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The plague of heroin addiction has made news recently as people across the nation are overdosing at alarming rates. The city of Louisville, Kentucky is now taking center stage as at least 52 people have overdosed on heroin in a 36-hour period. Louisville Metro Emergency Services reported a string of 911 calls that started last…

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The growing epidemic of heroin use in the U.S. is once again making headlines. Hope, Indiana, police officers found Erika Hurt passed out behind the wheel of her car in the parking lot of a store. Her 10-month-old child was crying in the backseat. The syringe was still in Hurt’s hand when the officers responded to the…

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The Ebola epidemic that has struck West Africa shows no sign of abating. The number of cases and dead victims continue to rise to unprecedented levels with no end in sight. The World Health Organization has announced that there are no longer any experimental vaccines available for Ebola. The global supply has been exhausted and…

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will donate $50 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The foundation says the money will be used to enable international aid organizations and national governments “to purchase badly needed supplies and scale up emergency operations in affected countries.” It will also “work…

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Another American Ebola patient has landed in Atlanta to receive treatment at Emory University Hospital. The patient, whose name has not been released, is a health care worker with the World Health Organization and is the fourth American known to have contracted the virus in an outbreak that has killed at least 2,296 people and sickened 1,997 more,…

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  There is a rare virus spreading like wildfire across the United States and very few people are aware of it. It is a respiratory virus called Human Enterovirus 68 and it has sickened scores of children across the country. The virus seems to start as a cold but can quickly lead to respiratory failure.…

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The data available for new HIV infection among black women can be confusing. Depending on the sources used, a researcher will have wide swings in numbers. This is because HIV statistics are often lumped together under all blacks with HIV. But one thing is remaining constant: black women are at the greatest risk for contracting…

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The death toll of the cholera epidemic in Haiti has now reached 5,000. An outbreak of cholera, a disease which had not been documented in Haiti for decades, was confirmed in Haiti in October 2010. According to figures released by Haiti’s Health Ministry, nearly 3,000 Haitians are still hospitalized with cholera after the outbreak infected…

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