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Preparing Future Paramedics and EMTs for Real-world Challenges

As first responders, paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) must always be ready to jump into action. They must be knowledgeable, quick-thinking, logical, composed, compassionate, and, when the situation arises, innovative to ensure their patients get the best care possible. With each workday comes the possibility of new challenges. No two situations are the same, because no two patients are the same.

Cause of Childhood Fears Can Be Elusive

Fear is a common reaction and may have a simple explanation. But some fears -- especially in children -- are complex, and the reasons are not always obvious. Children often fear dogs, the dark, school and costumed characters such as clowns or Santa Claus or even Mr. Peanut. Halloween can be a particularly frightening time for some children. “Children think that if it can happen, it will,” according to Joseph Crowley, Ph. D., a clinical child psychologist in Richmond. “They think differently than adults so they react differently.”

Question Your World: How Can We Prevent Jet Lag?

Nearly 8 million people take flights every single day here on Earth. This works out to be billions of people that use planes annually. These trips may be for business, family vacation, or a new start in life. Regardless, if people travel across a few time zones they’re all susceptible to the yawning grip of jet lag. As we all know, science is used to better understand the natural world and to make our lives easier. So, can science help with the billions of people world wide that suffer from jet lag?

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