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    Cybersecurity and the Need for Congressional Action

    November 1, 2012 by admin

    By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Associate The danger posed by cyber attacks is urgent and growing. Cyberattacks have breached the Pentagon and sent businesses into bankruptcy. Unless Congress takes decisive action, our nation will be vulnerable to a cyber attack that could damage critical infrastructure or our national security interests. A recent ...

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    The Drone Dilemma: Invasion of Privacy or a Useful Tool?

    October 25, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    W. Sam Lauber, CHHS Research Assistant Most people know of drones in the context of the U.S.’s latest strategy to kill targets in hotspots like Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Soon they may know them personally as U.S. federal and state agencies utilize the advantages of that technology, such as longer flight ...

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    Hurricane Isaac Tests Upgraded Levee System in New Orleans Area

    August 29, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Associate Hurricane Isaac hit New Orleans almost seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. Although there are strong parallels between the storms, Hurricane Isaac is making landfall on a city that has focused on becoming better prepared and more resilient. In advance ...

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    Sequestration and Public Health: Unwelcome Bedfellows

    August 2, 2012 by Earl Stoddard

     On July 25, 2012, Tom Harkin, the Democratic Senator from Iowa who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, produced a report assessing the potential impact of the fast-approaching sequestration. Sequestration refers to the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, totaling nearly 8%, imposed after a ...

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    Hard Lessons Learned From London Olympics Security Fiasco

    July 26, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    CHHS Research Assistant  Ben Yelin The 2012 Summer Olympics being in London on July 27th, but there is one private security company certain not to win any medals. British company “G4S” was awarded an Olympic security contract, and promised to provide 10,000 security officers to man the city during the games. ...

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    Going Underground

    July 24, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant   Ever since the violent “derecho” storm hit the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area on June 29, 2012, and left 1.5 million regional power customers without electricity for up to a week, there has been renewed attention to putting power lines underground to better prevent power outages. Dense downtown ...

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    Japan Report Offers Clues to Keep Natural Disasters from Becoming "Manmade"

    July 24, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant The Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission recently concluded that in preparing for and responding to the massive 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami the Japanese government, regulators, and operators of the Fukushima power plant “betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents.” The commission, which ...

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    "Olympic Games," Worms, and the Global Cyberwar

    July 17, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    William Pons, CHHS Research Assistant When people think about espionage, they think James Bond or shadowy figures conducting back alley business in a foreign language to gain access to nuclear launch codes. While the reality of espionage may have never been so glamorous, the recent discovery of high-tech computer worms—used to ...

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    Already Ahead of the Game, Maryland Moves Forward with Health Reform

    July 16, 2012 by admin

    By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Assistant Maryland started planning for the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) soon after it was signed into law in 2010, even as critics filed lawsuits claiming it was unconstitutional. Maryland’s swift action has put it ahead of many states in ...

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    Disaster Relief Money Doesn’t Come Easy for U.S. Tribal Nations

    July 12, 2012 by admin

    By Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant Homeland Security Presidential Directives, such as the directive that establishes the National Incident Management System, often address “state, tribal, and local governments.” But what role does the federal government actually play in ensuring the security of tribes? States with high American Indian populations may know ...

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    The High Court's Health Care Decision: A Public Health Perspective

    June 28, 2012 by Earl Stoddard

    by Dr. Earl Stoddard, CHHS Public Health Program Manager In what has already been called a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justices upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. While the ruling will provide months of political fodder leading up to the 2012 ...

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    The Fells Point Warning

    June 27, 2012 by admin

    by Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant On June 11, 2012, a five-alarm fire struck a vacant warehouse in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore. Luckily, the building was unoccupied, and there were no fatalities, though one firefighter was injured. To get the fire under control, Baltimore City had to call in ...

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    California Gives Child Vaccination Debate a Shot in the Arm

    June 25, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Assistant The reemergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases is a growing cause for concern in the United States. A key reason behind this reemergence is the decline in child vaccination rates. Often parents may have unfounded fears as a result of misinformation or false assumptions and “opt-out,” ...

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    It’s Not Over Till It’s Over:The Fight for Global Polio Eradication

    June 13, 2012 by admin

    By Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant The global push for polio eradication is gaining attention again now that India, once considered the epicenter of polio, can boast over a year and a half free of new cases of the debilitating disease. India’s success is the result of a government and Global ...

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    The False Alarm Conundrum

    June 8, 2012 by admin

    By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant On Friday June 1st, 2012, the mid-Atlantic was bombarded with a cluster of severe, and frankly, frightening thunderstorms and tornadoes, which caused 2 injuries and property damage across the Baltimore area. The National Weather Service issued 23 tornado warnings. Turns out, 12 tornadoes were confirmed ...

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    Infectious Diseases Rejoice in Early Spring

    April 6, 2012 by Patrick Rose

    By Patrick Rose and Christina Brown This year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. celebrates 100 years since Japan gave the U.S. the trees as a gift. But the gift many people in the Washington area are celebrating is the early spring the east coast has experienced, which has ...

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    CHHS Weighs In on Obama’s New Plan for High-Risk Biological Research

    March 30, 2012 by Earl Stoddard

    A few months ago biomedical researchers at the University of Wisconsin and in The Netherlands attempted to publish what amounted to a new recipe on how to manipulate the avian flu virus in a way that could easily infect humans. Their data raised significant concerns over how to weigh the ...

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    Kony 2012—One Man, One Video, One Historic Social Media Lesson

    March 14, 2012 by Lisa Connor

    Have you seen the Kony 2012 video on YouTube or heard someone mention the name Joseph Kony? Take the time to watch the social media phenomenon that has helped fuel a worldwide crusade to arrest the rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Spearheaded by the group Invisible Children, the ...

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    A Biological Attack: Not If, But When?

    March 13, 2012 by Patrick Rose

    The 10th annual American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biodefense conference convened in February 2012. The focus was on current technologies and approaches for combating biosecurity threats. The main takeaway of the conference for me was that the 20th Century notion of biological threat prevention is not only outdated but ineffective ...

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    Congress as Internet Police May Handcuff the Freedoms of Information

    January 27, 2012 by Ellen Cornelius

    Did you visit Google or Wikipedia on January 18, 2012?  If so, you were greeted with a black box over Google’s logo, and you were unable to access Wikipedia’s resources.  Are you wondering what that was all about? Well, you could call it the internet’s version of the Occupy Wall ...

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