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Bright Horizons and GP Strategies Enter Exclusive Partnership for Education and Learning Benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 novembre 2019

Horizons (NYSE: BFAM) and GP Strategies (NYSE: GPX), today announced a unique partnership that responds to growing demand from the nation’s largest and most innovative employers for educational benefits, from employee upskilling to student loan repayment. Bright Horizons’ recent acquisition of GP Strategies’ Tuition Program Management services business makes Bright Horizons the exclusive provider of tuition program management for GP Strategies’ client base, allowing client employees access to personalized resources that help to streamline the outside education process and enhance the employee experience. These clients include some of the world’s most reputable and leading employers, such as United Technologies and AMD. Additionally, GP Strategies and Bright Horizons have partnered to extend referrals to each other’s clients to enhance client access to service offerings provided by both Bright Horizons and GP Strategies.A pioneer in the field of workplace learning and recipient of Chief Learning Officer’s Gold “Provider” award, Bright Horizons is the nation’s largest provider of education benefits, now overseeing approximately $1 Billion in annual tuition reimbursements for hundreds of large employers including T-Mobile, Home Depot, PepsiCo, and State Farm. In total, Bright Horizons serves over 1,100 employer clients worldwide, delivering onsite child care, back-up care, and education advisory services. Bright Horizons’ secure technology platform with a network of more than 250 accredited institutions and expert advisors enables leading employers to tailor education programs to the needs of the entire workforce, from senior executives to frontline workers. Programs are designed to make learning financially viable for employees looking to advance their skills while improving critical business metrics like retention, engagement and promotion.

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Lincoln Financial Group Is Making It Easier for Small Business Owners to Offer Group Benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 agosto 2019

Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC) announced today that it is enhancing how it serves small businesses, with the launch of the Group Benefits Small Business Solutions model. This new sales and service model will provide small business owners with fewer than 100 employees dedicated sales, service and support teams — making it easy for them to offer valuable financial protection solutions at the workplace.Nearly all small business owners (98%) see value in offering group benefits and many are motivated to offer benefits primarily to retain employees and boost morale. However, small business owners have limited time to manage employee benefits — nearly 40% cite this as an issue, many worrying they don’t have the necessary resources. Lincoln Financial’s Small Business Solutions team will enable benefits brokers to obtain group insurance quotes for their employer clients from a dedicated team that is designed to act quickly, and understands the challenges small business owners face.Offering a comprehensive suite of benefits can give employers an edge in today’s competitive job market, helping them recruit and retain top talent. More than half of employees agree that the benefits an employer offers influences their decision to join the company2.Lincoln Financial’s small business benefits solutions include long-term disability, short-term disability, group life, dental, accident, and vision coverages. To learn more about the group benefits Lincoln Financial can offer to employers of all sizes, visit

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OneDigital Health and Benefits Acquires Veritas

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 febbraio 2019

OneDigital Health and Benefits, the nation’s largest company focused exclusively on employee benefits and HR, has acquired Veritas Risk Services (Veritas) located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Managing Principal Doug Truax, Principal Bob Walsh and Regional Vice Presidents Sharon Schlenker, Greg Hopkins and Kathy Smith will continue to work alongside their teams serving the Firm’s clients throughout the Midwest region and across the country.
Veritas works with clients across a range of industries and sizes, emphasizing exceptional service and utilizing a strategic approach to provide clients with innovation in the employee benefits and retirement space. By joining OneDigital, the firm’s clients will gain added resources such as an in-house ERISA attorney, HR consulting expertise, custom benchmarking and human resources information solutions (HRIS).“Veritas and OneDigital are a winning combination. OneDigital shares Veritas’ culture of providing exceptional consulting and service to employers,” said Managing Principal Doug Truax of OneDigital Chicago. “In addition, they give us a national footprint and the additional employee benefits, group retirement and HR services resources to become the leading benefits firm for the middle market in Chicago.OneDigital’s comprehensive advisory services and market-leading solutions are offered in over 80 offices throughout the country. The firm has a well-established track record of doubling and tripling the size of operations in new markets and is seeking additional firms to join this team over the next 12-24 months.”Expanding our team in the Chicago area is an exciting step for OneDigital,” said OneDigital’s EVP of Sales and Operations Bill Carew. “Not only do Doug and his team at Veritas have a strong reputation for building and advising on employee benefits in the area, but culturally they are the ideal fit for our organization. We are excited for the strategic direction and leadership Doug and his team will provide. This key expansion is a true testament to OneDigital’s growth momentum for 2019.”

