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Clinton Health Scare Raises Questions

Clinton Stumble

Clinton stumbles and leaves an event early, leading to the news that her campaign has been withholding health information from the press.

Should Presidential Candidates Be Required To Undergo Independent Medical Reviews?


Much like their predecessors, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have released only limited information about their health. It may be time for that to change.

Norovirus Reportedly Striking Some Attendees At Republican Convention

Elections 2016

There are reports of a particularly nasty virus striking the Republican National Convention: CLEVELAND — The highly contagious norovirus appears to have hit the Republican National Convention. A dozen California Republican Party staff members, who arrived last week in Ohio ahead of the state’s delegates, have fallen ill with the virus, said Jim Brulte, chairman […]

ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market


We’re further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.

Zika Virus Concerns Lead To Calls To Postpone or Move 2016 Olympics

Zika Virus

Concerns about the Zika Virus are leading some doctors to call for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be moved or postponed.

Dr. Heimlich Uses Heimlich Maneuver For First Time, Saves Life


The doctor credited with creating the maneuver that has been used to save countless choking victims finally had a chance to use the maneuver he created in an emergency situation, at the age of 96: When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d’ for the Deupree House dining room, ran toward […]

Doctors: N.F.L. Great Ken Stabler Suffered From C.T.E. Due To Concussions

Ken Stabler

Another late football great has been diagnosed with a brain disease directly connected to the game they played.

ObamaCare’s Predicted Effects Coming True


Major carriers are reporting massive losses and demanding major rate hikes to cover the costs imposed by PPACA.

W.H.O. Declares 2014 Ebola Outbreak Officially Over

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola Outbreak that began in 2014 to be officially over.

Does Being A National Leader Shorten Your Lifespan? Maybe, Maybe Not

Obama Aged Photos

A new study suggests that being a national leader may shorten your expected lifespan.

Frank Gifford, C.T.E., And The N.F.L.’s Continuing Concussion Problem

Frank Gifford Giants

The news that the late football legend Frank Gifford suffered from the same chronic brain disease that has been diagnosed in many N.F.L. players in recent years, and the upcoming release of a new film on the issue, seems certain to increase pressure to protect players at all levels of football.

Nurse Kaci Hickcox Sues Chris Christie For Civil Liberties Violations During Ebola Quarantine


The nurse who was detained by New Jersey officials in a quarantine despite not displaying any symptoms of Ebola is suing Chris Christie and others for civil liberties violations.

Anti-Vaccine Paranoia Infects The Republican Race For President


There was far too much pseudoscience in evidence during the Republican Debate on Wednesday.

Death Panels Are Back. Good.


With the last legal hurdle to Obamacare cleared, “death panels” have made a quiet comeback.

The U.S. Just Recorded Its First Measles Death In 12 Years

Childhood Vaccine

For the first time in twelve years, an American hospital has recorded a death due to measles: Health officials on Thursday confirmed the country’s first measles death since 2003, and they believe the victim was most likely exposed to the virus in a health facility in Washington state during an outbreak there. The woman died in the spring; […]

It’s Now Illegal For Some Adults In Hawaii To Buy Tobacco

Cigarettes On Display

If you’re under 21 in Hawaii, you’re still technically an adult but you can’t buy tobacco.

California May Be About To Eliminate Most Exemptions For Mandatory Vaccination

Childhood Vaccine

A proposed California law would require all students who attend public school to be vaccinated, with limited exemptions for medical reasons.

W.H.O. Declares Liberia To Be Ebola Free

Ebola Virus

One of the nations that was the focal point of last year’s Ebola outbreak has been declared free of the disease: The World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola on Saturday, making it the first of the three hardest-hit West African countries to bring a formal end to the epidemic. “The outbreak of Ebola […]

Thanks To Vaccination, Rubella Has Been Eliminated From The Western Hemisphere

Childhood Vaccine

Vaccination has eliminated a disease that used to be a serious threat from the Americas.

