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Friday, August 1, 2014

Here are five must-know facts about the Ebola virus

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Despite Americans’ fear over the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tried to contain panic by reassuring the public there’s little risk of an American Ebola outbreak. However, the agency has issued a Level 2 health alert, advising U.S. health workers to remain vigilant. “The likelihood of this outbreak spreading outside of West Africa is low,” said Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the agency’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, in a teleconference with reporters. Still, he continued, “the CDC has to be prepared for the remote possibility.”
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Sierra Leone's National Team were not allowed in the country due to Ebola health risks

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Sierra Leone's African Cup of Nations second-leg qualifier against the Seychelles has been canceled amid a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Sierra Leone won the first leg of the two-leg series by a score of 2-0.

The virus has spread so rampantly that Sierra Leone's president has declared the country to be in a state of emergency. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has told the citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea that they should avoid "non-essential" air travel.

Who is Pam G, the mystery war artist behind this work?

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An unknown artist painted a portrait of a soldier who died in Afghanistan and posted it to his mum with no return address. Who is Pam G? And why do war artists often seek anonymity?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A few facts you should know about mosquito bites

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There are about 170 different mosquito species in North America (and 3,500 worldwide), says Dr. Parada, but not all of them bite humans. Of those that do, it’s only the females who are bloodsuckers—they use the protein to produce eggs. There are two species responsible for spreading disease in the United States: the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus, the latter of which is commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito because of its black and white stripes.

Learn about the various health benefits of edamame

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Edamame is the perfect little pick-me-up snack. You may have had it as an appetizer at a Japanese restaurant, tucked away in their fuzzy little pods and sprinkled with salt. But what exactly are those little green bean-looking things?

Five mood-boosting foods that help reduce stress and anxiety

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“We have foods that not only boost our mood, but also reduce levels of stress and anxiety,” Jeanne Ricks, CHC, director of Holistic Wellness Programs for the City College of New York told Medical Daily. “Before drugs such as antidepressants were available for treating mood disorders, food was the prescribed medication. People can also consider magnesium supplements as a way to lift their mood, although certain foods can be a healthy source of magnesium such as leafy greens, nuts, and fish. Mood-boosting foods are a great way to naturally produce serotonin in the brain and are easy to get a hold of.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Alla Pugacheva - Million Roses.

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The Russian lyric differs from the original Latvian. Andrej Voznesenskij’s lyrics are based on a true love story about a famous Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani, from Tbilisi. Pirosmani fell in love with a French actress, Margarita, who loved flowers. Pirosmani loved her so much that he finally sold his house and paintings and bought her one million roses. But Margarita rejected him and he lived lonely, and in poverty, with just a million roses in his memory.