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For most in the healthcare industry, the Ebola outbreak is a complete game changer, and something very few are prepared to deal with. But what does this mean for the healthcare industry as a whole?

Nanotech lung infection device developed

Researchers have developed a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device for people with cystic fibrosis. The device sends data to a smartphone in the event of a lung infection.

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola, further test to follow

Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse who was thought to be the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa, has tested negative for the virus. A further test within the next 48 hours will confirm the diagnosis.

New robot can perform brain surgery with needle through cheek

Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed a surgical robot capable of performing intricate brain surgery by inserting a needle through the patient's cheek.

Op-Ed: Have we learned anything about global disease epidemics?

The headlines read the disease is taking a toll on health care workers. People are avoiding travel and crowded shopping centers. Lawmakers are calling for a ban on foreigners from infected countries entering the U.S. Everyone is afraid of catching it.

Gastroenteritis outbreak in New Zealand

A recent food poisoning outbreak in New Zealand has been traced to prepackaged lettuce shipped to various supermarkets throughout the country.

How photos impact our memory

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what’s the impact of a single photo on our brains and memory, and how is our social-media-saturated culture affecting our relationship with the photograph?

Rats of New York found carrying a range of new viruses

Scientists have detected more than a dozen new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple. To add to this, the rats were found to be carrying many pathogenic bacteria.

Jet lag linked to obesity

New findings suggest that frequent airplane travel could contribute to obesity. This is by throwing out circadian rhythms and changing the composition of the composition of gut bacteria.

Study says 21 days not long enough to quarantine for Ebola

A new study published in PLOS: Outbreaks, suggests the recommended 2- to 21-day Ebola quarantine period in use today is based on data derived from just two previous outbreaks. A new analysis of data from additional outbreaks suggests we may be wrong.

Why was Ron Klain appointed as the new U.S. Ebola czar?

Ron Klain was President Obama's choice as the U.S. Ebola czar, a Democrat operative. Why? What made this man so unique that Obama feels he can get things done? One thing for sure, the choice makes President Obama look good, says those who know Ron Klain.

Document shows WHO officials admit to 'botching' Ebola response

An internal document from the World Health Organization (WHO) admits that the organization "botched" efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

White House to appoint former chief of staff as Ebola Czar

Following the hospitalization of a second Dallas healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola, the Obama administration said it was considering appointing an Ebola czar, and has now tapped a former chief of staff for the position.

Texas Sheriff's Deputy in hospital due to possible Ebola

A Texas deputy has been admitted to a Texas hospital due to possible Ebola symptoms. The patient has not had any exposure to Thomas Duncan, the Ebola patient who died on October 8, 2014 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Crash diets better than steady weight loss, study finds

When it comes to weight loss it appears that slow and steady does not win the race, a new study out of Australia has found. The study says that crash dieting is more effective when it comes to thinning down than taking a measured approach.

2nd health care worker diagnosed with Ebola after two plane trips

A second health care worker has tested positive for Ebola after coming in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Amber Vinson boarded a 132-passenger airline before and after running a low-grade temperature.

NYC dispatchers forbidden to use the 'E-word'

New York City's governing officials are so worried about causing a wide-spread panic over the Ebola virus that they are now forbidding 911 dispatchers from using the word, "Ebola." An FDNY memo wants the disease referred to in "vague terms."

Shortages hindering Venezuela's fight against fever outbreaks

Venezuela has South America's highest incidence of Dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease. The country also has a high incidence of another debilitating disease, chikungunya fever, a mosquito-borne disease.

IRB Barcelona dances for biomedical research (Video)

Scientists from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) based in Barcelona, Spain are starring in a five-minute music video, dancing and making the moves to raise funds for Alzheimer’s, cancer and diabetes research.

Mass. stool bank offers donors $40 a poop

Ever since the discovery that healthy human stool bacteria could be used to cure such debilitating diseases as colitis, the medical profession has struggled with two problems — collecting a sufficient supply and finding a way to get it into a patient.

New York makes yogurt official state snack over carrot cookies

Given the state of New York managed to produce over 740 million pounds of yogurt last year it is hardly a surprise the state has officially made yogurt its state snack. The announcement came from no less a personage than the governor.