New Study Finds No Link Between Autism And Childhood Vaccination


Yet another study has found no link between autism and childhood vaccines. However, that’s unlikely to mean the end of the anti-vaccination movement.

California Vaccine Bill Stalls in the Face of Determined Opposition

Childhood Vaccine

The Disneyland measles outbreak wasn’t enough to overcome anti-vaccine forces.

Down Syndrome Teen Stripped of Varsity Letter Jacket


A sad, complicated story.

Coffee News

Via ABC:  Up to 5 Cups of Coffee a Day OK, Gov’t Advisory Committee Says You can consume up to 5 cups of coffee a day, or up to 400 milligrams of caffeine, without detrimental effects, according to a new report that will help shape the official government dietary guidelines due out later this year. […]

A Personal Observation on Vaccinations

Vaccine Vial And Needle

(Plus an amusing video).

The Anti-Vaccination Thing

Childhood Vaccine

The debate over whether kids need to be vaccinated against communicable diseases baffles me.

Ebola Infection Rate In West Africa Dropping

Ebola Virus

The World Health Organization reports that the Ebola infection rate in West Africa appears to be dropping: GENEVA — The number of people falling victim to the Ebola virus in West Africa has dropped to the lowest level in months, the World Health Organization said on Friday, but dwindling funds and a looming rainy season […]

F.D.A.’s Mandatory Menu Labeling Regulations Won’t Work, Could Hurt Consumers


The Food & Drug Administration’s new regulations requiring calorie and other information on menus in restaurants and elsewhere won’t work, could limit consumer choice, and may not be Constitutional.

Worldwide Ebola Cases Top 16,000 With 7,000 Dead, But There Is Some Good News

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

The numbers on the Ebola outbreak are bad, but they aren’t as bad as had been feared.

Ebola Continues To Be A Big Problem In Sierra Leone

Ebola Virus

While it has largely disappeared from the headlines in the United States, the Ebola crisis continues in Sierra Leone: While health officials say they are making headway against the Ebola epidemic in neighboring Liberia, the disease is still raging inSierra Leone, despite the big international push. In November alone, the World Health Organization has reported […]

Spread Of Ebola In Liberia Appears To Be Slowing

Ebola Virus

There appears to be some good news on one of the main fronts in the fight against Ebola: WASHINGTON — The international response to West Africa’s Ebolaepidemic, coupled with more effective action by local communities, has stopped the exponential spread of the disease in one of the hardest-hit countries, Liberia, the director of the Centers […]

Say, Whatever Happened To The Ebola Crisis?

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Much like the disease itself, Ebola panic seems to have disappeared as the midterm elections become ever more distant in the rear view mirror.

New York City Ebola Patient Dr. Craig Spencer To Be Released From Hospital

Ebola Virus

Craig Spencer, the New York City physician who was diagnosed with Ebola roughly a week after returning from a stint volunteering for Doctors Without Borders in west Africa, will be released from the hospital tomorrow, become the latest American Ebola patient to be cured of the disease: Craig Spencer, the New York City doctor who […]

The Dallas Ebola Outbreak That Began With Timothy Eric Duncan Is Officially Over

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Good news that ought to quiet people’s concerns significantly, on the Ebola front.

Africa Ebola Map


This “handy Ebola guide” is a must for anyone considering traveling to Africa:

Brittany Maynard, Cancer Victim Who Advocated For A ‘Right To Die,’ Has Ended Her Life

Brittany Maynard

Freedom of choice.

Creigh Deeds One Year Later, And The Problems With Mental Health Care In The U.S.

Creigh Deeds

Just over one year ago, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was attacked by his son, revealing problems with our mental health system that have yet to be adequately addressed.

