Associated Press – US regulators approve 1st treatment for Ebola virus

U.S. regulators Wednesday approved the first drug for the treatment of Ebola.

The Food and Drug Administration OK’d the drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for treating adults and children with the Zaire Ebola virus strain, the most deadly of six known types. It typically kills 60% to 90% of patients.


Associated Press – Health issues as wildfire smoke hits millions in US

Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution data and interviews with physicians, health authorities and researchers.


Kaiser Health News – COVID crackdowns at work have saved Black and Latino Lives, LA officials say

Los Angeles County officials attribute a dramatic decline in COVID-19 death and case rates among Blacks and Latinos over the past two months to aggressive workplace health enforcement and the opening of tip lines to report violations.


The Hill – NOAA: September 2020 was hottest on record

This September was the hottest on record globally, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found. The NOAA finding, announced Wednesday, puts the planet on track to have its second-hottest year on record based on year-to-date temperatures. 2016 is currently the hottest year.


NPR – When false information goes viral, COVID-19 patient groups fight back

For decades, people struggling with illnesses of all kinds have sought help in online support groups, and during 2020, such groups have been in high demand for COVID-19 patients, who often must recover in isolation.