Reuters – Fear, hope mark life inside Ebola center in Sierra Leone: Witness
It’s moments like this that I fear most. A woman with Ebola is wandering around naked and screaming. A confused and potentially aggressive patient with a highly infectious, deadly disease — separated from me only by my yellow protective bodysuit.
I heard the commotion while I was working with patients in the High Risk zone, the area of the treatment center reserved for confirmed Ebola cases. The screaming woman had left High Risk and was heading for the Low Risk zone where Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff do our paper work.

BBC – Halving of malaria deaths ‘tremendous achievement’
Global efforts have halved the number of people dying from malaria – a tremendous achievement, the World Health Organization says.
It says between 2001 and 2013, 4.3 million deaths were averted, 3.9 million of which were children under the age of five in sub-Saharan Africa.
Each year, more people are being reached with life-saving malaria interventions, the WHO says.
In 2004, 3% of those at risk had access to mosquito nets, but now 50% do.

NBC News – Could the chemical BPA raise your blood pressure?
Korean researchers have found another small piece of evidence that the chemical BPA might affect health — this time by temporarily raising people’s blood pressure.
People who drank out of cans lined with resins containing BPA had a brief increase in their blood pressure, Dr. Yun-Chul Hong of Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea and colleagues found.
Environmental groups have been lobbying for years for the Food and Drug Administration to ban bisphenol A, also known as BPA. The FDA has said that BPA can leach out of the plastic that it’s used to make, and most people have some BPA in their bodies. The dispute is over whether it’s harmful. The FDA continues to say all the evidence shows it’s safe.

MSNBC – Will Vivek Murthy get a chance?
When President Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as the nation’s next Surgeon General, he seemed like a pretty safe bet for confirmation. In fact, his confirmation hearings were so uncontroversial, they were practically dull – except for Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R)unfortunate comments about an Indian-American doctor he knows in Kansas.
As we’ve discussed before, Murthy is an impressive medical professional with sterling credentials. He’s an attending physician, an instructor, and a public-health advocate, so when Obama nominated him for the post, no one questioned his qualifications. But Murthy, like so many in his field, also sees a connection between gun violence and public health, which meant Republicans and the NRA decided to destroy his nomination.