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  • Texas officials say 80 people may have been exposed to Ebola patient -NBC

    10/02/2014 6:01:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07:21 EST, 2 October 2014
    The health officials said 80 people may have come into contact with Duncan, NBC reported. Earlier, they had put the figure at up to 18, including five children. State officials delivered the order on Wednesday night to the family of the patient, who has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. Family members must stay home until Oct. 19 and not have any visitors without approval, officials said. "We have tried and true protocols to protect the public and stop the spread of this disease," said Dr. David Lakey, Texas health commissioner. "This order gives us the ability to...
  • From the Border, Whistleblowin’ in the Wind

    10/02/2014 2:15:39 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | October 1, 2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    A whistleblowing Border Patrol agent alleges that the Department of Homeland Security ignored health and safety concerns in attempting to transport illegal immigrants to a facility in Murrieta, Calif., the site of a high-profile confrontation between DHS and local citizens this past summer. In a whistleblower disclosure document obtained by National Review Online, the agent alleges that the federal government knowingly transported illegal immigrants to facilities that were unequipped to process them; disregarded repeated warnings from a Border Patrol agent about the public-health risks posed by the immigrants, many of whom were suffering from infectious diseases; rejected multiple offers of...
  • Dallas Ebola Patient VOMITED WILDLY Outside Apartment On Way to Hospital

    10/01/2014 9:59:34 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 107 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/1/14 | Jim Hoft
    Thomas Duncan was vomiting wildly outside of this apartment on the way to the hospital. Yahoo reported: Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance.
  • Thomas Eric Duncan (Ebola) should be tried and executed for premeditated murder

    10/01/2014 7:51:35 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 62 replies
    Stories on Duncan's actions and itinerary | 1 October 2014 | Mene
    Thomas Eric Duncan should be indicted for premeditated murder, tried and executed. News sources now say this man carried an Ebola-infected relative to and from the hospital (no treatment available for her - sympathy there). He had to know he had been exposed to Ebola and in all likelihood was going to be infected. Yet, he deliberately came to the U.S. to visit relatives, went to the doctor and still did not tell the medical staff there about his exposure and then ended up in the ER around many other people and was diagnosed. This man is not innocent in...
  • Wait, You Can Have Ebola and Still Board a Plane?

    10/01/2014 7:45:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 10/01/2014 | Olga Khazan
    A man who flew from Liberia to Dallas has become the first Ebola case to be diagnosed within the U.S., the CDC reported Tuesday, and he is currently in isolation at Dallas's Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Americans have been warned not to travel to Liberia, Guinea, or Sierra Leone, but they obviously can—and do. So how are countries keeping suspected Ebola patients (well, most of them, anyway) contained within their borders? Thermometers, mostly. People are screened for elevated temperatures before they're allowed to board planes departing from the countries where Ebola is raging. Fever is one of the earliest symptoms...
  • 30 Ebola facts that will make you cringe, plus 7 ways to manage the risk

    10/01/2014 5:00:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    PropertyCasualty360 ^ | October 1, 2014 | Melissa Hillebrand
    What do you know about Ebola? You probably are aware that it's a nasty, often fatal form of a viral hemorrhagic fever. You may also know that the current outbreak occured last December in Guinea, and that it has spread to Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leona and Nigeria. And unless you have lived under a rock for the past 24 hours, you also know that it has spread to the United States--Texas, to be specific. But here's a list of what you may not know, including how the Ebola virus impacts economies and supply chains, issurance issues including evacuation, exposures and...
  • Deadly Facts about Water

    10/01/2014 2:53:37 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    National | 10/01/2014 | C. Sunstein
    The deadly facts about water! 1. Water can be chemically synthesized by burning rocket fuel 2. Water one of the primary ingredients in herbicides and pesticides 3. Over consumption can cause excessive sweating, urination and even death 4. Water is the leading cause of drowning 5. 100% of all serial killers, rapist and drug dealers have admitted to drinking water 6. 100% of all people exposed to water will die
  • Five kids linked to Texas Ebola patient are held in isolation

    10/01/2014 1:38:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | Chris Perez
    The Texas Ebola patient who was misdiagnosed Friday came in contact with five children over the weekend — who are now being isolated at their homes amid escalating fears of an outbreak. Thomas Eric Duncan has been identified by his sister as the first confirmed case of the deadly disease on US soil — and she says her brother warned health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Friday that he had been visiting the US from Liberia, the Associated Press reports. Duncan — who had a layover in Brussels on his way home — may have...
  • How Bad Could It Get? US Government Order Of 160,000 HazMat Suits Gives A Clue

