Army Works To Create More Comfortable Body Armor For Women

first_imgBy Dialogo January 11, 2011 In Colombia there is a bullet proof clothing manufacturer, which is being used by governments and worldwide important figures. I am from Venezuela, but my question is, why re-invent the wheel? Besides, don’t they use porcelain tiles? Kind regards, and I am delighted to see this publication. Congratulations. THEY AREN’T RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL, THEY ARE ADDING IT TO THE IMAGE OF WOMAN AS SHE IS ALREADY APPEARING AT THE HEAD OF THE FIGHT. I would like to congratulate the Army and the Armed Forces, who work hard to make more comfortable bulletproof clothing for female soldiers. I would like to especially congratulate Brigadier General Peter N. Fuller, who has always shown capability and competence in everything he does. May God bless you always! Army and Air Force researchers are continuing to work on how better to fit female Soldiers with more comfortable form-fitting body-armor plates. The Army is studying unisex armor plate designs, while the Air Force is investigating female-specific geometries. Teams from both services are using male and female torso curves from 3-D surface scans for front/back and side plate shape concepts. Originally introduced with Interceptor body armor, the current front/back ballistic plate shape known as the enhanced small arms protective insert or ESAPI, was designed for male Soldiers. Those designs have been maintained during the evolution of body armor and the deployment of the improved outer tactical vest. “By all measures, the body armor system has been very effective in protecting Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Jon Rickey, product manager for Soldier protective equipment at Program Executive Office Soldier. “However, comments from the field indicate some female Soldiers are not being fit well with the current ballistic plate shape.” Rickey said that since fiscal year 2010, alternative male and female torso ballistic plate shapes have been studied with particular emphasis on fitting female Soldiers. But he said challenges remain in retaining ballistic performance with curved plate geometries. Tests have shown conformal ceramic armor doesn’t meet Army ballistic performance standards. Brig. Gen. Peter N. Fuller, PEO Soldier commander, wrote in an email that the Army had started procuring and distributing smaller front/back and side hard plates to accommodate small-sized Soldiers. “As we continue to research this area, we are also evaluating a conformal undergarment for women to better interface the hard plate to their bodies,” Fuller said. He also said that while commercial conformal body armor is available, it doesn’t meet Army performance requirements. Female Soldiers at Army Europe have tested gender-specific plate shapes. While the results showed the prototypes fit female front torso shapes better than the ESAPI, the strong front curve tended to dig into the area below the collar bone. Rickey said the Air Force Research Laboratory will refine female-specific plate shapes and continue human factors evaluations. “We anticipate at least one or maybe two more rounds of geometry design and fit evaluation in fiscal year 2011 that will include tests on female and male Soldiers for the unisex plates from Natick Soldier Research Development & Engineering Command,” Rickey said. The general also added a female Army Combat Uniform in 13 sizes is presently under evaluation across the total force with a completion date of May. Initial results are favorable from women Soldiers, he said. Helmets and nape pads to better accommodate women with longer hair tied up in buns are also in the works and expected to be available this summer. The Army is now approximately 14 percent female, though the Army has only recently moved away from a one-size-fits-all equipping strategy, Fuller said.last_img read more

Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

first_imgThe Independent 5 June 2015When Caron Ryalls was asked to sign consent forms so that her then 13-year-old daughter, Emily, could be vaccinated against cervical cancer, she assumed it was the best way to protect Emily’s long-term health.Yet the past four years have turned into a nightmare for the family as Emily soon suffered side effects. Only two weeks after her first HPV injection, the teenager experienced dizziness and nausea.“The symptoms grew increasingly worse after the second and third injections, and I went to A&E several times with severe chest and abdominal pains as well as difficulty breathing,” Emily, now 17, said. “One time I couldn’t move anything on one side of my body. I didn’t know what was happening.”Emily is one of the thousands of teenage girls who have endured debilitating illnesses following the routine immunisation. She is yet to recover and has no idea when her health will return to normal.“Prior to the vaccination Emily had an ‘unremarkable’ medical history with no problems,” said Mrs Ryalls, 49, from in Ossett, West Yorkshire. “She was considered very healthy and represented the school at hockey, netball, athletics and was a keen dancer. She was also a high achiever at school, in the top sets for everything and predicted at least 10 GCSE with high grades. Her future was very bright.”Mrs Ryalls reported Emily’s condition to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). In the 10 years to April this year the agency received almost 22,000 “spontaneous suspected” adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports in 13 routine immunisation categories including flu, MMR, tetanus, diphtheria and polio, according to a Freedom of Information response released earlier this month.In the HPV category alone, ADRs numbered 8,228, of which 2,587 were classified as “serious” – defined by several criteria, including whether it resulted in hospitalisation or was deemed life threatening.Last year, Japan withdrew its recommendation for the HPV vaccine because of reported side effects.In an article published last week in the Springer journal Clinical Rheumatology, Dr Manuel Martinez-Lavin, who has been treating people with chronic pain conditions for more than 30 years, said these illnesses are “more frequent after HPV vaccination”. He wrote: “Vaccination has been one of the most effective public health measures in the history of medicine. However, seemingly inexplicit adverse reactions have been described after the injection of the newer vaccines vs human papillomavirus (HPV). Adverse reactions appear to be more frequent after HPV vaccination when compared to other type of immunisations.”Dr Martinez-Lavin said PoTS and fibromyalgia are among the diseases he believes have developed after HPV vaccination, and that clinicians should be aware of the possible association between HPV vaccination and the development of these “difficult to diagnose” painful syndromes.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/thousands-of-teenage-girls-enduring-debilitating-illnesses-after-routine-school-cancer-vaccination-10286876.htmlHPV vaccination report should not scare parents, health professionals sayStuff co.nz 5 June 2015Horror stories from Britain about teenage girls facing crippling illnesses after getting the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil have been dismissed by New Zealand health professionals. Thousands of girls were enduring debilitating illnesses since getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) jab, British news website The Independent reported on Sunday. At least 470,00 girls have received the injection in New Zealand since it was launched in September 2008.The Independent report said there were many more reactions to the HPV vaccine reported in Britain than from any other routine immunisation, including tetanus, MMR and flu, and it could lead to diseases that were hard for doctors to diagnose.But in New Zealand, Ministry of Health director of public health Stewart Jessamine said it did not think the report fairly represented the risk of adverse effects from HPV vaccination, which “has at least as good a safety profile as any other childhood vaccine”. (our emphasis added)http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/69091525/hpv-vaccination-report-should-not-scare-parents-health-professionals-saylast_img read more

De Lima dares Duterte: Let Robredo take over

first_img“Niloko mo ang mga tao na six months solve lahat ng problema. Ngayon hinahamon mo si VP Leni na gawin ang hindi mo nagawa?” says Sen. Leila de Lima in a statement on Thursday. ABS-CBN NEWS “Duterte must first relinquish his post entirely to VP Robredo, who will then be Acting President throughout the overacting phase of Duterte’s spoiled brat persona, and not only take over law enforcement functions,” the opposition senator said. According to the opposition senator, that is the only “manly way” for Duterte to stay true to his challenge for Robredo to takeover his drug war. “Follow the Constitution. Transmit to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives your written declaration that you are unable to discharge the powers and duties of your office and let VP (Vice President) Robredo take over,” De Lima said. De Lima added: “Niloko mo ang mga tao na six months solve lahat ng problema. Ngayon hinahamon mo si VP Leni na gawin ang hindi mo nagawa? Sino ba ang nangako sa taumbayan na ayusin ang Pilipinas sa loob ng anim na buwan?” De Lima also said that Duterte have once again resorted to attacking Robredo as he “cannot admit that he miserably failed the millions of Filipino people who believed in his fake promise to rid the country of illegal drugs in six months.” In a statement, De Lima said that Duterte should write a letter to the Senate and House of Representatives officially declaring himself as unable to discharge his functions as the President. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, meanwhile, laughed off the latest tirades of De Lima, who was detained for allegedly allowing the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prisons during her time as Department of Justice secretary. “You failed. And now you mock VP Robredo when you were the one who bragged everything is solvable with the six month Duterte formula of wishing that things would just fix themselves by the sheer power of your stupid jokes and equally idiotic ramblings,” she said. MANILA – Detained Sen. Leila de Lima has urged President Rodrigo Duterte to let Vice President Leni Robredo take over from his official functions as Chief Executive. “De Lima must be hallucinating. Could be the result of incarceration. I pity her. I’m praying for her health,” Panelo said in a text message to the media on Thursday./PNlast_img read more