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Ongoing Recovery Efforts Take Toll on Hurricane Survivors

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According to the Sandy Child and Family Health Study, a major report on NJ residents living in Superstorm Sandy’s path, over 100,000 experienced significant structural damage to their primary homes. Conducted by Rutgers University, New York University (NYU), Columbia University and Colorado State University, research finds that tens of thousands still live with unfinished repairs, disputed claims and recurrent mold, all associated with increased odds of mental health distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression.

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Many Dialysis Patients Are Unprepared for Natural Disasters

• Among patients scheduled to have dialysis during the landfall of Hurricane Sandy at clinics where electricity had been deprived, 26.3% missed dialysis sessions and 66.1% received dialysis at non-regular dialysis units. • The percentage of patients who carried their insurance information and detailed medication lists with them were 75.9% and 44.3%, respectively.

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Hurricane Katrina: A Decade Later GW Experts Available to Discuss

Aug. 29, 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making U.S. landfall. GW experts are available to discuss.

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Fresenius Medical Care’s Patient Engagement May Have Saved Lives During Superstorm Sandy

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), a division of Fresenius Medical Care (NYSE: FMS) and North America’s largest provider of kidney care, hospitalist services and renal products, today hailed a new study by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week showing that dialysis patients who received treatments immediately before Super Storm Sandy experienced a much better survival rate and less frequent visits to the hospital. FMCNA provided pre-storm, weekend care to a wide section of the area surveyed by the study, indicating that the company’s efforts made an appreciable difference in patients’ lives.

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Marijuana Weight Gain, Climate Change and Floods, Alcoholism Predictors, and More Top Stories 1 July 2015

Other topics include; do x-rays really cause cancer? And more.

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Major Midwest Flood Risk Underestimated by as Much as Five Feet, Study Finds

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As floodwaters surge along major rivers in the midwestern United States, a new study from Washington University in St. Louis suggests federal agencies are underestimating historic 100-year flood levels on these rivers by as much as five feet, a miscalculation that has serious implications for future flood risks, flood insurance and business development in an expanding floodplain.

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Picturing the Forecast: National Weather Service Graphics Developed with NCAR Research

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The National Weather Service this summer is introducing new online forecasts based on research by a team of risk communication experts at NCAR. The new graphics will better communicate local forecasts and potential weather threats for the millions of Americans who rely on the NWS website.

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WIU Students, Faculty Involved in Emergency Management Efforts Following June 22 Tornado Activity in Northern IL

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Experts: Risk of Hepatitis E Outbreak ‘Very High’ in Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal

During the coming monsoon season, survivors of the recent earthquake that destroyed parts of Nepal face a “very high” risk of a hepatitis E outbreak that could be especially deadly to pregnant women, according to a consensus statement from a group of infectious disease experts from around the world.

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Texas Tech Deploys Research Team to Intercept Tropical Storm Bill