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Arlene Potts Joins Alliant Employee Benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 settembre 2018

Alliant continues to add proven benefits talent to its team in Virginia with the arrival of Arlene Potts. As Vice President within Alliant’s Employee Benefits Group, the Suffolk-based Potts will work with a diverse portfolio of clients to provide strategic employee benefits solutions that reduce healthcare costs and optimize organizational performance.“Known for her exceptional client service, Arlene has built and maintained strong and enduring relationships with organizations throughout the region, delivering customized benefits solutions that improve output and strengthen the bottom line,” said Kevin Overbey, Senior Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director, Alliant Employee Benefits. “She will be a strong addition to our team as we continue to grow our presence both in Virginia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.” Potts joins Alliant with a multifaceted background that spans all aspects of the healthcare process. Prior to joining Alliant, she was a Senior Associate with a large, national employee benefits and insurance brokerage firm. There, Potts serviced a diverse base of clients with both regional and national operations consulting on a broad array of health, wellness, and employee retention initiatives.

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Matt Frykman Joins G2 Insurance Services as Vice President, Employee Benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 Maggio 2018

Matt Frykman joined G2 Insurance Services as Vice President, Employee Benefits. Matt joins G2’s growing Employee Benefits practice that offers solutions for middle-market for-profit companies as well as nonprofit organizations. “We are thrilled to welcome Matt to our team,” said Mark Ruggles, CEO. “Matt’s consultative, analytic approach to explaining and administering employee benefits plans will add tremendous value to clients who desire a long-term, trusted partner. I believe Matt’s focus on providing clear, understandable, tailored options for our clients will serve them well for years to come.”
Prior to joining G2 Insurance Services, Matt was Global Benefits Manager at Glassdoor, Inc. Matt also served as an Account Executive and Senior Client Manager at Willis Towers Watson. Prior to that, he was a Benefits Analyst at Little-Mendelson. Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.“Joining G2’s Employee benefits team is a tremendous opportunity,” said Matt. “The more I heard about G2’s unique approach to client service and building long-term relationships, I was convinced their culture was something I wanted to be part of. I am truly excited to offer our clients the opportunity to experience something completely new when it comes to benefits.”
Founded in 2012 and located in San Francisco, G2 Insurance Services is an independent, full-service property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage firm focused on the risk management needs of for-profit companies, non-profit organizations and high-net-worth individuals.

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NewVoiceMedia Wins 2017 Tech Culture Award for Second Consecutive Year

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 novembre 2017

NewVoiceMedia, a leading global provider of cloud contact center and inside sales technology that enables businesses to have more successful conversations, has won a Tech Culture Award for the second consecutive year. Established by global, integrated media company TMCnet in 2016, the award seeks to recognize the best-of-the-best work cultures within the technology sector. Honoring organizations committed to continuously improving the work-life balance of their employees including, but not limited to, growth potential, onsite culinary and recreational benefits, team building atmosphere, flexible hours, tuition and training programs, and attractive investment options, this award distinguishes technology organizations seeking to attract top talent.“We are proud to acknowledge the leaders who understand the importance of culture in the tech industry and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for these revolutionary companies,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC.NewVoiceMedia’s people-focused culture promotes a healthy work-life balance through flexible working, home working and the best collaboration technology. The company also invests in tailor-made learning and development opportunities; offers an attractive benefits package and provides staff with opportunities to take part in charitable activities. Additionally, NewVoiceMedia employees receive perks such as games spaces and fully stocked kitchens.“We’re very proud to have built such a strong company culture and team of dedicated, talented staff,” says Dennis Fois, NewVoiceMedia President and COO. “Making NewVoiceMedia a fun and stimulating place to work is a core part of our strategy, and it has helped us to attract high-caliber people around the world. Hiring, developing and retaining the best people in the industry represents a significant source of competitive advantage that helps to differentiate us in our marketplace.”

