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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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Am I Wearin’ Pants?

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Am I Wearin’ Pants?

“Am I wearin’ pants?!” The group erupted into laughter. We were standing in the sun, outside the Lyons Fire Department on a quick break from the WFR (Wilderness First Responder) course. The four of us were taking deep breaths of cold, sharp air before hopping back into thick of every possible way someone could get themselves hurt, injured, fractured, impaled, burned, scraped, infected, poisoned, and twisted… I mean, testicular torsion, it’s a thing.

The character telling the story was named J. ...

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Saving the Seeds for Future Generations

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Saving the Seeds for Future Generations

I had the pleasure of visiting the USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Ft. Collins, Colorado. It’s basically a vault for preserving crops of agricultural or industrial importance. This sturdy, plain building houses millions of samples of genetic material from the plants and animals that we depend upon for sustenance and livelihood. The building itself is tucked inside a corner of Colorado State University’s campus.

Though it looks much like the structures around it, this building is made entirely ...

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