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Doctor’s ‘brilliant’ new first aid technique can stem blood loss after shark attack

An emergency department doctor says he has developed a simple new way to help save the lives of shark attack victims in the crucial moments after a bite. The technique is described in a paper published today in the journal of Emergency Medicine Australasia and works by closing off the femoral artery to prevent a person from rapidly bleeding out.

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Why George Washington mandated inoculations

George Washington mandated inoculation against smallpox, believing one’s freedom does not mean others should suffer as a consequence. According to the Library of Congress, in presented in an editorial by the Miami Herald, the eventual first president of the United States led the first mandatory military inoculation.

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