Category Archives: health

A U.S. Epidemic affecting Kids: Enterovirus D68

Read the CDC question and answer page for this disease here. The disease is currently active in 10 mid-Western states. The CDC says just over 100 people have become infected, but news reports put the number much higher. The Washington … Continue reading

The Science of Hangovers

I read an interesting article over at Epicurious: The Science Behind Everything You Need to Know About Hangovers. The article there left out a few salient points, so I thought I’d write a quick post on the subject. This info … Continue reading

Several Ebola Vaccines Are In Development

In my previous post, I described a new treatment for Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) called ZMapp. It’s a concoction of three antibodies (proteins) that attach to the virus and help the immune system fight the disease. The current post will … Continue reading

ZMapp: Controversial Treatment for Ebola

The haves and the have-nots. What if we lived in a world where a serious disease ravaged the nations, and only the wealthy and influential could obtain a cure for that disease. That day could be coming soon. Ebola is … Continue reading

Risk of Death based on Gender and Age

The CDC has an interesting (or maybe it’s just me) summary of mortality statistics in the U.S. The data is for 2010; it takes the government that long to gather, compile, and analyze the information. What I’d like to point … Continue reading

Why You Should Worry About Ebola

I’m reading a number of comments and articles saying that you don’t need to worry about Ebola in the U.S. Here’s one particularly obnoxious commentary, in the form of a flow chart. But it’s more than just random online posts. … Continue reading

Ebola is coming to the United States

Two American health care workers, a physician and a nurse, contracted Ebola while doing humanitarian work in Africa. Both of them, we have now learned, are being evacuated to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Georgia for treatment. Report: Americans with … Continue reading

Should You Use or Avoid Fluoridated Water?

Some preppers go whole-hog and live off-grid. Other preppers live connected to the grid, but in a very rural area. In either case, they probably do not have town water, which is often fluoridated. Those preppers who have fluoridated town … Continue reading

8 Ways to Reduce Risk of Infection during an Epidemic

An epidemic is a disease outbreak over a wide region, such as several States or a whole nation. Diseases can spread in a number of different ways. The most common modes of transmission are physical contact and airborne (breathing) transmission. … Continue reading

Could a Major Epidemic strike the U.S. and How Bad would it be?

By “major epidemic” I mean a widespread disease outbreak, with a high fatality rate, and one that changes the way survivors live on a daily basis. The CDC classifies the 2009-2010 flu season as a “pandemic” (widespread epidemic) of the … Continue reading

Ebola Outbreak in Africa is “Out of Control”

This virus, Ebola, has been around since the mid-1970′s. It’s an appalling disease. The fatality rate is very high; few victims survive. The progression of the disease is rapid. The effects are like something from a SciFi-horror movie. The virus … Continue reading

Chikungunya Virus hits the U.S. for the first time

This virus is new to the U.S. of A. Past outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus spread to some islands in the Caribbean. In 2014, the first cases … Continue reading