    10/01/2014 1:09:04 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 35 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 10/1/14 | Tyler Durden
    Now that Ebola is officially in the US on an uncontrolled basis, the two questions on everyone's lips are i) who will get sick next and ii) how bad could it get? We don't know the answer to question #1 just yet, but when it comes to the second one, a press release three weeks ago from Lakeland Industries, a manufacturer and seller of a "comprehensive line of safety garments and accessories for the industrial protective clothing market" may provide some insight into just how bad the US State Department thinks it may get. Because when the US government buys...
  • Ebola: At what threshold do you self quarantine~ Vanity

    10/01/2014 12:34:14 PM PDT · by GraceG · 110 replies
    So at what level/number of ebola cases in the USA should people consider self quarantining themsevles in order to either avoid getting infected or in order to wait out a few weeks in case you may have picked it up to prevent spreading it. Here is what I have a framework: 1. 1,000 cases in the United States with 0 in your own state. 2. 500 cases in the United States with 1 or more in your home state. 3. 250 cases in the United States with 1 or more in your home city/town. 4. 10 cases in the united...
  • Inadmissible aliens

    10/01/2014 11:31:56 AM PDT · by djf · 10 replies
    USC 8, 1182 A !(a) | United States CONGRESS
    1182 Inadmissible aliens (a) Classes of aliens ineligible for visas or admissions except as otherwise provided in this chapter aliens who are inadmissible under the following paragraphs are ineligible to receive visas ans ineligible to be admitted to the United States 1 (a) health related grounds any alien who is determined (in accordance with regulations prescribed by the secretary of health and human services) to HAVE A COMMUNICABLE DISEASE OF PUBLIC HEALTH SIGNIFICANCE...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down ACA Exchange Subsidies

    10/01/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-1-14 | Sean Riley
    On Tuesday, Judge Ronald A. White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma vacated the IRS rule that allows premium subsidies in states that refused to establish an exchange under the Affordable Care Act. The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(A), in excess of statutory jurisdiction, authority, or limitations, or short of statutory right, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(C), or otherwise is an invalid implementation of the ACA, and is hereby vacated. As has been covered previously,...
  • CDC Director: Obama Has "Leaned Forward" To Deal With Ebola Crisis

    10/01/2014 9:19:09 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ian Schwartz
    "In West Africa, we are surging the response not only of CDC where we already have more than 130 people in the field, but also throughout the U.S. government. The president has leaned forward to make sure we're acting very proactively there, and the Defense Department is on the ground already strengthening the response," Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters in a Tuesday evening briefing.
  • Ebola victim was originally SENT HOME from hospital with antibiotics before the... (shortened)

    10/01/2014 6:20:44 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 101 replies
    Mail Online ^ | October 1, 2014 | Zoe Szathmary
    The man with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. went to hospital feeling sick only to be given antibiotics and be sent home. It was not until two days later that the man was admitted to the Dallas hospital and put in isolation, it has been reported. It raises the frightening prospect that he was mixing freely with other people for a full two days while showing symptoms of the virus - the time when Ebola is most contagious. The unidentified patient has been in isolation
  • Ebola May Infect Earth's Entire Population by December 1, 2015; 50-75% Fatal

    09/30/2014 7:40:47 PM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 96 replies
    self | 2014-09-30 | UBSOTOS
    Here is the math: Ebola had infected about 4000 known cases by 2014-09-16. Incubation up to 21 days. Rate of new infections during incubation period: R2.0 (i.e. roughly doubling) Population of earth: ~7.2 billion Number of doublings from initial ~4000 to ~8 billion: 21 21 X 21 days = 441 days from September 16, 2014 = December 1, 2015
  • Gaming ObamaCare's Health Insurance Mandate For Fun And Profit

    09/30/2014 7:36:59 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 8-19-2004 | Merrill Matthews
    No insurance? No money? No want ObamaCare? No worries. You too can game ObamaCare’s mandate to buy health insurance. It’s easy, and it may even be in your financial self-interest.
  • Ebola Confirmed in America: Here’s What You Need To Do Right Now

    09/30/2014 7:35:57 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 111 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 9/30/14 | Daisy Luther
    What You Need Right Now Right now, before panic ensues, you need to ensure that you have everything you need to survive as though the world we know has ended. You need to be prepared to stay in your home for weeks, if not months. You need to be ready for a potential disruption of services. Best case scenario: You get these supplies, the outbreak never occurs, and you can dole them out into your regular usage or stash them with your prepper stockpile while snickering at the crazy preppers.
  • Oklahoma district court rejects IRS tax credit rule

