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Genes May Determine Response to Disasters

Recent studies have shown that 50 percent of survivors of natural disasters experience PTG (posttraumatic growth), with a greater prevalence among older adults, non-Hispanic blacks, and those exposed to additional stressors. A new study published this fall in Journal of Affective Disorders by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Broad Institute, Columbia University, and University of Massachusetts Boston has found a link between a variant in the gene RGS2 and PTG…

While posttraumatic stress is expected after natural disasters, few survivors anticipate the positive psychological changes that they may experience – and now new research has revealed that genes may play a role.

While posttraumatic stress is expected after natural disasters, few survivors anticipate the positive psychological changes that they may experience – and now new research has revealed that genes may play a role.

 

Natural disasters kill 24 in China

At least 24 people were killed in natural disasters across China last month that caused direct economic losses of USD 1.12 billion.  Disasters affected more than five million people and forced the relocation of 330,000 in November, said an official statement issued today. More than 7,000 houses were toppled while over 247,000 damaged to varying degrees. Disasters affected 661,900 hectares of farmland, with over 67,600 hectares yielding no crops at all…

 

Post-disaster rent controls proposed

The Human Rights Commission has called for the Government to consider rent-control measures following major natural disasters, and a cross-party accord on the rights of New Zealanders to adequate housing. They are among 33 recommendations in a report on human rights in the Canterbury earthquakes recovery, released by the commission yesterday…

 

Why We Need to Redesign Hospitals for Resilience

Hurricane Katrina struck just as I had begun my last year in architectural school at Tulane in New Orleans. Charity Hospital had served impoverished New Orleans residents for more than 80 years. It was first built in the 1920s with fully operable windows, but when the hospital underwent mechanical system retrofitting years ago, the windows were sealed shut. A mechanical ventilation system was substituted for fresh air. The system failed during the storm, internal temperatures rose to over 100 degrees, and the building was subsequently evacuated…

 

To survive in a volatile world businesses must build in resilience

According to Business Week, the average life expectancy of a Fortune 500 company is between 40 and 50 years. One-third of the Fortune 500 companies in existence in 1970 had vanished by 1983 – acquired, merged, or broken to pieces. Looking across the full spectrum of companies, large and small, the average life of companies may be as low as 12.5 years…

 

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