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.
Sharing our stories on preparing for and responding to public health events
October 23rd, 2012 2:03 pm ET - Blog Administrator
October 15th, 2012 1:16 pm ET - Blog Administrator
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.
October 10th, 2012 1:06 pm ET - Blog Administrator
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).
September 28th, 2012 12:54 pm ET - Blog Administrator
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.
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.
September 19th, 2012 10:31 am ET - Blog Administrator
Volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps
One of the strongest threads woven into the fabric of American culture is that of volunteer service. When someone is in need, we ask what can be done to help. This is never more evident than during a time of disaster. As we recognize September as National Preparedness Month, it is important to note that being involved in preparing your community for disaster puts you in the best position to help during a disaster as well as insure your county, city, or town is able to quickly recover and regain its footing.
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