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Hurricane Sandy ’
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
A few hours before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie said he would cancel Halloween in New Jersey pending on conditions. Today, he delivered on that promise.
Christie signed an executive order postponing all celebrations of the holiday until Monday, November 5. He cited flooding, fallen trees, downed power lines, and emergency work as potential dangers to children and their families.
“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said.
New Jersey is still under a state of emergency. President Obama will be in New Jersey this afternoon to survey the damage with Christie.
Image: Three Kids in Halloween Costumes via Shutterstock
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Climbs; Millions Without Power
Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without electricity, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain. The U.S. death toll climbed to 33, many of the victims killed by falling trees. (Associated Press)
Slimmer Future for Heavy Kids Who Get Help Early
Weight-loss programs can help even very young children slim down, and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to a pair of new studies. (Reuters)
Mammograms: For One Life Saved, 3 Women Overtreated
Breast cancer screening for women over 50 saves lives, an independent panel in Britain has concluded, confirming findings in U.S. and other studies. But that screening comes with a cost: The review found that for every life saved, roughly three other women were overdiagnosed. (Associated Press)
U.S. Set to Sponsor Health Insurance
The Obama administration will soon take on a new role as the sponsor of at least two nationwide health insurance plans that will be offered to consumers in every state. (New York Times)
Monday, October 29th, 2012
Hurricane Sandy School Closings: Thousands Shuttered For Storm Along East Coast
Thousands of schools along the Eastern Seaboard are closed Monday as Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall, attacking the coast with forceful winds, rain and possible snow. (Huffington Post)
ER Docs Learn Better Ways to Help Hurting Kids
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics instructs doctors, providers and EMTs on the best ways to treat children’s pain and anxiety in emergency settings — sometimes, without medication. (NBC News)
Scientists Move Closer to a Lasting Flu Vaccine
Thanks to a flurry of recent studies, flu experts foresee a time when seasonal flu shots are a thing of the past. (New York Times)
Higher-Math Skills Entwined With Lower-Order Magnitude Sense
The ability to learn complex, symbolic math is a uniquely human trait, but it is intricately connected to a primitive sense of magnitude that is shared by many animals, finds a study to be published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (ScienceDaily)