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New York City hospital diagnoses first Ebola case

Following the Texas Ebola outbreak from earlier this month, the virus has now appeared in the city that never sleeps, with the first case being diagnosed at New York's Bellevue Hospital.

 

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According to the New York Times, the patient identified as Dr Craig Spencer, returned from Guinea earlier in the week after assisting 'Doctors without borders' in treating patients with the virus. Fears have been heightened after Dr Spencer had significant contact with the population upon his return, travelling from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, going to a bowling alley and then catching a taxi.

 

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Authorities have long feared that the virus would be unleashed in a densely packed area and with a population of over 8 million people packed on a tiny island, authorities have now been put on high alert.

Dyson's new Humidifier kills 99.9% of bacteria with ultraviolet light

Dyson has burst into a new category, announcing its new Humidifier. The new Dyson Humidifier isn't the usual humidifier you might be used to, but this high-tech device will add moisture during those dry winter months, safely.

 

 

Dyson says that some competing ultrasonic humidifiers emit over 280 counts of bacteria within two minutes of turning the machine on. Others however, evaporate water directly from a wet wick, where bacteria can manifest. The Dyson Humidifier on the other hand is based on the desin of its bladeless fans and heaters, with the company claiming it kills 99.9% of bacteria in the water, using ultraviolet light.

 

The new Humidifier is also capable of operating for up to 18 hours on a single three-liter (or 100 oz) of water. It comes equipped with a remote control so that you can adjust the Humidifier from a distance, or even set a timer without having to get up to turn it off. During the hotter months, the Humidifier will act like a regular fan. The company has pumped some $60 million into the R&D of its latest device, creating 643 prototypes before getting it right.

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United States Ebola net widens as victim contact traced

Dallas health officials now suspect upwards of 100 Texans may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. A report published today by NBC News give a breakdown of Duncan's activities in Liberia, his arrival back to the United States and the diagnosis delay which could yet cost more lives.

 

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The man's extended family, some of which had contact with Duncan after he stayed in their home following the long haul flight are now in quarantine. United Airlines is now trying to contact 400 passengers who may have been on Duncan's flights.

 

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USA Today is also reporting that Duncan lied to airport screening staff about his contact with an Ebola patient in order to leave the country, with Liberian authorities promising to prosecute him for his role in possibly spreading the deadly virus.

Texan Ebola patient had significant public contact before diagnosis

Yesterday we reported on the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, and today's news is perhaps even more worrying.

 

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According to Reuters news agency, the patient, said to be Thomas Eric Duncan, is in a critical condition in an isolation ward in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and had significant public contact before he was diagnosed, including 18 "close family members", a number of which are school age children from four different schools.

 

Despite this, Texas Governor Rick Perry has told reporters he is confident that the threat will be contained.

 

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It has also been revealed that the man checked himself into the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital two days before his diagnosis, before being released shortly after, only to report back to the hospital when his symptoms worsened. Witnesses claim the man vomited on the sidewalk near an apartment complex as he entered an ambulance for the return journey.

CDC confirms Ebola has arrived in the United States

It was probably only a matter of time, but U.S. health agency the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now confirmed the first case of diagnosed Ebola has hit the continental United States, according to news agency Reuters.

 

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The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States the next day, not showing symptoms of the disease until four of five days later. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where the man is in isolation won't confirm details such as the man's identity, his contact with the public, or what he was doing in Liberia, which is now an Ebola hotspot. There are currently no other suspected cases of the deadly disease in Texas, or the wider United States.

 

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More than 3,000 people in West Africa have died after being infected with Ebola, the strain of which broke out earlier this year.

After a 72-hour gaming binge, 26-year-old suffers brain hemorrhage

After a huge three-day gaming binge, 26-year-old Xiao Qiang suffered a brain hemorrhage while sitting at his seat in his local Internet cafe. Qiang sat there for three days and three nights gaming away, and now suffers from partial paralysis.

 

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Qiang was reportedly rushed to the Hunan Brain Hospital in Changsha, where doctors stated he had suffered a brain hemorrhage. Xiong Zhiwei, the resident supervising doctor, has said that the 26-year-old gamer should recover most of his motor function, but he will suffer from impaired speech and some mental difficulties.

Britain's drinking water has been contaminated with... cocaine

Cocaine, it's a helluva drug - a drug that is used so copiously in the UK that it has contaminated the drinking water supply. A new report has shown the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in drinking water, with scientists seeing trace amounts of cocaine in the UK water supply, even after it had gone through intensive purification treatments.

 

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Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found water supplies contained benzoylecgonine, which is the metabolized form of cocaine that appears once it has passed through the body. This is the same compound companies and authorities look for when running drug tests to detect cocaine use. What is worse, is the use of cocaine in Britain, according to Steve Rolles from the drug policy think tank, Transform.

 

Rolles said: "We have the near highest level of cocaine use in western Europe. It has also been getting cheaper and cheaper at the same time as its use has been going up". According to the charity DrugScope, there are around 180,000 addicted to crack cocaine in England, and close to 700,000 people aged between 16-59 that use the drug every year.

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Medical researchers using virtual reality to help troops with PTSD

Researchers from the University of Southern California are using virtual reality to help treat soldiers returning from Afghanistan and other combat regions suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

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As part of research to address prolonged exposure therapy, which has been widely investigated by doctors and researchers, soldiers can recover faster with a mix of virtual immersion and therapy.

 

 

"The sad part of war is, of course, it sucks, but if you can pull anything good out of it, it's that the urgency of war drives innovation," said Skip Rizzo, leader of the research team at the Institute for Creative Technologies, in a statement to Vice. "Soldiers are the test case, and when we move on to the next thing, it'll be using this kind of technology with civilians. Making a difference for everybody."

 

Military researchers already utilize virtual reality to help train soldiers before they are deployed to the battlefield, and continue to look for other advantages technology can be used to help save lives in combat.

Growing discussion over 'Internet addiction' and its medical effects

In a world of developed medical and mental health research, Internet addiction is a cause for concern, especially younger demographics, medical researchers indicate.

 

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Internet addiction isn't specific just to the Web, with growing concern of overindulgence with smartphones, tablets, computers, and other forms of technology - while medical researchers continue to debate how serious the problem is.

 

To battle addiction, there are customized special camps hosted in Japan, which has an estimated eight percent of Japanese school children addicted to the Internet. The Japanese Ministry of Education hopes to help children improve on verbal and non-verbal communication during sports and games - and will be staffed with clinical psychoterhapists and psychiatrists, according to The Tokyo Times.

 

Similar camps are now being rolled out in the United States and China.

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Scientists create pill that make 1000 years flash before your eyes

Prison inmates doing life sentences might not be good enough in the future, with scientists from Oxford University exploring new controversial technologies that would see them extending human life, in a way.

 

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Their research could see prison firms developing drugs that make time pass slowly, something that could make an inmate feel like they're living out consecutive life sentences - lasting up to 1000 years. Dr Rebecca Roache spoke with Aeon magazine, where she said: "Some crimes are so bad they require a really long period of punishment, and a lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying."

 

Dr Roache used the example of two parents murdering their own four-year-old son, saying that the 30-year sentence they received was "laughably inadequate." In her Practical Ethics blog, Dr Roache notes that the parents would receive a humane treatment, unlike their son. She wrote: "They will, for example, be fed and watered, housed in clean cells, allowed access to a toilet and washing facilities, allowed out of their cells for exercise and recreation."

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