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  • Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same Oct 31, 2014 10:06 AM
    A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends.

     
  • Samsung Life told to brace for 96-year life spans Oct 30, 2014 7:55 AM
    South Korea’s insurers have been told by regulators to boost capital to prepare for an aging population, with the United Nations predicting a world-beating average life expectancy of 95.5 years by the end of the century.

     
  • Funding to tame an Ebola outbreak has fallen short Oct 29, 2014 11:57 AM
    The nation’s preparedness effort to fight outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases has been under-funded and lacking in political will and commitment.

     
  • Sandy’s mental health impact looms large Oct 29, 2014 12:19 PM
    New York health officials estimate about 700,000 residents are still experiencing mental health problems from Superstorm Sandy, which hit on Oct 29, 2012. In the 15 months since Sandy, New Jersey has supported a disaster mental health program that served 500,000 people. “There’s just this sort of cumulative stress that has taken a toll on people,” said Renee Burawski, director of Office for Sandy Recovery in the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

     
  • AP: U.S. health care unprepared for Ebola Oct 29, 2014 11:57 AM
    The U.S. health care apparatus is so unprepared and short on resources to deal with the deadly Ebola virus that even small clusters of cases could overwhelm parts of the system, according to an Associated Press review. To assess America’s ability to deal with a major outbreak, the AP examined multiple indicators of readiness: training, staffing, funding, emergency room shortcomings, supplies and protection for health care workers. The results were worrisome.

     
  • Nurse who had Ebola released from hospital Oct 28, 2014 1:57 PM
    A Dallas nurse who flew from Texas to Ohio and back before being diagnosed with Ebola will be released from an Atlanta hospital Tuesday after tests showed she’s virus-free, a hospital spokeswoman said. Amber Vinson, 29, would be leaving Emory University Hospital after attending a 1 p.m. news conference where she would make a statement, Emory spokeswoman Holly Korschun told The Associated Press.

     
  • Donations and volunteers make new Ronald McDonald House possible in DuPage Oct 27, 2014 7:55 PM
    Katie Allabough counts herself blessed to have a happy, healthy 5-year-old daughter. She knows not everyone is so lucky, that there are many families who have a child who is seriously ill. As the director of the new Ronald McDonald House under construction in Winfield across from Central DuPage Hospital, those families will be foremost in her mind and she'll be doing whatever she can to lighten their load and provide a safe place where they can find support. “I've had so many families touch my heart in different ways,” Allabough said.

     
  • Quinn, Rauner differ on Ebola restrictions Oct 27, 2014 5:31 PM
    The specter of Ebola is entering the race for governor, with challenger Bruce Rauner backing a travel ban from affected African countries and Gov. Pat Quinn opposing it. Quinn set in place a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for people in contact with Ebola patients, which Rauner backs. There have been no Ebola cases in Illinois.

     
  • Having babies is new sex ed mantra in Denmark Oct 27, 2014 12:23 PM
    Sex education in Denmark is about to shift focus after fertility rates dropped to the lowest in almost three decades. After years of focusing on how to use contraceptives, Sex and Society, the Nordic country’s biggest provider of sex education materials for schools, has changed its curriculum to encourage having babies under the rubric: “This is how you have children!”

     
  • Ebola causing spike in demand for hospital gear Oct 26, 2014 7:35 AM
    Manufacturers and distributors of impermeable gowns and full-body suits meant to protect medical workers from Ebola are scrambling to keep up with a surge of new orders from U.S. hospitals, with at least one doubling its staff and still facing a weekslong backlog. Many hospitals say they already have the proper equipment in place but are ordering more supplies to prepare for a possible new case of Ebola.

