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The GOP's Dangerous Demagoguery On Ebola

Erik Ose | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

In their haste to exploit public fears over Ebola and whip up anti-Obama sentiment for the midterms, right-wing Republicans and commentators have been competing to see who can come up with the craziest theory to explain why the Obama administration hasn't yet followed their brilliant travel ban advice.

Igor Bobic

Republican Who Wants West Africa Flight Ban Unaware There Are No Direct Flights To U.S. | Igor Bobic | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

A member of Congress who wants to ban travel from countries afflicted by the Ebola outbreak appeared to be unaware of a key fact -- that there are no ...

Food Prices Skyrocketing In Ebola-Hit Countries, Families Down To 1 Meal A Day

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact

* Hundreds of farmers have died in Ebola outbreak * Planting and harvesting disrupted - WFP * U.S. troops to start train...

Rand Paul Contradicts Experts, Says Ebola Is 'Incredibly' Contagious

AP | KATHLEEN RONAYNE | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a group of college students Wednesday the deadly virus Ebola can spread from a person who ...

This Is Why Americans Are Donating Less To Fight Ebola Than Other Recent Disasters

Associated Press | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Individual Americans, rich or not, donated generously in response to many recent international disasters, including the 2010 earthqu...

11 People Who Should Really Shut Up About Ebola

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living

The real Ebola threat? Mexican migrant children. At least according to some congressmen.

Ebola Epidemic Could Lead To 'Hunger Crisis Of Epic Proportions' For West Africa

Associated Press | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Financial aid and global coordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agr...

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...

"The Doctor's Dilemma"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Despite all that bile, the dilemmas portrayed in Shaw's 1906 play might inform some thinking about how we distribute decontamination equipment and intensive-care teams; how we allocate protective gear, bio-containment facilities, isolation rooms, and life-saving vaccines.

Ebola and Moral Panic

Kwei Quartey | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Kwei Quartey

A fierce debate has erupted over how to deal with the potential for an Ebola outbreak in the United States. One idea is to bar people from Ebola-affected regions from entering this country. This embodies a type of moral panic, and in addition to being cruel and discriminatory, it is simply impractical.

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 ...

Up To 40% Of Sierra Leone Farms In Ebola Outbreak Areas Deserted, Causing Food Crisis: UN

Associated Press | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a United Nations agency says up to 40 percent of farms have been abandoned in areas of Sierra Leone affected the w...

The Ebola Crisis: Report From the Front Lines

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

This may be the 21st century, but we're still finding that culture, customs and religion continue to have as strong a pull in the opposite direction as science and facts. But Ebola can be halted with education, safe practices and infection control. And that is a message we must continue to underline.

How Can Science Respond to Ebola Epidemics? Q&A With Dr. Jean Patterson

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Science
Donna A. Patterson

I recently had the chance to speak with Jean L. Patterson, Chair of Virology and Immunology at the Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio. She has conducted extensive research on hemorrhagic fevers (Marburg, Lassa, and Ebola viruses). Dr. Patterson tells us what role she thinks science plays in combating Ebola.

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

How to End Ebola

Patrick Davies | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Patrick Davies

More than 3,000 people have already died. Every hour brings five more infections across West Africa. The situation is urgent. The human cost of inaction on Ebola is quite simply unthinkable.

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...

Could Liberia's Democracy Become Ebola's Next Victim?

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Liberia has increasingly been stuck in the kind of siege mentality that residents thought they'd left behind with the end of the civil war in 2002. In short, Liberia's Ebola crisis has become as much a governance crisis as a health crisis.

Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis

Robert Walker | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The immediate task before us is the containment of the Ebola outbreak. For the moment, little else matters. But we still must confront the larger challenge. We must make the repair of public health systems in developing countries a global priority.

Sierra Leone Finally Moves To Use Ebola Aid Sitting Untouched In Port For Nearly 2 Months

Associated Press | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A shipping container filled with medical gear and mattresses to help in the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been he...

Why $140,000 Worth Of Ebola Aid Is Just Sitting Untouched In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact

A shipment worth $140,000 in medical equipment to fight Ebola arrived in Sierra Leone on Aug. 9. But not a single life-saving resource from the supply...

Ebola Outbreak -- The Heroic Response From Medical NGOs (PHOTOS)

Louis Belanger | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Louis Belanger

Yet, despite immense challenges, hundreds of local health care workers and non-governmental organizations are working in field hospitals, Ebola treatment units and training facilities, as well as organizing education and awareness programs.

Children of Ebola Are Now the 'Untouchables'

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

One of Sunday morning's headlines in the NY Times was "Ebola's Cultural Casualty: Hugs in Hands-on Liberia." As a parent and a child advocate I cannot imagine the position so many parents have been put in due to this deadly outbreak.

U.S. Ramps Up Ebola Troop Deployments, Total May Near 4,000

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

(Recasts with details, background) By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it may sen...

Behavioral Science and Local Empowerment Are Needed to Help Solve the Ebola Crisis

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D.

The West African Ebola crisis is holding up a mirror to the world, and what it is reflecting back is worrisome. I was listening to the news reporting ...