CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola In The US
Oct01

CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola In The US

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an...

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(Updated) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up
Sep30

(Updated) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up

UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that a patient who was being evaluated for Ebola has tested positive for the virus — the first time Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a press conference at its Atlanta headquarters this evening. Read more here. ===== As reported here, the United States is committing 3,000 U.S. troops to construct 17 Ebola treatment centers...

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UN rapporteur on Gaza destruction
Sep30

UN rapporteur on Gaza destruction

After a first visit to the region, a United Nations human rights rapporteur on Gaza has provided more fodder for Palestinian calls to place Israel before various forums for justice, including the International Criminal Court. “Voices from across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are calling in unison for three demands: the need for accountability, an end to the blockade, and an end to the occupation,” noted Makarim Wibisono, Special...

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Setting a deadline on death (Guest Voice)
Sep29

Setting a deadline on death (Guest Voice)

Setting a deadline on death by Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers Group WASHINGTON — My friend Ezekiel Emanuel, in his typically smart, provocative and bullheaded way, has decreed that he hopes to die at age 75, which would give him just 18 more years during which to exasperate friends and family. Zeke’s wrong, of course. Yet he’s wrong, as always, in an interesting way, one that usefully prompts the rest of us to...

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Cartoon: Dancing with ISIS and Ebola
Sep28

Cartoon: Dancing with ISIS and Ebola

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Small Business Exchanges Providing Coverage To Small Business At Lower Cost
Sep27

Small Business Exchanges Providing Coverage To Small Business At Lower Cost

With Obamacare having been such a success on the individual market, providing coverage for millions of people, generally at a lower cost than previously, some opponents of health care reform have concentrated on scare stories claiming that the cost of coverage will harm small business. While not many states had the small business exchanges operational in the first year, a study has now shown that the small business exchanges are...

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The Ebola Crisis: International Efforts Intensify
Sep25

The Ebola Crisis: International Efforts Intensify

In his excellent column on the rapidly escalating Ebola epidemic, Brij Khindaria, expresses some skepticism over the slow manner in which the international community, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States have reacted and over the lack of credible solutions. But Khindaria also lays some of the blame on “the governments on the front lines” who seem to be more interested in getting external financial and...

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Two  Successes For Obamacare In Reducing Health Care Costs
Sep25

Two Successes For Obamacare In Reducing Health Care Costs

Two stories show further areas where the Affordable Care Act was successful, with both helping to reduce health care costs. While conservatives claim that Obamacare is a government takeover of health care, it actually expands market choices. In the past it was very common for one insurance company to dominate an area, contributing to high prices. Selling health policies through exchanges, and expanding the market of those having...

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WHO, Obama and the Ebola riddle
Sep25

WHO, Obama and the Ebola riddle

The so far limited Ebola crisis has the makings of a global epidemic to which the international community, including the World Health Organization and United States, do not have credible solutions. The virus is not contagious but is extraordinarily lethal with a 50% kill rate and is becoming endemic in a few countries. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already warned that 1.4 million people may be affected in the...

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Cartoon: Deadly Outbreaks
Sep25

Cartoon: Deadly Outbreaks

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Obamacare: The Shameful Politics
Sep24

Obamacare: The Shameful Politics

Our own Dr. Ron Chusid has been doing a superb job of covering the good things about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the problems and shortcomings where they occur and have occurred and, perhaps most important in this dog-eat-dog climate, he has doggedly been exposing and rebutting the shameful right-wing lies, villainous distortions and brazen slander about this hugely important program. There are so many lies, distortions and so much...

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Packing Your Nose With Pork Strips Stops Nosebleeds: ‘Improbable Research’
Sep21

Packing Your Nose With Pork Strips Stops Nosebleeds: ‘Improbable Research’

Believe it or not, there are legitimate Nobel prizes out there for scientists who make bizarre and seemingly silly — but important — discoveries. They’re called Ig Nobel Prizes, and this year’s winners studied a wide array of fun topics from reindeers to the slippery-ness of banana peels. The Ig Nobel Prizes are also known...

