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.
Dr. Craig Spencer, the physician now being treated for Ebola in New York City, is the kind of globe-trotting do-gooder who could walk into a small village in Africa and, even though he didn't know the language, win people over through hugs alone, according to people who worked with him.
Texas' cancer-fighting agency says it will start investing a larger part of its $300 million yearly budget toward finding cures for rare and hard-to-treat cancers that are often overlooked by the private sector.
Those who interacted with Craig Spencer at Grosse Pointe North High School in suburban Detroit couldn't help but notice something special about the young man, who years later would risk his own safety to help others survive Ebola, according to a former teacher.