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Oct 2, 2014

U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday.

Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears.

Oct 2, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday.

Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears.

Oct 1, 2014

Experts question two-day delay in admitting Texas Ebola patient

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in a U.S. hospital was evaluated initially and turned away, a critical missed opportunity that could result in others being exposed to the deadly virus, infectious disease experts said.

On the patient’s first visit to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last Friday, he walked into the hospital presenting “non-specific symptoms” and was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics, Dr. Edward Goodman, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Oct 1, 2014

Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S.

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley

(Reuters) – A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally.

The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Sep 30, 2014

First Ebola case diagnosed in the United States -CDC

Sept 30 (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday
the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been
diagnosed in the country, in a new sign of how the outbreak
ravaging West Africa can spread globally.

The patient had recently traveled to West Africa and
developed symptoms several days after returning to Texas, state
officials said. The patient was admitted to an isolation room at
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

Sep 30, 2014

Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained: CDC reports

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, U.S. and African health officials said on Tuesday.

In Nigeria, no new cases of Ebola have occurred since August 31, “suggesting that the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria might have been contained,” according to one of three reports released on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sep 30, 2014

Obama’s BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama’s $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain.

Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is designed to give scientists greater insight into how the healthy brain works and a better understanding of what systems go awry in diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to schizophrenia.

Sep 29, 2014

Colorado, CDC probing 10 cases of virus-related paralysis in kids

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. health officials are investigating at least 10 cases of children in Colorado who developed limb weakness or paralysis after testing positive for a respiratory virus, state health officials said on Monday.

Of the 10, four children tested positive for Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), a virus that is causing severe respiratory infections in 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Sep 25, 2014

Third Ebola patient treated in the U.S. free from virus – doctors

CHICAGO, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The third U.S. patient to be
treated in the United States for Ebola is now free of the virus,
doctors at the Nebraska Medical Center and the patient said in a
news conference on Thursday.

“The CDC has declared me safe and free of virus. Thank God.
I love you all,” Dr. Rick Sacra, 51, a Boston obstetrician who
contracted Ebola while treating patients as a medical missionary
at a hospital in Liberia, told a news conference.

Sep 24, 2014

White House tells universities to police work on dangerous pathogens

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday charged U.S. universities with policing their research on dangerous pathogens that could be used both for legitimate purposes and for biowarfare or bioterrorism.

The long-awaited guidelines, issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, lay out a framework for university safety review boards to identify research that falls into this category, known as “dual use research of concern.”

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      "Julie Steenhuysen has been covering health and science topics for Reuters for the past decade, first as a medical device correspondent, then as team leader for the equities team covering U.S. pharmaceuticals and healthcare companies. For the past 4 years, Julie has worked as U.S. health and science correspondent, focusing on coverage for a general news audience."
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