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U.S. Military Mission to Fight Ebola:  What Does Victory Look Like?
Sep20

U.S. Military Mission to Fight Ebola: What Does Victory Look Like?

In an August 22 column on the Ebola crisis, we noted that the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa — “the worst in recorded history” — had claimed 1,350 lives. Less than a month later the World Health Organization reports that the number of people in West Africa who have contracted and died from Ebola has doubled to 2,622. On Thursday, in an emergency session convened by the United States, 131 members of the United Nations...

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PROOF Right-Wingers Hate EVERYTHING Obama Does: Now Criticizing Plan to Eradicate Ebola! (Guest Voice with Video)
Sep20

PROOF Right-Wingers Hate EVERYTHING Obama Does: Now Criticizing Plan to Eradicate Ebola! (Guest Voice with Video)

Just how bad is the politicization of everything these days? In their stampede to criticize Obama for daring to exist, the right-wing is now attacking his policy to help handle the Ebola pandemic in West Africa. In response to the pandemic in West Africa, President Obama traveled to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in… PROOF Right-Wingers Hate EVERYTHING Obama Does: Now Criticizing Plan to Eradicate Ebola!...

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Health Care Advocates File Suit Against California For Lag In Enrollments In Expanded Medicaid Program
Sep18

Health Care Advocates File Suit Against California For Lag In Enrollments In Expanded Medicaid Program

By most measures the Affordable Care Act has been a success, increasing the number insured without the problems predicted by Republicans. However not everything has worked out perfectly to date. The biggest problems have been with the expansion of Medicaid. The worst problem has been seen in the Republican controlled states which have blocked Medicaid expansion, but there are also problems in some states which are attempting to...

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Artificial Sweeteners Cause Chaos In Our Guts, Spurring Obesity
Sep18

Artificial Sweeteners Cause Chaos In Our Guts, Spurring Obesity

For years dieters and scientists alike have wondered why artificial sweeteners with zero calories do not seem to help anyone lose weight. Researchers even worry that artificial sweeteners may be contributing to both the obesity and diabetes problem affecting many parts of the globe. Now, a new study from the Weizmann Institute says exactly that....

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Response To Republican Support For Making Birth Control Pills Available Over The Counter
Sep13

Response To Republican Support For Making Birth Control Pills Available Over The Counter

While Republicans have generally been trying to restrict access to contraception, recently some Republicans have been promoting making oral contraceptives available over the counter without prescription. Many people quickly saw through this. It gives the Republicans a way to claim they are removing a barrier to receiving contraception and avoid situations like the Lobby Hobby case. It also does something else–make contraception...

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The Types Of People More Prone To Drug Addiction
Sep12

The Types Of People More Prone To Drug Addiction

Addiction is a complicated affliction, affecting people of all ages, intelligence levels, and backgrounds. It’s hard to tell what causes some people to be more prone to addiction than others; it’s usually a mix of many factors, from family background, genetics, environment, stress, and personality traits. The National Institute on Drug Abuse lists some basic...

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Big Hype For Apple’s Introduction Of Their New Phones And Smartwatch
Sep10

Big Hype For Apple’s Introduction Of Their New Phones And Smartwatch

There was certainly a lot of ridiculous hype from Apple on Tuesday. Apple had their big announcement that their phone and watch can now do what Android devices could do for months, if not years, as long as you don’t want the freedom to configure things the way you want them to work, as opposed to how Apple thinks your devices should work. They were even doing their own live tweeting of the event, showing what control freaks they...

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Another Survey Shows Decrease In Obamacare Insurance Premiums For 2015
Sep06

Another Survey Shows Decrease In Obamacare Insurance Premiums For 2015

There is yet more good news on the Affordable Care Act. Rather than the “death spiral” which so many Republicans warned about, yet another study shows an average decline in health insurance premiums next year: An early look at the cost of health insurance in 16 major cities finds that average premiums for the benchmark silver plan – the one upon which federal financial help under the Affordable Care Act to consumers is...

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