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18 Oct 2014

What is alarming is the socio-economic impact these accidents have, not only on the person affected, but on the hospital and our city as a whole. Even in cases where the driver is at fault, it is rare for them to even be cited for a traffic violation in most cases. More importantly, personal injury insurance and health coverage barely cover the emergency services needed for these accidents, and most services offered at the hospital are subsidized by taxpayer dollars, which means we are paying for this on all sides. This is unacceptable. There is currently a wave of momentum to address these complex issues and attempt to tease through how we as a city can rebuild, redefine and reinforce the safety in our city. This...

18 Oct 2014

Every floor of the hospital has an isolation room, he said. The hospital is now preparing drills on how to handle suspected cases. Signs posted throughout the hospital urge patients to tell their health care providers if they've traveled to other countries, particularly in West Africa. Nurses will also ask patients if they have been in contact with anyone who may have had Ebola, or if they have interacted with an international traveler who may have become ill. The hospital's leadership is discussing which types of protective gear should be worn by staff when screening patients who may be infected.
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16 Oct 2014

Normally, organisms that reproduce sexually carry two copies of each gene, and each parent hands one copy down to offspring. That means a typical gene has a 50-50 chance of being passed down. An engineered gene drive improves those odds. It contains a modified gene, coupled with an enzyme that will shred the normal, unaltered copy of the gene. When a cell tries to repair this damage, it will often use the unshredded copy, including the gene drive, as a template. That means more than half the offspring -- in some organisms nearly all -- will carry the new gene. A team of Harvard researchers realized that a two-year-old genome-editing technology called CRISPR would probably make it possible to engineer gene drives that...

13 Oct 2014

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Show Caption Previous Next CINCINNATI As a child in the poor, remote village of Kabingo in Uganda, Maria Nakafeero listened to the stories about her older sister's untimely death. Then, she saw three more siblings die from malaria, fever, and infection, including a sister who was six months pregnant. As she grew and excelled in school, Nakafeero came to realize that all of their deaths were from treatable causes. Now 27, she is earning a master's in public health at University of Cincinnati , with dreams of modernizing her home's health care and infrastructure to prevent more needless deaths. "One of my wildest dreams is to work with...

11 Oct 2014

Anything you touch, you wash your hands," she scolds them. Days later, she says her prayers have been answered: After three weeks at an Ebola treatment center, 13-year-old Ruth is cured. She is still weak, so she is staying with Farley's family. When Ruth is well enough she will return home. Here in their house, there is little trace left of dead loved ones, because authorities have burned their parents' clothing in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.
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04 Oct 2014

The Fridley hospital immediately enacted a public health protocol isolating the patient, restricting access to caregivers wearing protective garb, and notifying specialists at its parent organization, Allina Health, and the Minnesota Department of Health. A doctor soon discovered the patient had malaria, not Ebola, but the incident signaled the heightened state of readiness at Minnesota hospitals as they prepare for the deadly virus that has devastated parts of West Africa. Everybody is on the watch, said Dr. Wendy Slattery, medical director of infection control for Allina Health, who said the episode gave her confidence that her hospitals are prepared for a real Ebola case. Long before the first U.S. Ebola case was...

28 Sep 2014

Sierra Leone accounts for 1,940 of those cases and 597 deaths. However, cases and deaths uncovered during the three-day lockdown have not yet been included in the official figures, the WHO said. The other countries at the center of the outbreak are Guinea and Liberia, with a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and one in Senegal. The number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could rise to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January if there are no additional interventions or changes in community behavior, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Tuesday. The range of estimated cases is wide because experts suspect the current count is highly under-reported. The estimate was derived...

26 Sep 2014

The health department has set up clinics across affected areas and is trying to prevent breeding of mosquitoes by fogging, especially around pig farms, where there is a high risk of contracting the virus. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, caused by any one of a number of viruses, says the World Health Organisation. Symptoms include high fever, vomiting and, in severe cases, seizures, paralysis and coma. Infants and elderly people are particularly vulnerable. It is most often caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, from mosquito or other insect bites, or through breathing in respiratory droplets from an infected person. Outbreaks of the virus tend to occur in poor, flood-hit areas, where...

21 Sep 2014

There's also the National Institute for Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA), a government agency that has been accused of some of the worst deforestation and land divisions, not to mention rural workers who carve roads throughout the territory. "The most dangerous things of all are roads. They use huge tractors, which literally scrape the skin of the earth. They pollute all the streams, and they destroy lots and lots of trees. We call their machines 'giant beasts,' because they open up everything.
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14 Sep 2014

To date the current outbreak of Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has reached five countries and those traveling to affected regions are advised to be aware of the symptoms, which include fever, rash, diarrhea, vomiting and red eyes. Alongside these symptoms, internal and external bleeding are also signs of the disease, which spreads from person to person by contact with infected body fluids, such as saliva, semen or blood. Small outbreaks continue to occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ebola has no licensed vaccine or treatment and has fatality rates of up to 90% in infected people -- but the virus requires very close contact with body fluids to be transmitted and is easily avoided with regular hand-washing and...