Tag Archives: Public Safety

Diet, weight loss and sex supplements are tainted with unapproved drugs

Some of the contaminants have been withdrawn from the market for safety reasons. Researchers found unapproved and sometimes dangerous drugs in 746 dietary supplements, almost all of them marketed for sexual enhancement, weight loss or muscle growth, a new analysis published Friday shows. The review of a Food and Drug Administration database of contaminated supplements […]
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Researchers say this technology could be the key to people taking hurricane warnings seriously

A growing number of simulations are helping audiences understand the consequences of ignoring hurricane evacuation warnings. Thanks to immersive technology, it’s never been easier to set foot inside a hurricane without getting wet. Last month, a Weather Channel video using mixed reality technology demonstrated the effects of storm surge on an ordinary American neighborhood. The […]
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Fentanyl test strips lead to more caution among illicit drug users

Users can determine whether their heroin is contaminated and protect themselves against overdoses. Illicit drug users who are certain that fentanyl is mixed into the heroin they consume are much more likely to take precautions that reduce their chances of overdosing, researchers reported Wednesday in a small study. The survey examined the use of fentanyl […]
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This app knows when you’ve been in an accident — and then it calls 911 for you

Imagine you’re riding a bicycle when you collide with a car and are thrown over the handlebars. When you hit the street, you’re knocked unconscious and unable to call for help. In this scenario, you’re wholly dependent upon a stranger coming to your rescue. If you’re in public, surrounded by people, that might not be […]
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Communication dead spots frustrate Cannon Beach police and fire 

Emergency responders look to fix spotty radio communications. For emergency responders in Cannon Beach, being able to communicate with dispatch over the radio while on a call in certain parts of South County is always a gamble. For years, some areas south of Tillamook Head have earned reputations as perpetual dead zones: Haystack Heights. Sections […]
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Alert: This is only a test

Got a cellphone? Expect a text a little before noon Wednesday as part of a test of the national Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission. There might be plenty of OMGs in response to the planned EAS/WEA alert, scheduled to go out at 11:18 p.m. PDT. The […]
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The latest tools for sexual assault victims: Smartphone apps and software

State Library Ed. Comment: App has been adopted by 12 college campuses including the University of Oregon. Technology is being designed to help survivors of sexual assault move beyond one of the biggest hurdles they face after abuse: reporting their assailant to authorities. Source: The latest tools for sexual assault victims: Smartphone apps and software […]
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Close encounters of the predator kind

Jim Williams chases mountain lions for a living. When most of us abandon our heated living rooms and voice-operated virtual assistants to venture out into the wild, we’re hoping to avoid encounters of the large and toothy kind. But for Williams, it’s his job. In his debut book, “Path of the Puma: The Remarkable Resilience […]
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Setting smart rules of the road for scooters

Kicking e-scooters off the streets altogether would be a mistake. But there are ways to make them safer and more convenient. The first rule parents teach their children when they start riding bicycles is always to wear a helmet. Unfortunately, the lesson does not seem to have carried over to those riding the electric scooters […]
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FBI: In Oregon, violent crime rose in 2017

In Bend, mental health calls decline. Violent and property crimes decreased slightly nationwide in 2017 after two years of increases, according to new federal crime data released Monday. There were an estimated 1,247,321 violent crimes reported to the FBI in 2017, a decrease of 0.2 percent over 2016. In Oregon, however, violent crime rose in […]
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