Reporting on Ebola: First rule is don’t touch anyone

(Michel du Cille / The Washington Post )

While everyone who is able is taking precautions, you just can’t be sure where the virus might be.

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    Ebola patient was allowed to leave the hospital last week

    Ebola patient was allowed to leave the hospital last week

    The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. sought treatment but was released last week.

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    Struggling to contain Ebola epidemic

    Struggling to contain Ebola epidemic

    As the overall death toll has risen to more than 3,000, the first U.S. case of the Ebola virus is diagnosed in Texas.

    Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

    Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

    Travel restrictions aren’t going to make the world safer when it comes to Ebola, according to several global public health organizations. It might make things worse.

    When Ebola comes to the U.S., who stands to profit?

    When Ebola comes to the U.S., who stands to profit?

    When a patient in the U.S. was diagnosed with Ebola, the market reacted accordingly.

    Neuroticism may raise Alzheimer’s risk, study finds

    Neuroticism may raise Alzheimer’s risk, study finds

    Research found a link between middle-age women with neurotic traits and a higher Alzheimer’s risk.

    Mom’s first boyfriend might influence later offspring (for flies, anyway)

    Mom’s first boyfriend might influence later offspring (for flies, anyway)

    Something in the flies’ semen might influence offspring, even if another male fathers them.

    The ability of monarch butterflies to migrate may hinge on a single gene

    The ability of monarch butterflies to migrate may hinge on a single gene

    Changes to a single gene turn monarchs from heroic world travelers into homebodies.

    Reporting on Ebola: First rule is don’t touch anyone

    Reporting on Ebola: First rule is don’t touch anyone

    While everyone who is able is taking precautions, you just can’t be sure where the virus might be.

    New evidence on the origins of the ‘man in the moon’

    New evidence on the origins of the ‘man in the moon’

    New evidence suggests that some lunar geography might be caused by cracking crust and magma plumes.

    Now that Ebola’s in the U.S., are we ready?

    Now that Ebola’s in the U.S., are we ready?

    Bioethicist Arthur Caplan offers five ethical questions about issues such as cost and privacy.

    Investigating Ebola: How contact tracing will work in Texas

    Investigating Ebola: How contact tracing will work in Texas

    One person sick with Ebola can lead to a giant map of people that need to be monitored.

    The dirt in Central Park contains thousands of previously undiscovered microbes

    The dirt in Central Park contains thousands of previously undiscovered microbes

    More than 80 percent of the microbes found were entirely new species, highlighting just how little we know about the microbial world.

    First U.S. case of Ebola is diagnosed in Texas

    First U.S. case of Ebola is diagnosed in Texas

    Officials were quick to tamp down any hysteria, emphasizing that the U.S. is equipped to contain the virus.

    First U.S. case of Ebola confirmed

    First U.S. case of Ebola confirmed

    The patient arrived from Liberia on Sept. 20 and showed symptoms four days later. The CDC said the infection will be contained, but others who came into contact could develop Ebola.

    New BRAIN initiative projects announced

    New BRAIN initiative projects announced

    The National Institutes of Health announced $46 million in grants for 58 projects on brain research.

    How do you get Ebola?

    How do you get Ebola?

    Short answer, according to the CDC and the WHO: Through blood and other bodily fluids.

    India and U.S. agree to joint action on climate change

    India and U.S. agree to joint action on climate change

    New Delhi will participate in talks on limiting heat-trapping HFC gases and take steps toward renewable fuels.

    This time-lapse video shows lightning, an aurora, and a sunrise — from space

    It takes the ISS 90 minutes to orbit our planet, but you can take the trip in 60 seconds.

    Caffeine-infused underwear is a thing. But the government says it won’t make you lose weight.

    Two companies settled FTC complaints and are on the hook for a combined $1.5 million in refunds.

    AHA asks physicians to understand, discuss radiation risks before using heart scans

    AHA asks physicians to understand, discuss radiation risks before using heart scans

    After a dramatic increase in the amount of radiation exposure Americans are receiving from medical imaging tests, the American Heart Association issued a statement warning doctors to make sure they’re weighing the risks and benefits of those tests before proceeding.

