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11:48am

Mon July 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Ebola Outbreak Kills At Least 14 In Uganda

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 12:48 pm

Although infections with the Ebola virus are rare, they can be deadly.
Cynthia Goldsmith CDC

An outbreak of the Ebola virus has emerged in western Uganda.

Twenty cases were reported by the World Health Organization yesterday. At least 14 people have died. The number of Ebola infections is expected to rise in the next few days, as more patients are admitted to hospitals.

The outbreak began in a rural district of Uganda about 125 miles west of the Uganda capital, Kampala.

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2:45am

Thu July 26, 2012
Planet Money

Meet The Drug Dealer Who Helps Addicts Quit

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 5:56 am

Suboxone is used in the treatment of opiate dependence.
Drugs.com

A prescription drug called Suboxone helps wean people off of heroin and pain pills, but addicts have a hard time getting prescriptions. So they're turning to the black market.

An Albuquerque man who goes by the name Mystery Man has stepped in to fill the void. He says he illegally sells Suboxone every day.

To get Suboxone, Mystery Man has to find a patient with a Suboxone prescription, and give that person the $50 co-pay to fill it. He gets that money by selling, among other things, crack and guns.

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1:58pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Pain Pills Change, Abusers Move To New Drugs

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 5:29 pm

Opana is the latest painkiller that's become popular with drug abusers.
Thomas Walker Flickr

To the uninitiated, Austin, Ind., doesn't look like a town under siege.

In the maze of back roads off the city's main drag, the houses are close together. Some look rundown; others are well-kept.

For Jeremy Stevens, these are his former drug haunts. Steven says many of the homes are inhabited by people who abuse and deal prescription painkillers.

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11:30am

Thu June 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

The Great Cockroach Escape: How Those Dirty Bugs Make Tricky Tracks

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 1:25 pm

Cockroaches have hooks on their back legs that let them swing around surfaces onto the underside while running full-speed.
YouTube

7:55am

Wed May 23, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dangerous Gut Bacteria Move Outside Hospitals, Infect Kids

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:55 am

Colonies of Clostridium difficile look awfully nice, but they're definitely something you'd be advised to keep at a safe distance.
CDC

Infections with the bacterium Clostridium difficile hit record numbers in recent years. Now there's evidence the hard-to-treat infections are becoming a problem for children.

The infections often strike the elderly, especially those who've been taking antibiotics that clear out competing bacteria in people's intestines. People sickened by the bug have persistent diarrhea that can, in severe cases, lead to dehydration.

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