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Oct 8, 2014

First person diagnosed with Ebola in U.S. dies in Texas hospital

DALLAS (Reuters) – The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, died on Wednesday morning at a Dallas hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am,” hospital spokesman Wendell Watson said in an emailed statement.

Oct 8, 2014

Dallas Ebola patient on ventilator and receiving kidney dialysis

DALLAS (Reuters) – The Ebola patient fighting for his life in a Dallas hospital is on a ventilator and a kidney dialysis machine to help stabilize his health, the hospital said on Tuesday.

Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on U.S. soil, has also been given the experimental medication brincidofovir. A hospital in Nebraska said it is using the same drug to treat an American journalist who was airlifted from Liberia and arrived Monday.

Oct 7, 2014

Ebola patient in Nebraska gets same experimental drug as Dallas patient

DALLAS (Reuters) – A Nebraska hospital is using the same experimental drug to treat an Ebola patient airlifted from West Africa to its facilities this week as is being used on a patient in Dallas, who was the first patient diagnosed with the virus on U.S. soil.

The Nebraska Medical Center said on Tuesday it is using Brincidofovir on Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance NBC cameraman who contracted Ebola in Liberia. The drug was developed by Chimerix Inc CMRX.O, which said it has been tested in more than 1,000 patients without raising safety concerns.

Oct 7, 2014

Jesse Jackson meets family of Ebola patient in Dallas

DALLAS (Reuters) – Prominent civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson on Tuesday met the family of the man infected with Ebola and fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital, as health officials keep close tabs on those who came in contact with the patient

The first patient diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, has been in critical condition since Saturday and is receiving experimental medication.

Oct 7, 2014

U.S. working on new screenings for Ebola but no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday that the government would develop expanded screening of airline passengers for Ebola, both in the West African countries hit by the disease and the United States.

The first patient diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, Thomas Eric Duncan, remained in critical condition in a Dallas hospital, as Obama was briefed by agencies involved in fighting the spread of the deadly virus.

Oct 6, 2014

U.S. and airlines consider new screenings for Ebola, no travel ban

WASHINGTON/DALLAS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Federal officials and
airlines are discussing whether U.S. airports should screen
passengers to identify people who might have Ebola, but the
White House on Monday said a ban on travel from West African
countries would slow the fight against the deadly virus.

“What we’re looking to do is review these screening
measures,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at
a daily briefing. But officials did not want to
impede transport systems used to send supplies and personnel to
the hardest-hit countries in West Africa, Earnest said.

Sep 23, 2014

Harvard endowment grows to $36.4 billion, nears pre-crisis level

BOSTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Harvard University said Tuesday
its $36 billion endowment posted a 15.4 percent return in fiscal
2014 as in-house bond managers and outside hedge funds teamed up
to easily beat the portfolio’s 14.6 percent benchmark return.

The endowment, overseen by Harvard Management Company Inc,
grew to $36.4 billion in the fiscal year ended June 30 from
$32.7 billion. That marked a near-full recovery from losses
posted during the financial crisis.

Sep 19, 2014

Banana peel study, ugly art research win Ig Nobel spoof awards

BOSTON (Reuters) – Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds, and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements.

The annual prizes, meant to entertain and encourage global research and innovation, are awarded by the Annals of Improbable Research as a whimsical counterpart to the Nobel Prizes which will be announced next month.

Sep 9, 2014

Liberia president urges more international help fighting Ebola

BOSTON (Reuters) – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Tuesday she expects the Ebola crisis gripping her country to worsen in the coming weeks as health workers struggle with inadequate supplies, a lack of outside support and a population in fear.

“It remains a very grave situation,” she told an audience at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, via Skype from Liberia’s capital Monrovia. “It is taking a long time to respond effectively(…) We expect it to accelerate for at least another two or three weeks, before we can look forward to a decline.”

Sep 9, 2014

Vermont to Washington: Your education policy is broken

BOSTON (Reuters) – It’s not often that the good folks who run the nation’s state education departments are publicly praised for a job well done. But then there’s Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe.

A few weeks back, Diane Ravitch — the highly regarded education critic, gadfly, born-again enemy of standardized testing and author — called Holcombe a “hero” in her blog for refusing the federal government’s offer of a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act. Specifically: publicly hammering U.S. education policy for the way it hammers teachers and students.

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