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Anna Almendrala
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Anna Almendrala is a Healthy Living editor for the Huffington Post. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in New Zealand and California. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2006 with a double major in Rhetoric and Spanish and has previously worked for Sojourners and Brave New Films. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

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Why Ebola Aid Workers Are Quarantining Themselves When Scientists Say They Don't Need To

(94) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 7:30 AM

Allen Mann is a missionary, not a doctor. Yet when he returned from a trip to the Liberian capital of Monrovia with the group Crossway International, some people in his small town of Payson, Arizona, treated his arrival with scorn and fear.

“One of our neighbors got a little...

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The Genetic Test That Could Transform Breast Cancer Care

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Breast cancer prevention usually starts with breast self-exams in your 20s and progresses to yearly mammograms in your 40s.

But if genome sequencing costs keep going down and knowledge about breast cancer risk genes keeps going up as it has, breast cancer prevention could start as early...

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It Takes A Special Ambulance Crew To Respond To A Potential Ebola Patient

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:43 PM

When officials suspected Dr. Craig Spencer might have Ebola, they sent two ambulances to his Harlem apartment to transport him to Bellevue Hospital, The New York Times reported.

Fully covered, specially trained EMS crew members brought Spencer from his apartment to an ambulance, and when...

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Dr. Craig Spencer, NYC Ebola Patient, Followed Health Monitoring Protocols

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 1:56 PM

It’s not yet clear how Dr. Craig Spencer came into direct contact with the Ebola virus when he was working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Guinea.

What is clear, however, is that Spencer followed health monitoring protocols exactly as they’re laid out by the organization, according to...

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Your Ebola Questions, Answered

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 8:31 AM

Since the start of the Ebola outbreak, we’ve noticed a lot of questions floating around out there about exactly what the disease is, how it spreads and how the world is responding to it. To set people’s minds at ease, we decided to tackle a few of the most commonly...

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Texas Ramps Up Ebola Response With Two Designated Treatment Centers

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:33 PM

After weathering the first diagnosis and transmissions of Ebola in the United States, the state of Texas will create facilities that health officials say are better equipped to treat future Ebola patients than general hospitals.

Gov. Rick Perry announced that the state would build a new infectious...

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エボラ出血熱に打ち克つ主な治療法は? 日々闘い続ける医療関係者たち

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:53 AM


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CDC Plans To Route Future U.S. Ebola Patients To Specially Trained Hospitals

(39) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 8:57 PM

In the event that another person in the United States tests positive for Ebola, they could be re-routed to one of a handful of hospitals that are specifically equipped and trained to deal with deadly viruses like Ebola, confirmed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden during...

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As mais importantes descobertas de 2014 sobre o câncer de mama

(3) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 7:12 PM

Estima-se que uma em cada oito mulheres americanas terão câncer de mama invasivo em suas vidas, e cerca de 40 000 vão morrer da doença este ano.

Saiba mais sobre as pesquisas realizadas ao redor do mundo e publicadas recentemente. Elas têm o potencial de salvar vidas.


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Schools Close After Second Nurse Diagnosed With Ebola

(521) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 3:29 PM

Several schools across the country have temporary closed their campuses for a thorough cleaning in the wake of potential exposure to Amber Vinson, a nurse who contracted Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the deceased patient who was the first to be diagnosed in the United States.

Vinson traveled...

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Tom Frieden Admits Officials Don't Know How Ebola Transmission Occurred

(383) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden admitted to a House panel on Thursday that officials still don’t know exactly how two nurses contracted Ebola from Thomas Eric Duncan, the first man to be diagnosed with the virus in the U.S.

Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, nurses at...

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Here's A Breakdown Of The Ebola Treatments Used So Far In This Outbreak

(7) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 6:42 PM

As the Ebola outbreak rages on in West Africa and begins to slowly spread in the United States, the race for a cure or vaccine for the deadly virus is more pressing than ever.

Because of relatively few Ebola patients (2,418 cases in total before this current outbreak)...

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Nurses Say U.S. Hospitals Aren't Adequately Prepared To Handle Ebola Patients

(107) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Any hospital with a private room and bathroom is technically adequate for isolating and treating an Ebola patient, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But to truly remove the risk of contracting the deadly virus among health workers requires meticulous work and years of repetitive drills and...

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New Type Of 'Good' Fat Could Help Cure Diabetes

(19) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Scientists have added a new type of fat to the list of “good” fats that help keep us healthy. So healthy, in fact, that this new fat may play a role in eventually developing treatments to address Type 2 diabetes as well as inflammatory diseases like Crohn's disease and rheumatoid...

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Dallas Hospital Responds To Criticisms of Ebola Patient's Treatment

(266) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 3:01 PM

After the death Wednesday of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., the hospital that cared for him has gone on the defensive.

In a statement released after Duncan's death, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas spokesman Wendell Watson wrote that the hospital would like...

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A arma mais recente na luta contra a resistência aos antibióticos vive na vagina

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 10:27 PM

Pesquisadores viajaram até os confins da terra em busca de microrganismos exóticos que pudessem produzir medicamentos necessários para nossa sobrevivência e superação. Mas um novo estudo aponta que podemos ter deixado de lado uma fonte extremamente rica de drogas que se encontra bem debaixo de nossos narizes: as...

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5 consejos para no contagiarse de ébola (INFOGRAFÍA)

(10) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:50 PM

El ébola ha infectado a unas 7.470 personas y se ha cobrado las vidas de 3.431, la mayoría de África Occidental. Estos números, junto a las muertes de los occidentales repatriados a España y EEUU, pintan un panorama impactante de la rapidez con la que este...

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5 Ways You Definitely Won't Get Ebola

(129) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Ebola has infected an estimated 7,470 people and claimed the lives of 3,431, mostly in West Africa. These numbers, as well as the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, are a fearsome testament to how rapidly the virus can decimate a community....

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