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Funding for Project Bioshield set to run out soon

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is uncertain where funding for the research, development and acquisition of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear countermeasures might come from after money runs out in fiscal year 2013.

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Mosquito lab handles world's most dangerous animals

He keeps them in warm, comfortable bug dorms, feeds them on meals of human blood with the occasional sugar water snack and lives in awe of their killing power.

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CDC to launch new vaccine distribution center

CDC's Vaccine Tracking System will integrate all the pieces of the vaccine supply chain, from the purchase of vaccine from manufacturers to the final distribution of the vaccine to health providers.

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Army to phase out nerve-agent test

Army to phase out nerve-agent test | Public Health | Scoop.it

After sustained pressure from animal rights groups and a member of Congress, the Army has agreed to stop injecting monkeys with high doses of a nerve-blocking drug meant to simulate a nerve gas attack.

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U.S. Labs Not Equipped to Handle Radiation Disasters

The U.S. state-based public health community is not ready to address a large-scale radiological event such as the one at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to recent survey results.

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llness Tracking: Real-Time Infection Information Would Improve Patient Care

llness Tracking: Real-Time Infection Information Would Improve Patient Care | Public Health | Scoop.it

Biosurveillance tracks the spread of flu, detects the latest, whooping cough outbreaks, and watches for weird symptoms that might signal a brand-new disease or even bioterrorism.

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The UN's Battle With NCDs

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it an "invisible epidemic." In the United States and now many parts of the developing world, the biggest killers are no longer infectious diseases, such as HIV and AIDS or malaria, but rather chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease, cancer, and diabetes.

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Flu Study Shows No Strange Mutation Caused 1918 Pandemic

Flu Study Shows No Strange Mutation Caused 1918 Pandemic | Public Health | Scoop.it

Preserved tissue taken from 68 soldiers who died from flu in 1918 show the influenza virus did not undergo some strange mutation that made it especially deadly, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

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'Contagion' all too real (Op-Ed, Tevi Troy)

'Contagion' all too real (Op-Ed, Tevi Troy) | Public Health | Scoop.it

Film exposes true biodefense vulnerabilities that need solutions.

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The Real Threat of ‘Contagion’

The Real Threat of ‘Contagion’ | Public Health | Scoop.it

Joint effort is required to monitor human, animal and environmental health, optimize electronic health records, mine nontraditional data sources like the Internet for early signs of outbreaks and invest in a state-of-the-art work force.

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Gaddafi’s chemical weapons spark renewed worries

Documents showing the shipment of thousands of gas masks and chemical-weapons protection suits to Moammar Gaddafi’s remaining strongholds in the last weeks of his regime raised fresh concerns Wednesday about whether the deposed Libyan leader’s forces could still have access to deadly mustard gas.

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Support of Public Labs Wanes, a Decade After 9/11

Support of Public Labs Wanes, a Decade After 9/11 | Public Health | Scoop.it

Efforts to patch up the U.S. public health safety net really took off after the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax attacks that sickened 22 people and killed five when powdered anthrax spores were sent to news organizations and Capitol Hill offices.

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Killer "Black Death" bacteria most likley extinct

The bacteria strain that caused the plague called the Black Death, one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, is most likely extinct, according to new research from the University of Michigan.

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Uncertainty around BioShield funding

Uncertainty around BioShield funding | Public Health | Scoop.it

The Health & Human Services Department isn't sure where funding for the advanced research, development and acquisition of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear countermeasure might come from after money runs out in fiscal 2013, says the Government Accountability Office.

 

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How Twitter Tracks the Spread of Disease in Real Time

How Twitter Tracks the Spread of Disease in Real Time | Public Health | Scoop.it

A team of researchers at the University of Iowa used a computer program to cut through the Twitter hype about H1N1 and better use tweets as a real-time indicator of disease activity.

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The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread | Public Health | Scoop.it

Nathan Wolfe travels to the viral hot spots of the world, where viruses first jump from animals to humans. The scientist spends his days tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turn into global pandemics.

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US Capabilities Lacking in Face of Large-Scale Biological Outbreak, WMD Center Warns

The United States continues to fail to produce and sustain adequate capabilities to respond to a large-scale biological attack or contagious disease outbreak, warned a think tank dedicated to protection against weapons of mass destruction (WMD) Wednesday.

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CDC: Plot of 'Contagion' not so farfetched

The filmmakers of the latest Hollywood thriller "Contagion" — about a deadly virus and the scientists working to control it — had some true experts helping them behind the scenes.

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Thriller 'Contagion' catches some truth, doctors say

For public health workers, the movie's science-based premise is an excellent teaching tool -- we can all learn from it, they say.

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Killer Diseases Spur UN Action Call to Avert $47T Cost

Productivity losses and medical treatment for cancer, diabetes and other non-contagious diseases will cost $47 trillion by 2030, according to the first study that quantifies the likely expense of leading causes of death.

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Anniston on Verge of Destroying Chemical Weapons Stockpile

Anniston on Verge of Destroying Chemical Weapons Stockpile | Public Health | Scoop.it

The Anniston Army Depot is scheduled this week to destroy the last vestiges of its decades-old stockpile of chemical weapons, the Anniston Star reported

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Researchers describe the real science behind ‘Contagion’

Researchers describe the real science behind ‘Contagion’ | Public Health | Scoop.it

The new Stephen Soderbergh thriller “Contagion” presents a terrifying vision of a global pandemic: a virus that kills millions of people as scientists struggle to find a vaccine.

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Post-9/11, HHS learned how to answer states' needs

When terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, federal medical workers rushed to the scene. But they caught state officials off guard.

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Still not prepared

The country's healthcare system has made significant strides in its preparedness for hurricanes, acts of terror and other disasters since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Dangerous gaps remain in nation’s bioterrorism preparedness, report says

Dangerous gaps remain in nation’s bioterrorism preparedness, report says | Public Health | Scoop.it

A decade after envelopes containing anthrax terrorized the nation and alerted officials to the need to protect against bioterrorism, significant gaps remain in the nation’s capacity to respond to a bioterrorism attack, according to an analysis released Thursday.

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