Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Response
November 14th, 2012 2:05 pm ET -
By Jeff Eggert
It is another beautiful Denver morning. The sun is shining, and Canadian geese are honking in 40 degree weather. A large crowd has begun to gather in the center of a park, huddled around hot coffee and warm bagels while yellow-vested volunteers quickly triage individuals in the crowd towards the appropriate registration line. The Incident Commander holds a last minute briefing with Denver Police Department, Denver Health Paramedic Division and Denver Parks and Recreation covering everything from “securing the perimeter” to “ensuring client and volunteer safety.”
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Categories: Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, General, Response
October 23rd, 2012 2:03 pm ET -
One Case Sparks National Action
Imagine… A patient goes to the doctor for a routine steroid injection. A couple weeks later, the patient feels sick – headache, fever and suddenly uncomfortable in bright light. Within days, the patient is admitted to the local hospital’s intensive care unit. Doctors discover that the patient has a life-threatening disease they’ve never treated before.
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Categories: General, Natural Disasters, Preparedness
October 15th, 2012 1:16 pm ET -
By Regina Quadir
Imagine your dog starts barking and hides under a table right before an earthquake rattles your house. Is your dog psychic? The idea that animals can predict earthquakes and other natural disasters is not a new phenomenon. Scientists have been exploring this topic for years, investigating whether animals possess a sixth sense that allows them to predict natural disasters.
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October 10th, 2012 1:06 pm ET -
We know that mental health is essential to overall health and well-being (WHO, 2001). However, as you read this, about 1 in 5 youth in the United States currently experience a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. About half of all children have experienced a mental health problem (Institute of Medicine (IOM), 2009).
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Categories: General, Preparedness, Response
September 28th, 2012 12:54 pm ET -
by Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics
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Children are not just small adults; their growing minds and bodies have unique physical, physiological, developmental and mental health needs. These differences become especially apparent—and warrant increased attention and care—before, during and after a disaster strikes.
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Categories: Anthrax, Disease Investigation, Disease Outbreak, Preparedness, Response
September 26th, 2012 10:14 am ET -
Ali S. Khan
You can’t respond to threats if you don’t know what they are, which is one reason that laboratories play such an important role in public health. Public health laboratories have helped detect all kinds of threats to the public’s health; including anthrax, monkey pox, novel flu viruses, and foodborne disease outbreaks caused by germs like listeria.
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