Magazine article FDA Consumer

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Magazine article FDA Consumer

Observations

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Heroes create circumstances; circumstances create heroes. --Chinese proverb

A Harris Poll done in July asked adult Americans to name people they thought of as heroes. The pollsters did not suggest any names to the more than 1,000 people queried, nor was there a list to refer to. Jesus Christ was the person mentioned most often, followed by Martin Luther King, Secretary of State Colin Powell, former President John F. Kennedy and Mother Teresa.

Today, that list of heroes might also include everyday people--people who many of us have never met or even heard of. It might include the firefighters, police and other emergency personnel who worked around the clock, searching for the faintest signs of life in the rubble that once was the World Trade Center. It might include those who rushed to the scene that sunny September morning to fight the fires, treat the injured and assist with the evacuations, only to lose their own lives in the inferno and collapse.

The list of heroes also might include the firefighters and Defense Department workers at the Pentagon who unfurled a huge American flag near the blackened gaping hole left by American Airlines Flight 77 after it crashed into the symbol of American military might with terrorists at the controls. Or the passengers aboard United Flight 93, who apparently struggled with those who hijacked the San Francisco-bound flight before it crashed into a field near Pittsburgh. This is a time in America when it is clear that heroes come in all forms.

Employees from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and other HHS agencies are working around the clock to identify, treat and strategically plan for whatever threats may arise. …

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