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How correct were September’s Ebola infection projections?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 25, 2014 at 10:00am
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Some good news in time for Christmas, as it relates to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

It looks like those September projections of 1.5 million new cases are going to be off…by a fairly wide margin.

As of Monday,...

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California Battles Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic in 70 years

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:15am
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Although the media has recently been less focused on Ebola, the disease is still impacting Africa and the death count now tops 7000.

Meanwhile, a new epidemic of a disease that was once thought well-contained by vaccinations may be occurring in my home state of California.

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The future of single-payer health insurance

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 1:20pm
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Vermont appears to have given up on single-payer health insurance, having run out of other people’s money before the program even began.

If leftist Vermont can’t make it work, does that mean the drive for single-payer has been abandoned? One might think so, but not so fast. Perhaps the time just...

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Vermont: Where Single Payer Went to Die

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 2:30pm
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The ultra-liberal state of Vermont never liked Obamacare but not for the reasons most Americans object to the law. Vermont felt it didn’t go far enough and was determined to establish its own single payer system. As of this week, that plan is dead.

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The NHL mumps outbreak and what it means for the US

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:00am
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It looks like a mumps outbreak has body-checked the National Hockey League!

This is the most baffling sports medicine story of the year: Thirteen NHL players and two referees have been diagnosed with mumps—a potentially severe and exceedingly viral infection that classically causes fever, body aches, malaise, and in about half of...

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Obamacare: cost-savings, safety, and Gruber

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00am
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The administration is still trying to convince us that Obamacare is a good thing:

On Dec. 3, federal actuaries released data showing that health spending inched up only 3.6 percent in 2013.

Marilyn Tavenner, the head of Medicare and Medicaid, boasted that it’s “evidence that our efforts to reform the health-care-delivery system are...

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South American Chikungunya virus rages as world focuses on Ebola

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 12:01pm
LI #26 Mosquito

Some good news from the frontlines related to our battle with Ebola: The outbreak is now “stable” in Guinea, according to the World Health Organization.

There were still some flare ups in the south-east, but things were improving in other prefectures, WHO co-ordinator Dr Guenael Rodier told the BBC.

More than 5,400 people...

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12 Deaths now linked to Enterovirus-D68

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8:10am
LI #24 Enterovirus

As Ebola continues to rage in Africa, one key person seems to be missing in action: Ron Klain, Ebola Czar.

Ebola was on the top of everyone’s minds five weeks ago, but now that it’s largely disappeared from...

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First Ebola, now the “new AIDS” threatens U.S.

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:00pm
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Just as the last remaining US patient with Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer, is released from New York’s Bellevue Hospital, comes a report that another tropical disease, deemed “the new AIDS,” has already infected 300,000 people and is poised to strike more.

Over 300,000 Americans have already been infected with the potentially fatal...

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Nurse released from NJ to Maine rejects home quarantine

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00am
LI #18 Ebola Nurse

Kaci Hickox is back home in Maine. But she’s as defiant as ever:

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, won’t follow the quarantine imposed by Maine officials, her attorney said tonight.

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Eighth Death Tied to Enterovirus-D68

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:00am
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While all the Ebola-stricken patients in America seem to be on the road to recovery, with the tragic exception of patient zero Thomas Duncan, Enterovirus-D68 is reported to have claimed its 8th victim:

The U.S. death toll from the mysterious Enterovirus D-68 continues to rise.

The latest CDC update on the current outbreak...

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Facebook and Apple: Come for the high pay, get your eggs frozen too

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:54pm
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Tech giants Facebook and Apple have come up with a plan to keep their female employees happy and on the job—subsidized egg freezing.

Both companies have a reputation for offering posh work environments and cadillac health care plans, but the new program seeks to invest up to $20,000 in benefits to...

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Enterovirus 68 May Be Causing Polio-Like Illness in Children

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:30pm
LI #03 Enterovirus 68

I have been following the outbreak of Enterovirus 68 closely. An awful trait of pathogens is that the more rapidly they spread, the nastier their health effects can become.

It appears Enterovirus 68 may be following this pattern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is checking into reports that

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Texas Newborns hit with TB Scare

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 1:57pm
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Remember when the worst infection Americans had to worry about was a bad flu?

As I reported last week, Enterovirus 68 with its potentially devastating respiratory symptoms is still spreading among American children. An outbreak has now been reported in San Diego county:

California’s first cases of a virus that has been...

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Looking at the Tip of a Respiratory Virus Iceberg

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 10:00am
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Last week, there were dozens of stories about American children flooding emergency rooms in 10 states; they were infected with a cold-like virus that devastated their respiratory systems.

This week, the list of states reporting cases of the virus, now classified as Enterovirus D68, has risen to 12:

Since mid-August, the Centers for...

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Wait, what? Planned Parenthood opposes over-the-counter birth control proposal

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:30am
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Last week, Planned Parenthood announced its opposition to Republican proposals to make contraceptives available as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Let me paraphrase Planned Parenthood’s three points of opposition:

1) The expanded access to birth control is being offered by Republicans. Republicans hate women. Ergo, vote for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).

Planned Parenthood claims that GOP...

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Gov’t to throw money at non-monetary VA problem

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 5:00pm
CATO VA

Lack of funding is not the problem at the Veterans Administration.  It’s the government healthcare system, stupid.

In a story published today, Dennis Wagner of Arizona Central reported new details about the Phoenix VA:

Phoenix VA officials knew of false data for 2 years

Department of Veterans Affairs administrators knew two years ago that...

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