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  • Health Care Law Recasts Insurers as Obama Allies

    11/18/2014 4:55:37 AM PST · by tired&retired · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — As Americans shop in the health insurance marketplace for a second year, President Obama is depending more than ever on the insurance companies that five years ago he accused of padding profits and canceling coverage for the sick. Those same insurers have long viewed government as an unreliable business partner that imposed taxes, fees and countless regulations and had the power to cut payment rates and cap profit margins. But since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, the relationship between the Obama administration and insurers has evolved into a powerful, mutually beneficial partnership that has been...
  • A birthday wish: 'Saving Eliza' gets final push for medical trial

    11/16/2014 6:26:47 PM PST · by AngieGal · 3 replies
    Today ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 | Linda Carroll
    The parents of Eliza O’Neill, the little girl with an incurable and deadly brain disorder, are making one final desperate push to raise funds for the clinical trial that will test a gene therapy for the disease—and perhaps offer hope for Eliza. The O’Neills have already raised $1.3 million through a viral video and hope that by Eliza’s fifth birthday on Sunday they’ll hit their $1.8 million goal. While there is no guarantee that Eliza will be among those chosen to participate in the trial, which could start sometime in the middle of 2015, its organizers say that at this...
  • The Washington Post called Jonathan Gruber the "party's most influential health-care expert"

    11/14/2014 6:10:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist that said that Obamacare had to be made deliberately deceptive, in order to be passed, was considered the most influential expert of the Democrat Party in 2007.   This was no self promotion, but a pronouncement by one of the most influential and prominent of the old media outlets, the Washington Post: On the other side was an economist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has become possibly the party's most influential health-care expert and a voice of realism in its internal debates. In a precursor to the revelations recently that Gruber aided in...
  • This Democrat Is Giving Up on ObamaCare

    11/14/2014 6:48:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/13/14 | Burke Beu
    The disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for my party’s midterm thumping. ....I have been a registered Democrat since age 18, a Democratic candidate for statewide office in Colorado and a party precinct captain in that caucus state. I’ve volunteered for numerous Democratic candidates and contributed to party causes and campaigns..... ObamaCare is a failure. For anyone who thinks this is a misprint because no Democratic activist would make such a comment, let me add that it is too big, too complicated and too expensive.
  • Feds Spent $10 Million on a Video Game About Escaping a Fat Town

    11/13/2014 7:39:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government has invested over $10 million developing and promoting a video game about a young teen that must escape a town full of fat people, as a method to fight obesity.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) paid for the development of two video games that promote healthier eating, including “Escape from Diab,” a “nightmare” fictional city where people are only allowed to eat junk food.“The story centers around five children who must get healthy enough to escape the evil King Etes,” explains Archimage, Inc., a computer game company that received $9,091,409 to develop the games. King Etes is...
  • Walking Wounded—government victimizing disease

    11/13/2014 4:59:03 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/13/14 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Happiness is having health insurance only institutionalizes the idea that one can’t enjoy life if they don’t have coverage In all likelihood, you haven’t taken a look at the new vocabulary of healthcare and the change that it has instituted in how we perceive health and, as a result, healthcare—these perceptions that underlie the concept of necessary healthcare. In fact, it goes to the very core of what we think health is. If someone asked you to define health, would you say it was well being? Or a state or condition of the body and/or mind? Common usage, anymore, lies...
  • Al Gore: ‘It’s Time For A National Policy On Food’

    11/12/2014 8:45:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    And you’ll never guess why! Well, unless you guessed “global warming,” which is what you did the moment you saw Al Gore’s name. He cannot and will not shut up about it. And I, for one, don’t want him to.Here’s the President of the Environment: It’s time for a national policy on food. Brilliant essay in today’s Washington Post: http://t.co/bvGjpej5wN— Al Gore (@algore) November 9, 2014 If Al Gore thinks it’s brilliant, it must be hilarious. Let’s take a look!
  • Why Obamacare risks falling into a ‘death spiral’

    11/12/2014 12:12:52 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Dana Milbank
    So it turns out there is an Obamacare death panel after all. It has nine members and it operates out of a marble building directly across the street from the Capitol. When the Supreme Court on Friday announced that it would take up another challenge to the Affordable Care Act in March, it delivered the threat of two mortal blows to the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. First, it raised the possibility that the justices, who narrowly spared the law in 2012, will in June come out with a new ruling that would dismantle the law on different grounds....
  • House to hold two more Ebola hearings

