality genetics, purest extractions and most effective protocols possible. The Company's A.C.T. Now Program and patent pending Prana Bio Nutrient Medicinals provide a comprehensive solution, designed to enable physicians and patients to design, implement and monitor effective therapy protocols.
To provide patented and cutting-edge pharmaceutical CBD formulations, United Cannabis (UCANN) has entered into exclusive and long-term contracts with Dr. Brent Reynolds, currently a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida, and Dr. Dennis Steindler Senior Scientist, director of the neuroscience and aging lab at Tufts University, as chief medical advisors to run and manage discovery, research and development for UCANN.
Its primary focus is to explore the medical applications of CBD's. UCANN entered into a consulting contract with doctors Brent A. Reynolds Ph.D. and Dennis A. Steindler Ph.D., pursuant to which they will act as UCANN's research and development team to establish evidence of CBD-based medical efficacy and creation of Intellectual Property (IP) on medically efficient CBD-based products. Both are employed by division-one universities and run their respective departments. UCANN will own all the inventions or discoveries coming from the contractual relationship.
Drs. Reynolds and Steindler have a record of patent protection and product development. Jointly, they have published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts in journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Reviews Cancer, Cell and Cancer Research. The Doctors hold 19 granted U.S. patents, have founded several biotechnology companies and have developed products that are currently in the marketplace. Their experience in basic discovery and translating this into protected technology will allow UCANN to leverage its existing technology platform with the objective of producing unique and effective cannabinoid medications.
As a result of the doctors' work so far, 14 unique provisional patents related to the unique combinations of pharmaceutically active CBD's used to treat disorders of the nervous system, immune system and cancer with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The doctors continue to work with United Cannabis to further development of CBD's designed to combat a wide range of ailments that plague humans and animals.
(NewsUSA) - By gaining a better understanding of the allergies caused by pets, you may be able to find a healthier coexistence with your furry friend.
According to The Humane Society, 62 percent of American households have at least one pet. Yet, an estimated 31 million Americans are allergic to animals, including up to 30 percent of those who have asthma. Here's what you should know about pet allergies:
Myth 1: It's only pet hair that causes allergies to flare up.
Not true. Pet hair is a nuisance and causes allergies, as it contains saliva or other pet proteins. Allergic reactions to pets are actually caused by pet proteins contained in pet dander, such as microscopic skin flakes, saliva and urine. Overactive immune systems in those with allergies attack these otherwise harmless substances.
Myth 2: Continuous exposure to animals will eventually desensitize you to them.
Not only is this not true, but in some cases the opposite is true. If you have a confirmed allergy to animals, it usually will not get better through increasing exposure. In fact, it may get worse.
Myth 3: With the right pet breed, allergy problems go away.
Not true. All cat or dog breeds produce dander. However, some breeds are believed to be better for allergy sufferers than other breeds. Typically the best breeds are those that shed the least fur and/or are the most frequently bathed. Also, smaller dogs produce less saliva than do bigger dogs.
Myth 4: Small animals are not a problem for allergies.
Wrong. Hamsters, guinea pigs, birds and other warm-blooded mammals can also trigger asthma and allergies in people with allergies to animal dander, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Myth 5: Outside the home, you shouldn't have pet allergies.
Not necessarily. Because of their microscopic size and jagged shape, pet allergens easily stick to clothing and other fabrics and are carried to other locations. Animal dander -- in sufficient levels to cause allergies -- can be found in many public places such as the workplace, classrooms and hospitals, according to the American Lung Association.
Myth 6: An air purifier will help with pet allergies.
It depends on the air purifier. Only a high-performance air purifier can help. Some allergy sufferers report that small, low-quality air cleaners make little or no difference at all. However, many allergy sufferers report that their IQAir air purifier, in combination with improved cleaning methods, has reduced or completely eliminated their allergic reactions to pets in their homes.
For more information, visit the IQAir website at www.iqair.com.