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Doctor dons Ebola protection suit to protest CDC

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Two days after a man in Texas was diagnosed with Ebola, a Missouri doctor Thursday morning boarded a plane at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dressed in full protection gear to protest what he called mismanagement of the crisis by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Gil Mobley checked in and cleared airport security wearing a mask, goggles, gloves, boots and a hooded white jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words, “CDC is lying!”

“If they’re not lying, they are grossly incompetent,” said Mobley, a microbiologist and emergency trauma physician from Springfield, Mo.

Mobley said the CDC is “sugar-coating” the risk of the virus spreading in the United States.

Watch the CDC discuss the Ebola case here.

“For them to say last week that the likelihood of importing an Ebola case was extremely small was a real bad call,” he said.

“Once this disease consumes every third world country, as surely it will, because they lack the same basic infrastructure as Sierra Leone and Liberia, at that point, we will be importing clusters of Ebola on a daily basis,” Mobley predicted. “That will overwhelm any advanced country’s ability to contain the clusters in isolation and quarantine. That spells bad news.”

Mobley, a Medical College of Georgia graduate who had an overnight layover after flying to Atlanta from Guatemala on Wednesday, said that he feels that the CDC is “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to screening passengers arriving in the United States from other countries.

“Yesterday, I came through international customs at the Atlanta airport,” the doctor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The only question they asked arriving passengers is if they had tobacco or alcohol.”

The CDC on Wednesday sent a team to the airport in Monrovia, Liberia, where the Texas patient began his recent trip from Liberia to the United States, to make sure health officials there are screening passengers properly.

“There were no signs of any disease when the gentleman boarded the flight,” said Dr. Tom Kenyon, director of the CDC’s Center for Global Health. “This was not a failure of the screening process at the airport.”

Also Wednesday, customs workers at Hartsfield started handing out Ebola information leaflets to passengers holding passports from West African countries such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Information on Ebola is also displayed on posters and TV monitors in the customs area.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Update: Facebook apologizes, offers to help family of sick infant

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Facebook apologized for refusing an ad posted by the father of a sick son who was hoping to raise awareness about the need for infant organ donation.

Kevin Bond’s 2-month-old son, Hudson, was diagnosed with a heart disease called Cardiomyopathy and needs a heart transplant to survive.

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Bond posted a photo of Hudson in an ad on Facebook to boost promotion of a community page he started. Facebook removed the ad stating it was too 'scary, gory or sensational.'

After news of the story hit media sites all over the country, Facebook apologized to Bond, offered him $10,000 worth of ads and issued the following statement according to Yahoo Health.

“This was a mistake on our part, and the ad has been re-approved. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused the family.”

Despite the reversal, Bond said he was hurt by Facebook’s initial rejection of the ad.

“It hurt our whole family,” Bond told Yahoo Health. “Nobody wants their beautiful son compared to ghosts, zombie ghouls, dismembered bodies, and vampires, and whatever else that rejection letter said.”

Facebook reps said that their automated system flagged the ad and took it down.

Editor's note: This is an update to an earlier story. The original version of the story is below


When a North Carolina family recently tried to use Facebook to spread the word and raise money for their newborn son who needs a heart transplant, the social media site rejected the photo they used as being "too graphic."

The Bond family had planned to advertise the Facebook page they made for their new baby boy Hudson with the aim of getting a heart transplant, according to a story posted on Durham TV station WTVD.

The boy was born on July 18. The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke Children's Hospital set Hudson up with an artificial heart that is helping keep the infant alive doctors search for a possible donor. However, the artificial heart can only buy Hudson so much time.

A family turned to Facebook to raise money and awareness for Hudson, advertising the Facebook page they had created. When they tried to boost the post using a photo of the baby with his life-support tubes last Friday, they got a message from Facebook saying the photo was "too graphic."

Hudson's Father Kevin Bond told WTVD that the Facebook response said the image was rejected because it "was scary, gory or sensational, and evokes a negative response."

While Facebook would not allow Kevin Bond to boost the post, the "Hudson's Heart" Facebook page remains up and running with information about the baby’s race to get a new heart.

Interested parties can make a donation to help Hudson here.

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Sex not diminished by sharing housework, study says

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Does sharing housework cut into couples’ sex lives? The authors of a 2013 study would say yes, but new research done by Georgia State University sociologists suggests otherwise.

Assistant professor of sociology Daniel Carlson and colleagues Amanda Miller, Sarah Hanson and Sharon Sassler revisit this idea of housework and couples’ intimacy in their new study, “The Gender Division of Housework and Couples’ Sexual Relationships: A Re-Examination.” Earlier research failed to accurately depict the current state of American relationships, the team said.

The previous study examined data from the late '80s and early '90s, Carlson said. But he and his colleagues used data from a 2006 Marital and Relationship Survey (MARS) that sampled low- to moderate-income couples with a child.

