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Dragon*Con 2012 – From a Noob Perspective

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By Kara Stephens When I offered to coordinate CDC/PHPR’s participation at this year’s Dragon*Con, I truly did not grasp how big of an event it is.   Dragon*Con is considered the largest pop culture convention in the universe – and while trying to navigate through the crowd of roughly fifty two thousand sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, and Read More >

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How to Apply Your 5k Training to a Disease Outbreak

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  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 Read More >

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Outbreak Investigation: Meningitis

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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 Read More >

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Can Your Pet Sense Disasters?

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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 Read More >

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The Early Years of Life Set the Stage for Life-long Mental Health

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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). Read More >

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National Preparedness Month: A Spotlight on Children

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  by Robert W. Block, MD, FAAP, President, American Academy of Pediatrics @DrBobBlock on Twitter 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. Read More >

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