    11/11/2014 5:49:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 10, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    House Republicans have scheduled two more hearings on the U.S. response to Ebola, focusing on the health system's readiness for more cases and the development of cures and treatments. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and Oversight and Investigations will host the events on Tuesday and Wednesday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden will appear at one to discuss training for U.S. health workers and other preventative measures against the virus's spread. "The threat of the Ebola outbreak is real and extends beyond its source in West Africa," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred...
  • Glenn Beck Reveals the Life-Changing ‘Pivot Point’ He Has Kept Hidden From Almost Everyone for 5yrs

    11/10/2014 7:04:55 PM PST · by conservative98 · 90 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 10, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck Reveals the Life-Changing ‘Pivot Point’ He Has Kept Hidden From Almost Everyone for Five Years
  • Animal Rx: 11 Ways Pets Make You Healthy

    11/09/2014 6:28:56 PM PST · by Justice · 31 replies
    Everday Health ^ | Jordan Lite and Madeline Vann
    Of course you can’t resist your golden retriever’s puppy-dog eyes or your tabby’s silly antics, but you’re getting much more from your pet than unconditional love and great pics for your Facebook wall. Nearly two-thirds of American households include a pet — and our animal companions are proving themselves adept at enhancing human health in increasingly diverse ways. From calming patients before medical procedures to motivating owners to exercise, pets may be the best medicine we don’t even realize we’re taking. Here, the notable ways your animal companions can improve your health.
  • AIDS – French scientists find mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure

    11/04/2014 6:45:00 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.biznews.com ^ | 11-04-2014 | Staff
    t’s the holy grail of HIV and AIDS research: the search for a cure for the virus that attacks the immune system, allowing life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. Significant strides have been made with pharmaceutical drugs – antiretrovirals – that help those diagnosed as HIV positive to manage their condition, and live longer, healthier lives. But so far, a cure has proved elusive. Now French scientists believe they have uncovered the genetic path by which two men were spontaneously cured of the HI virus. They believe it’s an exciting discovery which could offer a new strategy in the...
  • (Food for Thought) Not all blueberries are blueberries

    11/03/2014 5:16:47 AM PST · by John David Powell · 44 replies
    CW39online Blog ^ | October 28, 2014 | by " Newsfixpowell "
    Here’s some food for thought about what’s in your pantry. And that’s blueberries. Or “little blue dynamos”, as the folks at the US Highbush Blueberry Council like to call them. Not only are they blue, but they are good for you, too. Good for your heart, good for your brain, good for your liver, and may reduce your risk for cancer. But that only works if they are the real deal, and you probably will not find them in that blueberry muffin mix on your pantry shelf. The Food Identify Theft blog claims most mixes are “just plain awful.” But...
  • Will Ebola kill you? It depends on your genes

    10/31/2014 7:52:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 41 replies
    The Dailly Mail ^ | 10-30-14 | Lizzie Parry
    Genetics will determine whether a person infected with Ebola dies, scientists claimed today. A new study has found DNA could be the key to tracking the deadly effects of the virus which has ravaged West Africa. The World Health Organisation revealed nearly 5,000 people have died from the disease, which has devastated Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. A team of scientists at Washington University believe their study has identified genetic factors behind the mild-to-deadly range of reactions to the virus.
  • USDA Pays $17,500 for College Students to Wear Fat Vests

    10/30/2014 2:04:18 PM PDT · by walford · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is paying a researcher $17,500 to make students at New Mexico State University wear a fat vest for “weight sensitivity training.” The 20-pound fat vest will be worn for an “empathy exercise” so non-obese students can experience what it is like to be obese. The premise of the project is to fight “weight prejudice.” “Weight prejudice (a.k.a. anti-fat prejudice and weight bias) is the presence of negative beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors toward individuals who appear to be overweight or obese,” a grant awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture explains. The grant...
  • Is It About To Get Worse? Lakeland Hazmat Suit Orders Go Exponential, Surpass 1 Million

    10/30/2014 4:22:14 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 13 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 10/29/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Fast forward to today when shortly after the close, and minutes after it announced the completion of another $11 million follow on offering, Lakeland surprised everyone, and especially those who are short the stock, when it released the following "Update on Business Activity Relating to Ebola Crisis" in which it announced that it has, by now, received a stunning 1 million Hazmat suit orders and rising exponentially.
  • Elizabeth Warren Blames Republicans for Ebola

    10/29/2014 10:11:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 28, 2014 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) blamed Republicans for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by suggesting funding cuts to certain programs were the culprit. "Instead of making those investments up front, we wait until people die," Warren said. "Of course I'm worried, but part of this reminds me -- this is why elections matter and why they matter over time. you know, Ebola is not new. We've known about it for a long time. We were putting money into funding Ebola many years ago and the republicans have cut funding overall for medical research, for the...
  • Non-American Ebola patients to be treated in US?

    10/29/2014 2:32:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 28 Oct 14 | Adam Housley
    This report by Fox News is in Video format - VIDEO HERE. It is 2 mins 48 seconds of shocking hell. Fox News has obtained the actual State Department documents that proposes bringing non-US Citizens to this country, and treating them for Ebola at a cost of $500,000 to $1,000,000 each (minimum). The Ebola carriers would be given a "Fast Pass" by the State Department so that they could circumvent current US laws.
  • The Left-Wing Hipster Democrat Couple That Exposed NYC to #Ebola

    10/24/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Got News.com ^ | Oct 24, 2014
    The Left-Wing Hipster Democrat Couple That Exposed NYC to #Ebola October 24, 2014 by Charles C. Johnson 19 Comments Dr. Craig Spencer and his live-in girlfriend Morgan Dixon exposed New Yorkers in two different boroughs to ebola during their night out on the town. While authorities are saying that Spencer followed protocol, the CDC’s own documents show that isn’t the case. Spencer is now being treated for ebola while Dixon is in quarantine. They are both registered Democrats with a history of working in public health. Both Spencer and Dixon are professional do gooders according to their LinkedIn and professional...
  • Ebola: Protect Yourself (Since The Government Won’t)

    10/24/2014 6:12:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Joanne Moudy
    While there’s been a lot of ‘sex, lies, and videotape’ about the highly contagious and fatal disease known as Ebola, not much accurate advice has been offered to folks at home on how to avoid it. So I’m going to switch hats for this column and offer some thoughts from an old, E.R. trauma nurse. Supposedly, the disease made its way to our country via only one “Patient Zero.” But considering the history of disinformation the CDC is known for, most notably AIDS, it’s tough to take them seriously. The CDC’s early blasé attitude and misdirection contributed to the spreading...
  • "Why I Will Not Submit To Medical Martial Law"

    10/23/2014 8:13:27 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/23/2014 | Tyler Durden, Brandon Smith
    Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.com, One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on...
  • Official WHO Ebola toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000

    10/23/2014 9:59:04 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu, Oct 23 00:08 AM BST | Tom Miles
    At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of Oct. 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has said real numbers of cases are believed to be much higher than reported: by a factor of 1.5 in Guinea, 2 in Sierra Leone and 2.5 in Liberia, while the death rate is thought to be about 70 percent of all cases. That would suggest a toll of almost 15,000.
  • Ebola Surveillance Thread

    08/10/2014 12:46:23 AM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 4,815 replies
    Free Republic Threads ^ | August 10, 2014 | Legion
    I have spent a little time compiling links to threads about the Ebola outbreak in the interest of having all the links in one thread for future reference. Please add links to new threads and articles of interest as the situation develops. Thank You all for you participation.
  • Microsoft co-founder pledges $100 MILLION of his own fortune to combat Ebola

    10/23/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20:12 EST, 23 October 2014 | Associated Press
    Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola. The Microsoft co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he's supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected. Allen, who is worth more than $15billion, said he's working with the World Health Organization to increase its capacity for handling the logistics of transporting international aid workers, and he's establishing a fund to help cover the costs of emergency transportation of the workers.
  • Obamacare Regs Have Doctors Drowning in Paperwork: Harvard

    10/23/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 23 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 23, 2014 20:36 GMT | Nick Tate
    An increasing burden of paperwork, tied in part to healthcare reforms driven by Obamacare, now consumes about one-sixth of a typical America physician’s day — impinging on the time doctors can spend caring for patients. That’s the upshot of a new study led by Harvard Medical School researchers who found the average doctor spends 16.6 percent of his or her working hours on non-patient-related paperwork. The findings, which are based on a nationally representative survey of physicians, tied the trend to changes in U.S. health policy — including a shift to employment in large practices, the implementation of electronic medical...
  • Just how many Ebola vaccines does Canada have anyway?