    09/30/2014 1:10:57 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 30, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    Today, in Pruitt v. Burwell, another federal court concluded that the IRS rule authorizing tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for the purchase of health insurance in federal exchanges violates the text of the PPACA. In reaching this result, Judge White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma concurred with the initial panel decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell and rejected the conclusions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in King v. Burwell. A fourth case against the IRS rule remains pending in federal...
  • Doctor Refuses to Treat Child With Trisomy 18, Tells Mom “She’s Lived Longer Than Expected”

    09/30/2014 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Brad Smith
    We have a friend, Kayse, here in Michigan who has a beautiful little 2 year old girl named Lila. Kayse sent us an update the other day (Saturday September 27th) because Lila has been sick for the last couple of weeks. Most people have read about the viruses making their way around the country and get a little nervous about their children getting one of these viruses that have put so many children in the hospital. Well, we pay close attention to these updates that we receive because Lila has Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) which is the same chromosome abnormality...
  • Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Not A Civil Rights Issue

    09/30/2014 2:27:46 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-30-2014 | John Hawkins
    If someone came to a doctor and asked him to cut off a perfectly healthy arm because it just felt "wrong" for the arm to be there, should the doctor do it? This isn't an idle question because this does happen with a mental illness called Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID). People who have it feel as if they're not supposed to have a certain body part, like an arm or leg. As a general rule, doctors won't remove a healthy body part; so some of these poor deluded people crush, mangle, burn, or otherwise deliberately destroy their own arms...
  • Devon Still [NFL - Bengals] gives pre-cancer surgery pep talk to his 4 year old daughter Leah

    09/29/2014 4:43:25 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    instagram ^ | 9-24-14 | Devon Still
    Leah has sort of captured the nation's heart. Here's hoping for the best. Good Man. Good Father. Bengals - Good Organization.
  • American Doctor Exposed to Ebola in US for Observation

    09/29/2014 11:07:34 AM PDT · by LucyT · 16 replies
    VOA News ^ | September 28, 2014 7:28 PM | Staff
    An American doctor exposed to Ebola while in Sierra Leone has been flown to the United States. The doctor was flown to a regional airport in the eastern state of Maryland Sunday and walked off the plane wearing a white protective suit. The infectious disease chief at the NIH near Washington would not discuss details about the patient, but said that in general, an exposure to Ebola doesn't necessarily mean someone will become sick.
  • Condoms for a Cause

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    The Grommet ^ | 9-29-14
    "Lack of condoms is a global problem, and Sir Richard's was founded by a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs and designers who are committed to combatting the spread of sexually transmitted infections. They’re vegan-certified, and the silicone-based lubricant doesn’t contain any spermicide, parabens, or glycerin."
  • U.S. Troops Battling Ebola Get Off to Slow Start in Africa

    09/28/2014 5:41:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | Sept. 28, 2014 8:06 p.m. ET | Drew Hinshaw in Robertsville, Liberia, and Betsy McKay in Atlanta
    On Saturday, a handful of troops from the Navy's 133rd Mobile Construction Battalion led a bulldozer through thigh-high grass outside Liberia's main airport, bottles of hand sanitizer dangling from their belt loops. They had been digging a parking lot in the East African nation of Djibouti this month when they received a call to build the first of a dozen or more tent hospitals the U.S intends to construct in this region. The soldiers started by giving the land a downward slope for water runoff—"to keep out any unwanted reptiles," said Petty Officer Second Class Justin Holsinger. While this team...
  • The World's First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year

    09/28/2014 1:27:15 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | September 28, 2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90's for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school.
  • Ebola deaths in West Africa 'pass 3,000' - WHO

    09/27/2014 9:14:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    bbc ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 17:42 ET
    The report said two new areas, in Guinea and Liberia, have recorded their first confirmed cases of Ebola in the last seven days. It also highlights the risk of infection for health workers trying to stem the outbreak. It says 375 workers are known to have been infected, and that 211 have so far died from the virus. The deaths and sickness have made it even more difficult for the already weak healthcare systems in the affected countries to cope with the outbreak. There is a severe shortage of hospital beds, especially in Liberia.
  • The trouble with keeping commercial flights clean

