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Advocates want simulators, not live animals, to train military medics

Lauren Clark Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 Advocates want simulators, not live animals, to train military medics WASHINGTON _ Caesar lies on the table, motionless as medics begin to address a gaping wound. Motionless because, well, Caesar’s a dummy. While he make look like a real human patient – and breathe, bleed and even cry out like a real human patient – Caesar isn’t a human at all, but is a machine that mimics a patient. And advocates say he is a cheaper and more humane alternative to training military battlefield medics than the current practice of wounding and then treating live animals. “Animals in military training … are stabbed, shot, blown up, burned and killed,” said Justin Goodman, director of laboratory investigations at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Goodman joined others at a Capitol Hill demonstration of Caesar on Wednesday in support of the Best Practices Act, which would require that the Defense Department do away with medical training on live animals and replace it with “human-based” methods – including simulators, cadavers and hospital rotations, among others. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, is one of 47 co-sponsors on the bill, which was introduced last February but has yet to get a committee hearing. The bill said branches of the Pentagon have been moving away from use of live animals in trauma training but that the department still...

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A proposed bill asks for aid in research of PANDAS autoimmune disorder

Amber Kahwaji Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 A proposed bill asks for aid in research of PANDAS autoimmune disorder The proposed bill HB2640 asks Arizona to grant millions of dollars this fiscal year to the Department of Health Services to aid in the research, treatment, and diagnosis of the autoimmune disorder, PANS and PANDAS..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Cronkite News Refresh: Feb. 12, 2016

Staff Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 Cronkite News Refresh: Feb. 12, 2016 This edition of Cronkite News is our weekly Cronkite News Refresh, which highlights our top stories of the week on social media..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Phoenix Sky Harbor breaks yearly traffic records, prepares for future growth

Chloe Nordquist Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 Phoenix Sky Harbor breaks yearly traffic records, prepares for future growth A record 44 million passengers passed through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last year, a 4.5 percent increase from 2014. And airport officials said they’re making preparations for continued growth in years to come. “We had increases month after month, so it was a very positive year,” airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said. The airport’s previous record was nearly 42 million passengers in 2007, a record set before the Great Recession. Frequent flyer Nick Gnat, a freelance trainer for display systems company Daktronics, said he noticed the increase in passengers, especially during early mornings and late nights when security backed up because lanes were closed. “There are longer lines, for the most part, than I’ve experienced in the past,” Gnat said. He also said he noticed more pressure on airlines to pack planes with passengers. “I think they are pushing really hard to have every plane jam packed,” he said. “You’re seeing a lot of pressure to route people such that every flight is always full all the time. So as a result, you see a lot of backup.” The airport also set a monthly record in March when it saw 4.2 million passengers. The busiest day was Feb. 4 2015, the day following the Super Bowl in Glendale. “Traffic at Sky Harbor...

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Friday fact check: Feb. 12, 2016

Taylor Nelson Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 Friday fact check: Feb. 12, 2016 How well do you know the news this week? The Cronkite News team wants to find out how well you’ve been keeping up with politics, education, sports and more. Take our weekly news quiz and tweet us your results...

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