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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP April 2, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

(Audio) Anthrax release kills dozens in Russia, 4/2/1979



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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 2:38 pm

CNN Breaking News: A shooting at Oikos University in CA

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CNN:   “A shooting at Oikos University in east Oakland, California, resulted in multiple fatalities, an Oakland police spokeswoman says.  A suspect was taken into custody after the shooting at the religious school, police spokeswoman Johnna Watson says.”



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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 9:07 am

FEMA Briefing of 4/2/12

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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 7:16 am

Nonhereditary Angioedema & ACE Inhibitors

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http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/760460

Rise in Nonhereditary Angioedema Tied to ACE Inhibitors

Kate Johnson, Medscape

March 19, 2012 (Orlando, Florida) — “Hospitalization rates for nonhereditary angioedema have risen significantly over the past decade, particularly in blacks, largely because of adverse reactions to antihypertensive and other cardiovascular drugs, according to a study presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 2012 Annual Meeting….”



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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 7:14 am

Advanced primary stroke centers and level I or II trauma centers in the United States

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Potential synergy between advanced primary stroke centers and level I or II
trauma centers in the United States
Published online: 19 March 2012
Asif A. Khan, Saqib A. Chaudhry, Ameer E. Hassan, Gustavo J. Rodriguez, M.
Fareed K. Suri, Kamakshi Lakshminarayan, Adnan I. Qureshi
DOI: 10.1016/j.ajem.2011.12.024
American Journal of Emergency Medicine, The, http://www.ajemjournal.com/article/S0735-6757%2811%2900588-2/abstract

Despite evidence of higher capability among institutions with coexisting PSC-trauma centers, two thirds of PSCs are in hospitals without advanced trauma systems. These findings have implications for establishing stroke systems in the United States.



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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 7:12 am

Aspirin & Reducing The Risk of Cancer

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/21/health/research/studies-link-aspirin-daily-use-to-reduced-cancer-risk.html

NY Times

March 20, 2012
 
2 Studies Link Daily Doses of Aspirin to a Significantly Reduced Risk of Cancer
By RONI CARYN RABIN

“Taking aspirin every day may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading, according to two new studies published on Tuesday.

The findings add to a body of evidence suggesting that cheap and widely available aspirin may be a powerful if overlooked weapon in the battle against cancer. But the research also poses difficult questions for doctors and public health officials, as regular doses of aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and other side effects. Past studies have suggested that the drawbacks of daily use may outweigh the benefits, particularly in healthy patients.

One of the new studies examined patient data from dozens of large, long-term randomized controlled trials involving tens of thousands of men and women. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that after three years of daily aspirin use, the risk of developing cancer was reduced by almost 25 percent when compared with a control group not taking aspirin. After five years, the risk of dying of cancer was reduced by 37 percent among those taking aspirin.

A second paper that analyzed five large randomized controlled studies in Britain found that over six and a half years on average, daily aspirin use reduced the risk of metastatic cancer by 36 percent and the risk of adenocarcinomas — common solid cancers including colon, lung and prostate cancer — by 46 percent……”

 



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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:27 am

Death comes to 31 souls in a Russian plane crash

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/world/europe/russian-plane-crash-kills-31-people.html

April 2, 2012
 
Russian Plane Crash Kills 31 People
By GLENN KATES and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

MOSCOW — “At least 31 people died in a plane crash in Siberia early on Monday……the latest in a string of deadly crashes that eroded confidence in Russia’s commitment to air safety.

The plane, a French-built ATR-72 with 43 people on board, was scheduled to fly to the Siberian oil town of Surgut, but crashed shortly after takeoff from Tyumen, a regional hub about 1,000 miles from Moscow. At least 12 people survived the impact which split the plane into three pieces. All are in critical condition, officials said.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash……”



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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:24 am

CDC: Lyme Disease Resources

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http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the U.S. From 1992-2009, the number of reported cases in the U.S. tripled. Understanding the epidemiology and clinical features of Lyme disease is valuable for clinicians in emerging areas, clinicians in endemic regions who need a refresher course, and for health care providers in non-endemic regions who see travel-related cases.

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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:23 am

The Big Apple, 1854

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April 2nd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP @ 5:23 am

“…..[C]holera has killed more than 7,050 Haitians and sickened more than 531,000, or 5 percent of the population….”

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NY Times

March 31, 2012
 
Global Failures on a Haitian Epidemic
By DEBORAH SONTAG

MIREBALAIS, Haiti — ”…..[C]holera has killed more than 7,050 Haitians and sickened more than 531,000, or 5 percent of the population. Lightning fast and virulent, it spread from here through every Haitian state, erupting into the world’s largest cholera epidemic despite a huge international mobilization still dealing with the effects of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.

The world rallied to confront cholera, too, but the mission was muddled by the United Nations’ apparent role in igniting the epidemic and its unwillingness to acknowledge it. Epidemiologic and microbiologic evidence strongly suggests that United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal imported cholera to Haiti, contaminated the river tributary next to their base through a faulty sanitation system and caused a second disaster……”



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