    09/27/2014 8:58:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Published September 19, 2014
    Some airlines are reluctant to discuss how much cleansing airliners get. Typically, planes get a once-over straightening-up between flights and usually a more thorough cleaning overnight or between long international flights. Periodically planes get scrubbed from nose to tail when they undergo major maintenance work. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines say their aircraft that fly into and out of hot spot zones such as western Africa, where several countries are under the threat of the Ebola virus, get a thorough cleaning with disinfecting solution per guidelines issued by the WHO. Because of the Ebola threat, United increased its cleaning...
  • Michigan mom turns to prayer and social media for miracle to save her son

    n a pessimistic world, a Michigan mother is looking for a miracle to save her terminally ill four-year-old son – and she’s turning to prayer and social media to find it. Tammi Curtis Carr of Ann Arbor was given the horrifying news Tuesday that her toddler, Chad, had an inoperative tumor on his brain stem. According to Carr, her son fell on Monday and hit his nose.The mother of three took her youngest to the hospital to make sure he didn’t have a concussion but what the MRI revealed was much worse. Chad was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma,...
  • Liberia: Top Doctor Goes Under Ebola Quarantine

    09/27/2014 7:43:32 AM PDT · by Gadsden1st · 4 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH
    Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola. Bernice Dahn, a deputy health minister who has represented Liberia at regional conferences intended to combat the ongoing epidemic, told The Associated Press on Saturday that she did not have any Ebola symptoms but wanted to ensure she was not infected. The World Health Organization says 21 days is the maximum incubation period for Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and is hitting Liberia especially hard. WHO figures released Friday said 150 people died in the...
  • The consequences of anti-vaccine activism

    09/26/2014 10:06:45 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 14 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 25, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    Despite a lack of any credible scientific support, the anti-vaccination movement continues apace. Boosted by celebrity “experts” Jenny McCarthy, RFK Jr., and Dr. Oz, the campaign to discredit vaccination has encouraged many parents to refrain from vaccinating their children, and now we are beginning to see the results. Dr. Paul Offit writes in the Wall Street Journal: Almost 8,000 cases of pertussis, better known as whooping cough, have been reported to California’s Public Health Department so far this year. More than 250 patients have been hospitalized, nearly all of them infants and young children, and 58 have required intensive care....
  • Food Allergies In Children Could Be Caused By Antibiotics

    09/26/2014 8:28:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/26/2014 | Gabe Noble
    Giovanni was one of the 6 million children in the United States who suffer from food allergies, an alarming number that has nearly tripled in the past two decades. Dr. Martin Blaser, a microbiologist and professor at New York University, is working tirelessly on groundbreaking research into this dramatic spike in food allergies. His hypothesis is that exposure to antibiotics early in life is diminishing positive gut bacteria and thus weakening children's immune systems, making them more susceptible to allergies. Blaser warns parents: "Antibiotics are not free, they do have a cost. And it is not just monetary but in...
  • Building a home - go passive solar

    09/25/2014 11:16:29 AM PDT · by Prophet2520 · 95 replies
    Living Green Magazine ^ | 11/30/2012 | Tracey Allen
    Besides the obvious advantage of a free heating source (as long as the sun continues to rise and set) we have discovered a few more advantages:
  • China: Restaurant ‘sold opium-laced noodles’

    09/25/2014 7:35:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 September 2014 | Last updated at 07:21 ET
    A Chinese noodle shop owner has admitted to lacing his wares with opium poppy seeds in an apparent effort to keep customers coming back, it’s reported. The use of the unusual ingredient—used to make opium—at the restaurant in Yan’an, in Shaanxi province, came to light after one of its clients tested positive in a routine urine test by traffic police, despite insisting he’d never touched drugs, the Xi’an Evening News reports. Suspecting the noodle shop he’d eaten at a few hours before the test might be to blame, the customer, Liu Juyou, persuaded relatives to frequent the shop as well...
  • Nigeria: President Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free

    09/25/2014 2:52:33 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 21 replies
    allafrica.com ^ | 25 September 2014 | Okoro Chinedu Ifeanyi
    Lagos — President Goodluck Jonathan told the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly his administration had rid the country of the deadly Ebola virus. “Your Excellencies, while Africa, and in particular, West Africa, battles conflicts and terrorism, with progressive results, the region is now being devastated by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). While Nigeria was able to respond effectively to control the spread of the disease, the situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone requires sustainable, collective global action to contain. Through the concerted efforts of our healthcare professionals, the World Health Organisation and our...
  • Abortionist Who Killed Four Women in Botched Abortions Denied New Medical License

