Category Archives: Medical

FICEMS establishes new five-year strategy to improve national EMS procedures

Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services

The Federal Interagency Committee on Emergency Medical Services recently reached a consensus on the organization’s direction for the next five years, including 30 new objectives to enhance national EMS initiatives. FICEMS members said that during their biannual meeting in Washington, … Read More »

BioCryst completes successful animal trial of filovirus vaccine

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced on Monday that its BCX4430 vaccine against filoviruses showed activity against a range of pathogens, including the Marburg and Ebola viruses, in an animal study. BioCryst is developing the vaccine under a contract with the National … Read More »

Johns Hopkins develops emergency preparedness apps

Johns Hopkins University

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University developed three new software programs meant to help hospitals model and prepare for natural and man-made emergencies, the university said on Friday. Scientists with the Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and … Read More »

HHS announces winners of durable medical equipment idea challenge


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response recently crowned the winners of its idea challenge to support persons that rely on durable medical equipment. The contest was launched in September … Read More »

Ontario EMAT hosts CBRN first responders training course

Ontario Medical Emergency Assistance Team

The Ontario Medical Emergency Assistance Team recently announced that it will host a Technical CBRN Training for health professionals and first responders in March. The event, titled “Technical CBRN Training for Frontline Responders: 8 hours,” will be held on March … Read More »

Researchers learn more about tularemia structures

Francisella tularensis

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are learning more about how tularemia, a bacteria considered a significant biosecurity risk, persists in the environment and causes disease, according to a presentation on Sunday. Geoffrey Feld, a postdoctoral researchers at LLNL, … Read More »

Nations commit to accelerating progress against infectious disease


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday that the U.S. joined more than 26 countries and organizations to accelerate progress toward eradicating infectious disease and commit to the goals of the Global Health Security Agenda. “Global … Read More »

Kansas preparedness group trains at CDP


The South Central Kansas Regional Hospital Preparedness Group recently attended disaster training at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, according to the CDP. The Kansas healthcare professionals trained at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility, which serves as … Read More »

Researchers to evaluate NDMS bed classification system

National Disaster Medical Service NDMS

Researchers at Virginia Tech University plan to evaluate the reliability of bed classification systems used by the National Disaster Medical Service during national emergencies, according to the university’s Carilion School of Medicine. The NDMS, which is part of the U.S. … Read More »

U.S. seeks new tools to fight multiple drug-resistant bacteria


The Department of Defense issued a request for information on Feb. 3 to identify Small organic Molecule Inhibitors that potently and effectively inhibit multiple drug resistance bacterial pathogens. The SMIs must deliver results against tier 1 infectious threat pathogens, which … Read More »

Sarepta’s Marburg drug candidate demonstrates positive safety results in trial


Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based RNA therapeutics developer, announced positive safety results on Monday from a Phase I clinical study of a drug candidate to treat Marburg virus infection. Sarepta tested AVI-7288 in a Phase I randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled … Read More »

ARS researchers develop new rapid assay for botulinum detection

Botulinum toxin

Robert M. Hnasko, a researcher from the Agricultural Research Service, and his colleagues recently developed a highly-sensitive rapid assay for the detection of the potentially deadly neurotoxin botulinum. Botulinum toxin, responsible for botulism, is most commonly known for causing illness … Read More »

Mississippi scores well in CDC preparedness report

Mississippi State Department of Health

The Mississippi State Department of Health announced on Thursday that the state outperformed target scores in every measured area as part of a new report on public health and emergency preparedness capabilities. The 2013-2014 National Snapshot of Public Health Preparedness … Read More »

ASTHO to hold leadership meeting in March


The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials recently announced it would hold its Leadership in Government Meeting and Hill Day on March 4-6 at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington. The Leadership in Government Meeting, which was formerly known … Read More »

House passes Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act


The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Tuesday that would ensure that homeland security grant money is available for medical preparedness activities, including medical supplies used by first responders. The bill, which was introduced by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) … Read More »