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Severe flu season could lead to more myocardial infarctions

A January study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggested that respiratory infections are associated with a greater risk of acute myocardial infarction (MI). The researchers reported that MI incidence was 5.17 times greater during the week after infection with influenza A, while it was 10.11 times greater in the week after influenza B infection. These findings are especially relevant given the particularly devastating flu season in the US.

UK Sees High Proportion of CLL Cases at Advanced Stages

The percentage of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cases diagnosed at later stages of the Binet staging criteria is much higher in the UK than in other markets. In most of the seven major markets (7MM: US, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and Canada), over half of the CLL cases were diagnosed at stage A in 2015, while only 16% or less were diagnosed at stage C. In the UK, however, only 25% of CLL cases were diagnosed at stage A and nearly 30% were diagnosed at stage C. Figure 1 shows the proportion of CLL cases by stage at diagnosis in the 7MM in 2015.

Hensel bags $140m contract to build Hawaii State Hospital

Hensel Phelps Construction Company has been awarded a $140m contract by the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) in Hawaii to design and construct a new forensic psychiatric facility for the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe, Honolulu.

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