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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

Scoring System Can Help Trauma Centers Improve Care During Surges in Trauma Cases

June 29, 2015 — A scoring system that can identify periods of high activity and increased trauma patient deaths in hospital emergency rooms may help hospitals better prepare for surges in trauma patient volume that ... read more

Linking Climate Change to Natural Disasters Influences Charitable Aid

June 16, 2015 — When natural disasters strike, the media, charities, and science organizations appeal to the public for aid to the victims and to communicate the causes of these events. Increasingly, as scientists ... read more

For Those Over 50, Finding a Job Can Get Old

June 16, 2015 — In examining the US government's 2014 Displaced Worker Survey, the researchers discovered that someone 50 years or older is likely to be unemployed 5.8 weeks longer than someone between the ages ... read more

Law Enforcement Officers Should Be Authorized to Administer Naloxone

June 15, 2015 — One way to reduce the nation's number of opioid-related deaths, states an American drug policy expert, is through the timely administration of naloxone, the life-saving overdose antidote. New ... read more

Social Media Should Play Greater Role in Disaster Communication

June 10, 2015 — When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in 2013, thousands of people were killed, in part because they didn't know it was coming or didn't know how to protect themselves. Would an ... read more

Researchers to Help Create 'Early-Warning Systems' Through Social Media to Combat Future Disasters

June 10, 2015 — A project is underway to explore how social media can help response and recovery times during natural and human-made crises, such as the recent Nepal earthquake or sinking of ships at ... read more

Simulation Helps to Prepare for the Consequences of Natural Disasters

June 4, 2015 — A simulation tool has been developed to help users prepare for unexpected catastrophes and natural disasters. A pilot case in Finland focused on winter storms and the resulting power cuts and ... read more

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

The Flight of the Oryx: Qatar's Success May Be Stymied

May 21, 2015 — Qatar's capital city, Doha, is set to emerge as a major knowledge hub, with its educated, high-tech workforce and its international connectivity. However, the lack of a cohesive plan for ... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Risk of a Collision-Related Oil Spill on the Gulf of Finland Could Up to Quadruple in the Future

May 4, 2015 — A single oil spill can release 30,000 tons of oil into the ocean if two vessels collide. In grounding the high weight can lead to oil disaster, in the Baltic Sea up to 120,000 tons. This estimate ... 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

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