    09/24/2014 9:31:00 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Cheryl Sullenger
    If you’ve never heard of Michigan abortionist Alberto Hodari, count yourself fortunate. If you have, then what happened recently at the Michigan Board of Medicine should come as a welcome relief. For those who may not be familiar, Hodari once ran a chain of as many as six abortion mills in Michigan and is among the worst of abortionists, and that’s saying a lot. Four women are known to have died at Hodari-run abortion facilities, which can aptly be characterized as “mills.” Tamia Russell, 15, died less than 24 hours after a late-term abortion at Hodari’s Lathrup Village facility in...
  • A Moral Universe Torn Apart

    09/24/2014 2:09:55 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | Ben Shapiro
    The woman is Leyla Josephine of Glasgow, and she is a self-described feminist performance artist. She is reading a poem titled "I Think She Was a She" -- a poem lauded by The Huffington Post as "unapologetic. ... She ardently declares her power over her body as she reminds us that a woman exercising her right to choose is not uncommon -- and should never be shamefully brushed under the rug." What, exactly, is this poem? It's Josephine recounting her abortion of her unborn daughter. She notes, "I know she was a she and I think she would've looked exactly...
  • Coca Cola, PepsiCo work to reduce drink calories consumed by 2025

    09/23/2014 8:44:16 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 23, 2014 | Shan Li
    Soda giants Coca Cola Co., PepsiCo and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group are getting together to urge Americans to stop drinking so many sugary drinks.. The beverage companies announced a new initiative Tuesday to reduce by 20% the number of beverage calories consumed per person in the U.S. by 2025.
  • Japan weighs sending medics to Ebola-hit West Africa

    09/23/2014 12:34:41 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 12 replies
    Tha Japan Times ^ | Sep 23, 2014 | Staff
    NEW YORK – Japan is considering sending more emergency medical personnel to deal with the Ebola crisis in West Africa, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday. Tokyo is negotiating with the World Health Organization to send “up to 23 experts, additionally,” Kishida said during a U.N. meeting in New York on universal health coverage. Japan has extended approximately $5 million in emergency aid grants and four Japanese medics have been dispatched as members of the WHO mission
  • Gilead Deal to Sell Sovaldi [Hepatitis C drug] in Poor Countries Meets Criticism

    09/22/2014 9:24:00 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Ed Silverman | Sep 15, 2014
    In a bid to forestall criticism over the price of its expensive Sovaldi hepatitis C treatment, Gilead Sciences GILD -0.46% has reached licensing deals with seven large generic drug makers based in India to sell lower-cost versions in 91 developing countries. The goal is to provide greater access to the estimated 185 million people who live in low and middle-income countries, and avoid the reputational damage the pharmaceutical industry sustained more than a decade ago in South Africa over litigation surrounding access to costly AIDS medications. The deal calls for the generic drug makers – including Cipla, Ranbaxy Laboratories 500359.BY...
  • CDC: Up to half a million Ebola cases by end of January

    09/22/2014 5:22:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    hotair.com ^ | September 22, 2014 by | Noah Rothman
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to rage out of control. The deadly hemorrhagic fever has infected over 5,700 in the region and has killed nearly 2,800. With thousands of American defense officials poised to head to the hot zone in the coming days, the American Center for Disease Control is set to warn that disease is spreading exponentially and may infect up to 500,000 by the end of January. A report due to be released this week projects that a half a million could be infected by mid-winter, but the model presumes no additional assistance from the international...
  • Woman, 21, claims to have paid $20,000 to surgically add third breast

    09/22/2014 4:16:01 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 60 replies
    mail online ^ | 22 September 2014 | Mia de graaf
    However, Tridevil claims she found a surgeon who agreed to carry out the unusual operation on the grounds that she kept their name a secret
  • Spain: Ebola test drug out of supply worldwide

    09/22/2014 10:29:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    hosted.ap.org ^ | Sep 22, 7:56 AM EDT
    Mapp Biopharmaceutical, the company that makes ZMapp, says the drug's supplies are exhausted and that it takes months to make even a small batch. With ZMapp unavailable, the hospital was looking into alternative medicines or the possibility of using blood serum from a cured patient, said Dr. Jose Ramon Arribas, of the Carlos III hospital. Garcia Viejo is the second Spanish missionary to catch Ebola. Another priest, Miguel Pajares, 75, was flown back to Spain from Liberia on Aug. 7. Pajares began treatment with ZMapp, but died Aug. 12. Ebola is blamed for the deaths of more than 2,600 people...
  • A poem for Ezekiel Emanuel, from Rudyard Kipling