     
  • Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response Oct 25, 2014 8:47 AM
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. must be guided by science — not fear — as it responds to Ebola. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he was proud to give Texas nurse Nina Pham a hug in the Oval Office after she was cured of Ebola. He says the other nurse who contracted Ebola is also improving. Obama is praising New York’s quick reaction to its first Ebola case. He says he’s promised local officials any federal help they need. Obama is reminding Americans they can’t contract Ebola unless they come into direct contact with a patient’s bodily fluids. The president says the U.S. can beat the disease if it remains vigilant. He says the best way to stop it is at its source in West Africa.

     
  • Ebola-stricken doc described as driven do-gooder Oct 25, 2014 8:46 AM
    Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn’t know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.

     
  • WHO: Number of Ebola-linked cases passes 10,000 Oct 25, 2014 8:45 AM
    More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease with a rapidly rising death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

     
  • Aid group: Ebola contagion risk can’t be zero Oct 24, 2014 9:28 AM
    CONAKRY, Guinea — Despite stringent infection-control measures, the risk of Ebola’s spread cannot be entirely eliminated, Doctors Without Borders said Friday after one of its doctors caught the dreaded disease while working in Guinea and went to New York City. In another example of how the disease has jumped borders despite increased health checks at land crossings and airports and seaports, Mali reported its first confirmed case of Ebola late Thursday. Authorities in the West African country are monitoring 43 people, including 10 health workers, said Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for the World Health Organization in Geneva. The organization is sending experts to the country to help assess. A 2-year-old girl who came to Mali from Guinea was the confirmed Ebola case. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first identified in March in Guinea and quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has sickened nearly 10,000 people, the vast majority of them in those three countries, but cases have also been reported in Senegal, Nigeria, Spain and the United States. Mali, which borders both Senegal and Guinea, was long considered highly vulnerable to Ebola’s spread. Because symptoms of the disease can take up to 21 days to appear, people can travel long distances before they know they are infected, bringing the disease to a new place. The American doctor who was working in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders arrived back in New York about a week ago and reported that he had a fever on Thursday. Craig Spencer is now being treated for Ebola in a hospital in New York. “Contagion is everywhere,” said an official in Guinea for Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF. “Even in Conakry, the risk isn’t zero. But MSF takes measures to secure its personnel.” She refused to say where or how long Spencer had been working in Guinea. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Doctors Without Borders, which has been treating patients since the outbreak was identified in March, runs two treatment centers in Guinea: one in Gueckedou, in the country’s southeast, where the outbreak began, and the other in the capital, Conakry. In Macenta, near Gueckedou, it also runs a transit center where patients are screened for Ebola and then sent on for treatment if they are confirmed to have the disease. With 270 international staff and more than 3,000 local staff working in the region, Doctors Without Borders is a major provider of treatment in the outbreak. ——— Associated Press writers Sarah DiLorenzo in Dakar, Senegal, and John Heilprin in Geneva contributed to this report.

     
  • WHO: 5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March Oct 24, 2014 9:28 AM
    The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March. Still, the agency warned it’s not clear whether any of these will work against the deadly virus that has already killed over 4,800 people this year in West Africa.

     
  • Pink squad car in Rosemont is all about breast cancer awareness Oct 24, 2014 5:30 PM
    That pink squad car in Rosemont is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it's been all over town this month, said Chief Don Stephens III.

     
  • After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined Oct 24, 2014 10:00 AM
    A doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor’s diagnosis Thursday, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling since returning to New York from Guinea a week ago.

     
  • Quinn orders 21-day quarantine for Ebola patient contacts Oct 24, 2014 11:38 PM
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that he has ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to require a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for “high-risk” individuals who have had direct contact with anyone infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

     
  • Poll: Many doubt hospitals can handle Ebola Oct 23, 2014 10:10 AM
    Most Americans have some confidence that the U.S. health care system will prevent Ebola from spreading in this country, but they’re not so sure their local hospital can safely handle a patient, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

     
  • Des Plaines Fire Department offers free CPR classes Oct 23, 2014 5:04 PM
    The Des Plaines Fire Department is hosting free CPR instruction classes for residents next week. The classes will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1, at fire station #1, 405 S. River Road.

     
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