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Physicians needed to assist in public health emergencies

Sedgwick County Emergency Management is seeking physicians to assist during large-scale community public health emergencies that require medical countermeasures, such as an Anthrax attack or a flu pandemic.

Public health preparedness staff are developing plans in accordance with CDC guidelines to provide medication to 80 percent of the local population in 48 hours. The strategy will involve both large health care delivery sites that will be open to the general public and sites at businesses that will treat employees and their families. It is at the business sites that SCEM is seeking physician assistance.

For more information, contact Cynthia Dodson, ESF 8 coordinator, at (316) 660-0983 or

University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita docs edit new global resource guide

Renowned pharmacological researchers and University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita faculty members Matthew Macaluso, DO, and Sheldon Preskorn, MD, are editors of a new handbook on antidepressants that will serve as a resource and guide for researchers, physicians and students around the globe.

“Antidepressants: From Biogenic Amines to New Mechanisms of Action” examines medications used to treat major depressive disorder – also known as clinical depression. It affects about one in five people during their lifetimes and costs society an estimated $100 billion a year, experts say.

“It’s really a soup to nuts overview of antidepressants starting in antiquity, what is the state of aff airs now and what’s coming down the pike,” said Macaluso, an associate professor at the medical school and assistant dean of research, director of psychiatry residency program and director of Center for Clinical Research. Macaluso and Preskorn also are contributors, as are other Wichita faculty, including Dee Brooke Lochmann, DO, Tara Richardson, MD, and Tiffany Schwasinger-Schmidt, MD, PhD.