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UnitedHealthcare Opens New Health Benefits Store in Palisades Park

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 ottobre 2017

UnitedHealthcare executivesThe UnitedHealthcare Bergen Asian Resource Center, at 7 Broad Ave., Suite 207 in Palisades Park, will serve approximately 15,000 Asian-American Medicare recipients in Bergen County. It is the second UnitedHealthcare benefits store in New Jersey staffed by representatives who offer customized in-language support in Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin and South Asian dialects. New Jersey Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers can visit the store to learn about their Medicare coverage options or participate in health and wellness seminars in the community room. Customer service representatives can answer questions and help connect people with community resources and social services such as the Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD) and Senior Gold programs – both New Jersey state-funded prescription drug initiatives that help eligible residents with the cost of prescription medications. Customer service representatives are also available to help people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plans review their benefits and eligibility, and provide translation service for documents, including those not related to health insurance plans.Community leaders joined UnitedHealthcare executives at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new center, which is the company’s 10th storefront dedicated to serving Asian-American communities in the United States. “For more than two decades UnitedHealthcare has helped people in New Jersey’s and New York’s Asian-American communities live healthier lives,” said Chris Law, national vice president, UnitedHealthcare Asian Initiatives. “This new storefront in Palisades Park will provide people who live in Bergen County the customer service and support they need to learn more about their health benefits and the many community services available to them.”Multiple phone lines are also available 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, including 1-877-718-3682 for Korean-language inquiries, 1-800-801-1900 for Chinese-language inquiries and 1-800-250-5779 for South Asian-language inquiries; TTY 711.UnitedHealthcare was one of the first health plans to provide culturally relevant health care services to Asian Americans. The company founded its Asian Initiatives business in 1994 and established an office in New York City’s Chinatown. Its other New Jersey storefront is located in Edison.UnitedHealthcare is the nation’s largest business dedicated to meeting the health and well-being needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries, with more than 11 million people enrolled in its Medicare plans. For more information, visit Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers can visit to find helpful information in Chinese and Vietnamese, as well as English and Spanish.UnitedHealthcare serves more than 1.7 million people in New Jersey with a network of 100 hospitals, and more than 35,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

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Spread Betting With City Index: The Answer to a Double-Dip Recession?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 aprile 2012

