Navigation Links
Fright could be more harmful,,

The fear of biological weapons such as anthrax may be more likely to create illness than the weapons themselves, say experts. Long-term social or psychological damage could be the result of panic caused by the news of anthrax attacks. A letter to the British Medical Journal from researchers in the UK, US and Australia predicted that while bioweapons themselves might not kill many people, for many more, their prospect is having a devastating effect.

Already, there are reports of mass illness - on 29 September, paint fumes set off a bioterrorism scare at a school in Washington State, sending 16 students and a teacher to the hospital. Just after the beginning of the current anthrax scare a liquid, which turned out to be window cleaning fluid, was sprayed at a Maryland subway station. As many as 35 people reported nausea, headache and sore throat.//

The experts, including Professor Simon Wessely, from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Hospital in London, conclude that a series of hoaxes and actual attacks could have a significant effect.They write: "It is customary to expect large scale panic if such weapons are every effectively deployed or thought to be deployed.

"The general level of malaise, fear and anxiety may remain high for years, exacerbating pre-existing psychiatric disorders and further heightening the risk of mass sociogenic illness."The current uncertainty over the chronic health effects of low level exposure to toxic agents will further increase anxiety in the affected communities."

They add that because health officials will not be able to provide positive assurances about long-term safety, the public may lose trust in experts. "Unconfirmed or controversial hypotheses about the health effects of exposure to chemical and biological weapons will probably become belligerent scientific and media issues."


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Virus Level could Predict Cervical Cancer Risk
2. Beware of the oral patch! It could be cancer!!!
3. Prozac miracle could end in disaster
4. Wonder drug - could end in disaster
5. Pollution could be a risk
6. Pregnant smokers could harm their child
7. Snoring could be a warning
8. Anthrax drug doxycycline could stunt fetal growth
9. Hike in drug licence fee could hit several SSI units in TN
10. Lengthy Fingers could predict heart attacks
11. Watching television for long hours could lead to agressiveness
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop ... The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... all type program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn ... specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand ... all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter ... bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set ... , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set low ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) learned during ... two significant new grants to support its work to advance research and patient ... recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting pulmonary hypertension ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... TX (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... People ... part in Genome magazine’s Code Talker Award, an essay contest in which patients and ... an award to be presented at the 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... Story Highlights: ... the health care industry is causing providers to review ... Deloitte offers a suite of solutions for health care ... cost optimization: labor resource analysis, revenue cycle optimization and ... outcomes and better economics ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... has announced the addition of the " Global ... This report ... provides an updated review, including its applications in various ... total market, which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Diagnostic Tests" report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers ... Market analysis in the report includes the following: ... Diagnostic Kits) by Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: