WHO: 700 Ebola cases emerge in one week

Sierra Leone shuts down as number of West Africans believed to have died from the virus tops 2,600

Al Jazeera, September 18

In a sign that West Africa’s Ebola crisis is worsening, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that more than 700 new cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in the last [...]

U.S. military will lead $750 million fight against Ebola in West Africa

Washington Post, By Lena H. Sun & Juliet Eilperin, September 16

President Obama will announce Tuesday that the U.S. military will take the lead in overseeing what has been a chaotic and widely criticized response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history, dispatching up to 3,000 military personnel to West Africa in an effort that [...]

The simple policy that led America’s biggest drop in teen birth rates

The lessons and stories from Colorado’s surprisingly effective approach.

Washington Post, By Tina Griego, August 20

She was 15 and adrift. Her mother long dead. Her father otherwise occupied — he did not seem to notice when one of the young men who hung out in his corner market playing Street Fighter took an interest [...]

African leaders agree steps to fight runaway Ebola outbreak

Reuters, By Saliou Samb, August 1

Conakry, Guinea – West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.

The World Health Organization and medical charity Medicins [...]

‘Nightmare bacteria’ spreading rapidly in Southeastern US

Russia Today, August 1

Deadly, nearly untreatable superbugs known as CRE, dubbed “nightmare bacteria,” have spread at an alarming rate throughout the southeastern region of the US in recent years, new research indicates.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found cases of antibiotic-resistant CRE – or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae – increased by at least a [...]

Ebola : alert level increasing.

The popular version inducing fear

A MAN collapses at an international airport: It’s a hackneyed scene from almost every plague film ever made. But now it has happened — airports around the world are on high alert as fears mount that the deadly Ebola virus is on the move.

Nigerian health authorities are racing [...]

The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas

A pill that revolutionized reproductive rights in Latin America is now gaining ground on the black market in South Texas.

The Atlantic, By Erica Hellerstein, June 27

The Alamo flea market sits right off South Texas’s lengthy Highway 83; a sprawling, dusty, labyrinth of a place. Under canopies in the converted parking lot, vendors [...]

A superbug resistant to “last-resort” antibiotics has made its way into the food supply

Researchers discovered carbapenem-resistant bacteria in raw squid for the first time.

Salon.com, By Lindsay Abrams, June 12

A dangerous “superbug” has made its way into the North American food supply for the first time, Canadian researchers announced Wednesday. Routine testing of raw squid, imported from South Korea, revealed a strain of bacteria resistant to carbapenems, [...]

#YesAllWomen

By now, you’ve read or heard about the terrible tragedy in Santa Barbara last week: some rich white kid shot up a college campus apparently missed the one thing that would validate his entire existence.

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Obama Administration Moves To Unilaterally Make Billions Available To Insurance Companies Under The ACA

Res Ipsa Loquitur, By Jonathan Turley, May 23

I recently testified (here and here and here) and wrote a column on President Obama’s increasing circumvention of Congress in negating or suspending U.S. laws. Obama has repeated suspended provisions of the health care law and made unilateral changes that were previously rejected by Congress. He has [...]

Can the Nervous System Be Hacked?

New York Times Magazine, By Michael Behar, May 23

One morning in May 1998, Kevin Tracey converted a room in his lab at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., into a makeshift operating theater and then prepped his patient — a rat — for surgery. A neurosurgeon, and also Feinstein Institute’s president, [...]

MERS

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome death toll is creeping upwards. BBC… whilst Ebola death toll now revised downwards, appears to have been miscalculated . Whew!

Never In Doubt

See, that didn’t hurt a bit!

President Barack Obama took a victory lap around the Rose Garden yesterday, as the Affordable Care Act hit the point of no return:

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Finally!

The day has arrived when Obamacare comes out of rehearsals and goes fully live, and guess what? It’s already outperformed expectations:

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Black death was not spread by rat fleas, say researchers

Evidence from skulls in east London shows plague had to have been airborne to spread so quickly.

The Observer, By Vanessa Thorpe, March 29

Archaeologists and forensic scientists who have examined 25 skeletons unearthed in the Clerkenwell area of London a year ago believe they have uncovered the truth about the nature of the Black [...]

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