London, (PRNewswire) Spread betting enables investors to take a position on a market that is not only rising, but falling also with the potential to net significant profits. If an investor expects a market to fall – or if it is already falling – unlike in more conventional trading, they can go short and sell. This means their profits will rise in line with any fall in that market’s price. However, if the market moves against them; they can also lose more than their initial deposit.
A recession is defined as two or more consecutive quarters of economic decline and on Wednesday 25 April 2012; Britain sank back into a recession once again.The GDP shrank unexpectedly from 0.2% between January and March this year, which followed a 0.3% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics.This is the first double-dip since the 1970s – so thirty years later, how are investors going to trade?1970s: The Recession and Spread Betting are born. Whether older or wiser, one thing is for sure; there is a new way to trade this time around with financial spread betting. When compared to Britain’s first double-dip recession; spread betting could be considered its slightly younger and more opportunistic cousin. Where the recession occurred between 1973 and 1975 – spread betting came to fruition just after, between 1975 and 1980. Whilst the recession set about creating doom and gloom; financial spread betting provided investors with opportunities by offering them the potential to profit from a market that was not only rising, but falling also. It could be contemplated that spread betting was a reaction to the volatile markets of the early 1970s, or even just a timely coincidence. What can be said is that spread betting is a way for many investors to take a position on over 12,000 financial markets for only a small initial deposit.
Spread Betting provider City Index is one of the world leaders in spread betting and CFD trading with close to thirty years experience, having established themselves within the UK in 1983.Since then; they have grown to become a leading provider of spread betting, CFD (Contract for Difference) and FX trading.Launching first with a financial spread betting offering in 1983; they evolved quickly from 2001 to provide CFDs in the UK – and now globally.To consolidate their position as one of the market leaders; they acquired forex broker IFX Markets and spread betting provider Finspreads.
By 2008, they opened offices in Sydney, Singapore and Shanghai serving clients in the Asia Pacific region and following an acquisition of FX Solutions – a market leader in retail and white label forex services in the US – they expanded their global reach across the USA and into the Middle East.
Most recently, their developments turned to technology in order to mirror the demand for even smarter-smartphones; so in late 2009, the City Trading™ CFD trading and spread betting app for iPhone™ was launched. Since, the app has been developed for Android™ and Blackberry devices – winning multiple industry awards.
Spread betting, CFD trading and FX are leveraged products which can result in losses greater than your initial deposit. Ensure you fully understand the risks.
Today more and more individual traders are discovering the benefits of derivatives, and many of them are discovering them through a City Index trading platform.As a group, we transact in excess of 1.5 million trades every month in over 50 countries. We provide access to a wide range of instruments including margined foreign exchange, CFDs and, in the UK, financial spread betting. We constantly look to improve the performance of our platforms and expand our range of services. The result is our customers benefit from innovative trading tools with transparent pricing, competitive spreads, and a high standard of customer support. Visit for details.

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Electricity Supply in Kazakhstan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 novembre 2010

Washington. The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$78 million loan for the Kazakhstan Alma Electricity Transmission Project to the Republic of Kazakhstan to improve the reliability and quality of electricity supply to consumers in the Almaty region. The Project will expand the capacity of the Almaty Oblast transmission network in an environmentally responsible and financially sustainable manner.  The Bank will finance two components of the project:  (a) construction of a 500 kV overhead transmission line (OHTL) from the YuKGRES substation to the Alma substation, and (b) procurement and project management consulting services for the construction of 500 kV OHTL from the YuKGRES substation to the Alma substation.
Strong economic growth, with an average real GDP growth of 10 percent between 2000 and 2007, and rising incomes fuelled increasing demand for electricity in Kazakhstan. Growth in electricity consumption averaged over 5 percent per year during this period.  The major portion of the growth in demand and more than half of total electricity consumption was in the booming Southern regions. In the Almaty Oblast in southern Kazakhstan growth in electricity consumption exceeded 7 percent per year from 2000 to 2007.  With the recent deepening of the world economic crisis, GDP growth, and in turn consumption growth, are likely to remain at lower levels.  However, the impact on growth in electricity demand in southern Kazakhstan will not be as significant, as the region has faced severe supply constraints in the past three years. Once the country recovers from the current economic slowdown, electricity demand in southern Kazakhstan is expected to increase vigorously. The Kazakhstan Alma Electricity Transmission Project will enhance the well-being of the population in South Kazakhstan by providing relatively low-cost and higher quality energy; removing a binding energy supply constraint to continued economic growth in the region; and increasing the region’s competitiveness in industrial and commercial development with related employment and income benefits.

