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Billions in cost estimated for firefighter injuries

...th whether on the scene of a fire, on the way to a fire or even during training--with an estimated 81,000 ... departments can use the information to plan their fire prevention and firefighting strategies. NIST plans to use the study as an aid to determining what ne...

Training could remove racial bias from police reactions

...s were similarly conservative in their decision to fire at Black and White suspects. "Exposure to the program, in which the race of the suspect was unrelated to the presence of a weapon, eliminated racial bias," the authors state. In the simulation, images of White and Black college-age males appeared on...

Sprinklers shown effective in slowing dorm fires

...y a U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) initiative for fire safety in college housing, compared the hazards of...oke detector-equipped dormitories with and without fire sprinklers in the room of fire origin. Researchers started fires in a day room or lounge area open t...

Alcohol drinkers three times as likely to die from injury

...jury: motor vehicle injuries; unintentional falls, fire deaths, drowning and poisoning; suicide by poisoning, firearm and hanging, strangulation or suffocation; firearm-related homicide; and other homicide. The researchers found that drinkers, defined as anyone who had at least 12 drinks in the survey yea...

Early seizures after epilepsy surgery predict more seizures

...ing an epileptic seizure, nerve cells in the brain fire electrical impulses much faster than normal, often leading to muscular convulsions or loss of consciousness. Many epilepsy patients can be successfully treated with medications that prevent the formation of the "electrical storms" in the brain that c...

Grapefruit juice and medication can be a dangerous mix

...und that some types of skin patches could catch on fire when patients receive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans....

Shakespeare's writings indicate he may have had syphilis

...author of the study. A line in Sonnet 154, "Love's fire heats water," apparently refers to an STD causing burning urination. In Shakespeare's time, one of the treatments for syphilis, inhalation of mercury vapor, was worse than the disease. Dr. Ross suggests that Shakespeare's tremulous signature on his w...

Injury toll in US homes tops 12 million yearly: UNC, other experts call for action

...eaths were highest among middle-aged adults, while fire and burn death rates were highest among children a...al of Preventive Medicine. The importance of fire safety and fall prevention efforts and ensuring that hazards in the home, such as poisons and firear...

Sudden death from stress linked to wonky signals in the brain

...ts think that, in some cases, the autonomic nerves fire unevenly during stress, which disturbs the smooth electrical pattern across the heart and could ultimately induce an irregular, and eventually fatal, heartbeat. Dr Peter Taggart from UCL's Centre for Cardiology says: "Some people are at risk of su...

Brain can be trained to process sound in alternate way, study shows

...e light or sound changes in intensity, our neurons fire faster or slower in direct ratio to the change. That ratio varies depending on the sense involved, but is constant for each sense: the louder a sound, the faster the neurons in the auditory cortex fire. But now that picture has changed. Polley traine...

New technique scans electrical 'brainscape'

...because at that moment, these different structures fire together for a few hundred milliseconds to create a synchronous pattern of firing that is a signature of the change from the previous state to the next," said Nicolelis. A millisecond is one thousandth of a second. "It's almost like two comput...

'Plague and Fire' a tale of public health, imperialism, race relations, catastrophe

.... That's why the physicians resorted to the use of fire for site burning where plague victims had died--fi... Amazingly enough, no lives were lost in the fire itself. But some 6,000 refugees who fled the blaze were incarcerated in quarantine camps and held un...

Researchers develop neural prosthesis allowing a monkey to feed self using only its brain

...ed the primary motor cortex, contains neurons that fire like a Geiger counter in different directions. The direction to which a neuron fires fastest is called its "preferred direction." Many motor cortical cells change their firing rate for each movement, and this activity from the many neurons is routed ...

Envisat Symposium report day 3: Satellites supporting Kyoto - our future is in our forests

...a University dealt with using radar data to detect fire damage Envisat's cross polarization gives it an e...but they are often affected by fires. In one vast fire east of Lake Baikal in 2003, some 202 000 square kilometres were burnt. MERIS and other optical sens...

Envisat Symposium report day 2: GMES turns science to services

...hters base their preventative activities on forest fire risk maps based on data from space, as governments and organisations concerned with food security can rely on early warning of famine from a systematic satellite survey of Sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, a space-based inventory of carbon-rich f...

Taking apart a hurricane: Multi-sensor Envisat sees through Frances

...ch as the Radar Altimeter-2 instrument on Envisat, fire hundreds of radar pulses down to Earth every second, and by timing their return down the nanosecond can measure sea height to a maximum accuracy of two centimetres from hundreds of kilometres above the Earth. The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) c...

Siberian forest fires partly to blame for Seattle area violating EPA ozone limit

...he year and creating an earlier and more prolonged fire season. The new research, Jaffe said, suggests a link between climate change, temperate-zone forest fires, long-range transportation of pollutants and human health. It has health implications throughout western North America, and shows that western ...

Space solutions for health

...icing the racing car in order to protect them from fire and heat. A number of promising avenues of research are ripe for commercialisation. The Mediet experiment consists of Mediterranean Diet elements, an innovative packaging system and an ergonomic food tray, which, it is hoped, will enable 'Earth-like...

Impaired sense of smell increases risk for certain hazards

...a gas leak (23 percent), and inability to detect a fire (7 percent) were reported less frequently. "In summary, olfactory impairment exposes patients to an increased risk of cooking accidents, ingestion of toxic or spoiled substances, and inability to detect fires and gas leaks," the authors write. "Thes...

Yesterday, today and tomorrow: Mount Sinai researchers are making sense of episodic memory

...iro. "When you park your car, hippocampal neurons fire in a pattern that includes location. When the time...al activates cells in the hippocampus that did not fire during prior trips in the elevator that day, but form a new pattern that perhaps includes the visual...

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