All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘disease’

Zika Virus Threatens The U.S., Women Warned Not To Get Pregnant

The tropical Zika virus is expecteded to spread in the U.S. and the Americas – with the exception of Canada and Chile – according to a statement released by the World Health Organization (WHO). Researchers have found out that the virus can cause brain damage in babies and paralysis in most adults. WHO anticipates that the Zika virus will spread …

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Cyndi Lauper Opens Up About Her Embarrassing Disease To Help Others

Cyndi Lauper is stepping into the spotlight with some embarrassing details about her personal life and health. Lauper hopes that her own story will help other people who may be suffering with the same disease she has kept secret for most of her career. Cyndi Lauper has psoriasis. At its worst, she said she could hardly perform or go out …

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Why Is Nina Pham, Ebola Survivor, Suing Texas Health?

Last October, Nina Pham became the first person to contract Ebola in the United States. Pham, a nurse for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, got the disease from Thomas Eric Duncan. Duncan, who passed away while he was being treated, was a Liberian national and the first-ever Ebola patient in the US. Pham has survived her battle with Ebola, but now …

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Sierra Leone: The Battle Against Ebola Rages On

More than half of Sierra Leone’s population is under quarantine as the Ebola outbreak continues to cause deaths in the country. The outbreak has claimed more than 1,400 deaths so far, forcing the health ministry to mandate a strict lockdown for hundreds of thousands of citizens in the area. The Tonkolili District was the latest area to be sealed shut, …

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Lauren Hill’s Cancer Is Starting To Take Its Toll

Lauren Hill’s cancer is taking its toll on her body. Just two weeks after the Mount St. Joseph freshman made the first score for her team’s basketball season, it has been revealed that Hill has gotten significantly weaker. On Tuesday, November 18, Hill spoke at a ceremony in her school’s gym. She opened up about how her sickness has affected …

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Amber Vinson Cleared Of Ebola, Gets A Kiss From George W. Bush

On Friday, November 7, Amber Vinson got the all-clear. She was one of the two nurses who contracted Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, who got the disease while he was in Liberia. This marked the end of the feared Ebola outbreak in Dallas, and to celebrate the occasion, former president George W. Bush visited Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital …

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Kaci Hickox: Judge Rules In Favor Of Nurse Over Quarantine Lawsuit

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who made the news after a very public battle with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Maine Governor Paul LePage over Ebola quarantine laws, has reached a settlement with the Maine government that allows her to travel freely as long as she monitors her health closely. The Maine judge in charge of the case sided with …

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Nina Pham Reunited With Bentley After The Dog’s Ebola Quarantine

On Saturday, November 1, Dallas nurse Nina Pham was reunited with her dog after its 21-day quarantine on suspicion for Ebola infection. Pham, who had contracted Ebola while caring for a patient and successfully recovered from the virus, met her dog Bentley again at Hensley Field, the decommissioned naval air base at which it was being quarantined. Pham was apparently …

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Samantha Power Visits Ebola-Stricken Countries To Drum Up Health Care Support

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power has flown to West Africa to encourage international support for the fight against Ebola. Power traveled through Guinea on Sunday and landed on Monday in Sierra Leone. She also plans to visit Liberia before flying to Brussels in Belgium, meeting health care workers, volunteers and public officials at every stop. According to NBC, …

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Ebola Patient Did Take Uber, But Company Says Nobody’s At Risk

Dr. Craig Spencer, the third person diagnosed with Ebola in the US and first in New York City, did in fact take an Uber ride just a day before testing positive for the virus. Uber confirmed this in a statement, saying that it’s sure that neither the driver nor any passenger who later rode in said car are at any …

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Ebola in New Jersey? Not If Christie Has a Say

Three people have now been diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. and one of them has died. The small outbreak seems to have been contained to just one Dallas hospital, but fear of the virus spreading is high. The U.S. has stringent measures in place to prevent infection, but stories of cruise ship passengers and Bostonians possibly exposed to the …

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Ebola In Ohio: Family Defends Nurse That Contracted Virus

Amber Vinson, the second nurse from Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas to contract the Ebola virus, has reportedly been getting negative comments about her recent trip to Ohio. Vinson flew from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10 to plan her wedding and flew back to Texas on October 13. Although she was not showing symptoms for Ebola at the time …

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Ebola Travel Ban May Do More Harm Than Good

Some US lawmakers are calling for a travel ban on people from West African countries most affected by the Ebola virus in the attempt to safeguard Americans from the disease. However, experts are advising against the Ebola travel ban, saying that it would make the disease harder to control in different ways. One proponent of the Ebola travel ban is …

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Amber Vinson Contracts Ebola, Virus Spreads In The US

The second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas has reportedly been identified as Amber Vinson. After treating a patient diagnosed with Ebola who later died, Vinson herself came down with the virus, making her the second nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to be infected; the first was Nina Pham. Vinson had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, who …

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Nina Pham Reportedly “Doing Well” After Contracting Ebola Virus

The nurse who contracted Ebola from a Liberian patient is reportedly “doing well” while receiving treatment at the Texas hospital for which she works. Nina Pham is the first person to contract Ebola on US soil after attending to Thomas Eric Duncan, who had unknowingly brought the virus to the States when he flew back from Liberia. Pham is currently …

