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I get all kinds of mail at the Volusia County Health Department. Most of it is quite pleasant to read. There are letters that flatter me personally and the department as a whole. I also see the thank you notes from grateful community partners. But every now and then something comes across my desk that is truly bizarre.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flu Vaccine Supply Looks Plentiful So Far

The flu vaccine shortages and delays of recent years might finally be over, federal health officials say but they're keeping their fingers crossed.

Posted Monday, September 17, 2007

Motorcycle Diaries

Although best known for investigating airplane crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating accidents and making safety recommendations in various transportation modes.

Posted Monday, September 17, 2007

National Paramedic of the Year Talks About Her Love of the Job

Valerie DeFrance, this year's National Paramedic of the Year, has personal connections to her job. DeFrance directs emergency medical services in Hope, Alaska, a tiny community about 80 miles from Anchorage.

Posted Monday, September 17, 2007

FCC Summit to Address Emergency Communications

FCC and HHS to host health care summit on emergency communications, response and recovery.

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007

Health Issues Linger for 9/11 Responders

It takes less than a year for doctors to treat most patients with Hodgkin's disease. Ryan McCormick has been battling the lymphatic system cancer for four.

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Adverse drug reactions rise sharply, study says

The number of serious adverse events and deaths attributed to prescription medications has nearly tripled since the Food and Drug Administration initiated a system in 1998 to make it easier to report significant side effects, researchers said today.

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FDA approves Va. invention used to block hemorrhaging

Potentially deadly, severe bleeding on battlefields and in emergencies has a new savior: a product developed at Virginia's largest university.

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Taking the mouth-to-mouth out of CPR

While cardiopulmonary resuscitation can save the life of a person having a heart attack, it's far from a perfect technique.

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007


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