During a response to a single-car rollover on Interstate 84 in Utah this week, a medical chopper made a “hard landing” and clipped a nearby street sign in the process.
In aviation terms, a hard landing is when an air vehicle touches the ground with greater force than in a normal landing. This can result in bouncing and rocking from side-to-side or front-to-back. Witnesses said the helicopter rose about 10 feet in the air and looked like it was about to tip over on its side during the landing.
The victim of the crash had rolled three times off the highway, hitting a tree, after falling asleep while driving and over-correcting with the steering wheel upon waking. The victim appeared to be injured seriously enough for the fast-responding firefighters to call in a medical helicopter transport from the nearby University of Utah Hospital.
Last Thurday, the FAA announced a proposal that would require photos on pilot certificates, as well as other higher-security measures.
It is a move that was ordered by the government in 2004, intended to guard against terrorists getting through airport security. One congressman who helped write the new law, Rep. John Mica (R – Fla), wrote a letter to the TSA, FAA, and Homeland Security Department demanding an explanation for their noncompliance with the law, citing that “It is absolutely astounding that DHS, TSA and FAA could, after six years to implement the act, still achieve such an incredible level of incompetence.”
Under the proposal, a brand new pilot certificate would be valid for eight years. At the end of eight years pilots would be required to get a new certificate and update their photo. If it is finalized, different pilots would have different deadlines to get one of the new enhanced certificates:
A disease that has not been acquired in Miami since the 1950s has just reappeared — Miami-Dade county has reported the first case of dengue fever in almost 60 years, and health officials are urging people to take extra care to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.
Dengue fever is a disease common in tropical and subtropical regions that is spread by mosquitos much like malaria, but originates from different species. The Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitos can be carriers of up to four different viruses which can trigger the disease. Unlike malaria, dengue fever is equally as common in urban areas as in rural areas — making it a primary danger in Miami and South Florida.
Signs of an infection can begin with mild symptoms but these can quickly develop into DHF (dengue hemorrhagic fever) and dengue shock syndrome. Miami-Dade county residents experiencing severe symptoms should seek medical professionals as soon as possible. If the infection is treated early, the fever is easy to remedy.
According to Oregon Health and Science University’s Dr. Alfred Lewy, research has shown that traffic accidents noticeably increase for a week following the Daylight Savings changes in both spring and fall.
In addition, Swedish researchers have discovered a link between heart attacks and the time change. Their findings show a lower rate of heart attacks in the days following “fall back” and a higher rate of heart attacks following “spring forward.” A co-author of this study, Rickard Ljung, MD, PhD, says that the higher rate of heart attacks on Mondays in general might not just be due to the stress of people returning to work, but also related to their natural sleep rhythms which have been disturbed. Since there were found to be less heart attacks on the Monday following clocks being set back an hour, it appears that one extra hour of sleep can be very beneficial for your health.
The ICEDOT (which stands for “In Case of Emergency Dot”) is a very low-tech red plastic “chip” that can be attached to clothing. These tiny red discs allow authorized medical personnel access to a computerized system through which they can view a patient’s current health “profile.” All that is needed is the patient’s unique eight-digit serial number.
The chip is a new advance in the “Invisible Bracelet” system, a higher-tech incarnation of the medical bracelets and ID cards people have carried in the past. These are usually hand-written or stamped permanently, so the information contained on them is often highly outdated. Users of the ICEDOT system can register online and create a publically viewable profile of up to 160 characters — that’s just 20 characters longer than a Twitter “tweet.”