    10/23/2014 10:48:21 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 16 replies
    Scooter100
    There has been recent news about Canada donating a newly developed vaccine to help fight the Ebola virus in Western Africa. My question is: which Canadian vaccine? Vaccine #1: Public Health Agency of Canada scientists in Winnipeg invented a vaccine, called VSV-EBOV, and Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced on Aug. 12 the government would donate the experimental vaccine. Approximately 800 to 1000 vials of the Canadian vaccine were, or are, being shipped to the WHO to the University Hospital of Geneva who have 250 people ready to begin clinical trials in four locations: Switzerland, Germany, Gabon and Kenya. Vaccine #2:...
  • Finalists named for $10m Star Trek 'tricorder' X Prize

    10/21/2014 7:53:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    BBC News Technology blog ^ | August 27, 2014 | Edwin Lane, technology reporter
    The Star Trek tricorder diagnosed any illness at once.Ten finalists have been chosen in a $10m (Ł6m) competition to develop a real-life "tricorder" - the medical scanner used in the Star Trek series.The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, launched last year, challenges anyone to develop a wireless device capable of detecting a range of diseases. The technology employs sensors and imaging to measure vital signs and diagnose conditions non-invasively. X Prize officials said the technology was now "fact, not science fiction". The 10 finalists come from a range of backgrounds, including universities, medical device manufacturers and tech start-ups. One research team...
  • U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola

    10/16/2014 10:29:54 PM PDT · by RC one · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/14 | Jerome Corsi
    U.S. Army warns of potential 'airborne' Ebola Virus could be transmitted by means other than contact NEW YORK – While Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization officials continue to insist Ebola cannot be transmitted by air from one person to another, an Army manual clearly warns the virus could be an airborne threat in certain circumstances. The handbook published by the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, USAMRID, titled “USAMRID’s Medical Management of Biological Casualties Handbook,” is now in its seventh edition. The most recent edition was published in 2011, with more than 100,000 copies distributed...
  • Why Ebola Probably Won't Go Airborne

    10/06/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    BI ^ | 10-6-2014 | Kevin Loria
    Kevin LoriaOctober 6, 2014 The idea that Ebola could go airborne is terrifying. Once you are infected, few diseases are more likely to kill you — and death by hemorrhagic fever, diarrhea and vomiting often accompanied by bleeding and organ failure, sounds particularly awful. At present it's hard to get infected — healthcare workers and family members caring for victims are at highest risk — but that would change if the virus were to mutate so that it could be transmitted through the air while keeping its present lethality. That's a nightmare scenario. But it's more the stuff of bad...
  • A Promising Experimental Ebola Drug Goes Overlooked

    10/21/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 14 replies
    Bloomberg Businessweek | October 20, 2014 | Paul M. Barrett
    Bloomberg - link and title only.
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Ebola vaccine abandoned in 2008 after showing promise in trials

    10/21/2014 5:04:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Howell, Jr.
    The pitch was intriguing: U.S. health officials wanted to fast-track trials for an Ebola vaccine and sounded the call for volunteers. Charles Sullivan called up the hotline on a whim, figuring the National Institutes of Health already had filled its queue and wouldn’t need him. But he was accepted for three rounds of shots of a deactivated virus, a year’s worth of blood analysis and a $900 check for his trouble. The clinical trial went well, and the vaccine seemed promising. A decade later, the country is still waiting for a vaccine amid a worldwide Ebola outbreak, and Mr. Sullivan...
  • Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says

    10/20/2014 10:36:46 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 33 replies
    Drugs.com, Journal of Clinical Investigation ^ | TUESDAY Oct. 14, 2014 | unknown
    Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says - TUESDAY Oct. 14, 2014: A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said. The study's authors described the case of a woman who had a metal rod implanted to repair a broken ankle, and later developed...
  • Islamic Burial Rituals Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus in Africa