    09/21/2014 11:49:54 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 20, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and former Special Advisor for Health Policy to Peter Orszag, has an Atlantic article titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” and subtitled, “An argument that society and families — and you — will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly.” There’s much I strongly disagree with there — I want those I love to live far beyond 75, and I would like to do the same myself — and in particular this passage (quoted by Glenn Reynolds (InstaPundit)) strikes me as reflecting rather...
  • Dangerous Elegance: A History of High-Heeled Shoes

    09/21/2014 4:50:52 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 63 replies
    Random History ^ | April 9, 2008 | Random History and Word origins for the Curious Mind
    The high-heeled shoe, or a shoe whose heel is higher than the toe, is a matter of contentious and heated discussion. Shoes in general have typically served as markers of gender, class, race, and ethnicity--and both the foot and the shoe have been imbued with powerful phallic and fertility symbols as evidenced in the contemporary practice of tying shoes to a newlywed couple’s car. No other shoe, however, has gestured toward leisure, sexuality, and sophistication as much as the high-heeled shoe. Fraught with contradiction, heels paradoxically inhibit movement in order to increase it, at least in appearance. Standing in heels,...
  • Mark Steyn: No reason to believe GOP will ever repeal Obamacare

    09/21/2014 2:39:55 PM PDT · by buffyt · 55 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/2013 | Jeff Poor
    National Review columnist Mark Steyn blasted claims by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and others that the best strategy is to allow Obamacare to crumble under its own weight and only then seek to repeal it. Filling in as host on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show Monday, Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” explained to a caller named “Joe” that there is no reason to believe congressional Republicans have the will to repeal anything, especially considering that Carter-era institutions like the Department of Education and the Department of Energy have managed to flourish even in times of...
  • Sunshine tied to suicide risk: study

    09/20/2014 9:04:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri, Sep 12 2014 | Andrew M. Seaman
    Sunshine tied to suicide risk: study Fri, Sep 12 2014 By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exposure to sunshine over a short period of time may increase the risk of suicide but may also lower the risk over several months, suggests a new study from Austria. People shouldn’t avoid the sun based on the study’s findings, says its senior author. Instead, they may consider adding sunshine to the list of factors that may influence the risk of suicide. “Suicide is complicated and has many risk factors,” said Dr. Matthaeus Willeit from the University of Vienna. “People always...
  • Parents Want to Stop Life Support for Baby Because He’s Disabled: .........

    09/19/2014 10:59:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    FULL TITLE: Parents Want to Stop Life Support for Baby Because He’s Disabled: Who Wants Their Son to be Handicapped? A major battle in France pits the parents of a disabled prematurely-born baby against doctors — as the parents want doctors to stop life support for their son because he is severely disabled. The baby boy, named Titouan was born on August 31, four months before he was slated to be born. The baby weighed two pounds at birth and suffered from an intracerebral haemorrhage. Doctors at University Hospital Center of Poitiers say he has brain damage and they are...
  • Eight reported dead in attack on Ebola workers in Guinea

    09/19/2014 10:42:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    LA times ^ | Robyn Dixon
    hen Guinean government officials visited the village of Womme in the country’s southeast, they planned to educate people about Ebola and show them how to avoid it — in a region where many still believe the virus doesn’t exist. But it all went disastrously wrong. Villagers responded furiously, pelting the delegation with stones and beating the visitors with clubs, according to Guinean radio. The delegation, which included doctors and journalists, fled into the bush after the attack Tuesday. he Guinean government said Thursday that eight delegation members had been killed, including several journalists, news agencies reported. There also were reports...
  • Lockdown Begins in Sierra Leone to Battle Ebola

    09/19/2014 10:26:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | ADAM NOSSITER
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The most ambitious and aggressive government campaign against the Ebola epidemic gripping parts of West Africa began on Friday when Sierra Leone ordered everyone in the country to remain indoors for three days, suspending commerce, emptying the streets and halting this beleaguered nation in its tracks in an attempt stop the disease from spreading.
  • Crest to remove potentially harmful microbeads from toothpaste

    09/19/2014 5:56:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18, 2014
    Those little blue microbeads in your Crest toothpaste may be getting stuck in your teeth and gums, prompting dentists to ask toothpaste manufacturers for a change. The tiny scrubbers contain the ingredient polyethylene, a form of plastic that does not degrade and can stay embedded in your mouth. “Your body will see them as a foreign body, bacteria will clamp to them and it has the potential to cause gum disease, some form of gingivitis or harm to it,” Dr. Wade Pilling of Meridien, Indiana told KTVB.