Here’s a sampling of health news articles in Texas and beyond:
- The largest Ebola outbreak in history is spurring concerns that the deadly virus could make its way from West Africa to America. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Public health officials say the risk of Ebola spreading to the U.S. is low, but some infectious-disease experts argue that the possibility is a serious threat.” The News also spoke to Cedric Spak, M.D., an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Spak tells The News that the death rate would likely be lower for anyone treated for Ebola at a U.S. hospital because of the dramatically better facilities and specialists available here.
- There are reports today that Kent Brantly, the Fort Worth doctor who caught the disease after treating patients in Liberia, is one of two American patients who will be flown to the U.S. for treatment.
- The New York Times also produced a great interactive breakdown of what you need to about the Ebola outbreak.
- The United States surgeon general this week issued a call to action to combat skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country. The New York Times writes: “Americans need to do more to reduce their exposure to the harmful rays of the sun and tanning beds, Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, the acting surgeon general, said in a report.” CNN adds: “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set five goals for communities to decrease the risk of skin cancer, such as providing shade at parks, schools and other public spaces, and reducing indoor tanning.”
- “A high-level report recommending sweeping changes in how the government distributes $15 billion annually to subsidize the training of doctors has brought out the sharp scalpels of those who would be most immediately affected,” reports Kaiser Health News. The panel behind the report specifically recommended overhauling the financing program for graduate medical education. The goal would be to shift toward a performance-based system, KHN reports.
- Newsweek examines why, no matter where we go in the world, women typically live longer than men.