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Breakthrough The Future of Fighting Pandemics Produced by Ron Howard - Recap

The National Geographic Channel and GE present "Breakthrough" The Future of Fighting Pandemics a new 6-part mini-series that gives an brief recap of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak featuring healthcare and scientific experts who fight everyday to contain, understand, create vaccines and teach prevention of the spread of deadly diseases.

The Future of Fighting Pandemics (Recap) is produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, directed and narrated by Peter Berg. The series kicks off with hollywood style, intense subliminal flashes of bloody and horrific graphics, jumbles it with real life government labs, interviews, and scientists in action all against a dark industrial soundtrack. The first episode of the Nat Geo's Breakthrough series focuses on pandemics, but specifically on the 2014 Ebola outbreak that plagued West African countries like Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. There is little mention of other deadly transmittable diseases that also have Influenza-like symptoms and could…
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Johns Hopkins University x DuPont - Ebola Protective Suit

Here is a first look at the Johns Hopkins University and DuPont Ebola Protective Suit Prototype. This collaboration came about during the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and in response to the humanitarian issues identified by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The new garment also know as PPE (personal protective equipment) is designed to better protect healthcare workers and volunteers on the forefront of war against Ebola and will be used for future infectious disease outbreaks and possible pandemics.

DuPont is a international science and engineering company and a global leader in personal protective apparel for over 40 years! The prototype suit was developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID), with input from global health partner, Jhpiego, a Johns Hopkins affiliate. DuPont will be responsible for all aspects of commercialization of this innovative garment.

Jhpiego will field-test the DuPont prototype suit in Liber…

Body Team 12 - The Ebola Body Collectors of Monrovia

The Ebola Body Collectors of Monrovia, Liberia: Brave healthcare workers from around the world put their lives in danger with the hopes of saving infected patients, from the deadly ebola outbreak that has plagued west Africa for decades now. Liberian Red Cross healthcare workers found themselves walking the dirt streets of Monrovia liberia in the wee hours of the morning, to collect the infected ebola bodies dumped and left abandoned, taking them back to camps to be burned, with one mission--not infecting themselves or other with the discarded bodies.

These fearless healthcare workers take on the name as "The Body Teams" with their sole purpose of collecting and disposing of the infected. In the documentary Body Team 12 directed and produced by David Darg, with co-executive producer Olivia Wilde. “Ebola hero” Garmai Sumo part of the Body Team would receive the list of the reported deaths and their approximate whereabouts and set out with her team to collect them. Body Team…

Video: Watch Cryptococcus Meningitis Infect Transparent Zebrafish

Photographed and recorded under a microscope, watch Cryptococcus Meningitis fungi (red) infect the transparent body of Zebrafish. Watch the Cryptococcus Meningitis (fungi) red fluorescent tracer as it moves through the larval tissue, blood vessels and then into the brain. Blue macrophages try chasing the red infection to devour it, as it spreads through and around green blood vessels.
Scientists at Duke Medicine are using these real time videos to watch the Cryptococcus move from the lungs into the bloodstream and through the blood-brain barrier of a transparent Zebrafish. The reason Zebrafish are being used is, that they are easier to reproduce and cost less than a mouse or larger mammal. Some of the drawbacks to studying infections in the Zebrafish larvae is their body temperatures are much cooler and they have no lungs, which is where Cryptococcus would enter into human body. Zebrafish are also being used to study other human diseases and bacterias like tuberculosis(TB).

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2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Case Counts Update

The CDC recently released an updated case count on last years (2014) Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. 
2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa - Case counts updated in conjunction with the World Health Organization updates and are based on information reported by the Ministries of Health.
As of January 20, 2015 Countries with Widespread Transmission Country          Total Cases   Laboratory-Confirmed Cases   Total Deaths Guinea            2873            2545                                         1880 Liberia            8524            3136                                         3636 Sierra Leone  10400            7921                                         3159 Total             21797          13602                                         8675
Countries with an Initial Case or Cases and/or Localized Transmission Country                Total Cases    Laboratory-Confirmed CasesTotal Deaths United Kingdom   1                     1                                                0 Total          …

Chronic Disease Indicators - 2015 Update

The CDC updates Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) website with a new look, making it more user-friendly and adding loads of new data. The new layout features a new online tool so users can compare data on the prevalence of chronic diseases in 40 large metropolitan areas. The CDI was established in 1999 to provide chronic disease surveillance data on state and country level. More Chronic Disease Indicators updates adds 27 new indicators increasing them from 97 to 124, some new indicators include: disability, mental health and reproductive health. The CDI site also adds environmental indicators, and additional emphasis on high burden disease and conditions.

 The Chronic Disease Indicators website is the only integrated source on chronic diseases, conditions, and risk factors. These 18 topics/categories comprise 124 indicators that represent a wide spectrum of conditions and risk factors as well as social context. Check out the list below.

Ebola Outbreak plagues West Africa

Ebola Outbreak: It's important to know where you are traveling and what precautions you need to take when traveling in infected areas. A recent Ebola outbreak has plagued West Africa. As of March there have been approximately 1,201 cases reported and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa. The Ebola virus (Sudan, Bundibugyo, Ta├» Forest) is a rare and deadly disease native to African countries and is a bloodborne pathogen spread by direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids. It is also spread by contact with contaminated objects or infected animals.

Symptoms include: fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, skin rash, red eyes, and in extreme case internal and external bleeding in patients. Go to the Emergency Room if you experience any of these symptoms immediately and have traveled to an infected areas.

Who is at risk? Travelers traveling in and outside Africa or who com…