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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

Feb. 9, 2016 — Rescue workers searching for disaster survivors could use the smell of decomposition to decide what kind of rescue dogs to work with in the hopes of improving their chances of finding survivors. New ... read more

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

Researchers Identify Areas of Plague Risk in Western United States

Dec. 28, 2015 — Researchers have identified and mapped areas of high probability of plague bacteria in the western United States. This investigation predicted animal plague occurrence across western states based on ... read more

Researchers Link Climate-Induced Disasters, Food Security Across Time, Place

Dec. 28, 2015 — Societal vulnerability to food shortage causes susceptibility to dangerous outcomes from climate challenges, new research confirms. This research shows that social factors like limited networks and ... 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

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