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1:53pm

Thu October 23, 2014
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What To Do When The CDC Orders You To Check For Ebola Symptoms

The symptom card tells what to watch for, and the log sheets are for recording temps and symptoms, twice a day.
CDC

Now that the United States is asking people arriving from West Africa to monitor their health in an effort to identify those infected with Ebola virus, the natural question is: How would I do that?

With your Ebola CARE Kit, of course.

On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unveiled the Check and Report Ebola Kit, which it will be handing out starting Monday to travelers from West Africa who arrive at U.S. airports. Think of it as a swag bag for epidemic time.

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11:58am

Thu October 23, 2014
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How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:33 am

Wouldn't it be great if this stuff really did cause quick painless weight loss?
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I'm bummed that the green coffee weight-loss cure touted by Dr. Oz doesn't work. It could have been the perfect painless antidote to my habit of lying on the sofa eating Russian chocolate.

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6:58am

Thu October 23, 2014
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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:33 am

A rogues gallery of the viruses (left to right) that cause MERS, SARS, and influenza.
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An unusual government moratorium aimed at controversial research with high-risk viruses has halted important public health research, scientists told an advisory committee to the federal government on Wednesday.

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1:54pm

Wed October 22, 2014
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Poll: Broad Support In U.S. For Ebola Travel Ban

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 2:45 pm

A passenger wearing a face mask arrives at Los Angeles International Airport Friday. Federal officials now require people traveling from West Africa to enter the U.S. at one of five airports equipped to screen them for signs of Ebola.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

How do Americans feel about Ebola and the U.S. response to the outbreak so far?

NPR and our partners at Truven Health Analytics asked more than 3,000 adults in a poll conducted online and by phone (mobile and landline) Oct. 1-15.

Nearly everyone — 97 percent — knew about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and a slim majority of those people, or 53 percent, believe the U.S. government has taken a leadership role in response.

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12:45pm

Wed October 22, 2014
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A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 10:32 am

Researcher Svante Pääbo, was able to extract a complete genome from this ancient human leg bone.
Bence Viola Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Researchers have successfully decoded the genes of a 45,000-year-old man from Siberia. The results offer clues about early human life outside of Africa as well as how humans interacted with Neanderthals and other groups around at the time.

The complete set of genes is the oldest genome of its kind, according to Svante Pääbo, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. "It's almost twice as old as the next oldest genome that has been sequenced."

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