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    U.S. Response to Ebola

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden and other federal health officials testified on government agency efforts to combat Ebola. They addressed issues such as experimental treatments and vaccines, protective gear, the possibility of travel bans, disposal of contaminated medical waste, and hospital preparedness. 

    Dr. Frieden said his fear was that the virus could spread more widely in Africa and threaten the U.S. health system. He also told committee members the second infected nurse contacted the CDC and was told she could fly, and that his understanding that she reported no symptoms. He stated the CDC was open to any recommendations to improve public safety but did not believe a travel ban was warranted. 

    Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that the first Ebola-infected nurse was being transferred to the research center’s clinical studies unit.

    Dr. Fauci answered reporters' questions after the hearing gaveled out.

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    Brain Cancer Prevalence in the U.S.

    David Arons talked about the prevalence of brain cancer in the U.S. His National Brain Tumor Society organization estimated that over 688,000 Americans have brain tumors, with 138,000 living with malignant or cancerous tumors.