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Hospital Violence Closes Egyptian Emergency Rooms

- Egyptian emergency room staff are refusing to work to protest lack of security at hospitals.

Facility Administrator Speaks on Bioterrorism Ward’s ‘Peacetime’ Role

- "We didn’t want to have the rooms sitting there waiting for an event that hopefully never occurs,” facility administrator Azar Kattan says.

Hospital Bioterrorism Unit Serves as a Tuberculosis Ward

- A hi-tech renovation at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center was added to the emergency room to respond to biological attacks. For now, it serves as a tuberculosis containment ward.

Researchers Say Fukushima Workers Have PTSD Symptoms

- A survey finds that most workers from the Fukushima Daiichi plant have experienced some type of psychological distress since the disaster.

Morning Security Brief: FBI Tattoo Database, West Nile Epidemic, Kaspersky Lab Discovers Gauss, and More

- The FBI biometric program is building a bigger tattoo database. State of Emergency declared for West Nile epidemic. Gauss wreaks havoc in Lebanese banks. And more.

Pennsylvania Provides Free Potassium Iodide for Residents near Nuclear Power Plants

- The Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing communities with free stockpiles of potassium iodide to prepare for radiation emergencies.

Emergency Management Exercises: From Response to Recovery

- There is no shortage of books available to help security managers deal comprehensively with creating, conducting, and evaluating emergency exercises. This is the latest to tackle this subject. And it does an excellent job of pulling together the key elements in this area.

Black Tea Could Defend Against Ricin, Researchers Say

- Add opossums and black tea to the list of surprising biological weapon countermeasures.

Reports on USPS Bioattack Response Exercise Forthcoming

- The final report may be released in two versions--a public version and a version for public health, law enforcement, and United State Postal Service officials.

Legislation Falls Short, Maryland Department of Education to Mandate Schools Buy Their Own Epinephrine

- The Maryland State legislature has mandated that public schools train personnel to respond to anaphylactic shock by administering epinephrine. However there's one problem: the law didn't mandate schools stockpile the medication.

Drug Shortages Push First Responders to Use Expired Meds

- States are responding to the shortages by loosening rules, allowing emergency medical personnel to keep old drugs around in the absence of unexpired meds.

Danish Anthrax Death May Be Linked to Tainted Heroin

- Danish health officials suspect contaminated heroin, not terrorism, is behind the death of a man whose blood tested positive for anthrax.

Encryption Critical in Healthcare

- Encryption technology, as well as security protocols and safeguards, are crucial to protecting patient data and complying with regulatory standards.
 




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