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From Passion To Profession

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 ottobre 2010

E’ nato From passion to profession, la nuova iniziativa di Néo che da fine ottobre, aiuterà i suoi lettori a trasformare una loro passione in professione. Per quanti, da sempre, coltivano un interesse smisurato per la scrittura, il cinema, le arti visive (fotografia e pittura), il design e la musica, è arrivato il momento di trasformare il talento in una fonte di guadagno. Tra gli argomenti trattati, al fine di trasformare giovani talenti in professionisti delle arti visive e della scrittura: siti internet di informazione e formazione; “to do list” per il successo; benefits e vantaggi correlati (interviste a chi ce l’ha fatta); dove e come procurarsi gli strumenti del mestiere; “dress for the role”; scuole e corsi per principianti e di perfezionamento; associazioni/club/camp/fiere/ forum/eventi; siti internet di concorsi; opportunità di business; segreti promozionali; la geografia del successo: i paesi che offrono di più; interviste e contatti con chi ce l’ha fatta, contatti con i mentori; contatti con i produttori/editori/galleristi del settore; mettersi in proprio; questioni legali e contatti con legali specializzati; questioni fiscali e contatti con consulenti fiscali specializzati; finanziatori e metodi di finanziamento; rivendersi in altri settori; gestire il successo; l’elenco di mail e di contatti diretti con gli operatori del settore. Non manca proprio nulla per trasformare la propria passione in professione. Un percorso “guidato” perché fare il lavoro che si sogna, non deve essere un lusso di pochi.

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U.S.A.: Unemployment Benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 agosto 2010

President Obama signed the unemployment benefits extension into law, delivering badly-needed help for Americans who have lost their job in the recession. Today’s good news comes after weeks of obstruction by Republicans, who decided to put political game playing ahead of doing the right thing to help those in need. President Obama had called on the GOP to put these folks before partisan tactics, and last night the Senate finally overcame the Republican filibuster. Upon signing the bill the President also called on Congress to take action and pass aid to states and support for small businesses: “Today, I signed the unemployment insurance extension to restore desperately needed assistance to two and a half million Americans who lost their jobs in the recession.  After a partisan minority used procedural tactics to block the authorization of this assistance three separate times over the past weeks, Americans who are fighting to find a good job and support their families will finally get the support they need to get back on their feet during these tough economic times.  Now it’s time for Congress to act on more proposals that support our economic recovery, including passing critical aid to our states and support to small businesses.  Small businesses are the engine of job growth, and measures to cut their taxes and make lending available should not be held hostage to partisan tactics like those that unconscionably held up unemployment insurance.”

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Advisor productivity

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 Maggio 2010

Finantix has launched applications for financial advisors and individual investors that will natively run on Apple iPads. The apps cover key elements of the advisory value chain: financial planning, portfolio analysis, order management, alerting, client reporting. They leverage the full power of the iPad: a highly visual and interactive experience, ease of use and the immense appeal of the device. Alessandro Tonchia, founder and director of Finantix – – analyses the significant business impact of this technology. “Our advisory apps for the iPad and iPhone are a joy to use and offer dramatic benefits in terms of sales, quality of service and productivity. Client interactions become more collaborative, with clients and advisors able to share an engaging planning experience. Additionally, monitoring financial events on a device that is designed for immediate and high-quality communication will greatly increase the productivity of advisors and their ability to reach out to clients in timely and intelligent ways.” The iPad apps complement the Finantix wealth management suite – – which is recognised by analysts as one of the leading solutions in both the mass affluent and high net worth segments. Finantix software is explicitly architected for multi-channel delivery. It is used by advisors, clients, branch employees and call centre agents. In addition to the iPad, it supports the Web, Flash widgets and the iPhone. The iPad and iPhone components can be deployed stand-alone or integrated with the systems currently used by a financial institution. The new releases are currently being piloted by wealth managers who are acting as design partners, with general availability planned for the third quarter of this year. Finantix will consider additional requests to join the early adopter program. Finantix is an established provider of client-centric solutions for financial advice, sales and service.The solutions help banks, insurers and wealth managers attract new customers and maximise the potential of existing ones. Standard functionality covers advice, origination and transactions for investment, insurance, lending and banking products. Finantix has offices across America, Asia and Europe, counting more than 50 clients in over 20 countries. The company is recognised by reputable market analysts and blue chip clients for both business and technical innovation in the industry.

