Category Archives: health

The Looming Threat of a Disease Pandemic

Several diseases loom in the distance, like storm clouds on the horizon, as possible sources of a future pandemic. Let’s discuss the possibilities. Ebola is the most recent and most frightening disease to threaten humanity. In Africa, Ebola is already … Continue reading

CDC declares Outbreak of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in U.S. Children

Acute flaccid myelitis is a sudden onset of weakness in one or more arms or legs. Acute means sudden; flaccid indicates a weakness; and myelitis refers to an inflammation of nerve cells, in this case in the spinal cord. “From … Continue reading

Should You Keep Those Extra Holiday Pounds?

Almost everyone gains a few extra pounds during the Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Day run. Then their New Year’s resolution is to lose the weight. But might you be healthier with a few extra pounds? One very comprehensive … Continue reading

Why The Flu Vaccine Isn’t As Effective This Year

The CDC has admitted that “some of the viruses spreading this season are different from what is in the vaccine” []. But they still recommend the annual flu vaccine “for everyone 6 months and older.” A virus is essentially a … Continue reading

The Latest Ebola Numbers: Are Deaths Underestimated?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released their latest count of Ebola cases and deaths here. “There have been 15,351 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with 5459 reported deaths.” The infection rate remains high in … Continue reading

18,000 Nurses On Strike over Ebola

According to news reports: “Some 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in Northern California are planning a two-day strike this week against what they say is unpreparedness in fighting the deadly Ebola virus.” Washington Times story. This strike, in itself, is limited … Continue reading

Ebola spread shows no sign of slowing down

The latest WHO situation report on Ebola gives the number of cases (as of 27 Oct 2014) as 13,703. That figure is more than double the number of cases of one month ago. For the past several months, the number … Continue reading

DIY Pandemic Preparedness Kit

This kit is not specific to any particular disease or type of infection. It is a suggested do-it-yourself kit for bacterial and viral diseases in general. The scenario this kit envisions is a widespread disease and a temporary inability to … Continue reading

How is Ebola Spread? Is it Airborne?

Why is Ebola spreading to doctors and nurses who take proper precautions? These are health care professionals who are well-informed about Ebola. They know it is a contagious and deadly disease. They are taking the usual precautions when dealing with … Continue reading

How to keep Ebola from destroying the U.S. hospital system

Ebola is coming to the United States. And I’m not talking about isolated cases of travelers from West Africa. There will be a major Ebola outbreak in the U.S., maybe not this year, but in the not so distant future. … Continue reading

Fever Screening for Ebola: Zebras or Horses?

In modern medicine, there’s an often use metaphor when diagnosing diseases: Zebras. You hear hoof beats in the distance. It could be zebras or horses. They sound exactly the same from far away. But which is more likely? The lesson … Continue reading

The Ebola situation just got incalculably worse

The World Health Organization has issued a manual on using blood from someone who survived Ebola to treat a current victim of the disease. The problem, of course, is that the number of victims is always greater than the number … Continue reading