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Influenza in the Time of Ebola

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  Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as the sporadic cases that have been recorded in the United States. In this article, I’ll discuss an illness that is much more likely to be an epidemic in this country: Influenza.

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Survival Medicine Hour: Nick Adams of The American Boomerang, plus Ebola Updates

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Nurse Amy interviews Nick Adams, author of The American Boomerang: How the World’s Greatest Turnaround Nation Will Do It Again!, plus Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, gives you all the latest regarding the ebola epidemic, including (surprise, surprise)

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Health Workers, Fairness, and Ebola

In the NY metropolitan area, there has been a lot of press regarding Ebola. First, Dr. Craig Spencer returns from Guinea and starts having symptoms which led to his hospitalization and eventual confirmation as a case of ebola. Next, nurse Kaci Hickox returns from working in the hot zone and,

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Ebola in New York

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News media is now reporting that a Doctor Without Borders, recently returned from ebola-ridden Guinea, has tested positive for the disease after reporting a high fever. Ebola, which has been particularly harsh on healthcare workers, is a deadly viral disease that has taken 5,000 lives in West Africa during an

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Survival Medicine Hour: Ebola, Influenza, and More

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss new data about whether Ebola can be caught from the air, the sad state of training and education for U.S. health workers on the disease, and whether race played an issue

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Why More Persons of Color Die From Ebola

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Recently, it has been noted that white Americans seem to have all survived an ebola infection while black Africans, such as Thomas Eric Duncan, have not. Some have even implied that there is a racial aspect to the level of care rendered to victims of this deadly disease. If so,

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Wildfire Realities

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(Our friend Jim Piper, RN, N6MED, has been volunteering for disaster duty at the Northern California wildfires and sends us a report on his activities and thoughts on preparedness. We thank Jim for this contribution.) At 58 after a long career in Silicon Valley, I returned to school to a

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Airborne Ebola

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One of the questions I am most asked about Ebola is its potential to be transmittable through the air. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden and other top health officials say no, but now a reputable research facility is disputing this claim.   The well-known and respected Center for Infectious Disease

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Ebola: The Year Of Living Dangerously

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  This article was originally published in my capacity as contributing editor to the excellent website modernsurvivalonline.  Here’s the link: http://modernsurvivalonline.com/ebola-the-year-of-living-dangerously/       (Update: A second health worker has been identified with the Ebola virus in Dallas since this article was written.)     When I first wrote about

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Volcano Safety

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A volcano is a rupture on the crust of the earth (or other planet)/moon), which allows hot lava (hot molten rock), ash, and gases to escape from below the surface. Volcanoes are not the disaster that most people think of when they think of a natural disaster. Few think that

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