    10/17/2014 4:56:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10-17-14 | Paul Sperry
    Islam isn't just at the heart of the terror threat posed by the Islamic State. The religion is also contributing to the other major crisis plaguing the globe: the spread of Ebola. Washington and its media stenographers won't tell you this, lest they look intolerant, but Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can't contain the spread of the deadly disease in West Africa. Many of the victims of Ebola in the three hot-spot nations there — Sierra Leone and Guinea, as well as neighboring Liberia — are Muslim. Roughly 73% of Sierra Leone's and about 85%...
  • Colombia cancels flights from West Africa because of Ebola

    10/16/2014 6:28:42 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Saludify ^ | 16 October 2014 | Hope Gillette
    Colombia is closing its borders down to people traveling from Ebola-affected countries. The Latin American nation announced the decision made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs despite the fact no Colombian Ebola cases have been reported. The border shut down doesn’t mean people can’t return to Colombia if they have been visiting West Africa; what it means is that strict detainment protocols will be enacted for individuals under suspicion of having contact with the virus. These restriction methods include an epidemiological questionnaire developed by the National Health Institues to be used by Colombian consulates during the visa application process, as...
  • Healthcare Workers Worldwide Revolt As Ebola Zeroes In

    10/16/2014 7:22:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Francis Martel
    The news that health workers fighting against the Ebola outbreak in Liberia are threatening to strike over long hours and unsanitary conditions should come as no surprise, given the high toll the healthcare community has had to pay for this virus.
  • Exercise, Routine and Life

    10/16/2014 4:25:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    While new and novel might be exciting, routine and habit can help create a structure and framework for success. From eating breakfast, brushing our teeth or exercising every day, much of our lives are driven by routine. This reliance on routine behavior can startle us when we are driving and find ourselves not at our planned destination, but at our routine destination. In my case, the power of routine was driven home last May, after my family moved. For weeks afterward, I would find myself driving to our old house rather than to our new home. Routine's influence goes beyond...
  • Breaking Now : AFP: authorities say a second health worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola

    10/15/2014 1:55:41 AM PDT · by sunmars · 401 replies
    Just Breaking on News Wires now.
  • EDITORIAL: Nanny staters, swinging on the schoolyard

    10/14/2014 8:54:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 13, 2014 | The Washington Times
    <p>Going to school these days isn’t what it used to be. Kids are marched through metal detectors on the way to a disappointing lunch of arugula with a side of alfalfa sprouts. Now they’re ruining recess. Swings in Seattle are now forbidden.</p>
  • CDC: 'Relatively large' number of health workers at risk for Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:12:40 AM PDT · by maggief · 121 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 13, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Monday said it "would not be surprised" if other healthcare workers at a Dallas hospital are diagnosed with Ebola. CDC Director Tom Frieden said he did not know how many workers might have been exposed to the virus, but estimated it was a "relatively large number." "We’re concerned, and unfortunately would not be surprised if we did see additional cases in healthcare workers who also provided care to the index patient," Frieden said. A nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was found to have Ebola over the weekend. Her case is the first-ever...
  • Ebola

    10/13/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Rich Galen
    I have no interest in adding to the rising level of fear-mongering and finger-pointing that we're reading, hearing, and seeing about Ebola. It is scary enough without a bunch of people running around like a character in an Edvard Munch painting. I just looked this up. According to webmd.com an outbreak"happens when a disease occurs in greater numbers than expected in a community or region or during a season." An epidemic "occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people. In 2003, the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic took the lives of nearly 800 people worldwide." A pandemic...
  • Cost of informal caregiving associated with stroke among the elderly in the United States

    10/13/2014 10:44:05 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 7 replies
    Neurology ^ | 10/10/14 | Heesoo Joo, PhD, Diane O. Dunet, PhD, Jing Fang, MD and Guijing Wang, PhD
    Conclusions: Recent changes in public health and social support policies recognize the economic burden of informal caregiving. Our estimates reinforce the high economic burden of stroke in the United States and provide up-to-date information for policy development and decision-making.
  • WHO Says Ebola Is 'Most Severe Acute Health Emergency In Modern Times'

