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WHO: Ebola death rate rises to 70 percent

Ebola death rate at 70 percentThe death rate in the Ebola outbreak has risen to 70 percent and there could be up to 10,000 new cases a week in two months, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.

WHO assistant director-general Dr. Bruce Aylward gave the grim figures during a news conference in Geneva. Previously, WHO had estimated the death rate at around 50 percent.

Aylward said the 70 percent death rate was "a high mortality disease" in any circumstance and that the U.N. health agency was still focused on trying to get sick people isolated and provide treatment as early as possible.

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CDC confirms preliminary Ebola diagnosis for Dallas healthcare worker

CDCThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the latest Ebola diagnosis of a Dallas healthcare worker. CDC officials have interviewed the female health worker and are blaming to her contraction of the deadly disease on a "breach of protocol," although they cannot confirm where or how the breach occurred.

"It is deeply concerning that this infection occurred," CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said during a press conference on Sunday. "We are assessing her possible contacts from the moment she discovered symptoms."

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The Safer, More Affordable Abortion Only Available in Two States

safe abortionsWere he graduating medical school today, Dr. Joel Fleischman might not have been needed in rural Alaska. Fleischman, the main character for TV’s Northern Exposure, was stuck in a small Alaskan village in order to pay off some debts and provide the town with medical care.

But now, thanks to rapid advances in telemedicine, Alaskans don’t need quite so many doctors throughout the state. Though 65 percent of the state’s doctors are located in Anchorage, a woman in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough can give birth aided just by a nurse guided, over video, by a doctor, some 200 miles away.

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Scientists create breakthrough recipe to grow insulin-secreting cells by the billions

insulin producing cellsScientists announced a breakthrough that could one day free millions of diabetes sufferers from a lifetime of insulin injections.

The discovery described in the journal Cell on Thursday and led by stem cell researcher Douglas Melton is a method of growing billions of precious insulin-secreting cells en masse using human stem cells. Patients could receive a single transplant with the newly generated cells, which would have the ability to read out the amount of sugar in the blood and squirt out just the right amount of the hormone insulin.

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Nursing home chain to pay $38M in US settlement

ExtendicareA nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country, the Justice Department said Friday.

A federal investigation into Extendicare Health Services Inc. accused the company of failing to provide appropriate care, follow safety protocols or maintain enough skilled nurses. Those lapses in some cases resulted in head injuries to residents, falls, bed sores and fractures and cases of malnutrition, dehydration and infection, the government said.

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40,000 suicides annually, yet America simply shrugs

Suicides in USAAmericans are far more likely to kill themselves than each other. Homicides have fallen by half since 1991, but the U.S. suicide rate keeps climbing. The nearly 40,000 American lives lost each year make suicide the nation's 10th-leading cause of death, and the second-leading killer for those ages 15-34.

Each suicide costs society about $1 million in medical and lost-work expenses and emotionally victimizes an average of 10 other people.

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The Beautiful Newlywed Who Made the Right Change Its Mind on Physician-Assisted Death

right to dieThe American public is more or less evenly split on the question of physician-assisted death in the case of terminal illness. According to a Pew Research Center survey, Americans are split 49 to 47 percent in opposition to legislation that permits physicians to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients. Views on the controversial subject, Pew notes, have been more or less stagnant since 2005.

The GOP hasn’t budged an inch in the last decade, either. The Republican Party Platform still vehemently opposes “active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide” as a violation of “the sanctity and dignity of human life.”

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