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May 27, 2015 — Electricity systems in the United States are so haphazardly regulated for reliability, it’s nearly impossible for customers to know their true risk of losing service in a major storm, experts ... read more

ER Doctors Stress Need for Good Communications With Police

May 26, 2015 — Not surprisingly, differences of opinion arise from time to time over a health care worker's duty to protect patient privacy and the police need to conduct a criminal investigation. A good ... read more

Large Urban Hospitals Disadvantaged by Medicare/Medicaid Patient Satisfaction Rating System

May 19, 2015 — The largest urban health systems, which serve as safety nets for large patient populations with lower socioeconomic status and greater likelihood to speak English as a second language, do worse on ... read more

Occupational Sun-Safety Policies Examined for Local Government Workers in Colorado

May 20, 2015 — Few local government organizations in Colorado had policies on environmental controls, such as the provision of outdoor shade, or administrative procedures, including training and resource ... read more

Tracking Trends in Youth Self-Harm Visitation Rates to Alberta's Emergency Rooms

May 19, 2015 — New insight is being gained into the youth visiting Alberta's emergency rooms for self-harming behavior. The study examined approximately 6,000 visits of young patients from 2002 until 2011. It ... read more

How to Build a New Global Health Framework

May 7, 2015 — Can a true, robust global health framework be created to help prevent tragedies like Ebola while at the same time allow countries to meet everyday health needs? Global health and law experts say it ... read more

Walking Dead Gone Viral: Crisis Communication and Humorous Messages in the Social Media Age

May 12, 2015 — As far as pop culture goes, it is hard to beat the current zombie upsurge; from TV drama like "The Walking Dead" to movies such as "Resident Evil", the devilish figures have ... read more

Frequent Users of Emergency Care More Than Twice as Likely to Die or Be Admitted

May 7, 2015 — Frequent users of emergency care are more than twice as likely as infrequent users to die, be admitted to hospital, or require other outpatient treatment, concludes an analysis of the available ... read more

May 8, 2015 — A new locator feature on a search and rescue tool can pinpoint the location of a victim to within about five feet – saving rescuers time and increasing chances for locating ... read more

Employers and Workers Can Join Forces to Keep Diabetes Under Control

May 6, 2015 — People with diabetes who enroll in a health plan tailored to their medical condition are more likely to stick to their medication and actively take charge of their own health care, research into the ... read more

Concerns Over UK Government Plan to Increase Participation in School Rugby

Apr. 21, 2015 — The UK government plan to fund and to increase participation in rugby in schools has not been informed by injury data, warn ... read more

Improved Sanitation May Reduce Sexual Violence in South African Townships

Apr. 29, 2015 — Improving access to public toilets in South African urban settlements may reduce both the incidence of sexual assaults by nearly 30 percent and the overall cost to ... read more

Building Healthier Communities Should Be a Priority When Preparing for and Recovering from Disasters

Apr. 15, 2015 — US communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts -- something that rarely happens now, says a new ... read more

Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk, Increasing Resilience

Apr. 14, 2015 — Extreme hazards -- rare, high-impact events -- pose a serious and underestimated threat to humanity. The extremes of the broad ensemble of natural and anthropogenic hazards can lead to global ... read more

Ebola Planning Created Need for Unprecedented Preparedness in Hospitals

Apr. 1, 2015 — Hospitals and health systems preparing for and treating patients with Ebola Virus Disease in the fall of 2015 faced unexpected challenges for ensuring safety of staff, patients and the community. ... read more

Preparing for Natural Disasters: What Policies Protect the Vulnerable Consumer?

Mar. 24, 2015 — Despite catastrophic earthquakes, the most vulnerable residents do not take steps to prepare themselves against future disaster, according to a new study. The authors provide an example from southern ... read more

Epidemics: To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine

Mar. 24, 2015 — The decision to quarantine individuals or groups during epidemics is not an exact science and is open to various interpretations. Providing guiding principles, authors of a new study suggest the need ... read more

Government Anti-Drinking Messages Irrelevant to Young Binge Drinkers, Study Finds

Mar. 20, 2015 — Government advertising campaigns to tackle excessive drinking are dismissed as irrelevant by young binge drinkers, because consuming extreme quantities of alcohol is part of their sub-cultural social ... read more

Measuring the Effect of Urban Planning Changes

Mar. 18, 2015 — With a population likely to grow 27 percent by 2031, putting an end to urban sprawl in Greater Montreal appears impossible for the short to medium term. But it is possible to slow the pace of urban ... read more

When It Comes to Nuclear Disaster, Safety Really Is in Numbers

Mar. 11, 2015 — The safety of nuclear plants, as well as the medical management of acute radiation syndrome, could soon be dramatically improved thanks to a new mathematical ... read more

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