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Filed Under:Health
Posts on Regator:7509
Posts / Week:22.5
Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

U.S. Ebola victim’s medical records reported contradictory

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The number of deaths from the Ebola virus soared to 4,033 as of Thursday, with “confirmed, probable, and suspected cases” in seven countries, including the United States, rising to 8,399, according to a report released Friday by the World Health Organization. Read full article >>

These frogs might be evolving right in front of us

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Scientists believe that the mimic frog, which is dividing into two increasingly distinct populations in Peru, may be on its way to speciation -- a division into multiple species. Ranitomeya imitator is a poison dart frog that mimics one of two other poison species. Show More Summary

Scientists create breakthrough recipe to grow insulin-secreting cells by the billions

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Scientists announced a breakthrough that could one day free millions of diabetes sufferers from a lifetime of insulin injections. The discovery described in the journal Cell on Thursday and led by stem cell researcher Douglas MeltonShow More Summary

Spanish hospital workers protest Ebola safety measures as more people enter isolation

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Thirteen people who came into contact with an Ebola-stricken nursing assistant are now in isolation at the Carlos III Hospital in Madrid. But as the hospital works to monitor and isolate those cases while also treating the infected patient,...Show More Summary

Small drugmakers try to scale up to meet Ebola crisis

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The manufacturer of the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp said Friday that it is trying to squeeze more production out of the tobacco plants used to create the medication and develop other ways of making the drug in an effort to boost supply. Read full article >>

Texas hospital responds to questions over treatment of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Texas hospital system that treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan said Thursday that it wanted to "correct some misconceptions" over the care of the Liberian national who died Wednesday. "Our care team provided Mr. Duncan withShow More Summary

The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

When the experts describe the Ebola disaster, they do so with numbers. The statistics include not just the obvious ones such as caseloads, deaths and the rate of infection, but also the ones that describe the speed of the global response. Right now, the math still favors the virus. Read full article >>

What’s so funny? Depends on your age.

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

If you're looking for a joke grandma will like, stay away from the mean material. Older adults disapprove of the kind of "aggressive" humor that comes at the expense of others, according to a new study published in the journal Psychology and Aging. Read full article >>

Cut off from school, children in Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone get lessons by radio

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Because of the Ebola epidemic, schools are closed in Sierra Leone, a country with about 2 million school-aged children. So as the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to rage, government officials have launched a project to deliver school lessons to those kids over the airwaves. Read full article >>

Deadly anthrax grass grows greener, tempting its zebra victims

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

A zebra in Africa might run from predators, such as lions, but it will happily run toward the deadly anthrax bacterium. According to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, zebras are actually more attracted to grass covered with the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax poisoning. Show More Summary

As Spanish Ebola patient’s health deteriorates, two doctors who treated her are under observation

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The health of Ebola-stricken Spanish nurse Teresa Romero Ramos worsened on Thursday as two doctors who treated her were admitted to the hospital for observation. "Her clinical situation has deteriorated but I can't give any more information...Show More Summary

Nobel chemistry laureate’s twisting path to molecular microscope breakthrough

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

As a child in Ann Arbor, Mich., Eric Betzig told his family over and over that by the time he was 40 he’d have a billion dollars and a Nobel Prize. But Betzig was being a bit optimistic. He’s no billionaire and he didn’t win a Nobel prize until Wednesday, at the age of 54. Show More Summary

Family of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan distraught over death in Dallas

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

DALLAS — Karsiah Eric Duncan, tall and thin, hurried to get ready Wednesday morning. He had not seen his father since he was a child in Liberia. The hospital had promised to set up a special camera in the isolated room of his father, Thomas Eric Duncan, who lay in critical condition after having been diagnosed with Ebola. Read full article >>

First Ebola patient in U.S. dies as officials announce new airport screening measures

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died early Wednesday, as the government announced plans to step up screening of travelers at five of the nation’s busiest airports in an effort to prevent more cases of the deadly virus from reaching the country. Read full article >>

Health officials: Healthcare.gov enrollment will be faster and smoother

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Federal health officials on Wednesday unveiled what they described as a cleaner website and a more logical sign-up process for insurance under the health-care law as they prepared for the next open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15. Read full article >>

Dallas Ebola death highlights risks of handling a victim’s extremely contagious remains

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, died on Wednesday morning in Dallas. Now, for the first time, officials in America will take on the grim and dangerous task of handling the remains of an Ebola victim, a complicated procedure that can be a critical moment in stopping the transmission of the disease. Read full article >>

Cave discovery suggests art may be much older than we’d thought

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Several cave paintings in Indonesia have been found to be much older than expected — casting doubt on what we thought we knew about the origins of art. The paintings, located on Sulawesi island in Indonesia several decades ago, may be over 40,000 years old, according to recent dating. Show More Summary

The risks of performing surgery during the Ebola outbreak

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Beyond the death toll from Ebola across West Africa (3,400 deaths out of 7,400 confirmed cases according to the latest World Health Organization estimates), the outbreak of the deadly virus has also caused serious complications to the provisions of other types of health care. Show More Summary

Ebola survivor Kent Brantly donates blood to help treat NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

For the second time, Ebola survivor Kent Brantly has donated his blood to a patient fighting the virus. NBC News announced Wednesday that Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance cameraman who was diagnosed with Ebola while working for the network in Liberia, will receive some of Brantly's blood as part of his treatment against the virus at the Nebraska Medical Center. Read full article >>

The Nobel Prize in chemistry goes to three men who revolutionized microscopy

3 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded Wednesday to Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Va.; Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Germany), and William E. Moerner of Stanford University for their work in overcoming the limitations of the traditional light microscope. Read full article >>

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