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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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

Africa Ebola Map

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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

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Freedom of choice.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Chart Of The Day: Ebola In West Africa Edition

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]

New York, New Jersey Order Quarantine For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

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A surprise move from Governors Christie and Cuomo that sounds like a good idea but may not be as effective, or legal, as it sounds.

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Is Ebola Free

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Nina Pham, the first of two nurses who treated Thomas Eric Duncan to be diagnosed with Ebola has been declared virus free: Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after caring for an infected patient in Dallas, has been declared “virus free,” officials at the National Institutes of Health in […]

Mali Becomes Sixth African Nation To Report An Ebola Case

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The Ebola outbreak in Africa has reached another nation: Mali became the sixth West African country to report a case of Ebola, opening a new front in the international effort to prevent the outbreak of the deadly viral infection from spreading further. A 2-year-old girl who traveled from Kissidougou, Guinea, with her family to Mali […]

New York City Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola

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A new outbreak, or hopefully just an isolated case.

Dallas Nurse Amber Ray Vinson Reportedly Free Of Ebola

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Amber Ray Vinson, the second nurse who treated Timothy Eric Duncan to become infected with the Ebola virus is reportedly already free of the virus: Dallas nurse Amber Vinson no longer has signs of Ebola in her blood, her family said Wednesday, one week after she was hospitalized at an Atlanta hospital with the potentially […]

Trials Of Ebola Vaccine Being Accelerated

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The World Health Organization has announced that testing is set to begin soon on what could end up being a vaccine against the Ebola virus: Health authorities and pharmaceutical companies are planning to test several new vaccines to prevent Ebola infection over the next few months, including one that is taken as a tablet, making […]

NBC Cameraman To Be Released After Being Cured Of Ebola

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The NBC freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while on assignment in Liberia has been released from a hospital in Nebraska: Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman diagnosed with Ebola while working in Liberia as a freelancer for NBC News, has been declared free of the virus and will be allowed to leave a biocontainment unit at the […]

U.S. To Route All Travelers From Ebola Stricken Nations To Specific Airports

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A new regulation will require all persons arriving in the U.S. from the nations western Africa dealing with the Ebola crisis, either directly or indirectly, to come through one of five airports: WASHINGTON — Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports […]

Fear And Loathing In The Age Of Ebola

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As usual, politicians and pundits are helping to create a climate of fear and concern about Ebola that is not justified by the facts.

Gun Rights, Mental Health, And A Denial Of Due Process

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New York State’s gun law takes rights away from nearly 35,000 people without any due process whatsoever.

More Good Ebola News

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Via the BBC we find that : 1)  Nigeria has been declared Ebola free Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story". Nigeria won praise […]

Good News On The Ebola Front In The U.S., But The Real Battle Is In Africa

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America’s “Patient Zero” doesn’t appear to have spread Ebola very far, but continued vigilance is called for. And, we need to focus on the part of the world where there really is an Ebola Crisis.

Obama and Ebola: Perception and Reality

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The president is frustrated.

The Level of Dumb is Astounding (Huckabee on Borders and Ebola Edition)

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Illogic and fear from Mr. Huckabee.

Senegal Declared Free Of Ebola

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Following in the footsteps of Nigeria, Senegal is the latest nation in Africa to beat back the spread of Ebola from the “hot zone” countries in the western part of the continent: GENEVA — The World Health Organization declared the West African nation of Senegal to be free of Ebola on Friday, a rare success […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

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A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

Obama Names ‘Ebola Czar,’ Doesn’t Explain Why We Need One

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President Obama has appointed an “Ebola Czar,” but it’s unclear why we need one when there are already people who are supposed to be in charge of the Ebola response.

Second Ebola Nurse May Have Shown Early Symptoms Longer Than First Reported

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More Ebola news that could have a negative impact on public opinion.

Problems With The Response To Ebola, And A Little Perspective

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We’ve become aware of failures in how we’ve handled the Ebola situation. The response is to figure out what went wrong and do our best to fix it, not to panic.

Second Dallas Health Care Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

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Another health care worker in Dallas is being treated for exposure to the Ebola Virus.

Forecast For Ebola In West Africa Worsens

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Sobering news from the World Health Organization.

Extreme Fitness Obsession

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Heather Havrilesky asks, “Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?

Americans Still Not Very Worried About Ebola

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It’s been a busy week on the Ebola front with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan and the news that a nurse who was treating him was diagnosed with the disease shortly after his death, not to mention several false alarms of people who were taken to hospitals for “Ebola-like” systems. Nonetheless, as yet Gallup […]

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola, But That’s No Reason To Panic

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A second case, and the first person to apparently contract Ebola on U.S. soil. But, that’s no reason to panic.

Sierra Leone Admits ‘Defeat’ In Ebola Fight, Allows Home Care Of The Infected

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Public health officials in Sierra Leone are admitting that the Ebola epidemic in that country is spreading faster than they are able to respond to it: FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Acknowledging a major “defeat” in the fight against Ebola, international health officials battling the epidemic in Sierra Leone approved plans on Friday to help families […]

Liberia Suspends Elections In Wake Of Ebola Epidemic

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With various reports describing the nation in near collapse, Liberia is canceling its national elections as Ebola continues to ravage the nation: Monrovia (AFP) – Ebola-hit Liberia has suspended nationwide elections in the latest measure to combat an epidemic which has shut down society in three west African nations, restricting travel and forcing the cancellation […]

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