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October 24, 2014 Comment

New Yorkers ‘Pretty Chill’ About City’s First Ebola Case

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer told us how New York City is handling its first Ebola case, and how residents are reacting.

October 24, 2014 Comment

Should Ebola Doctors Be Quarantined After Returning To U.S.?

Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, went bowling and took a taxi before reporting he had a fever yesterday morning.

October 24, 2014 3 Comments

Officials Urge Calm After First Ebola Case Diagnosed In NYC

Dr. Craig Spencer, who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea, is in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital.

October 23, 2014 Comment

Uninsured Patients In Texas Turn To Walmart

Near the Fort Hood military base, Walmart recently opened a Care Clinic that has everything a typical doctor’s office has – except a doctor.

October 23, 2014 Comment

Kansas City – A Homefront In The Fight Against Ebola

Whether here or in West Africa, Ebola comes with a stigma. That’s something many West Africans living in the U.S. are finding out.

October 22, 2014 Comment

Reporter’s Notebook: Back From Monrovia

NPR’s Jason Beaubien has just returned from his third visit to Liberia’s capital, covering the Ebola outbreak.

October 21, 2014 10 Comments

The Case For A U.S. Surgeon General During Ebola Outbreak

Would the U.S. be handling the outbreak differently it had a surgeon general? We ask former Surgeon General Richard Carmona.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Are Airlines Doing Enough To Protect Cleaning Staff From Ebola?

Labor union SEIU has expressed concerns about how airlines are training the crews that clean planes at airports.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Critical Care Nurse Writes Open Letter To Ebola Nurse

When Kati Kleber posted a letter of support for Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola, it quickly went viral among nurses.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Louisiana Gov. Issues Executive Order To Better Protect Rape Survivors

The move follows revelations that some survivors were being charged thousands of dollars for forensic exams and treatment.

October 20, 2014 28 Comments

Airline Expert: U.S. Should Enact Ebola-Related Travel Ban

Polls show the American public supports a travel ban, but federal health officials insist it could worsen the crisis.

October 17, 2014 4 Comments

Phillip Morris May Enter E-Cigarette Market

Phillip Morris has patent approved for an e-cigarette that uses tobacco and can log the user’s smoking habits to incentivize quitting.

October 17, 2014 Comment

The Economic Impact Of Ebola

The World Bank estimates Ebola could drain $32.6 billion from the global economy if it spreads beyond Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

October 17, 2014 Comment

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.

October 16, 2014 5 Comments

Three Ohio Schools Close Over Ebola Fears

Officials in Cleveland are tracking down those who may have come into contact with Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola.

October 16, 2014 18 Comments

CDC Director Faces Tough Questions At Ebola Hearing

CDC director Tom Frieden will face a Congressional committee over how the CDC has handled Ebola.

October 15, 2014 3 Comments

How Well Is The Media Covering Ebola?

David Folkenflik discusses how the media have been covering Ebola as NBC’s Nancy Snyderman takes heat for breaking a voluntary quarantine.

October 15, 2014 7 Comments

Hospital Worker Diagnosed With Ebola Traveled On Plane

Health officials are alerting airline passengers who were on the same flight as a second Texas healthcare worker who was diagnosed with Ebola.

October 15, 2014 Comment

Rebuilding Liberia’s Devastated Health System

The nonprofit Management Sciences for Health is setting up community care centers and medicine shops to move Ebola patients out of hospitals.

October 15, 2014 3 Comments

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

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October 23 Comment

New Documentary Profiles Human Rights Watch Team

An elite group known as the E-Team travels across the globe documenting human rights violations and war crimes.

October 23 Comment

Bottom Of The Sea Is ‘A World Of Surprises’

The world's oceans cover nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface, yet little is understood about the ocean floor.

October 22 13 Comments

Colorado Backs Away From Pot Edibles Ban

Critics say a ban would violate the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana, which took effect in January.

October 22 4 Comments

Modest Raise For Social Security Recipients

Economist Diane Swonk says the 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase falls short of the inflation older Americans actually see.