Health/Science

Ebola in Dallas
9:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Ebola In Dallas: A Timeline

Thomas Eric Duncan (L), Nina Pham (C) and Amber Joy Vinson (R). Duncan was the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the U.S. He died Oct. 8. Pham and Vinson, both Presbyterian healthcare workers, were also infected with the virus.
Facebook/The Texas Tribune

The Ebola virus has dominated the news in North Texas since it was announced on Sept. 29 that a man at a Dallas hospital might have the deadly disease. On Sept. 30, medical tests confirmed that Thomas Eric Duncan had the Ebola virus. 

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Friday Conversation
7:15 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Chief Nursing Officer Reflects On 'Very Challenging Time' For Presbyterian Hospital

Chief nursing officer Cole Edmonson oversees 1,300 nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
Krystina Martinez KERA News

Cole Edmonson has spent the last month facing the biggest challenge of his career. He’s chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, which means he oversees 1,300 nurses. One of them, Nina Pham, was declared Ebola-free and released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The other, Amber Vinson, has tested negative for the virus but is still being treated in Atlanta.

Edmonson sat down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for this week’s Friday Conversation.

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Ebola in Dallas
3:57 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Watch Out: Fake Ebola Treatments Are Spreading

There is no drug to treat Ebola that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But there are companies selling products claiming to do just that.

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Health/Science
8:45 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Haunted Houses: The Science Behind The Scream

More than one in five Americans plans to visit a spooky attraction this year. And they’re looking for that adrenaline rush.
Dark Hour Haunted House

Every Halloween, millions of people pay to be scared. Did you know professional haunted houses use high-tech scare methods to make you scream? We visited Plano’s year-round haunted house with a neuroscientist to find out what makes a good scare. 

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Vital Signs
6:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Enterovirus D-68: The 'Other' Major Viral Problem

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As local officials try to contain Ebola in Dallas, another virus has swept much of the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or state labs have confirmed nearly 800 cases of Enterovirus D-68, most of them in children.

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Ebola in Dallas
5:00 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Why Won't The Fear Of Airborne Ebola Go Away?

The Ebola virus as seen under an electron microscope.
BSIP UIG via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:19 am

How many times do top officials have to say that the Ebola virus is not airborne?

A lot, apparently.

Here is President Obama Thursday: "This is not an airborne disease. It is not easy to catch."

And the day before: "It is not like the flu. It is not airborne."

And Friday, a reporter asked the inevitable question about airborne Ebola when Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, held a press briefing about nurse Nina Pham's transfer to the National Institute of Health.

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Ebola in Dallas
5:55 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Dallas County Tells 75 Presbyterian Workers To Stay Home

Employees at Texas Health Dallas show support for Nina as her ambulance leaves for Love Field.
Texas Health Resources Twitter

Dozens of Dallas health care workers who had contact with the man who died from the Ebola virus have been asked to sign legal documents in which they'll agree to stay home.

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Ebola in Dallas
12:44 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Jenkins: Ebola Nurses Moved So Presbyterian Can Be Ready If There Are New Patients

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins records a long-distance interview with NPR’s Melissa Block for today’s All Things Considered in the KERA studios.
Christina Ulsh KERA News

The first nurse to contract Ebola is being moved to Maryland to make room at Texas Health Presbyterian in case there are other Ebola patients in Dallas, County Judge Clay Jenkins told KERA.

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Ebola in Dallas
9:56 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

2nd Dallas Nurse With Ebola Arrives In Atlanta For Treatment

Decontamination workers start on an apartment in The Village complex near Skillman Ave. in Dallas.
Max Geron/Dallas Police Department Twitter/@MaxDPD

[For Thursday's Ebola developments, click here.] The second Dallas nurse who has Ebola arrived in Atlanta Wednesday evening. Television footage showed Amber Joy Vinson leaving a plane and boarding an ambulance. 

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Ebola in Dallas
6:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Parkland Hospital's Ebola Plan: 'Ready To Go In The Event We Have To Do This For Real'

Dr. Alex Eastman of Parkland Hospital said the Dallas Ebola news only strengthened the staff’s resolve to be prepared with a response plan.
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The medical director of disaster preparedness for Dallas County's public hospital system says staff members were disheartened to learn of a second nurse with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas contracting Ebola.

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