Their results show an equal division of labor in the home does not lead to a decrease in sexual frequency and satisfaction. Egalitarian couples have similar and sometimes better sex lives than their conventional counterparts.

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“Both arrangements are sexy for people,” Carlson said. “You can find high quality relationships in both types of relationships. Neither are detrimental.”

Carlson believes this new research proves Americans have grown to favor flexibility not only professionally but also personally.

“Attitudes are a big difference,” he said. “Couples today have role models to look at to make this work. In the '80s, egalitarian couples were at the forefront of change. Today’s couples have those examples to look to. It makes it a lot easier, resulting in higher quality relationships. I think we’ve moved to a place where a very stark division of labor is not something people want nor is it something couples want.”

While American views of shared housework have changed, women still do most of the housework in most households. Only 30 percent of the couples represented in the MARS survey admitted to sharing household duties.

Carlson is not surprised.

“It is clear what the vast majority of people want,” he said. “It’s just that right now our social institutions are lagging behind our cultural values. Eventually, as people continue to argue and fight for policies that promote gender equality at home and at work, people will be able to achieve their desires.”

Wal-Mart wants to be your doctor with new in-store clinics

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Groceries, clothes, school supplies — you can get everything at Wal-Mart — and soon, that might include health care.

The retail giant recently opened up six health care clinics inside some of its stores in Texas and South Carolina, and it plans to open another six by the end of the year. 

This isn't Wal-Mart's first stab at the health care industry; they've made deals with local health care providers to put clinics in their stores in the past, but the efforts have been hit and miss.

But this time the clinics are fully owned by Wal-Mart and staffed by nurse practitioners, medical assistants and physicians.

CVS and Walgreens already have urgent care centers at some of their stores, but the Wal-Mart clinics are being marketed as primary care facilities, capable of treating common illnesses as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes.

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A visit to one of these locations will cost just $40 plus lab fees. For employees, it's even lower — just $4 a visit. 

Fortune points out Wal-Mart is targeting rural areas for their test markets, where health care options are limited and many people are newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. 

A health care official explained to Forbes how Wal-Mart's model for cheap health care could work well in those areas. “Both Texas and South Carolina have primary care access problems, [but] interestingly, the access problem is specifically related to cost. And neither state is expanding Medicaid, so both will continue to have a group of uninsured who will prioritize cost when seeking care."

At these clinics, patients will often see nurse practitioners, who can prescribe most of the same medication as a doctor but receive less training.

That training gap is one of the reasons some doubt the ability of these facilities to treat complicated conditions like diabetes. They argue patients will benefit better from sticking with one doctor who understands them and their illness.

The success of these clinics remains to be seen, and Wal-Mart hasn't said if it plans to implement them on a larger scale. 

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Experimental Ebola vaccine due in 2015: Why the wait?

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The World Health Organization announced Saturday that a British drug company is fast-tracking an experimental Ebola vaccine. It's set to go through clinical testing as early as next month and be ready for use in early 2015.

British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline is working with the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to create a preventative vaccine to try and thwart the worst Ebola outbreak in history. (Video via Arirang)

CBS reports the experimental vaccine has worked on monkeys and is set for to be tried out on humans this fall. One health official said, if tests are successful, "by January we should be able to scale up in its production."

Currently, there is no known cure for the deadly virus, and it's killed nearly 1,000 people during this latest outbreak in West Africa.

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WHO declared the epidemic a public health emergency last Friday. As the death toll continues to mount, health officials are searching for ways to contain the massive outbreak. (Video via ABC)

The chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical Center told The Wall Street Journal Ebola's spread has a lot to do with population density.

VANDERBILT MEDICAL CENTER'S DR. WILLIAM SCHAFFNER: "Previous outbreaks of Ebola occurred in remote villages. ... But it's now gotten into larger urban areas and it's much more difficult to contain."

Still, 2015 seems like a long time to wait for a vaccine to be used in an outbreak that has already killed so many. So what's the hang-up?  

One bioethics professor tells CBC the scientists first need to know if there'll be any potential side effects.

"You need to know, for instance, whether a couple of months or maybe a half of year or a year down the track there are suddenly series side effects. ... If you think about giving something to large number of people you have to be really sure about what it will do eventually."

WHO's announcement comes a week after an two American workers in Liberia showed significant improvement when given a dose of a so-called "secret serum" developed by MAPP Pharmaceutical.

CNN speculated those two cases fell under the FDA's "compassionate use" regulation which allows drugs to bypass outside clinical trials.

The results prompted Nigeria to ask for some of the experimental serum, but the United States denied the request. A CDC spokesperson said "there are virtually no doses available."

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McDonald's burger dissolves into goop after hours in stomach acid

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If you've ever wondered what happens to a burger when it reaches your stomach, you'll want to watch this video.

