Tag: "hurricane" at medical news
Swamped city: New Orleans and nature
At least once every hurricane
season, the city of New Orleans finds itself in the national spotlight. Each time a major Gulf hurricane
edges its way toward the mouth of the Mississippi, media from around the country descend on the city...
Tsunami raises questions about disaster mental health, Science reports
...In the U.S., in event of a natural disaster like a hurricane
or an earthquake, there's usually an assumption that the official response will have to include some sort of mental health therapy. And yet, another of one the surprising elements of your story is the suggestion that after a natural disaster that inf...
Survey finds many Katrina evacuees had chronic health problems and no health insurance
...ough Medicaid and 16% through Medicare. Before the hurricane
66% of people evacuated to Houston shelters used h...ing health problems or injuries as a result of the hurricane
and 78% of them are currently receiving care for their ailments. 41% report chronic health conditi...
What the news and the movies leave out: Behind the scenes of disaster aid
that devastated the Gulf Coast and the tsunami that ravaged southeast Asia was the stuff one expects to see in overblown movies, not on the nightly news. In a policy briefing paper, Peter Walker, PhD, director of the Feinstein International Famine Ce...
September 27th telebriefing on premature health
...preemie birth and RSV incidence states affected by hurricane
season What: More than 500,000 premature in...ed risk for infectious diseases. The states in the hurricane
region are among those with the nation's highest number of preemie births, and the public health con...
CHEST 2005 hosts world experts in pulmonary, sleep, and critical care medicine
...reaking session, discussion will center on how the hurricane
has impacted medical professionals in the Gulf Coast region. New Orleans-based physicians will share their personal stories related to the disaster. Disaster Medicine Special sessions will be devoted to medical care in the wake of disasters at hom...
UCSD leads team to build Geographic Information System to assess toxic hazards from Katrina
...ools immediately became clear. "Within days of the hurricane
hitting New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, we realized that a one-stop shop for data, knowledge and tools would be valuable to research scientists who needed data for analyzing immediate and long-term impacts of environmental stressors on human health,"...
March of Dimes receives federal grant to help meet needs of pregnant women and infants in Louisiana
...e about 25 percent above the national average. The hurricane
has exacerbated the risks, and the number of babies born too soon is expected to increase substantially over the next six months. "Many of these displaced women were already at risk to have their babies born too soon. It is essential that these wome...
Hopkins emergency physician warns of post-hurricane disease and illness
...c health issues in the Gulf Coast region following hurricane
Katrina warns that the disaster's potential for wr... people's health may continue for months after the hurricane
has passed. In an editorial published this month in The New England Journal of Medicine, Thomas Kir...
'A virtual Katrina' of deaths every week in US due to racial health gap
...000 extra deaths every year equating to a virtual hurricane
Katrina every week, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. But because the victims die gradually from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, HIV, and from drug and alcohol abuse, the public are generally unaware of the scale of the fataliti...
Blood flow in brain takes a twist, affecting views of Alzheimer's
...ver the availability of gasoline immediately after hurricane
Katrina. In our bodies the process is particularly crucial in the brain, which is the body's most voracious guzzler of "fuel," with a constant need for oxygen. When part of the brain becomes more active, more blood is shunted to that region to bring ...
Envisat altimeter watches Pacific for cold tongue of La Niña
...n both hemispheres, including a summer decrease in hurricane
activity in the eastern tropical North Pacific and a corresponding increase in the number of hurricanes in the tropical North Atlantic. The last La Nia took place during 2000-2001, a weak event compared to the previous La Nia in 1998-2000 it, and th...
Youngest hurricane victims facing...
...e continued, "We are just weeks away from the next hurricane
season, with almost nothing done to ensure a safe future for families already deeply traumatized by the consequences of Katrina." From February 11 through February 20, 2006, the survey team interviewed 665 randomly-selected households among the 12,0...
Children's emotional distress after hurricane linked with parents' stress levels
...s, depression, anger and anxiety, months after the hurricane
a time when many homes remained unrepaired and la...he researchers also looked at home damage from the hurricane
and its effects on stress levels. The researchers sent anonymous surveys home with all children from...
Conference to focus on healthcare systems' response to disasters and overloads
... the ocean surges caused by the earthquake and the hurricane
is still straining the resources of the countries affected. In terms of healthcare systems, surges can be an everyday occurrence. In order to address the challenges that natural and manmade disasters pose, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine ...
Katrina survey shows many suffered extreme adversity and show signs of post-traumatic stress
...respondents saying that their experiences with the hurricane
helped them develop a deeper sense of meaning or p...ry Group, a statistically representative sample of hurricane
survivors assembled to provide information in a series of ongoing tracking surveys about the pace of...
Levels of serious mental illness in Katrina survivors doubled compared to earlier survey
...ous mental illness doubled in the months after the hurricane
compared to a survey carried out several years bef...ry Group, a statistically representative sample of hurricane
survivors participating in ongoing tracking surveys to monitor the pace and mental health effects of...
Global warming and your health
...te scientists. Katrina showed how the water from a hurricane
does far more damage than the high winds. All that flooding brings with it a host of direct and indirect health problems. "As we saw from New Orleans, we're not good at evacuating people during storms." What's worse, she said, you can't evacuate cr...
Louisiana Tech receives award for hurricane-relief efforts
...istration to operate. Other hallmarks of Tech's hurricane
help were: University dining services provided more than 30,000 hot meals to the evacuees. Shower facilities were made available to evacuees housed at the Ruston Civic Center. Students and faculty put in some 2,500 hours of tutoring sessions...
Residents in disaster areas face medication adherence dilemmas
...ionnaire and general questions about the extent of hurricane
damage the patients experienced. A subset of 78 pa...king their medications as prescribed following the hurricane
and flood. Those problems included: 10 percent didnt bring their medicines with them when they e...