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Be Prepared for a Pandemic!

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Be Prepared for a Pandemic!

The threat presented by Ebola has been grossly overblown in recent weeks. It’s true that there have been a few cases in the US, but the reality is that the disease has been well and responsibly contained where it has appeared.

The possibility of pandemic is very real, however, and it is worth it to prepare for any eventuality.

The first step to meeting the threat of pandemic is to be realistic about understandings of disease and how it spreads. In the ...

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Dr. Rabbit, Or How I Learned To Stop Resenting And Respect Law Enforcement

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I never wanted to be a cop. It’s a lot of thankless work. When I was growing up the police were, while not quite the enemy, at least an adversary. I remember shaking my head as I saw the police in my home suburb militarize. I grew up in a neighborhood that barely qualified as a melting pot. There was some low-income housing close by, and many of the children who lived there attended school with me. The rest of ...

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Pulling Your Leg: A Beginner’s Guide to Treating Fractures

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Pulling Your Leg: A Beginner’s Guide to Treating Fractures

When you think of a splint, what do you picture? If you’re a trained first responder, you’ll likely think about blankets and ace bandages, maybe a traction splint. If you aren’t a first responder, your mental image of a splint probably includes a stick or two, wrapped up close to the bone that requires splinting. Every time I see a splint like this, I cringe. A few sticks and strips of cloth is not going to immobilize a ...

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