The deadly Ebola virus normally spreads among animals but occasionally spills over to humans, to dire effect. To understand how such diseases make that jump, scientists must find the animal host. But the hunt for live samples of Ebola in animals has never turned up a smoking gun. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien follows epidemiologists in Sierra Leone on their hunt for deadly diseases. Continue reading
Under the Affordable Care Act, the expected health care price spikes for coming year range from 20 to 85 percent. Those who are covered by their employers are also paying more out of pocket. What’s behind the increases? Gwen Ifill talks to Dr. David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, and Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President of Kaiser Family Foundation. Continue reading
In South Korea, fears of a Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak – the largest outside of the Arabic Peninsula – have closed more than 230 schools and put more than 1300 people under mandatory quarantine, according to NPR. Continue reading
At least 51 laboratories in 17 states and three foreign countries received potentially live anthrax spores from the Defense Department over the past decade, and the number is likely to grow, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.
Children born with clubfoot in low-income countries don’t have many prospects if the abnormality is left untreated. The standard treatment used to be a complicated surgery that didn’t always take. But ever since a non-surgical method was developed, it became a matter of training doctors and spreading the word. Continue reading
When B. Paul Turpin was admitted to a Tennessee hospital in January, the biggest concern was whether the 69-year-old endocrinologist would survive. But as he battled a life-threatening infection, Turpin developed terrifying hallucinations, including one in which he was performing on a stage soaked with blood. Continue reading
Federal health officials now say that individuals with HIV should start antiretroviral drugs as soon as they are diagnosed. That announcement was made after a large clinical trial was stopped because the evidence was so overwhelming. But how do you get those drugs to patients who need them around the world? Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health joins Judy Woodruff to discuss. Continue reading
The Federal Trade Commission announced today it has settled a lawsuit against drug company Cephalon, now owned by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, for $1.2 billion – the largest settlement of its kind to date. Continue reading
In the Netherlands, the approach, known as “comprehensive sex education,” starts as early as age 4. You’ll never hear an explicit reference to sex in a kindergarten class. The goal is bigger than that. It’s about having open, honest conversations about love and relationships.
Now researchers are adding tau brain scans to an ambitious study that’s testing if an experimental drug might help healthy but at-risk people stave off Alzheimer’s. Whether that medication works or not, it’s the first drug study where scientists can track how both of Alzheimer’s signature markers begin building up in older adults before memory ever slips. Continue reading