Lawmakers met Friday to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic. Seven people have been treated for Ebola in the U.S. in the past 30-days. Despite the serious threat Ebola poses to the U.S., a recent survey of 3,000 nurses revealed that 85% of them have not received adequate training on treating patients with Ebola. Two of the nurses who treated the first Ebola patient in the U.S. contracted the disease. Deborah Burger, Co-President of the National Nurses Union, urged lawmakers to publish mandatory guidelines detailing the equipment nurses must wear when treating an Ebola patient.
The military’s unusually short quarantine requirements for soldiers deployed to West Africa were also discussed. Although the CDC recommends individuals exposed to Ebola be quarantined for 21 days, troops deployed to fight the epidemic in West Africa could be brought back to the U.S. after only 10 days of quarantine. “Is there any reason why we wouldn't just want to use a 21-day waiting period in West Africa before we bring people back to the United States?” Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright asked.
After robust questioning from Rep. Cartwright and other lawmakers about the lax quarantine requirements Defense Department officials at the hearing promised to speak with military leaders about increasing the quarantine time for troops returning from West Africa. Finally, lawmakers and public health officials slammed the CDC for assuring Americans that the U.S. was prepared to contain the Ebola virus when it first entered the country. “Never reassure the public when you don’t know. Never do that because when you do that, you damage your credibility,” Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said. Need to set up a Google Alert to see what's going on with Ebola. Pretty scare when you consider what could happen if it ever goes wild in this country. I'll keep checking the news on my FreedomPop LTE, that's for sure
A new study has found that Latinas may be at a much lower risk for developing breast cancer. The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute and carried out by a team at the University of California in San Francisco. It is a genetic variant that is quite common in Latina women that sets them apart. In fact, this variant is most common in women who have ancestors that were indigenous Americans.
The study found that approximately 20 percent of Latinas carry one copy of this particular variant, and about 1 percent have two copies of it. This is great news for Latina women, and it also helps doctors and scientists get closer to finding out what causes breast cancer in the first place.
Some researchers like Gianfrancesco Genoso and even the study leaders have chimed in that there may be other factors at play here too, however. They point to some behaviors attributed to Latina women that could be keeping them from breast cancer as well. For example, Latinas don’t tend to take postmenopausal hormones, and they are more likely to give birth to more children at younger ages.
The genetic variant itself is actually on chromosome 6. It is known as a single nucleotide polymorphism. They call it a SNP or snip for short. It is more prevalent in people who are directly related to indigenous Americans. This happens to be the Hispanic populations. There is a 15 percent frequency of the variant in Mexico, and there is a 5 percent frequency of it in Puerto Rico. For whites and blacks, this variant only appears in less than 1 percent of the population.
Whether an American citizen or no, Latinos are 26 times more likely to be asked for identification at US checkpoints along the US-Mexico border, than any other race.
The report was published by a group of US citizens living along the border, and discovered that Latinos were far more likely to be carded than Anglo-Saxons. The group spent more than 1,000 hours documenting who was asked for identification along the border, and they found that in the vast majority of cases, Latinos were targeted.
The report also suggested that Latinos driving vehicles were 20 times more likely to have to undergo a secondary inspection. This is the more involved inspection, in which you could be asked to exit the vehicle, while it's searched by a border patrol team.
The report was sparked by complaints from residents near the border, that had been forced to undergo secondary inspections that last 45 minutes or longer, before being allowed to enter the United States. American citizens, who legally live in the US, being forced to undergo undo scrutiny, simply because they happen to have Latin heritage.
Have to say, Marnie Bennett was pretty outraged, and justifiably so. Something that they need to fix, and ensure that we still have an adequate screening process, but one that does not unfairly target any individual.