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Truthdiggers of the Week: Frontline Ebola Responders

Doctors Without Borders was on the scene in West Africa six months before the U.N. declared the outbreak a “threat to international peace and security.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



CDC Director Compares Ebola Epidemic to AIDS

On Thursday, a day after the Ebola virus claimed the first person diagnosed with the disease in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked another recent and ongoing health crisis while fundraising in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



CDC: First Person to Test Positive for Ebola in U.S. Is in Dallas

Ebola has officially come to the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is attempting to contain Americans’ anxieties along with the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The World Is Losing the Battle to Contain’ Ebola

The world’s leading medical organizations are sounding the alarm over an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has now spread to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the 3,500 confirmed cases, 1,500 people have died.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



WHO Puts Kenya on Notice for Ebola Outbreak

Kenya is the next African nation to be put on alert by the World Health Organization, which has categorized the country as a “high-risk” site for a potential Ebola outbreak.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Concern Spreads With Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Nigeria is looking like the next frontier for the Ebola outbreak that has Liberia on lockdown, after a man infected with the virulent virus flew to Lagos from Liberia before succumbing to the disease late last month.

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The West African Food Staple That Isn’t Helping the Ebola Crisis

Where food is scarce, creative measures are taken for the sake of survival, and that’s why bush meat persists as a source of sustenance in African countries vulnerable to the Ebola virus.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Flu Rears Its Ugly, Epidemic Head

Flu is leading the winter sickness season as three trends stand out: The illness is striking early, a new norovirus is surging and health care professionals are witnessing the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Asbestos Tsunami’ Is Ahead for Asia

Health experts say the coming decades will see an epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in Asian countries where the material is still used in construction. China and India, with their rapidly developing economies and huge populations, are expected to be the hardest hit.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Dutch Scientists Monkey With the Bird Flu Virus

In what may turn out to be a really bad idea, Dutch scientists have created a strain of the bird flu virus that maintains its 60 percent kill rate and is easily transferred between mammals, and they’re looking to tell the world how they did it.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Staggering Rise in HIV Infection Among Young Black Males

The incidence of HIV infection among young, black American males who have slept with men shot up 48 percent between 2006 and 2009, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (more)

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 READ MORE


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More Than 1,000 Dead From Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Over the last year, Haitians have been hit by a catastrophic earthquake and harsh tropical storms, and now another kind of trouble has hit the Caribbean country: a cholera scourge that has already claimed more than 1,000 lives.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Crisis and Climate Could Affect HIV/AIDS Rate

The global economic crisis and climate change can obviously wreck economies and ruin the planet, but both could also help spread HIV/AIDS, experts say, as inequality increases vulnerability and, left unchecked, could lead to a “universal nightmare.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Americans Bingeing on Internet’s Info-Buffet

If it is true that “how you do one thing is how you do everything,” then Americans are right on track with their consumption habits, both in terms of food and information. Among his observations, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson points out how the info-glut on the Internet doesn’t exactly lead to a more accurately informed public.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


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telegraph.co.uk

Japanese Anti-Flu Suit Lets Wearers Fight H1N1 in Style

Worried about catching the dreaded swine flu? Need to update your wardrobe with some stylish and tailored work solutions? You can do both with the Haruyama Trading Co.’s dapper new anti-flu business suit. That, or you could smear yourself in toothpaste, which isn’t exactly the best look for the workplace.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Fighting Swine Flu With Elmo, Obama

As American schoolkids clamber back onto buses and funnel into classrooms, the federal government is working on ways to squelch the swine flu virus, which may not be as ferocious as health officials first feared but is proving to be pretty tenacious. President Obama, as well as a familiar red fuzzy friend, are on the case in this clip from The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


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theusdaily.com

H1N1 Theory Reconsiders Origin

A new theory puts the origin of the H1N1 virus not in Mexico, where right-wing anti-immigrant groups want it, but in Asia. Scientists explain that there has been no evidence demonstrating the virus in North American pigs, but plenty of evidence of a “sister virus” circulating in Asia.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Pope: Condoms Don’t Help in Fight Against AIDS

On his way to his first visit to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI told attendant members of the press that he believes encouraging condom use not only doesn’t help in the fight against AIDS, but actually worsens the situation. 

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE


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karljaro.blogspot.com

N.Y. Governor Gets Tough on Soft Drinks

Want a soda with that? It’ll cost you, if what you’re after is a non-diet drink and you happen to be in New York, thanks to a controversial tax plan that Gov. David Paterson has cooked up to combat rising obesity rates in his home state.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE



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New Hope in the Fight Against AIDS

World AIDS Day turns 20 today, and while we still don’t have a vaccine, researchers continue to make lifesaving breakthroughs. A team at the World Health Organization in Geneva recently came up with a “thought experiment” that, according to a mathematical model, could end the AIDS epidemic in Africa in only a decade.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Google: ‘I’m Feeling Sicky’

While worries over Google’s “big brother” surveillance practices still worry many, a softer, more health-conscious side of the search giant is partnering with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The tool, “Google Flu Trends,” uses the aggregate regional data obtained from flu-related searches to predict epidemics weeks before they can be diagnosed by traditional measures.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


U.N. Downsizes AIDS Estimate

Finally, some good news in the world (relatively speaking):  AIDS scientists at the United Nations are ready to announce that they have been overestimating the scale of the viral epidemic for quite some time now, and that the spread of AIDS has actually been decelerating over the last decade.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bad News About Global AIDS Rate

Even though the sense of urgency about HIV/AIDS appears to have dropped off in mainstream media and culture in recent years, the latest news about infection rates is far from favorable.  President Bush’s adviser on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for one, reports that we’re “losing ... the numbers game” with respect to new infections around the globe.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Jerome Delay

Getting Personal With AIDS and Africa

Stephanie Nolen, the last Western journalist covering the AIDS beat in Africa, tells Truthdig it is unfortunate but true that the more people die, the less people care, which is why she has decided to get personal with a new book that approaches the crisis from a different perspective.

Posted on Jun 4, 2007 READ MORE


Andy Borowitz: Best Medicine for Flu Is a Dose of Blame

“Once state and local governments have been successfully blamed, the White House will ensure that others, such as congressional Democrats and illegal immigrants, are blamed as well.”

Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE


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