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Vasopressin Trauma Trial to Begin Enrollment

Vasopressin Trauma Trial to Begin Enrollment

Study aims to reduce death due to shock

 

San Antonio, TX Allstate Agent Awarded for Volunteerism - $500 Grant Presented to San Antonio Sports Foundation

San Antonio, TX, December 1, 2006 - It pays to be in the Good Hands of local Allstate agent Nancy Lebherz. In recognition of Nancy Lebherz's volunteer efforts in the community, The Allstate Foundation awarded a $500 grant to San Antonio Sports Foundation.

The grant is part of Allstate's "Agency Hands In The Community" program. Allstate agents are recognized for outstanding commitment to community service with a $500 donation to the charitable organization where they volunteer. To qualify for the grant, agents must show evidence of volunteer work that has had a positive impact on the local community.

TEXAS OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE DECALS ENFORCED STARTING JAN. 1

TEXAS OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE DECALS ENFORCED STARTING JAN. 1

AUSTIN, Texas - On Jan. 1, 2007, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department game wardens and other authorities will begin enforcing the
requirement for all qualifying trail vehicles to have a current Texas
Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) decal properly mounted on their trail vehicles
when used at OHV venues on public land in Texas.
A Texas OHV decal costs $8 and is good through August 31 of the
year it is purchased. Many other states require similar decals. A decal
bought in Texas is also valid in other states and other states' decals

NEISD Parents Not Alone in Class Rank Concerns

Many objections have been raised regarding NEISD's new class rank policy. It didn't take much research to learn that class rank is not just a NEISD issue.  The very concerns voiced at the NEISD Board meeting on November 13, 2006 have been echoed across the country.  Read the following article to see how premier high schools that graduated leaders of our country, including a Nobel Prize winning physicist, have dealt with this controversial issue.

Excellent Class Rank Article

Bexar County Commissioners Say No to SAHA

The Bexar County Commissioners Court "strongly urge" SAHA to abandon the Talavera and Marquis Legend project.  See their comments and signatures at the link below! 

 

Read the Commissioners letter to the SAHA Board

 

Kevin Wolff Thanks Residents

COUNCILMAN KEVIN A. WOLFF’S STATEMENT
ON SAHA & THE TALAVERA APARTMENTS

As many of you know, SAHA has decided not to purchase two luxury apartment communities for affordable housing at the intersection of Loop 1604 and Blanco Road.   I have been opposed to this project since I first learned of it several weeks ago, and believe SAHA has made the right decision.

At the meeting we hosted on October 30th, District 9 residents asked a number of well thought-out questions about this transaction.  I pledge to continue asking SAHA these same questions which are listed below:

SAHA/Talavera Deal Off

Submitted by Phil Nelson, Chairman of SAHA

Thank you for your comments about the proposed purchase of the Talavera and Marquis at the Legends apartments. We appreciate your input, and I encourage you to check our website at www.saha.org, where we will be adding and updating information about many of the questions that have been raised.

As for the proposed acquisitions, the San Antonio Housing Authority and the sellers of the two apartment complexes have reached an impasse in the earnest money contract negotiations regarding a number of matters relating to as-is conditions and liability issues. As a result, it appears this proposed transaction will not move forward.

Should you be worried about a Flu Pandemic?

     There has been much in the news recently about influenza and concerns about the potential of a flu pandemic.  The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and, at times, can lead to death. The best way to prevent it is to get a flu vaccination each fall.
Every year in the United States, on average:
  • 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu
  • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications
  • About 36,000 people die from flu
      Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
     Complications of flu can include pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Children may get sinus problems and ear infections.
     Flu viruses are spread in respiratory droplets caused by coughing and sneezing. They usually spread from person to person, though sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
     Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you can pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.
    A flu pandemic is an outbreak of a “new” influenza virus that spreads rapidly around the world. It is a more serious infection for everyone and people at every age are at risk. 
Historically, the 20th century saw 3 pandemics of influenza:
  • 1918: at least 500,000 U.S. deaths and up to 40 million deaths worldwide
  • 1957: at least 70,000 U.S. deaths and 1-2 million deaths worldwide
  • 1968: caused about 34,000 U.S. deaths and 700,000 deaths worldwide 
What is the Avian flu:
     Influenza viruses that infect primarily birds are called “Avian influenza virus.” Currently, the Avian flu (H5N1) virus is spreading among poultry (mainly chickens) in Asia and Europe. H5N1 virus does not usually infect people, but more than 130 human cases have been reported since January 2004. Most of these people had direct or close contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces; however, a few cases of human-to-human spread of H5N1 have occurred.  
     So far, the spread of H5N1 virus from person to person has been rare and has not continued beyond one person. Nonetheless, because all flu viruses can change, scientists are concerned that H5N1 one day could be able to infect humans and spread easily from one person to another. 
     No one can predict when a pandemic might occur. However, experts from around the world are watching the H5N1 situation in Asia and Europe very closely and are preparing for the possibility that the virus may begin to spread more easily and widely from person to person.
 
The following are measures currently underway to be prepared:
  • Poultry is being monitored
  • Pharmacies are stock piling (increasing stock of antivirals)
  • Labs are being trained to test for virus
  • New vaccine is being developed
      University Health System and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department are following CDC guidelines and providing local surveillance for flu infections, so the community can be informed of outbreaks.

URGENT! PUBLIC HOUSING COMING TO SONTERRA!!

URGENT COMMUNITY MESSAGE!!  PLEASE RESPOND!!
The following information was published in the San Antonio Express-News this past weekend: 
 
SAHA Seeks to Buy Units Near Sonterra
Author: Ron Wilson; EXPRESS-NEWS STAFF WRITER

Tradition's Grand Opening Means Grand Goodies!

Don't forget Tradition's Grand Opening in the Ventura Plaza on Thursday and Friday!  Hor d'ouevres and beverages will be provide by Silo Restuarant and Bar between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Each guest recieves a $20 gift certificate from Silo's!  Also,  pick up your free Style Sack filled with designer goodies, all throughout the day, just for visiting Traditions!   It's going to be great fun! Bring a friend and don't forget to tell them Stone Oak Info.com sent you!

Traditions is located in the new Ventura Plaza on Hwy 1604, between Blanco and Stone Oak Pkwy.