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How HHS is developing resiliency to catastrophic events
Edward Gabriel, principal deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told a gathering of emergency managers that every incident they respond to is in some way related to health and medical, and he revealed a couple of secrets.
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By Danielle Wegert
Douglas Coupland once said, "Adventure without risk is Disneyland." However, he clearly wasn’t considering the health risks of high-volume amusement parks, like Disneyland. But, these places are a breeding ground for disease, as was made apparent by the recent measles outbreak stemming from the theme park. The outbreak began in December and, to date, there are 119 confirmed cases in the country. "As more people opt against vaccinating their children (or themselves), these childhood illnesses will become more prevalent again," Sarah Gaines-Hill, an infection control registered nurse in Anaheim, California, said.
In de Blasio's budget plan, an emphasis on public safety and social programs
The New York Times
Seeking to underscore a focus on public safety, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a New York City budget plan that would devote tens of millions of dollars to buying bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers, speeding up ambulance response times and recruiting a new generation of police leaders.
Nearly 100 percent of insurers report higher profits using predictive modeling
Predictive modeling has notably increased in value across several areas of property/casualty insurers' business over the past six years, according to global professional services company Towers Watson's annual Predictive Modeling Survey.
The Web-based survey of U.S. and Canadian P&C insurance executives was conducted between Sept. 3 and Oct. 22, 2014. The results represent the views of 52 U.S. insurance executives.
New York City's plan for free, citywide Wi-Fi
Private companies are paying the city $500 million to transform old pay phones into high-speed Internet hotspots. Is it a plan other cities can copy?
USDA designates natural disaster areas in 256 counties in western and southwestern US due to drought, opening door to assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has previously designated natural disaster areas in 256 counties across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah due to drought conditions in 2015. USDA wants to remind producers affected by disaster that the 2014 farm bill, which was signed into law one year ago by President Barack Obama, has paved the way for qualified farmers and ranchers in affected counties to apply for a variety of safety net programs and loans.
More positive TB tests but little risk at Charlotte school
Fifteen children and one adult have tested positive for tuberculosis bacteria at the Charlotte Central School, but those positive tests do not create a public health risk, according to Health Department officials.
A positive test for TB bacteria does not mean a person is sick with the disease. Only 5 to 10 percent of people infected with TB bacteria develop the disease at any point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dozens of US attractions have banned 'selfie sticks' due to safety concerns
The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., are among those to have imposed a ban on the selfie stick, claiming concerns over the safety of their artwork as well as visitors.
Report: Manufacturers fail to use social media for recall safety
Manufacturers of consumer products who use social media to promote their wares to tens of thousands of Americans are failing to use that same online power to protect customers from potentially dangerous recalled products, a consumer watchdog has found.
High-Risk List: Government IT projects fail 'too frequently'
The new federal chief information officer, Tony Scott, has his work cut out for him. The Government Accountability Office is adding information technology acquisition to its high-profile list of high-risk federal programs.
Despite a raft of reforms over the course of the Obama administration, "federal IT investments too frequently fail or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes," the 2015 update to GAO's High-Risk List states.
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