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New Hand-held Information System for Emergency Responders

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(Bethesda, Md.)--The National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, has announced the release of a PDA software tool designed to help first responders when they arrive at a hazardous material (Hazmat) incident, such as a chemical spill.

WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) provides the emergency responder with critical information on hazardous substances, including physical characteristics, human health data, and containment and suppression information. Employing the unique characteristics of a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), WISER is customized for easy navigation and quick access to key information required by first responders. To aid decision making, users can specify the role they are currently performing at the scene of an incident, and WISER organizes the critical information in a sequence most relevant to a first responder on-the-scene, a Hazmat specialist, or an emergency medical specialist (EMS).

Full Press Release: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/press_releases/wiserPR05.html

Cancer risk grows for smokers' kids

Glasgow Evening Times
Children exposed to passive smoking face more than triple the risk of lung cancer in later life compared to youngsters who live in smoke-free environments, research revealed today.

Article: http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/Smoking-parents-deadly-legacy/2005/01/28/1106850116003.html?oneclick=true

Bush Administration's air proposals could endanger public health

Published on 21-Jan-2005
URL: http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=9432

An interim report by the National Research Council proves that the Bush Administration's proposed Clean Air Act revisions take undue risks with public health, according to grassroots organisation, Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP America).

"The report states that, over time, existing rules would provide more stringent emissions reductions than the Administration's new Clear Skies proposal could," REP America's policy director Jim DiPeso stated.

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