    10/13/2014 9:38:14 AM PDT · by blam · 62 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-13-2014 | Leon Watson
    Leon WatsonOctober 13, 2014 The Ebola outbreak is the "most severe acute health emergency in modern times", the World Health Organisation has warned. The agency's director-general Margaret Chan said the epidemic had proved "the world is ill-prepared to respond to any severe, sustained, and threatening public health emergency". She added that new cases of Ebola are now "rising exponentially" in the three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In a statement to a regional health conference in the Philippine capital Manila, she said: "I have never seen a health event threaten the very survival of societies and governments in...
  • Keep Ebola Out of America

    10/08/2014 6:55:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    As the Ebola infection rate and death toll continue to rise rapidly on the African continent, many of us have become complacent with the measures we have taken to protect Americans from this deadly disease. Other nations, such as England, have gone so far as to ban flights emanating from the affected regions of Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and various infectious-disease specialists have done a yeoman's job in their efforts to prevent infected individuals in our country from contaminating others. They have put excellent protocols in place that would virtually guarantee complete safety. Unfortunately, all of those valiant...
  • Ebola, Electronic Medical Records and Epic Systems

    10/08/2014 4:30:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    A Dallas hospital's bizarre bungle of the first U.S. case of Ebola leaves me wondering: Is someone covering up for a crony billionaire Obama donor and her controversy-plagued, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company? Last week, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital revealed in a statement that a procedural flaw in its online health records system led to potentially deadly miscommunication between nurses and doctors. The facility sent Ebola victim Thomas Duncan home despite showing signs of the disease -- only to admit him with worse symptoms three days later. Hospital officials, who came forward "in the interest of transparency," initially cited workflow...
  • Obama: US Working on Protocols for Ebola Screening at Airports

    10/07/2014 8:09:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 6, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    President Barack Obama said on Monday his administration was working on additional protocols for screening airplane passengers to identify people who might have Ebola and would step up efforts to make medical professionals aware of what to do if they encounter a case. Obama made the disclosure after meeting top administration officials involved in attempting to prevent an outbreak of Ebola in the United States. After a series of missteps involving the handling of a man who arrived in Dallas from Liberia with Ebola, Obama said "we have learned lessons in terms of what happened in Dallas."
  • CDC Chief Frieden on Ebola: Sealing Borders 'Increases People's Distrust of Government'

    10/07/2014 7:44:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 6, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    On his blog on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), director Dr. Tom Frieden wrote that sealing borders, restricting travel to and from countries with widespread cases of Ebola, and otherwise isolating communities infected with the deadly disease “increases people’s distrust of government, making them less likely to co-operate to help stop the spread of Ebola.” Frieden added: I have been asked whether we should stop travel to Liberia. The answer is no: to keep Americans and people in non-affected countries safe, we must continue to work to support efforts to stop the spread of...
  • Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers

    10/07/2014 2:50:05 PM PDT · by Signalman · 32 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 10/7/2014 | Katy Lobosco
    Wal-Mart, the country's largest retailer, is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. The cut applies to part-timers who work fewer than 30 hours a week, Wal-Mart said Tuesday. It impacts 2% of the company's U.S. workforce. More of Wal-Mart's employees signed up for health benefits this year than the company expected, which boosted the company's costs.. Obamacare requires everyone to have coverage, which has prompted people to compare plans available to them at work with plans offered on government exchanges. The cheapest and most popular Wal-Mart plan currently costs employees as little as...
  • Male Ebola survivors told: Use a condom

    10/07/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 98 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 7, 2014 1:01pm EDT
    (Reuters) - Sex could keep the Ebola epidemic alive even after the World Health Organization (WHO) declares an area free of the disease, one of the discoverers of the deadly virus said on Tuesday. The WHO is hoping to announce later this week that Nigeria and Senegal are free of Ebola after 42 days with no infections -- the standard period for declaring an outbreak over, twice the maximum 21-day incubation period of the virus. However, it appears the disease can last much longer in semen. "In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70...
  • What Ebola Has Revealed About Us

    10/06/2014 6:42:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Mark Davis
    Welcome to Dallas, where we begin the week wondering whether our Ebola Patient Zero will die, and whether others among our neighbors will then follow due to various failures in systems that should keep us safe. Last week was an exercise in reverse psychological physics. The more officials at every level told us to shut up and calm down, the more we felt like yanking our kids out of school or packing up the family for a month in the mountains. This is not a complete collapse of faith in our institutions; it is a bad moment in history for...