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Ebola’s next frontier

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Which countries, beyond those in West Africa, are most susceptible to the Ebola epidemic? Most epidemiologists do not fear much for the developed world, with its effective quarantine measures and tracking procedures, or even for sparsely populated developing countries.

Posted: October 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Death by bad handwriting

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You will probably be dumbfounded if I tell you that about 7,000 Americans die each year because of physicians’ bad handwriting. This statistic came from a 2006 report of the National Academies of Science’s Institute of Medicine. I cannot find a similar study here in the Philippines.

Posted: October 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ebola: a very real, serious threat

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The threat is real and the warning direct. The Ebola outbreak is “the most severe public health emergency in modern times,” this according to the World Health Organization, which also warned that Ebola cases could reach 10,000 per week in West Africa. The United Nations, on the other hand, has expressed serious concerns abut Ebola’s winning the race.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ebola: diary of a global outbreak

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One day in early December 2013, a two-year-old child from Guéckédou town in Guinea, West Africa, developed high fever, black stools, and vomiting. No one knew what the boy had or how he got it. He could have picked it up from a half-eaten fruit laced with the saliva of an Ebola-infected fruit bat. When we were children, I remember scooping from the ground sweet chicos and mangoes on which bats had feasted the previous night, with no regard for viruses that could be lurking in them. The Ebola virus, which was first detected in 1976, has been traced to wild animals.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The ‘memory palace’

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The article “For brain fitness, go to a brain gym” (Lifestyle, 6/10/14) struck a chord because it reminded me of a book, “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer, that I read a few months ago.

Posted: July 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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