Drought Map for Week of August 19th 2014

Graphic Photos: Liberian Soldiers Open Fire on Residents of Ebola Slum

“Via Laila’s Blog, a collection of Graphic Photos: Liberian Soldiers Open Fire on Residents of Ebola Slum. Many are by John Moore, who has become the major photographic chronicler of the outbreak.
While a couple of photos shows the blood of a kid who ran afoul of some barbed wire, the most disturbing aspect of the images is the sheer squalor on which Ebola has imposed itself.

“If they tell me anything, it’s that we in the rich countries can no longer afford poverty anywhere in the world. It’s not just the tough luck of the poor; it’s a clear and present danger to everyone.” crof at h5n1

http://www.lailasblog.com/2014/08/graphic-photos-liberian-soldiers-open.html#more

Opioid users breathe easier w drug to treat respiratory depression

Date: August 19, 2014 Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists
Summary:
People taking prescription opioids to treat moderate to severe pain may be able to breathe a little easier, literally. A study has found that a new therapeutic drug, GAL-021, may reverse or prevent respiratory depression, or inadequate breathing, in patients taking opioid medication without compromising pain relief or increasing sedation.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140819112958.htm

important… Antibacterial gel kills Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci, E.coli

Hospital superbug breakthrough: Antibacterial gel kills Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli using natural proteins

Date: August 18, 2014 Source: Queen’s University, Belfast

Summary:
Scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight against the most resistant hospital superbugs. The team have developed the first innovative antibacterial gel that acts to kill Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococci and E.coli using natural proteins. The gels have the ability to break down the thick jelly-like coating, known as biofilms, which cover bacteria making them highly resistant to current therapies, while leaving healthy cells unaffected.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140818224823.htm

Birds Bursting Into Flames over State of the Art Solar Plant

oh jeezuz h… “Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.”
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/birds-bursting-into-flames-over-state-of-the-art-solar-plant

a medical catastrophe becomes a holocaust

“Soon, between 17 and 29 Ebola patients had run away – or were physically removed by their families – and the looting began. They took off with items – goggles, masks, blood-stained mattresses and blood-stained sheets – that were likely infected with Ebola… Following the patients’ escape and Saturday’s looting, officials and health workers fear even more will be infected as patients return to their family’s homes and looters sleep on fetid mattresses.

“Most of the escapees and most of the looters fled into West Point, one of the worst slums in the world.

“It’s an informal community, a ‘slum,’ with no running water or toilets,” wrote Moore. “People can live seven or more to a single dwelling, and the density is dangerous: A positive Ebola patient disappearing into the maze of metal shacks can be a public health horror story.” Residents agreed. “As I speak, the police station is deserted,” one resident named Moses Teah claimed in an interview with FrontPageAfrica. “There is no security now in West Point. I said to myself, ‘What a place.’ West Point people really shocked me yesterday.”

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/The_Worst_Gets_Worse

Ferguson cops refused medical help for Brown – NYTimes

as cited in eb misfit… I tried to post this to fb, and 3 times, so far, fb has deleted it…

“The Ferguson cops apparently let Michael Brown die in the street and forbade even minimal medical attention.

“Another neighbor, a woman who identified herself as a nurse, was begging the officers to let her perform CPR.

“They refused, Mr. Stone said, adding, They didnt even check to see if he was breathing. “
LINK TO NYTIMES STORY