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Ebola in Boston Dismissed by Health Officials

A suspected Ebola patient in Boston was cleared this week as fears of the disease have begun to rise in the U.S. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center officials told The Boston Globe on Tuesday that the patient does not have the Ebola virus and is in “good condition.” The patient, who had been to Liberia, had come into the Harvard …

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UK: Ebola Screening Comes to Heathrow

Even in countries not likely to be widely affected by Ebola people are beginning to worry about the growing outbreak of the disease. Tensions in the U.S. are rising after a Dallas healthcare worker was diagnosed with Ebola just days ago. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now implemented screening procedures at airports for people arriving …

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Ebola Kills Doctor Who Treated Dozens

Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who risked contracting Ebola to treat dozens of patients, succumbed to the deadly disease Tuesday, according to officials in Sierra Leone. Khan, who had been regarded as a national hero in his country, died while in a hospital under quarantine. Manifestation of Ebola begins with a sudden onset of an influenza-like stage characterized by general malaise, …

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Chikungunya Virus Present In Leon County

On Wednesday, Leon County officials said that there are two cases of chikungunya virus that were found in the county. However, they said that the presence of the virus should cause no alarm, as it is not a threat to the public. The two Leon County residents infected with the virus contracted the illness on their trip to Haiti. In …

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Sovaldi: $1,000-A-Pill Wonder Drug Cures Hepatitis C, Burdens Medicaid

Sovaldi is a new pill that cures hepatitis C in 9 out of 10 patients, studies say, but the treatment costs $90,000. Hepatitis C affects the liver, and medical societies suggest Sovaldi to be taken as a first-line treatment for the disease. However, Medicaid programs and insurance companies are saying that the treatment costs too much. Each pill of Sovaldi …

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Schizophrenia May Be Caused By Genetic Mutations

“Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.” The Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing’s words are as apt as they are succinct. 20% to 40% of men and women diagnosed with schizophrenia are so tortured by their condition, that they attempt suicide. 5% to 13% complete the act. But as the scientific battle against this devastating disorder presses on, researchers are learning …

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Ebola Outbreak In Guinea, At Least 59 Dead

An outbreak of the ebola virus has spread to Guinea. According to UNICEF, at least 59 people in Guinea have died from the virus. Reports indicate that this is the first outbreak detected in humans in the South African nation. Symptoms of the virus were first noticed last month. These symptoms include fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. Overall, there have been …

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Ebola Outbreak In Guinea; Doctors Without Borders Offers Aid

Medical professionals are working hard to contain the Guinea Ebola outbreak as it has reportedly claimed up to 59 lives. “The Ebola fever epidemic raging in southern Guinea, including the prefectures of Gueckedou and Macenta, since February 9 has left at least 59 dead out of 80 cases identified by our services on the ground,” said Sakoba Keita, the ministry’s …

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Mumps Outbreak Grows To 28 Cases At Ohio State University

A recent mumps outbreak at the Ohio State University has ballooned to 28 cases, according to public health officials. The spokesperson of the city health department made a statement on Tuesday that the number could increase with students coming back to school from spring break. The official added that the infected individuals include eighteen students and one staff member. The …

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HIV Cure For Babies: Success Number Two Raises Optimism

Doctors at an AIDS conference in Boston revealed on Wednesday that a female baby that was born with the AIDS virus may have possibly been cured after getting treated soon after birth. The baby, born in Los Angeles, California last year, was given treatment four hours after she was born, soon after viral DNA and RNA were found in her …

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HIV Prevention Shot May Replace Pills

Two separate HIV studies on macaque monkeys show very promising results. Researchers from Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Rockefeller University in New York presented their findings on Tuesday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, Mass. They determined that a newly designed shot routinely taken four times a year could possibly protect people from the HIV virus. One San Francisco doctor from Gladstone …

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Is The Polio Virus Making Its Way Back To The US?

Is the polio virus making its way back to the United States? Well, not officially, but a new polio-like virus has made an appearance in California, and has currently affected more than 20 children since 2012. Five new cases this year are the focus of doctors, as of right now. The United States has been free from the polio virus …

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Worldwide Measles Deaths Hit All-Time Low

The World Health Organization (WHO) this week announced that measles deaths around the world hit an all-time low in 2012. The organization’s new mortality estimates count only 122,000 measles deaths worldwide in 2012, a full 78% fewer deaths than the 562,000 recorded in 2000. Reported cases of the measles have dropped at nearly the same rate, down 77% from 853.000 …

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Measles Still a Threat Worldwide, Says CDC

Though measles has been conquered in many parts of the world through the use of vaccines, the infection still poses a risk to global health, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, 430 children worldwide die of measles each day. Though the virtual elimination of the disease was …

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AP: Monsanto’s Chemicals are Sickening Argentina

A recent AP investigation might change your mind if you think the Haitian farmers acted brashly when they destroyed the seeds Monsanto donated to them as relief from an earthquake. Argentina is, today, the world’s third-largest soy producer, and the thanks in no small part go to American biotechnology firms like Monsanto. But decades of genetically-modified growth accompanied by special …

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