Joined by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Green Mountain Power today announced a new initiative called “eHome,” a first in the nation holistic home energy services program. The first home in the program is in Rutland and is called the Energy Home of the Future. This is the first of a 100-home pilot project. It will serve as the model for energy efficiency, weatherization, and the use of innovative new alternative energy technology tools such as high tech thermostats and smart electrical plugs. As part of the program, Green Mountain Power will work with customers to update existing homes to help them use less energy, save money, improve comfort, and reduce fossil fuel use.Secretary Moniz was in Rutland on Friday and toured the Energy Home of the Future as part of his visit. He called the home the “pathway to the future” and lauded GMP and its partners for the important work they are doing to demonstrate the full value of energy efficiency and innovation.”Efficiency and the emphasis on efficiency, including in this house, is really, really the pathway to the future. We cannot solve our energy and climate challenges without efficiency playing a huge role. So that’s what you see being played out here in front of us and I want to thank the Borkowskis,” said Secretary Moniz after touring the Energy Home of the Future.US Energy Secretary Addresses Vermont Energy SummitPrior to the Rutland visit, Secretary Moniz was up Route 7 in Middlebury. There, he spoke at a Vermont Energy Summit as part of a first-hand look at how Vermont is on the cutting edge of transforming its energy systems from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.In remarks at Middlebury College, Moniz focused on the need to reduce the cost of clean energy. Vermont, he added, “really looks unique” in terms of public and private cooperation on energy issues.Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont) welcomed the energy secretary to the state. The department Moniz heads, the delegation said, is an “indispensable partner in almost all of Vermont’s clean energy success stories,” including the first-in-the-nation statewide smart grid, Montpelier’s district heat project and Rutland County’s path-breaking efforts to improve energy efficiency at homes and businesses. During the 90-minute energy summit, Moniz was joined by the congressional delegation and Goverrnor Peter Shumlin for the wide-ranging discussion of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change. The delegation highlighted Vermont’s role in leading the nation in developing advanced energy storage, smart grid integration and resiliency, cold weather heat pumps, efficiency retrofits, clean energy research, and agricultural methane digester technologies.“I believe this small state can lead the nation, which can lead the world. And that is, in fact, what we need to do,” said Sanders, a member of the Senate energy and environment committees.“The Third National Climate Assessment shows the fast-evolving impacts of global climate change – effects we have already felt in Vermont,” Leahy said. “The Secretary’s strong comments make it clear that not much time remains for us to get this right. We’ve made a strong case this weekend for the strengths that add up to make the City of Rutland, our dairy farms and Vermont as a whole ideal partners for the Energy Department on a variety of energy solutions.”“The secretary’s visit today demonstrates that Vermont is a model for the nation in our approach to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change,” said Welch. “I applaud his strong leadership on these issues and am confident he will be going back to Washington with some practical Vermont ideas to make progress for the country on these issues.”RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwired – May 16, 2014) – GMP. Senator Sanders office. PHOTO: Secretary Moniz, right, with Governor Shumlin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published five case studies today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of patients who experienced serious complications and bacterial infections after receiving treatments for “chronic Lyme” disease.There is no medical definition of “chronic Lyme” and no treatment guidelines; instead, the term is used by patients and some providers to describe several symptoms, including fatigue and muscular pain, attributed to prior infection with Lyme disease. Many patients with a chronic Lyme diagnosis, however, test negative for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria associated with the ticks that carry Lyme.Some practitioners, including alternative medicine professionals who advertise themselves as being “Lyme literate” prescribe long-term courses of antibiotics and immunoglobulin therapy. But the CDC warns that treating an undiagnosed condition with an unregulated treatment plan can be dangerous for patients.”At least five randomized, placebo-controlled studies have shown that prolonged courses of IV [intravenous] antibiotics in particular do not substantially improve long-term outcome for patients with a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease and can result in serious harm, including death,” the authors write.Poor patient outcomesTo describe the threats of over-treating the undiagnosed condition, the CDC published five patient descriptions that come from state health departments. In one case, a woman died from shock after she received a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) for IV antibiotic treatment for persistent Lyme. Her joint pain never resolved after 3 weeks of treatments, and she eventually died from central venous catheter–associated bacteremia.Another patient, a teen girl, also got septic shock after her PICC became contaminated. She had been seeing an alternative health practitioner who prescribed long-term use of ceftriaxone. Her PICC was removed, but she was hospitalized for weeks.Another patient, a 50-year-old woman, sought treatment for chronic Lyme for 5 years. She developed Clostridium difficile colitis as a result of using several antibiotic, antifungal, and herbal remedies.”The C. difficile infection became intractable, and her symptoms persisted for over 2 years, requiring prolonged treatment. The patient subsequently died from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,” the authors write.Concern over resistance, other complicationsAccording to the CDC, it is not known how many people seek treatment for chronic Lyme, or how many complications occur during the course of treatment.”In addition to the dangers associated with inappropriate antibiotic use, such as selection of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, these treatments can lead to injuries related to unnecessary procedures, bacteremia and resulting metastatic infection, venous thromboses, and missed opportunities to diagnose and treat the actual underlying cause of the patient’s symptoms,” the authors conclude.See also:Jun 16 MMWR report
The executive director of Levski Pavel Kolev will have to untie the knot around the parting with the former coach of the “blues” Petar Hubchev. The information was transmitted by Meridian Match.The new owners of Levski Konstantin Papazov and Nasko Sirakov have left the negotiations entirely on the shoulders of the executive director of the club. As it is known, the management of the “blues” announced that Hubchev will not lead the team anymore after the 0: 2 loss to Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the first match of the semifinals of the Bulgarian Cup.However, this separation is not yet a fact, as the former national coach expects to be paid all the remuneration due under his contract. The case before the bosses of Levski is aggravated by the fact that Hubchev signed the contract as a German citizen, which excludes the competence of the domestic labor regulations.