Archive | October, 2014

Polio-like Illness Claims Sixth Life in U.S.

(Above image: A non-polio enterovirus as seen under a microscope) A Michigan toddler has become the sixth patient to die of Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) in the past two months. Madeline Reid was just 21-months old when she passed away at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Friday afternoon. A hospital official says the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Ebola: Officials Sound the Alarm

(Above image: Color-enhanced electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles. Courtesy: Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine) Public health and policy officials believe a big part of their job is preventing panic: Panic breeds behavior that can spread infectious disease. So when some of these health professionals begin speaking in alarming terms, there is […]

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Judicial Watch Sues Phoenix P.D. in Fast and Furious

The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Phoenix Police Department for records on a July 29, 2013 gang-style assault to see if weapons used were sold in the Justice Department’s ill-fated Fast and Furious case. In Fast and Furious, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) allowed thousands of […]

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“Most Transparent Administration Puts Gag Order on HealthCare.gov Testing”

Health policy strategist Robert Laszewski is out with his latest analysis of news that insurers are being required to keep strict confidentiality surrounding what should be the wholly public business of HeathCare.gov. Apparently, the administration doesn’t want word getting out if things don’t go as smoothly as they hope in new testing prior to the […]

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Leon Panetta On the Errors of Obama’s Ways

Former C.I.A. Director Leon Panetta seems to hold nothing back in his new book, Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. USA Today calls it “an explosive assessment by a respected policymaker of the president he served.” From the article: In an interview with Capital Download, USA Today’s video newsmaker series, Panetta says Obama […]

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Polio-like illness claims fifth life in U.S.

At least five children infected with the respiratory illness known enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) have died in the U.S. in the past month. (Above image: a non-polio enterovirus as seen using an immunoelectron microscopic technique. Courtesy: CDC) The lastest confirmed victim was a four-year-old New Jersey boy, Eli Waller. He died at home on September 25. The […]

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US Health Officials See Ebola Case in Texas as Success Story?

At a White House briefing today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell declared, “These processes work.” She was referring to the systems in place since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa last March. It’s hard to imagine a bigger disconnect between the optimistic tone of today’s news conference and the reality that some ordinary Americans […]

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How Ebola Spread (Map)

PBS Frontline has put together a graphic map that shows how the current Ebola outbreak began and spread. Click through the graphic slides to see. By the way, Frontline was the recipient of four Emmy awards this week. Check out its investigative journalism. PBS Frontline: How Ebola Spread Share      

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