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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Emerging Zika Pandemic Requires More WHO Action Now, Experts Say

Jan. 27, 2016 — The World Health Organization's Director-General should convene 'urgently' a meeting of International Health Regulations' Emergency Committee to advise on the emerging Zika ... read more

Should India's 'Quacks' Be Trained to Deliver Basic Patient Care?

Jan. 22, 2016 — Should unqualified practitioners be trained to deliver basic patient care to alleviate India's doctor shortage, asks a special ... read more

Targeted School Closure Policies May Help the Fight Against Pandemic Influenza

Jan. 21, 2016 — Targeted school closure policies may help mitigating the spread of pandemic influenza, while entailing lower social costs than more traditional policies, such as nationwide school ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Leveraging publicly available social media posts could help disaster response agencies quickly identify impacted areas in need of assistance, according to a team of researchers. By analyzing the ... read more

Ecologists Warn Against Potential Health Risks of Poorly Planned Green Infrastructures

Jan. 13, 2016 — The development of green infrastructures and spaces in urban settings has been rising rapidly in recent years as society recognizes their many benefits to quality of life and public ... read more

Modern Office Environment Makes Most People Uncomfortable

Jan. 8, 2016 — Personality has a big impact on the type of office environment people prefer to work in. Modern features such as hot-desking and open-plan floors appeal mainly to extraverted workers with others ... read more

US and Mexico Must Work to Prevent Future Outbreaks of Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases

Dec. 18, 2015 — Despite the increasing risks of mosquito-transmitted epidemics in the United States and Mexico, policymakers in both countries have made little effort to prevent future outbreaks, according to a new ... read more

'Robot Locust' Can Traverse Rocky Terrain, Assist in Search and Rescue

Dec. 17, 2015 — A new miniature robot is poised to make a major contribution to the field of advanced robotics. Researchers believe that the new locust-inspired robot will perform well in search-and-rescue missions ... read more

Flu Fighting Strategies Should Be Tailored to Cities and Rural Areas: York U Study

Dec. 14, 2015 — In the face of a flu epidemic, a one-size fits all vaccine strategy won't be effective, a new study has found. Instead, strategies need to change significantly depending on the characteristics ... read more

Harm Reduction Services Less Available in Areas Plagued by Rising IV Drug Use, HIV Infections

Dec. 10, 2015 — Access to harm reduction programs such as syringe exchange is lowest in rural and suburban areas, where rates of addiction to heroin and other opioids are on the rise, according to a ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Within weeks, flu will start spreading. Multiple national recommendations urge all healthcare workers to get the influenza vaccination, to reduce the chances they will pass the virus on to their ... read more

U.S. Regulations Should Be Strengthened to Prepare for Potential Spills of Diluted Bitumen, Experts Say

Dec. 8, 2015 — The US Department of Transportation needs to modify its regulations and planning in order to strengthen preparedness for accidental spills of diluted bitumen from pipelines, says a new ... read more

Dec. 7, 2015 — The earth is facing a catastrophic species extinction crisis. The dominant approach to conservation has been to focus on protecting pristine environments, but new research from Australia demonstrates ... read more

Most Crowded U.S. Hospitals Did Not Adopt Proven Interventions, Study Finds

Dec. 7, 2015 — Researchers looked at crowding in U.S. hospitals from 2007-10 and found that while the adoption of strategies to reduce emergency department crowding has increased, many of the nation's most ... read more

Key Elements of Digital Disaster Communications Demystified

Dec. 3, 2015 — Emotional appeal is among the factors increasing the chance that disaster communiques posted on social media by emergency management agencies will be retransmitted by recipients, researchers have ... read more

Nov. 25, 2015 — In sub-Saharan Africa, dozens of major 'development corridors,' including roads, railroads, and pipelines, are in the works to increase agricultural production, mineral exports, and ... read more

Doctors Give Chilling Account of Treating Casualties of Paris Terrorist Attacks

Nov. 24, 2015 — A group of doctors from the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris describe in chilling detail how they coped with the large influx of wounded on the night of Friday Nov. 13, 2015, following the ... read more

Independent Panel of Global Experts Calls for Critical Reforms to Prevent Future Pandemics

Nov. 23, 2015 — A hard-hitting analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been issued by an independent group of 20 experts from around the ... read more

Powerful New Global Arena Needed to Confront Coming Water Challenges

Nov. 18, 2015 — The final report of a board of 20 independent advisors to the UN Secretary-General on water and sanitation offers blunt observations and calls for an overhaul of the way the world body deals with the ... read more

Study Ranks Six American Cities on Preparation for Climate Change

Nov. 16, 2015 — A new study assesses the factors that affect climate change adaptation and ranks six American cities, finding that Portland, Boston and Los Angeles are all in the advanced to middle stages of ... read more

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