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October 21, 2014 9 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 24 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.

October 14, 2014 14 Comments

Early Intervention For Toddlers With Autism Showing Signs Of Success

Doctors say that children as young as 12 months can be diagnosed with autism, and that early treatment can help reverse the condition.

October 14, 2014 4 Comments

Ebola Transmission Raises Questions About Hospital Protocol

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital is facing scrutiny over why it did not monitor healthcare workers who helped treat an Ebola patient. One nurse has contracted the virus.

October 14, 2014 Comment

Spanish Government Faces Protests, Criticism Over Ebola Response

Spain’s government is scrambling to quell anger over alleged safety blunders in the case of an assistant nurse infected with Ebola.

October 13, 2014 2 Comments

U.S. Nurses Say Hospitals Not Well Prepared To Deal With Ebola

National Nurses United — the largest union of nurses — says 85 percent of its nurses say they have not received effective training to deal with an Ebola patient.

October 13, 2014 Comment

The Politics Of Covering Ebola In Liberia

Rodney Sieh, a Liberian newspaper editor, discusses covering Ebola in Liberia and the politics that come with it.

October 10, 2014 Comment

Giroir: ‘We’re Behind the Curve’ In Ebola Drug Development

Dr. Brett Giroir, head of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and director of Texas’ infectious disease task force, says the U.S. could be doing more to develop Ebola treatments.

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October 21 Comment

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir "Food: A Love Story."

October 21 Comment

Jill Abramson Announces Plans For News Startup

The former New York Times executive editor said her goal is to create a news outlet that favors quality over quantity.

October 20 Comment

Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

Our digital and social media producer Rachel Rohr is back from a month-long trip cross-country, talking with young Americans.

October 20 Comment

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

The chef and restaurateur discusses the "farm to table" trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.