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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 admin

    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 admin

    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 admin

    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 admin

    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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    Creating Monsters for the Greater Good of Humanity

    December 21, 2011 by admin

    The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) today recommended the U.S. not publish research from two separate laboratories that shows how few steps it could take the bird flu virus (Influenza A H5N1) to mutate into a highly infectious and deadly form for humans. The NSABB is an independent ...

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    The Daily Record Names CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger an "Influential Marylander"

    November 21, 2011 by admin

    The Daily Record just released its 2012 list of "Influential Marylanders". CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, also a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, is one of the honorees. Those selected by the publication have shown leadership and made impacts in their field or ...

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    Soundbites Drown Out Sound Advice on Child Vaccinations

    October 28, 2011 by admin

    The United States is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world. Yet here we are in the 21st Century suffering from the worst measles outbreak in decades. The tragedy is that measles is a preventable disease. There is a vaccine available today! The Centers for ...

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    Breached: Cyber attackers waging war on our nation’s most sensitive information

    October 25, 2011 by admin

    By Tina Williams, CHHS Research Assistant Millions of Facebook and Twitter members know how easy it is to get insight into people’s private lives. And most of us can quickly spot a spam or scam e-mail. But most of us DON’T know how determined cyber attackers can be to get private ...

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    Scathing Evaluation of U.S. Biopreparedness

    October 12, 2011 by admin

    The Bipartisan Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism Research Center just released its Bio-Response Report Card (view Report Card). The results were less than encouraging. In total, the U.S. received 0 “A’s,” 10 “D’s,” and an astounding 15 “F’s” out of a total of 40 possible grading categories. Preparedness for ...

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    MD Gov. O'Malley appoints CHHS Director Michael Greenberger to cybersecurity post

    October 7, 2011 by admin

    CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, professor at the UM Francis King Carey School of Law, has been appointed by the Honorable Governor Martin O’Malley to the newly-created Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence. Greenberger is one of four commission members representing institutions of higher education located in the state. ...

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    Listeria outbreak exposes red tape in U.S. food safety system

    October 5, 2011 by admin

    By Patrick Rose, PhD & Czarina Biton, MPH   The recent listeria outbreak originating in Colorado melons conjures up an important question: why isn’t the issue of food-borne illness a top priority of federal regulators and why are they not doing more? Every year food-related illnesses affect 48 million Americans. That translates ...

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    DC police decision jeopardizes interoperability

    October 3, 2011 by admin

                    Interoperability Compromised in our Nation’s Capital. Public safety officials in the Washington, D.C. area are concerned that the Metropolitan Police Department’s recent decision to encrypt its radios will hamper attempts to have seamless interoperability in the region. Encryption has long been used by militaries and governments to facilitate secret communication. Encryption ...

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    “Contagion” needs a dose of reality

    September 29, 2011 by admin

    With the new movie “Contagion” in theatres, there has been some debate over whether its premise — an infectious disease spreads uncontrollably worldwide and kills millions of people rapidly — could really happen. Regardless of how well-versed you are in infectious diseases, reading different mainstream press articles leaves an uneasy ...

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    NATO Success in Libya and the Future of U.S. Military Operations

    September 19, 2011 by admin

    On August 23rd, Libyan rebel groups seized the capital of Tripoli and stormed the compound of Muammar Gaddafi, effectively ending his decades of tyrannical rule in Libya. The success of the rebels is in no small measure attributable to the military assistance provided by the U.S. and its allies through ...

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    9/11 Ten Years Later: Unfinished Business

    September 13, 2011 by admin

    Ten years ago on 9/11 /01, I was a Major with the Maryland State Police.  As I walked across the parking lot that morning, the S.W.A.T. Commander stopped me and informed me that a plane had just slammed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. Shortly after ...

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