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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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Disease Detection: Laboratories on the front lines

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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 Read More >

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