New study looks closely at the rats of New York

The rats of New York City are so numerous that it is said there are at least 8.4 million of them. These illusive pests are rarely seen in the daylight hours, but at night, like zombies in the movies, they come out to feed.

New guidelines on menopause and osteoporosis

October 18th is World Menopause Day and October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day. To mark this, and to emphasise this important transition in a woman’s life, a new set of guidelines have been issued in Canada.

Op-Ed: Kinesiology tape goes from sports to military use

There are more than 20 million runners in the U.S., and some are beginning to adopt innovative solutions to common injuries such as ankle sprains, ligament strains, muscle aches, and turf toe.

Op-Ed: The real Ebola threat for the U.S. is our Southern border

Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command, says the real threat from the Ebola virus coming into the U.S. is not by international flights. The threat would be if Ebola breaks out in Central America.

Nebraska medicine — Ebola treatments at their best

“Nebraska Medicine - Ebola treatments at their best” refers not only to the Ebola virus but also refers to Nebraska Medicine as having the largest and most cutting-edge biocontainment unit of the nation.

Terminally ill child’s wish to be police commissioner granted

Thanks to the efforts of Make a Wish Foundation India, a 10-year-old terminally ill boy’s wish to become the police commissioner just for one day was granted.

How infertility has changed in modern times Special

Infertility is a major concern for many families. Although the problem can cause distress, resolution of the situation is much better these days than it was a few years ago. Digital Journal has spoken to a leading fertility expert to find out more.

Virginia patient does not have Ebola

A woman being evaluated at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center in Richmond, Va. has tested negative for the disease say state health officials on Tuesday.

How to quit smoking: stick your head in a can of cigarette butts, says famed psychologist

About 50 years ago, a young psychology professor by the name of Walter Mischel was walking around Stanford Medical School, when suddenly he had the smoker scared out of him.

Russian Health Minister: Three Ebola vaccines six months away

On Saturday, Russian Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova disclosed to journalists that three Ebola vaccines will be ready within the next six months.

Patient in Richmond, Virginia being evaluated for Ebola

A local health clinic on Southside Richmond, Virginia contacted the Virginia State Department of Health Monday after a patient walked in off the street complaining of a low-grade fever. The patient also had traveled to Liberia within the past two weeks.

Jupiter Medical Center: A model for pastoral Care Special

Most American hospitals employ a Pastoral Care Director or a Chaplain, who oversees the spiritual wellness of patients. In part, this is an expected tradition, but today it is also viewed as necessary spiritual care.

Eight infants test positive for TB at Texas hospital

Eight infants have tested positive for Tuberculosis after it was discovered that a health care worker infected with TB had been working in an El Paso hospital's nursery. On Sunday, health officials said 860 infants had possibly been exposed to TB.

Polio spreads in Pakistan

While most media attention is on Ebola, polio has been spreading in Pakistan, where 200 Pakistanis have been diagnosed so far. This is greatest number of infections in more than a decade.

Op-Ed: What else is in your coconut water?

Coconut water is the latest health food fad sweeping the country today. It's been dubbed "nature's sports drink," with many dubious claims. Low in calories, with a salty-sweet, nutty flavor, it has been touted as a "miracle" drink.

Ebola death toll passes 4,000 says World Health Organization

With the start of human trials of an Ebola vaccine, the World Health Organization has released the latest figures on the current number of cases in seven nations affected by the Ebola virus. With 8,399 cases, the death toll is now 4,033.

Researchers say stem cells could provide Type I diabetes cure

A team of Havard University researchers believe they have found a cure for Type I diabetes using stem cells to create the kind of insulin-producing cells that victims of Type I diabetes lack.

A third of cancer patients go through psychological disorders

A study from the University of Leipzig has found that one in three cancer patients develop mental illness. According to the study, this almost 50% higher than the rate in the general population, which stands at around 20%.

Jehovah's Witnesses in fight against Ebola

As Ebola continues to rage across West Africa, Jehovah's Witnesses have continued to educate their members on safe practices and guidelines to fight the dreaded disease.

New cancer discovery may pinpoint optimal treatment window

New research published in the journal Nature Communications shows cancer cells grow more rapidly at night when somebody is sleeping, because hormones that keep people awake and alert suppress the cancerous cells.

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