    It’s little crabs vs. big sea stars in the Pacific. Winner gets the coral

    It’s little crabs vs. big sea stars in the Pacific. Winner gets the coral

    Little crabs do surprisingly well, but sea stars often can’t be stopped.

    Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak may be coming to an end

    Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak may be coming to an end

    The country has had no new cases since Aug. 31. But the epidemic continues to rage in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

    Latest Ebola heartbreak: Thousands of orphans shunned by surviving relatives

    Latest Ebola heartbreak: Thousands of orphans shunned by surviving relatives

    U.N. is joining with African governments to try to help the flood of children being abandoned or subjected to stigma due to fears of infection.

    Want to try this killer 8,000 calories breakfast? Sign on the dotted line.

    Want to try this killer 8,000 calories breakfast? Sign on the dotted line.

    The “Hibernator” breakfast platter is so much food, the Bear Grills cafe will pay you to finish it. They won’t pay your medical bills, however.

    Sea monkeys might help drive the motion of the ocean

    Sea monkeys might help drive the motion of the ocean

    The tiny organisms migrate in large groups, and their swimming could have an effect on climate change modeling.

    When men drink, their smiles get more ‘contagious’

    When men drink, their smiles get more ‘contagious’

    Women have no trouble socializing sober, but men get more comfortable as they drink.

    Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

    Researchers: Link between repeated antibiotic use in early childhood and obesity

    Those exposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics early in life, at zero to five months of age, had an 11 percent greater risk of becoming obese.

    Passionate and precise, the Tango is also therapeutic

    Passionate and precise, the Tango is also therapeutic

    Scientists have confirmed what researchers have long suspected: The basic steps to the dance pattern are good for your mental and physical health.

    The U.S. military’s new enemy: Ebola. Operation United Assistance is now underway.

    The U.S. military’s new enemy: Ebola. Operation United Assistance is now underway.

    The U.S. military is sending as many as 3,000 service members to West Africa.

    For decades, she lived with digestive distress. What led to relief at last?

    For decades, she lived with digestive distress. What led to relief at last?

    MEDICAL MYSTERIES | A new look at a longtime diagnosis finally helped solve her gastrointestinal woes.

    Can transfusions of young blood help cure Alzheimer’s?

    Can transfusions of young blood help cure Alzheimer’s?

    An October trial will test the idea that youthful blood can improve patients’ cognition and possibly health.

    The science of skunky beer (and how to prevent it)

    There’s nothing worse than reaching for a cold beer, taking that first sip and realizing your beer’s been skunked. Skunking is a chemical reaction that causes an awful, bitter taste. Why does it happen? Quick answer: It’s all about light.

    Trying to curb the deer population, with surprising results

    Trying to curb the deer population, with surprising results

    Cornell University thought sterilizing does would help. They were very, very wrong.

    The doctor is in: On your cellphone, tablet or computer

    The doctor is in: On your cellphone, tablet or computer

    Service is part of an effort to provide alternatives to office visits for people who are busy or in rural areas.

    Geology instructor’s blog details trips to fascinating sites

    Geology instructor’s blog details trips to fascinating sites

    Garry Hayes’s photos help explain how impressive peaks and valleys came to look the way they do.

    Harnessing high-altitude winds

    Harnessing high-altitude winds

    A Massachusetts company is developing a wind turbine that would float in a helium-borne airship.

    Monarch butterflies are entering Mexico earlier than usual

    Monarch butterflies are entering Mexico earlier than usual

    A government official says the arrival may signal an increase in migration, which has been on the decline.

    Pediatrics group recommends IUDs, implants as best birth control for teen girls

    Pediatrics group recommends IUDs, implants as best birth control for teen girls

    Long-acting contraceptives are more effective than condoms in preventing teen pregnancy, and doctors should discuss them first, the new guidelines state.

    Take your best (flu) shot

    Take your best (flu) shot

    Quadrivalent? High-dose? Nasal? You can choose your flu vaccine — just make sure you get one.