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* Study Points to Depression as a Risk for Developing Alzheimer's
* Scientists Develop Computer Caretakers for Alzheimer's Patients
* Emergency Inflatable Tents
* Implanted Chips to Track People
* Emergency Management Institute Resident Courses
* Online Hazard Maps
* Disaster and Emergency Medicine
* Blister Treatment Tips
* Updated Lost Person Statistics from the UK
* Search and Rescue Officer Arrested for Embezzling $44,000
* Shop On-line at iGive.com and Earn Money for NASAR

Study Points to Depression as a Risk for Developing Alzheimer's

A long-term study of people over age 65 suggests that the severity of
depressive symptoms is related to the risk of developing Alzheimer's
disease. The study was published in the August 13 issue  of Neurology.


Scientists Develop Computer Caretakers for Alzheimer's Patients

Researchers from the University of Washington are developing a unique
monitoring system in which computer science can compensate for diminished
mental capacity in Alzheimer's patients. The system would offer prompts
when appropriate and summon help when needed.


Emergency Inflatable Tents

Search and Rescue teams that need to be able to deploy a tent rapidly might
interested in this new product. The tent simply inflates, allowing for
rapid deployment.


Implanted Chips to Track People

Colleagues often ask "Can't you just put a chip in the wandering Alzheimer's
disease patient in order to track them if they get lost?"  In fact,
implanted chips do exist, which serve as transponders to uniquely identify
animals. However, the chip that obtains and processes the signals from
Global Positioning Satellites is currently too large for simple
implantation (one inch x one inch x quarter-inch).  In addition, sending
the GPS coordinate back to a base station requires a cell phone signal and
circuitry. Therefore, a simple small chip that could be implanted and then
send a signal back to a satellite is not feasible with current technology.
An example of current technology using the GPS signal can be seen in the
Wherify product.  Useful but not something you want to put under your skin.


Emergency Management Institute Resident Courses

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)released its course catalog for
2002-2003 resident courses. Resident courses are scheduled on campus at
FEMA's facility in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Courses of particular interest to
SAR members include Incident Command System Train-the-Trainer, the advanced
course for public information officers, and classes on  mitigation and
preparedness. Application and eligibility information and a  detailed
schedule are available by calling (800)238-3358; e-mailing
emi@fema.gov; or accessing the EMI website:


Online Hazard Maps

Every team should be aware of the special hazards that exist within their
response area.  FEMA has just made it easier to view hazard maps.  The
vision of Multi-hazard Mapping Initiative (MMI)is to foster the exchange
of geospatial hazards data, to increase hazard awareness, and to encourage
data providers to establish standards-based services that facilitate data
sharing and map creation. In addition, MMI plans to make FEMA spatial data
available on the Internet in map form, as well as allow FEMA to access
outside spatial data that is critical to its daily operations.


Disaster and Emergency Medicine

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has created a new Internet
section on disasters and emergency medicine. The site is part of NLM's
MEDLINEplus website, and has a number of interesting links and articles.


Blister Treatment Tips

Dr. Murray Hamlet, a frequent presenter at SAR conferences in the Northeast
because of his military background and cold weather expertise, advocates
making a blister kit.  It should contain BetadineTM swabs, SiliposTM, Triple
antibiotic ointment, 22g needle, and tape.  If a blister forms, wash and dry
the area and paint and let dry twice with Betadine. Start outside the
with the needle tip and advance into the fluid. Press out the fluid with the
swab. Cut a do-nut shaped piece of Silipos bigger than the bleb. Stick it on
the skin and fill the chamber over the bleb with ointment and cover with
tape. Change tape and add ointment daily.

Silipos is a product that functions similar to moleskin, but has a gel
inside,  making it vastly superior to simple felt.  It comes in sheets
(stock number 11205).  Information may be obtained at 800.925.2995 or at:


Updated Lost Person Statistics from the UK

Dave Perkins and Pete Roberts have updated their lost person behavior
statistics with new information collected in the United Kingdom.  A complete
 2002 report can be found online as a PDF file at the bottom of the page.


Search and Rescue Officer Arrested for Embezzling $44,000

The former president/treasurer of for Silver Star Search and Rescue of 17
years was arrested for allegedly embezzling $44,000 from the group. The
article reports the basic facts of the case. Every organization should
require fiscal oversight of its books.


The following site provides an excellent discussion of how boards and
officers should interact:


Do Your Christmas Shopping On-line at iGive.com and Earn Money for NASAR

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30, 2002, National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) will miss out.

Each new person who registers at iGive.com between now and November 30,
2002 can raise an additional $5 for the NASAR, on top of earning up to 26%
of each purchase for NASAR!  All you have to do is shop via iGive.com
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the Spirit of the Season with search and rescue personnel nationwide!

Make all your purchases through iGive.com year-round to keep the donations
rolling in for NASAR!  iGive.com makes it easy, with over 400 familiar
stores (like Amazon, Lands' End, PETsMART, Apple, Office Depot, and Best
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The average online shopper is earning about $20-$40 per year for their
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Make sure that cause is NASAR.

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