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Rural America vulnerable to bioterrorism and natural disaster threats

...d its latest independent report highlighting rural preparedness challenges and concerns. Preparing for Public He...ession brought together more than 80 public health preparedness leaders from multiple states to identify important yet unique barriers facing rural public health pr...

Physicians call for increased funding for federal infectious disease programs

...'s budget increases funding for pandemic influenza preparedness by $21 million, to $120 million. IDSA urges Congress to approve at least this level of spending. "The pressing question about the next pandemic is not whether it will occur, but when, and will we be ready," said Dr. Stamm. "The challenges of this pa...

Assessing the season: LSU hurricane experts learned lessons during Hurricane Season 2004

...lved in a number of different aspects of hurricane preparedness during the 2004 season. Under contract from the Lo...f our even 'more progressive' ideas to enhance the preparedness of Louisiana," Wolshon said. He added that, as their ideas are implemented and become more well-kno...

NIAID launches influenza genome sequencing project

...the public. The project will also enhance pandemic preparedness efforts by publishing genomic sequences of emerging avian influenza viruses, allowing scientists worldwide to analyze the strains and begin development of vaccines against them. Dr. Giovanni notes that NIAID is working with collaborators who have wel...

IDSA offers policy Rx for influenza vaccine shortage

...entatives, and diagnostics related to bioterrorism preparedness and response. IDSA has consistently urged Congress to extend the scope of both Bioshield I and II beyond bioterrorism to include research and development of vaccines and antibiotics to prevent and treat naturally occurring infections. "Whether we're...

Emerging threats in health and medicine

...ation's healthcare providers to reassess emergency preparedness procedures within our communities and hospitals. Trauma teams and first responders understand that disasters and medical emergencies can happen in any realm. Not only must our healthcare system be prepared to respond to the threats of terrorists, but...

Researchers find weaknesses in Arkansas public health system

...th system has been examined to assess the nation's preparedness for bioterrorist events, according to the article. This assessment has led to questions about the ability of the public health system to deal with non-terrorist events as well, especially in light of cuts in public health budgets. J. Gary Whee...

SARS outbreak in Beijing spread rapidly, was controlled fairly quickly

...nized pathogens will continue to emerge, requiring preparedness planning, a vigilant health system, a commitment to timely reporting of disease, and strong interdisciplinary partnerships to contain their spread. It is essential to continue to evaluate and learn from recent experiences. Applying the lessons learne...

U.S. is poorly prepared for influenza pandemic, St. Jude experts warn

...l, the authors of the paper conclude, the state of preparedness for an influenza pandemic in the United States is "far from optimal."...

SLU professor wins CDC grant to combat emerging infections, including West Nile

...onal grant program to enhance ongoing bioterrorism preparedness in the United States. Chambers' research will study exactly how the yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis viruses cause disease in humans, information that is critical for vaccine development. "Vaccines have been the most effective way to preven...

News tips for Monday, Nov. 10, 2003

... 12-month surveillance after instituting emergency preparedness procedures according to American Heart Association guidelines, eight (five men, three women) of the 48,560 adult members experienced sudden cardiac death (SCD) while exercising. Only one of them had known heart problems. In each case trained staff ...

Georgetown University receives $6.5 million grant to enhance emergency preparedness in Washington

...l Library of Medicine to create a unique emergency preparedness system rooted in advanced information technology. "The anthrax attacks of 2001 revealed serious deficiencies in the way hospitals and public health organizations are equipped to assess the nature and scale of a biological or chemical threat and commu...

New tools help families and schools prepare for disasters

...re disasters and terrorism. This nationwide school preparedness initiative is endorsed by the U.S. Department of E...l before, during and after an emergency. A family preparedness guide and wallet card to help families be prepared in the event of a disaster. A "Family Preparednes...

ACPM issues recommendations to address severe shortage of preventive medicine physicians

...ttention and resources being directed to emergency preparedness at the state and local levels, the dearth of preventive medicine physicians is becoming more apparent and more acute. Preventive medicine, as a certified medical specialty that produces physicians trained to meet the public health challenges facing ...

Study: Hurricane Floyd boosted long-term use of N.C. emergency rooms, outpatient services

...er and our findings are important because disaster preparedness has emerged as an increasingly important area of concern," Fried said. "While this work represents only one aspect of preparedness, it is important for us to understand the behavior of people under situations of crisis and high-stress. Researchers fo...

Assessment finds gaps in access to nations trauma centers

...ularly important with today's emphasis on hospital preparedness and homeland security. "The good news is that the number of trauma centers in the country has increased over the last decade. The bad news is that many communities still do not have access to adequate trauma care, especially in rural parts of the co...

Review of preliminary observations concludes the Mayo Clinic Natl Conf on Medicine and the Media

...ment of Health and Human Services, on the nation's preparedness for bioterrorism. The remainder of the conference included case studies and panel discussion groups that stimulated significant debate. Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of Public Broadcasting Service, one of three conference co-cha...

D.C. surveillance system considered a model for early disease detection

...reatment facilities around the world. Tests of the preparedness of U.S. public health systems have shown they are often inadequately prepared for deliberate attacks with outbreak-causing diseases, say the army's developers of ESSENCE. "We believe that ESSENCE is the largest and one of the first U.S. systems to re...

Preparations for terrorist attacks and natural disasters linked, says University of Colorado prof

...st of which focus on societal aspects of emergency preparedness and natural and technological hazard mitigation. "We do not live on a safe planet," Mileti said. "It's never been safe and never will be. People just think they're safe, temporarily, until things happen. Every community, town, city and state real...

Detection of bioterrorism viruses brought closer to local sites

...the unpredictable nature of bioterrorism, disaster preparedness and knowledge of essential diagnostic and epidemio... this new threat. The special article on physician preparedness and knowledge of bioterrorism agents was done by Prathiba Varkey, MBBS, MPH; Gregory A. Poland, M.D....

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