Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

WASHINGTON The tuberculosis patient who triggered a global health scare by traveling to Europe and back with a rare form of the infection told the Senate on Wednesday that doctors knew he was planning to go abroad and never told him that he was a threat to others.
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Several studies have found a relationship between low socioeconomic status and smoking. But Zagorsky has found something a bit different: smoking may actually lead to lower wealth. While it is impossible to prove that statement without doing randomized studies and forcing some people to smoke and preventing others from smoking against their will, the data clearly indicates to me that the causality runs from smoking to wealth and not the other way around, he says.
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PORTLAND, Ore. Joanne Dulwick's work as a relief leader of a disaster-action team for the American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter recently took the Lake Oswego woman to New Jersey to help the victims of massive floods caused by a northeaster in April. Dulwick and about 10 volunteers spent 16 days providing displaced people with shelter, food, clothing and other support.
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PARKER, Colo. Little Leia Ryan Baum had a message for the father she never got to meet: "I'm here, Daddy, now sleep in peace. You're my hero and I'll forever love you." Those were the words written on a card with the picture of the 8-day-old girl, a tribute to her father, Sgt. Ryan Baum, who died in Iraq on May 18, 11 days before she was born. Several hundred people gathered Tuesday at Southeast Christian Church in Parker to honor the 27-year-old Army Ranger medic who was killed by a sniper.
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Each year, the National EMS Memorial Service honors members of services throughout the U.S. who have lost their lives while responding to, or participating in, an EMS mission. As part of the service, an engraved bronze oak leaf is added to the Tree of Life in remembrance of each honoree. The Tree of Life is a representation of an oak tree, which symbolizes strength.
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Each year, the National EMS Memorial Service honors members of services throughout the U.S. who have lost their lives while responding to, or participating in, an EMS mission. As part of the service, an engraved bronze oak leaf is added to the Tree of Life in remembrance of each honoree. The Tree of Life is a representation of an oak tree, which symbolizes strength.
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Injuries are non-life threatening, suspect shot by police after two-hour stand-offASHLAND, Neb. A Horseshoe Lake man shot and injured an Ashland firefighter and was shot by a State Patrol SWAT team after a two hour standoff on Wednesday.Rodger Alley, a longtime member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department, was shot in the arm by Stanley Bjorkman, a resident of Horseshoe Lake. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where he was treated and released.
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BLUE LAKE, TWP., Mich. The Blue Lake Township Fire Department will be under scrutiny for the next year after county medical officials determined an unlicensed firefighter provided medical treatment to a patient. The fire department has been put on probation by the Muskegon County Medical Control Authority, according to Dr. Jerry Evans, medical director of the authority. The action follows an investigation by the authority into former township fire Capt. Steve Holke, whose emergency medical technician license expired in September 2005.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

ST. LOUIS A delay in letting paramedics into the city jail and "substandard" emergency care by staff there may have doomed an inmate who suffered an asthma attack, according to a blistering report by the fire department.One of the paramedics who treated LaVonda Kimble early April 11 wrote of commonly encountering delays and apathy on calls to the St. Louis Justice Center, at 200 South Tucker Boulevard.And autopsy findings obtained Wednesday showed no trace of the drug that jail nurses said they repeatedly administered to ease Kimble's breathing.
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TUCSON, Ariz. For the fourth straight summer, the humanitarian organization No More Deaths will have volunteers patrolling near Arivaca in southern Arizona hoping to prevent illegal immigrants from dying as they cross the desert.Organizers expect about 600 volunteers including physicians, nurses and other health professionals to participate over the summer, like last year, with a permanent desert camp east of the small community of Arivaca. But they've added a few new wrinkles in their latest campaign to keep migrants alive.