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Ebola Epidemic Takes a Toll on Sierra Leone's Surgeons

Seema Yasmin | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Seema Yasmin

Even as health officials cautiously declare a decline in the rate of Ebola infections, the epidemic has exacted a new assault against health care workers in the region.

Measles In The Magic Kingdom? It's A Small World, After All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If you choose to avoid standard, recommended vaccines such as measles, you are not merely putting your own health at risk -- you are choosing to do the same for all the rest of us. Sorry, folks, but that's the harsh reality.

As Ebola Slows, UN Builds Treatment Clinics Despite Criticism That It 'Makes No Sense'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact

Liberia may be winning its war against Ebola, but ongoing construction on new patient treatment centers has left some discontented. "It just makes ...

Deniers Of Science: The Anti-Vaccination And Anti-Abortion Movements

David A. Grimes | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
David A. Grimes

As noted by the Los Angeles Times, "the anti-vaccination movement is a corner of the United States that is backsliding into medieval ignorance." The same holds true for the science deniers of safe, legal abortion.

1st Ebola Clinic For Pregnant Women Opens In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact

A new clinic is giving some of the most vulnerable Ebola patients a better chance at surviving the virus. The facility -- located in a former boys'...

Dare to Be 100: Fat Kids and Medical Centers

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The fabric of my life displays the fact that many days are spent in and around medical centers. Stanford is my home church, but yesterday I returned f...

The 'Heart Disease' Seizing San Francisco

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2015 | San Francisco
Maura O'Neill

While evictions tell only a small piece of the story, it's clear that San Francisco has contracted full-blown heart disease. San Francisco lost so much of its talent and spirit from the HIV virus back in the '80s and '90s. This time it is caused by an economic virus of success.

Why It Took So Long For Google And Facebook To Donate Cash To Ebola Fight

TIME | Jack Linshi | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

Until last week, there was one group largely missing from the list of Ebola donors: Silicon Valley companies. Facebook’s and Google’s donation ...

Ebola Could Cause Girls In Liberia To Fall 'Way, Way Back' In School

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

The implications of Ebola go far beyond West Africans' physical health -- the outbreak has made it increasingly difficult to keep young people in scho...

Ebola, the News Cycle, and the Affliction of Short Attention Spans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Real problems, in the real world, are rarely solved by either the excessively afflicted or the unduly comfortable. Real problems, like Ebola, tend to populate the space between cause for panic and allowance for apathy. Real solutions, whatever the headlines, tend to reside there as well.

Swap Your Awful Ebola Costume For One That Actually Saves Lives

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact

Updated on Oct. 30,2014 Is Ebola really that festive of a topic? Plenty of people seem to think so. But those strapping on their fake hazmat su...

Epidemic, War or Car Crash, the Dead Are Loved

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

Wars and diseases, intrigues and coups and all the rest are indeed interesting things. But more important, and more terrible, is the fact that grieving humanity suffers at the center of it all. Maybe that knowledge can make us love everyone better.

Neighbors Are Outraged At This Man's Ebola-Themed Halloween Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact

James Faulk has covered the exterior of his apartment with alarmist signage, caution tape and hazardous waste bins. But his Texas residence isn't a da...

Ebola Survivors Are 'Key Ingredient' To Supporting Infected Children

Reuters | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact

* Survivors often ostracized by their communities * Survivors are believed to have immunity from Ebola * Antibodies in t...

What I Am Really Afraid of... And It's Not Ebola

Brian Castrucci | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Whenever there is an outbreak, there is political and public outcry that dies out as soon as it is controlled. We have the great privilege of living largely free of fear from infectious disease, but it comes at a cost -- investment in and ongoing support for the public health system.

Expand CDC Precautions Based Upon Evidence-Based Science: Quarantine, Not a Ban

Terry Leach | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Terry Leach

We must require that all travelers from countries experiencing an Ebola epidemic, including U.S. citizens returning to the States, isolate in place at home for 21 days and immediately report any Ebola-like symptoms. And if an individual who is not a U.S. citizen doesn't have a site in which to isolate once here, serious consideration should be given to denying that person entry to the U.S.

Ebola: Learning From Past Mistakes

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

The importance of a rigorous, normative approach to the implementation of primary health systems and the building of a cadre of trained public health professionals cannot be overstated. The industrialized countries have an obligation to assist with expertise, crisis management and funding.

Ebola Survivors Are Feared, Even Though They're Instrumental In Stopping The Disease

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact

In Sierra Leone, 76 percent of households said they would not welcome someone who was infected with Ebola back into their community -- even if that pe...

Softer Care For Harder Cases, Of Ebola And Everything Else

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As for Ebola containment, holistic thinking is clearly essential. Control of an outbreak is not limited to treating the sick, but managing the social network of every index case.

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

These Are The Celebrities Stepping Up To Fight Ebola

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact

Hollywood is finally beginning to empathize with West Africa. After some had criticized the lack of star power spurring action for the Ebola outbre...

Doctors Without Borders: We've 'Reached Our Ceiling,' Maxed Out Ebola Aid Resources

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

* Medecins Sans Frontieres has quintupled capacity since August * Organization has 600 beds, 3,000 staff in West Africa ...

Ebola 101: Managing Our Children's Fears

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Our job as parents is to help our children deal with worrisome information by understanding how they think and process information at this formative time in their lives, and by giving them information they need to manage their thoughts and worries

Nigeria Has Successfully Contained Ebola, US Hopes To Learn From Their Response

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact

Africa's most populous country has reason to celebrate. According to Nigeria's health ministry, the West African country has officially claimed con...

To Stop Ebola Here, We Must Stop It There

Manoj Jain, MD MPH | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Manoj Jain, MD MPH

Even after all this, we are losing the battle against Ebola. Why can I say this? Because most epidemics follow a bell-shaped cure.