Back in the saddle – young cyclist fights off chronic fatigue

TOP young cyclist Dylan McKenna has overcome some tough obstacles. Before the Mitchelton Bay Cycling Classic last year glandular fever knocked him flat. He recovered and took his place in the field, not expecting much. “I didn’t even know if I’d finish,” McKenna admitted. Not only did he finish he was 12th of the 38 starters in the first men’s

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Japan earthquake and tsunami – Red cross hospital ishinomaki’s lifeline

The 402-bed Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital normally treats about 60 patients a day, 1,800 patients a month. For the first few days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, it treated 1,200 a day. In the first month after the disaster the hospital treated more than 10,000 patients. Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital was the only functioning hospital in Ishinomaki, a

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Psychosocial support for people evacuated from Fukushima radiation zone

Published 2 June 2011 15:00 CET (Central European Time): The Japanese Red Cross (JRC) is providing psychological support to people evacuated from the 30km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to a hotel in Tokyo. JRC psychologist Keiko Akiyama is one of a number of Tokyo prefecture government and agency psychologists, mental health experts, social welfare officers

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christchurch earthquake – new zealand red cross volunteers meet hidden demand

Published 1 March 2011 22:13 CET (Central European Time): New Zealand Red Cross started a major operation to check on the welfare and needs of people in their homes in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs, which were hit hard by last Tuesday’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Police today confirmed the death toll from the earthquake has reached 148 people. This number is expected

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