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Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm
25 Oct 2014 at 10:12pm
SINGAPORE (AP) ? The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.
U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganization'
25 Oct 2014 at 9:20pm
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganization." Kaci Hickox, who arrived at Newark airport in New Jersey on Friday, described hours of questioning by officials in protective gear and what she said was a mis-diagnosis of fever, followed by a transfer to a hospital isolation tent. ...
US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa
25 Oct 2014 at 8:33pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The United States ambassador to the United Nations is on her way to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, amid rising calls for travel restrictions back home in the U.S.
What A Caregiver Needs To Do In Order To Help Others
25 Oct 2014 at 6:15pm
When I was a boy growing up in South Boston, there simply weren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I wanted and had to do. Whether it was going to school, delivering newspapers, and grocery bundles, playing football, baseball or basketball or doing homework, finding more time to do all these things was more than a challenge for me....
The Secrets To Long Life As Shared By Those Over 90 Years Old
25 Oct 2014 at 6:10pm
We're all looking for the fountain of youth. It's right in front of our eyes.Not only do we want to live to a ripe old age, but we also want to do so while maintaining our vigor and health. What good is to live longer but be in failing health and homebound?More than half of those born today will live to be 100. In the United States today, two...
Health officials probing death of Tennessee student for possible enterovirus
25 Oct 2014 at 5:08pm
(Reuters) - Health officials were investigating the death of a middle school student in Nashville after preliminary tests suggested the pupil had a potent virus that has infected hundreds of children nationwide. Specific testing to confirm or rule out the student had Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was pending, according to an email sent to middle school parents on Friday by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and the Metro Public Health Department. School spokesman Joe Bass said on Saturday that there was no further information about the student, who attended Haynes Middle School. ...
U.S. envoy Samantha Power travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa
25 Oct 2014 at 4:56pm
By Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and will also visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the trip despite calls by some U.S. lawmakers for a travel ban on the three West African countries worst-affected by Ebola. Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday. ...
U.S. FDA issues emergency authorization for two new Ebola tests
25 Oct 2014 at 4:40pm
By Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal health regulators granted emergency authorization on Saturday for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans, highlighting new steps by the government to prevent a severe outbreak in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working closely with Salt Lake City-based BioFire, a subsidiary of medical diagnostics maker BioMerieux, to obtain the necessary performance data to allow for the authorizations, the federal agency said in a news release. ...
Mali seeks to contain Ebola fears after girl dies
25 Oct 2014 at 3:30pm
Mali authorities on Saturday sought to calm fears after Ebola claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometre bus journey before being treated. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned the situation in Mali was an "emergency", and said in its latest Ebola situation report that the biggest outbreak on record has now killed 4,922 people, the vast majority of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 10,141 cases reported. The US states of New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who had treated victims of the disease in west Africa, after a doctor who had returned from the region became the first Ebola case in New York City. President Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday that they must be "guided by the facts, not fear".
U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola criticizes her treatment
25 Oct 2014 at 2:44pm
The first person quarantined under strict new rules in the New York City area for people with a high risk of Ebola tested negative, New Jersey officials said on Saturday, as President Barack Obama said the response to domestic cases of the deadly disease needs to be based on "facts, not fear." Under the new policy, anyone arriving at the two international airports serving New York City after having contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea must submit to a mandatory 21-day quarantine. The requirement exceeds current federal ...
U.S. military starts training its Ebola rapid-response team
25 Oct 2014 at 12:47pm
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - As health officials were trying to manage a patient infected with Ebola in New York, U.S. military personnel in Texas were in the first stages of training a new rapid-response team that could head to hospitals the next time an outbreak occurs. The 30-member U.S. Military Ebola Rapid Response Team assembled at the Army's San Antonio Military Medical Center on Wednesday and consists of five physicians, 20 nurses and five certified trainers. The group will supervise treatment and help hospitals deal with the intricacies of treating Ebola. ...
Governor Cuomo did not tell NYC about new Ebola airport rules: mayor
25 Oct 2014 at 12:25pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not inform New York City officials before announcing mandatory quarantines for some people arriving at airports around the city from Ebola-affected countries, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday. De Blasio declined to criticize or commend the new rules, which also affect New Jersey, but told reporters the city would cooperate with them. Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the city's health commissioner, told reporters the doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola on Thursday was in a stable condition in a city hospital. ...
When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful
25 Oct 2014 at 11:44am
This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first three parts of the series, go to the Martha Nelson blog on The Huffington Post). As Baby Boomers we have led the way all of our lives. Now we will lead each other to the end of our days, like it...
WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000
25 Oct 2014 at 11:44am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.
Leadership Advice From A Farmer, Emergency Response MD, Harvard Professor And...
25 Oct 2014 at 11:14am
Only a renaissance man can manage a fully functioning farm, practice emergency response, teach at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and also serve as CIO of one of the top hospital in the world. Dr. John Halamka's 20-year career as CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its five hospitals has taken him from...