Health

U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

| September 18, 2014

(GIN)–Between $100- and $180 million have been committed to the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa–an amount considered way too little and reaching the needy way too slowly. A 25 bed unit pledged by the Pentagon for Liberia, noted the international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), would treat only health care workers, not […]

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Water down your high blood pressure

Water down your high blood pressure

| September 17, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure. Persons with this condition were in deep water and became water logged due to the retention of excess fluid. Thus, a condition known as hypertension resulted. During those early days, it was understood that the element sodium was the […]

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Spotlight on veterinarian Darius Starks

Spotlight on veterinarian Darius Starks

| September 10, 2014

By Jeanie Summerville What’s up, babies? As always, I hope that everything is well with you and yours—and that you’re still taking time out everyday to bring yourselves and others some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind as we travel on our journey of love to get to know […]

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Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Photos of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf looking tired or grim suggest the toll the current Ebola epidemic has taken on the 75-year-old leader. The crisis, for which the region was ill-prepared, has taken more than a thousand lives–some 700 in Liberia—and many of the improvised control strategies appear to have backfired including the quarantining […]

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Fighting to stay fit: Former local boxer readies for record book bid

Fighting to stay fit: Former local boxer readies for record book bid

| September 10, 2014

FORT WAYNE—Real followers of local sport might already know the name Bobby Moore. “Back in the day,” as they say, Moore was one of the area’s top amateur boxers, winning three Golden Gloves championships and going on to compete in three national finals boxing tournaments before going on to a brief professional career before moving […]

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Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Environmental activists at Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust in the air. The dust has been linked to an uptick in premature deaths now estimated at 2,700 every year. Greenpeace is pushing its campaign in the wake of […]

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A rap to the bladder

A rap to the bladder

| September 9, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. MPH  Just below the navel on your body is the area where the bladder lies internally. Tenderness in this area can often signal that a bladder infection may be in progress. The bladder of course, is the storage space for urine that is derived from both kidneys. When the bladder […]

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Vitamin D is desirable

Vitamin D is desirable

| August 28, 2014

Dr. Gerald Deas By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Recently, it has been reported that an increase in the intake of vitamin D has resulted in preventing an early death  caused by heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Although it is not certain exactly how much vitamin D should be taken on a daily basis, it is […]

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Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

| August 28, 2014

(GIN)–An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched this past weekend by the U.N. children’s fund–known as Unicef. “The largest component of the supplies was chlorine,” for disinfection, said Unicef’s representative in Liberia, Sheldon Yetts. Other supplies in the airlift were oral rehydration salts and sodium lactate […]

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Observe National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September by donating blood with the American Red Cross

| August 27, 2014

FORT WAYNE—The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September. Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease […]

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