Ebola Numbers

Via the BBC:  Ebola outbreak: Six surprising numbers. The ones that stood out to me were: 1 in 50 Liberian health workers infected 90 days without sex for survivors of Ebola (The Ebola virus can remain present in semen for a long time. Experts say it is best for men who are recovering from the […]

Maine Court Rejects State Request To Quarantine, Restrict Movements, Of Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickcox

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

A Maine Judge has largely rejected the efforts of the State of Maine to restrict the movements of Kaci Hickcox

3rd Grader Barred From School for Three Weeks after Visiting Country that Doesn’t Have Ebola

A Connecticut school has barred a healthy little girl from classes after a visit to Ebola-free Nigeria. NYT (“After a Family Trip to Africa, a Connecticut Girl, 7, Is Unwelcome at School“): The third-grader was not feeling sick. She did not have a fever or any other symptoms of Ebola. Having just completed a 10-day […]

Kaci Hickcox Threatens To Sue Maine Authorities Over Ebola Quarantine Order

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

We may have our first legal challenge to an Ebola quarantine order by tomorrow

Chart Of The Day: Ebola In West Africa Edition

Ebola Virus

While politicians in the United States worry about a grand total of one active Ebola cases in the United States, this chart from German Lopez at Vox shows that the disease continues on the march in western Africa: There are some indications that, at the very least, the worst case scenarios that W.H.O. and other […]

Ebola And Mandatory Quarantines: A Delicate Balance Between Personal Liberty And Public Safety

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

Mandatory quarantines are a massive violation of personal liberty. We ought to be careful in how, when, and why we impose them and who they are directed toward.

New England Journal Of Medicine On Ebola Quarantines

Ebola Virus

The New England Journal of Medicine is out with an editorial on the Ebola quarantines that’s worth a read, here’s the money quote: In the end, the calculus is simple, and we think the governors have it wrong. The health care workers returning from West Africa have been helping others and helping to end the […]

Amber Ray Vinson, Nurse Stricken With Ebola, To Be Released From Hospital

Ebola Virus

Amber Ray Vinson, the second nurse to have been infected while treating Thomas Eric Duncan in a Dallas hospital, will be released from the hospital today: DALLAS – Amber Vinson, one of two Texas nurses to contract Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, will be released Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, officials said. […]

Nurse Held In Ebola Quarantine In New Jersey Being Permitted To Go Home

Ebola Virus

Kaci Hickcox, who has been held in isolation since arriving at Newark Liberty Airport Friday afternoon, is being released and will be allowed to continue her quarantine at home in Maine: A nurse who recently returned from West Africa and was quarantined for the past three days in a tent behind a New Jersey hospital […]

New York, New Jersey Modify Ebola Quarantine Policy

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

After an avalanche of negative commentary, the Governors of New York and New Jersey have modified their policy regarding quarantining people returning from west Africa.

Nurse Quarantined Under Christie/Cuomo Policy Raises Concerns About Policy

Ebola Virus And Caduceus

The first person to be quarantined under the new policy announced by New York and New Jersey is raising concerns about the way she was treated, and whether the policy is even the right idea.

World Health Organization: Ebola Cases In Africa Top 10,000

Ebola Virus

The World Health Organization has upped the number of people known to be infected with Ebola in Africa to over 10,000: GENEVA — The number of people infected with Ebola in three West African countries has exceeded 10,000, the World Health Organization reported Saturday. A total of 10,141 people had contracted the disease worldwide, the […]

No Quarantine In D.C. Area For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

Ebola Virus

Unlike New York and New Jersey, there will be no Ebola quarantine in the Washington, D.C. area for people arriving from the west African nations where it has become a crisis: One day after governors in New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed a mandatory 21-day quarantine on medical workers returning from Ebola-stricken countries in […]

Kevin Drum Has Cancer

Kevin Drum reports that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of blood plasma cells, for which he has already started treatment. The news isn’t all bad: I’m young, I’m not displaying either anemia or kidney problems, and treatments have improved a lot over the past decade. So my short-term prognosis is pretty positive. […]

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