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Improve blood circulation

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2009

London, Researchers in Japan have completed an intensive study which highlights the beneficial effects of blackcurrants on dark circles under the eyes. Blackcurrants have long been renowned for their benefits in helping to improve blood circulation, but less well known, however, is that this improved circulation can also help reduce the dark rings around and predominantly under the eyes. This common beauty problem has been the subject of a study using 33 healthy women by researchers in Japan at Hirosaki University. The tests proved conclusively that the consumption of blackcurrants improved the blood flow around the optical nerves and drastically reduced the effect of ‘sagging eyes’. It is thought that the effect is derived from the ability of the natural components in blackcurrants, such as anthocyanins, to increase the blood flow in the capillaries in these dark regions thereby delivering more oxygen to the tissues. This encourages them to expand, helping to reduce the dark shadowed effect. The experiment is now being repeated in the UK by the Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI). Dr Derek Stewart of the SCRI commented: “We are keen to replicate this experiment here in the UK and would hope to see the same strong results as demonstrated in Japan. Blackcurrants have been proven to aid circulation in a number of previous laboratory studies so it was only a matter of time before we started utilising their benefits in aiding eye skin appearance. This goes to show that blackcurrants can offer excellent health and beauty benefits.”

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Rail industry benefits

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 agosto 2009

Zeist, the Netherlands, The autonomisation of the railway industry, the related enhanced commercialisation and the separation of infrastructure and operations ask for new criteria in optimal life cycle management. Good management of the total life cycle costs of rail assets is a key aspect in this. Challenges such as calculations in which changing circumstances and future expenses need to be taken into account, still need to be overcome. This greatly influences the determination of prices in for example tendering procedures of rolling stock. Rules, interoperability and feasibility of technological developments are also among the issues at stake. However, optimal life cycle management offers remarkable opportunities and provides competitive advantages. This will all be discussed on 8 December 2009 during the international Life Cycle Management conference. The conference will take place in Congress centre Amstelveen in the Netherlands and is being organised by Europoint Rail Technology Conferences & Exhibitions.The Life Cycle Management conference starts with a benchmarking forum, after which the need and necessity for cross border regulations will be illustrated from different perspectives. The conference programme includes contributions from politics, science and industry. In the afternoon the following issues will be discussed via interactive seminars:- Rail concessions and asset/life cycle management: winning contracts- Management accounting & LCM- The interaction between infrastructure and rolling stock: symbiosis or parasitism?-  The balance between technology and cost efficiency The organisers expect these issues to lead to a successful interaction between speakers and delegates. The exchange of viewpoints will result in innovative solutions and tangible actions that will lead to a cost effective and manageable integral method of Life Cycle Management in the rail industry.

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Tuberculosis vaccine

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 luglio 2009

Geneva HIV-infected infants risk contracting a deadly form of tuberculosis from the bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, instead of receiving protection against the disease, according to research published today in the international public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. While the BCG vaccine is given to approximately 75% of newborn babies worldwide, a South African study has found that its harm may outweigh the benefits for HIV-infected infants. The study recommends delaying vaccination until the infant’s HIV status is known. “There is an urgent need to assess the risk versus benefits of this vaccine in settings where both HIV infection and tuberculosis burdens are high,” says co-author Professor Simon Schaaf, from the Desmond Tutu TB Centre at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Read the research paper here:  The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is one of the world’s leading public health journals. It is the flagship periodical of the World Health Organization, with a special focus on developing countries. Research papers are peer reviewed and are independent of WHO recommendations and guidelines. Further items in this Bulletin issue include: Could an expansion of antiretroviral treatment reduce HIV transmission? The Ethiopian Health Minister talks about a new approach to aid for health Spanish research shows car drivers should take a special test before riding a motorcycle How Asian countries are tackling multi-drug resistant tuberculosis Chagas disease 100 years after its discovery How Kenya developed services for victims of sexual violence Are pre-employment medical examinations useful? Struggling to pay the medical bills in Armenia

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