Poll: Most Americans are suffering from FEAR-BOLA, anti-science views on #Ebola Quarantine!

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that most Americans are suffering from FEAR-BOLA and are either ignorant of science or completely anti-science. Exactly demonstrating why Maine nurse Kaci Hickox needs to fight against FEAR-BOLA!

Nearly 75 percent of Americans surveyed in a Reuters/Ipsos poll believe medics returning to the United States after treating people with Ebola should be quarantined, and 80 percent believe the healthcare workers’ movements should be controlled.

About a quarter of Americans polled seemed immune to FEAR-BOLA. A bizarre 1 in 6 polled seem entirely clueless about anything at all, and don’t support any type of monitoring, despite the facts that this is probably a good idea.

A quarter of poll respondents thought quarantines were unnecessary for healthcare workers, and about one in six respondents thought such workers should neither monitor their health themselves nor be actively monitored by officials.

Regardless of quarantine support, most Americans polled did seem to have the basic understanding that monitoring returning healthcare workers is important in fighting the spread of ebola.

Nearly 82 percent of respondents thought any travelers who have recently been in Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia should be actively monitored by officials, and 85 percent thought this should apply to returning medics.

Impending environmental disaster in Sao Paulo Brazil = NO WATER

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Adriana Brasileiro writing for Reuters reports that the city of Sao Paulo Brazil is about to have NO water.

South America’s biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by mid-November if it doesn’t rain soon.

São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million people, is suffering its worst drought in at least 80 years, with key reservoirs that supply the city dried up after an unusually dry year.

Apparently the severity of the drought is closely tied to devastating deforestation of the nearby amazon rainforests, which are an important source of rain for Sao Paulo by creating clouds of moisture and humidity.

…global warming and the deforestation of the Amazon are altering the climate in the region by drastically reducing the release of billions of liters of water by rainforest trees…

If the drought continues for much longer, Sao Paolo may be on the brink of complete collapse.

The severity of the situation in recent weeks has led government leaders to finally admit Brazil’s financial powerhouse is on the brink of a catastrophe.

São Paulo residents should brace for a “collapse like we’ve never seen before” if the drought continues, warned Vicente Andreu, president of Brazil’s Water Regulatory Agency.

Much more on this pending environmental disaster… due to ‘local’ climate change… due to humans… in the Reuters article.

Ebola comes to USA- an update on the #Ebola outbreak

OK sorry, that was a misleading headline. But if you weren’t aware, there is a terrible Ebola outbreak in West Africa (previous posts for more info). Doctors and aid workers are also at high risk, and recently, Sierra Leone’s top doctor was infected and died of the virus. Now, a few American aid workers have also begun to show symtoms, and will be flown to Atlanta to be treated at Emory University. More info from Reuters.

From the article:
“CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a conference call that transferring gravely ill patients has the potential to do more harm than good”

Let’s hope for the best!

NIH awards $25 million to J. Craig Venter Institute for infectious disease research

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Will Dunham writing for Reuters announces NIH funding of infectious disease research to the tune of 25 million over 5 years. The awarded money is to focus on infectious disease at the genetic level. More funding is always good! Congrats to the J. Craig Venter Institute!

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has awarded $25 million to the J. Craig Venter Institute to back an initiative to study infectious diseases like malaria and influenza at the genetic level to help find better treatments and preventive measures.

The institute, with offices in Maryland and California, will use the 5-year grant from NIH to establish the Genome Center for Infectious Diseases to study the genetic secrets of a wide range of bacteria, viruses and parasites, officials said on Thursday.

Cost of Autism Spectrum Disorders = ~$2.4 million per person. #costofresearch

Andrew Seaman writing for Reuters summarizes a recent report in JAMA Pediatrics analyzing the cost of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Reports summarizing financial impacts of diseases and disorders are important for many reasons, including emphasizing that research aimed at prevention, cures, or therapies could have a huge financial impact that outweighs the cost of funding that research.

The cost of supporting people with autism spectrum disorders throughout their lives could be as high as $2.4 million per person, according to a new estimate.

The main drivers of costs among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were special education and lost productivity for parents, researchers found. Among adults, the main drivers of costs were residential care and their own lost productivity.

The report also highlights where improved efficiency in Autism Spectrum Disorder management could reduce associated costs.