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Department of Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe bomb threat

Homeland Security News - Wed, 02/19/2014 - 17:21

The U.S. government has warned airlines to pay particular attention to the possibility of terrorists attempting to hide explosives in shoes, a result of new intelligence, according to two people familiar with the situation. The officials stressed there is no specific threat or known plot. Intelligence collected by the United States and other countries has [...]

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Department of Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe bomb threat

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NEW: Public Health Matters Blog - Giving Students First Hand Experience

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response - Tue, 02/18/2014 - 14:50

Learn how public health students are making an impact in the field of emergency preparedness and response. Our latest blog post highlights the work of Emory SORT students.

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Management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Michael R. Greenberg, Ph.D. - Sat, 02/15/2014 - 03:00

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Management of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

J Emerg Med. 2014 Jan 21;

Authors: Sacco RR, Burmeister DB, Rupp VA, Greenberg MR

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common presenting problem.
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to compare the efficacy of vestibular rehabilitation (maneuver) vs. conventional therapy (medications) in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with BPPV.
METHODS: This was a prospective, single-blinded physician, randomized pilot study comparing two groups of patients who presented to the ED with a diagnosis of BPPV at a Level 1 trauma center with an annual census of approximately 75,000. The first group received standard medications and the second group received a canalith repositioning maneuver. The Dizziness Handicap Inventory was used to measure symptom resolution.
RESULTS: Twenty-six patients were randomized; 11 to the standard treatment arm and 15 to the interventional arm. Mean age ± standard deviation of subjects randomized to receive maneuver and medication were 59 ± 12.6 years and 64 ± 11.2 years, respectively. There was no significant difference in mean ages between the two treatment arms (p = 0.310). Two hours after treatment, the symptoms between the groups showed no difference in measures of nausea (p = 0.548) or dizziness (p = 0.659). Both groups reported a high level of satisfaction, measured on a 0-10 scale. Satisfaction in subjects randomized to receive maneuver and medication was 9 ± 1.5 and 9 ± 1.0, respectively; there was no significant difference in satisfaction between the two arms (p = 0.889). Length of stay during the ED visit did not differ between the treatment groups (p = 0.873). None of the patients returned to an ED for similar symptoms.
CONCLUSIONS: This pilot study shows promise, and would suggest that there is no difference in symptomatic resolution, ED length of stay, or patient satisfaction between standard medical care and canalith repositioning maneuver. Physicians should consider the canalith repositioning maneuver as a treatment option.

PMID: 24462034 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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South Carolina Severe Winter Storm

FEMA Disaster Declarations - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:02

Emergency Declaration number 3369 issued Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:43

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UPDATED: Winter Weather Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Spanish (Anuncios de servicio público sobre el invierno)

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 13:30

Updated the collection of Winter Weather PSAs in Spanish including newly translated scripts and audio resources.

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Georgia Severe Winter Storm

FEMA Disaster Declarations - Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:02

Emergency Declaration number 3368 issued Tue, 02/11/2014 - 10:56

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