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Rural America vulnerable to bioterrorism and natural disaster threats

Boston, MA - The Harvard School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness, in collaboration with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and four other schools of public health, has released its latest independent report highlighting rural preparedness challenges and concerns. ...... Preparing for Public Health Emergencies: Meeting the Challenges in Rural America presents...

Failing to aid Africa will lead to more terrorism

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If the developed world fails to invest more in African agriculture and rural infrastructure to benefit the poor and help them escape poverty, the world will become a much more dangerous place, says economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Investment in productivity-increasing agricultural research is particularly important. At present, he notes, agricultural science and investment gen...

Federal policy has failed to prepare nation for possibility of bioterrorism

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a case of smallpox in a Midwest city. Minutes later, officials declare that the country is under a terrorist smallpox attack. Panicked families swamp hospital emergency rooms nationwide. ... ...The federal government makes immediate plans to inoculate 3.5 million people, but most of the emergency-response teams, in...

Most physicians willing to serve but unready for bioterrorism

A survey of 1,000 physicians found that four out of five were willing to care for victims of a bioterrorist attack, but only one out of five felt well prepared for such a role. ...... Despite the terrorist attacks of September 11, the anthrax mailings, widespread media coverage and a proliferation of programs to teach physicians about bioterrorist agents, a survey conducted in early 2002 by Univ...

U-M Bioterrorism Preparedness Initiative gets $1 million from CDC

ANN ARBOR---The University of Michigan will work toward making the state of Michigan a safer place by training public health professionals who must prevent and respond to bioterrorist attacks and other infectious disease outbreaks....... The U-M Bioterrorism Preparedness Initiative recently was notified that it will receive $1 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year,...

Don't overlook terrorism's long-term effects on elders

A year after September 11, it is time to prepare for and prevent future terrorism, according to Judith A. Salerno, M.D., and Catherine Nagy. Their editorial, "Terrorism and Aging," appears in the September 2002 Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. In it they warn clinicians, caregivers, and researchers--all health and aging professionals--to expect signs of trauma-related stress, and to lo...

Detection of bioterrorism viruses brought closer to local sites

ROCHESTER, MINN. -- In the July issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers outline new methods for safely and accurately identifying a suspected bioterrorism agent and detail what physicians should know about the symptoms and treatments needed for the highest priority level of infectious agents, such as anthrax, smallpox, botulism, tularemia and plague....... "The threat of a bioterrorism atta...

Human Factors/Ergonomics contributes to combating terrorism

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has released a special issue of its peer-reviewed magazine, Ergonomics in Design, devoted to the topic of counterterrorism. The lead article, "Defeating Terrorism: What Can Human Factors/Ergonomics Offer?" describes past and ongoing HF/E work in areas that contribute to increased homeland security (soon also available in PDF format at .) The second articl...

Tackling the threat of nuclear terrorism

The only effective way to tackle the threat of nuclear terrorism is to abolish nuclear weapons and establish strict international control of all fissile materials that could be used to make new weapons, argue three US physicians in this weeks BMJ. ......In the aftermath of 11 September 2001, nuclear terrorism has emerged as a real threat and could take several forms, from an attack on nuclear po...

National experts to debate the law and ethics of public health responses to bioterrorism

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL--The University of Minnesota's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences will host a panel of national experts debating the law and ethics of public health responses to bioterrorism, including quarantine, compelled treatment and the use of force. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.29, in the Cowles Auditorium of th...

Bioterrorism topic of first new nationally broadcast public health grand rounds session

. Bioterrorism topic of first new nationally broadcast public health grand.rounds session .CHAPEL HILL -- Efforts by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School.of Public Health to promote discussion among health leaders on pressing public health.issues will expand June 11 with the debut of the Public Health Grand Rounds series. . .Professionals from local and state health department...
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