Three months ago, Craig Hoffman of Lansing couldn’t do much of anything without wincing in pain. His lower back hurt too much. Nothing worked. But in August surgeons implanted a spinal cord stimulator that relieved almost all of his pain and let the 49-year-old Army veteran feel like himself again.
Experts who study psychology say the release of 48 people from the Ebola watchlist back into society, and the expected onslaught of news coverage about them shopping at local grocery stores and returning to schools could fuel another wave of irrational fears.
A ban on travel from West Africa might seem like a simple and smart response to the frightening Ebola outbreak there. It's become a central demand of Republicans on Capitol Hill and some Democrats, and is popular with the public. But health experts are nearly unanimous in saying it's a bad idea that could backfire.
Only three cases of Ebola have been diagnosed in the United States, a nation of 310 million people, but economists are concerned that the actual costs of treating the victims and containing the disease will be far outstripped by the cost of fear that slows the economy.
The man will remain in a hospital isolation unit until results of confirmatory tests by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention become available in the next day or two. Hospital officials are hopeful. “It’s pretty certain that he doesn’t have Ebola,” said Lee Norman, chief medical officer at KU Hospital.
The University of Kansas Hospital said it was testing a possible Ebola patient, one day after the Ebola infection of a Dallas nurse has ramped up concern among some U.S. nurses who might have to care for a patient in which there is no margin of error. Acute care hospitals generally say they’re prepared.
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While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away.
After rallying dozens of nations to join the fight against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is back in the coalition-building business — this time to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.