Well, maybe not if you plan on ever eating another burger in your lifetime...

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A professor from the University of Nottingham decided to submerge a fresh McDonald's cheeseburger in hydrochloric acid to simulate what happens after you eat the greasy sandwich.

He appears to be surprised when he returns almost four hours later to find something that doesn't quite look like a burger anymore.

Half of Americans over 21 have gone to work hungover

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A new poll finds that 50% of Americans over the age of 21 admit to having gone to work hungover.

The survey of over 5,000 Americans revealed that 52% of women say they've gone to work hungover, compared to 50% of men.

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Twenty-eight percent of respondents to the survey, which was conducted by a company that makes tablets for treating hangovers, said they've been late to work due to a hangover while 7% admit to messing up a work assignment while hungover.

The top five professions of those who admit to going to work hungover:

1.  Waiter

2.  Realtor

3.  Sales

4.  Police Officers

5.  Chefs

Where do we end up on the list of most hungover states? Click here to view the map

Video games not so bad for kids after all, study says

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​​A new study finds playing video games could actually help a child's development — with a couple caveats. (Via Rodrigo Della Fávera / CC BY 2.0)

The study on kids from 10 to 15 was published in the journal Pediatrics by a behavioral scientist at the University of Oxford. It found "low levels of regular daily play related to better psychosocial adjustment, compared with no play."

"Low levels" was defined as less than one hour, and the link between the video game playing and the benefits, although statistically substantial, was small. (Via NBC)

What wasn't small was the contrast between how different outlets reacted to the study. 

Tech blog Gizmodo ran the headline, "Shock Survey Says Video Games are Good for Kids" and blamed media for painting young gamers as future "emotionless killers."

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Other outlets like the International Business Times were more surprised that games are "Not Always Bad For Kids." 

And it's also worth noting that sites like Gizmodo and GameSpot that tend to cover games used images of active people playing games on their feet, while more traditional publication The Independent opted for a screen capture from the controversial "Grand Theft Auto" series — which raises the question: 

"I was thinking, well, which games were you playing?" (Via NBC)

The study, which focused more on how long the kids were playing the games, didn't actually say. 

The link between video games and behavior has long drawn public interest, from senators questioning the influence of "Mortal Kombat" to President Barack Obama calling for research into violent video games as a part of his gun-control efforts. (Via C-SPANForbes)

And that might help explain why we tend to see stories like this pop up every time a new study on that link comes out. (Via CNNWiredSlateThe Huffington Post)

And also why many local news channels that ran the story are still using video of games that came out more than 10 years ago. (Via WTKRTXCNWRC-TV)

For his part, the researcher who put the study together told the BBC that he hopes it will provide a more moderated view of how video games affect kids.

Minor league GM gets public prostate exam during 7th inning stretch

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A minor league baseball general manager took Prostate Cancer Awareness Night seriously, showing the standing room only crowd how fast one can undergo a prostate exam.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans general manager and vice president Andy Milovich sang his rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” Thursday night while getting his exam bent over with his head out the press box window.

The exam was broadcast via live feed to the crowd of 6,599 at field. Thursday night was Prostate Cancer Awareness Night.

Milovich had the exam as part of a challenge with a 10-year-old girl suffering from brain cancer who has a Facebook page about her fight. Milovich agreed to the exam if the page got 10,000 "likes," a number reached Monday.

Milovich said it was an odd night in minor league baseball but also was one of the most important.


—The Associated Press and WPXI-TV contributed

Amazing transformation for woman who had beach ball-sized tumor

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A Georgia woman who carried around a 30-pound tumor says she is overjoyed to finally have her life back after doctors removed the benign mass from her stomach.

“It was either me or the tumor and it was the tumor that had to go,” said 59-year-old Doris Lewis of Newton County.

The beach ball-sized growth was threatening her life.

“I feel grateful, thankful, happy,” she told WSB-TV – Atlanta.

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Monday marked her first interview since the surgery.

Lewis now walks around her neighborhood with a pep in her step, speaking to everyone in sight.

“I probably would not be alive if that tumor had stayed in me. It would have taken my life,” Lewis said.

She didn’t have insurance and was having trouble finding a hospital to remove it. Then, doctors at Emory University Hospital Midtown stepped in and performed the eight-hour surgery.

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“No one had any idea how it was going to turn out. Everything was like up in the air,” she said.

It was delicate because the growth was wrapped around her internal organs.

Lewis has a message for people without insurance who need medical care.

“If you ever have something that's going wrong with you, be strong and know that something can be worked out. Something can be done. Don’t give up hope,” she said.

Lewis wanted to thank the doctors and staff who helped her, along with the many people who prayed for her throughout the ordeal. Doctors say she’s healing well.

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