Sat July 5, 2014
Shots - Health News

Two Sisters Share One's Road To Recovery

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:00 am

Loretta Jackson gently stretches the hands of her sister, Shirlene English, to aid physical rehabilitation after Shirlene's brain aneurysm and stroke.
Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

Four generations live under one roof in the Jackson household in Sacramento, Calif. — 46-year-old Loretta and her husband, her daughters and granddaughter, her sister and her 71-year-old father. There are a lot of breakfasts to prepare, and Loretta usually starts the laundry and other chores at about 6 in the morning.

Part of her daily routine is working with Shirlene, Loretta's 51-year-old sister, who suffered a stroke in 2000 that left her partially paralyzed and unable to speak.

"She couldn't say nothing," Loretta says. "Nothing at all."

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Fri July 4, 2014
Shots - Health News

As A Husband Becomes Caregiver To His Wife, A Marriage Evolves

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:56 am

Rick and Marianne wash dishes together. She no longer remembers that he is her husband.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

When Rick Rayburn retired from the California State Parks system, he had his heart set on balmy days of gardening, playing tennis and traveling to France with his wife, Marianne.

But then, about three years ago, she was diagnosed with dementia. It disrupted the couple's lives from top to bottom, right on the cusp of retirement. At 67, Rick has taken on a big new role.

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Thu July 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

As Ebola Cases Spike, WHO Asks For More Money And Help

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 5:09 am

Lack of awareness about Ebola has fueled the outbreak in West Africa. Here, two Liberian women in Lofa read a pamphlet about how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Ahmed Jallanzo EPA/Landov

The world's largest Ebola outbreak continues to surge at a troubling rate. The number of cases has climbed by nearly 20 percent in the past week, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

At least 759 people have caught the hemorrhagic fever and 467 of those have died in three West African countries since March.

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Thu July 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Did Supreme Court Tip Hand On Future Contraception Cases?

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:10 pm

A demonstrator dressed as the Bible stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The Supreme Court's opinion Monday holding that some for-profit firms don't have to provide women contraceptive coverage required under the Affordable Care Act if the companies have religious objections addressed only half of the continuing legal battle over the birth control mandate.

But those on both sides of the issue think the court's majority may have telegraphed which way it could rule should one of those other cases reach the justices.

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Thu July 3, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Ahead Of Peers In Charting The Public's Oil And Gas Health Complaints

A drilling operation with a nearby subdivision in the background near Mead, Colo., pictured in August 2012.
Jim Hill KUNC