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In NYC Ebola Plan, a Campaign to Tamper Down Panic

by Associated Press
NYC skyline.

Chris Isherwood, Flickr 

Deserted subways and buses. Kids being kept home from school. Harassment of West African immigrants.

   These are some of the scenarios New York City officials are trying to anticipate as they seek to tamp down the hysteria as well as the virus in the event Ebola hits the nation's most populous, densely packed metropolis.

Hospitals Prepare for Ebola Scare

by Blaine Kaniewski

Blaine Kaniewski WFUV News

There are now four isolation rooms in Bellevue Hospital reserved specifically for Ebola patients. They're quarantined rooms with one hospital bed and a variety of medical equipment. Hospital staff wear two different suits to provide maximum protection from contracting the virus. Bellevue is the first New York hospital to create an Ebola ward. Ross Wilson is the chief medical officer for the Heath and Hospital Corporation. 

"They are as prepared as they possibly can be to manage and assess patients who present as potential cases of Ebola," he said.

ACL Injuries on the Rise in Teen Athletes

by Kris Venezia
lacrosse.

Jenna4m, Flickr

All this week, WFUV News is looking at a concerning trend affecting baseball players of all ages, from Little League to Major League Baseball. Today, we shift gears and look at an injury affecting young athletes in all different kinds of sports. 

Research shows more teen baseball players are having arm problems and needing elbow surgery, but there's another serious injury impacting young athletes in multiple sports. 

NY Awards $462 Million to Help Keep Hospital Services

by Associated Press
Staten Island hospital.

Matt Green, Flickr

New York health officials have awarded $462 million to help 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide continue key services.

   The funds follow federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years.

   The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling hospitals shift to more primary and outpatient care.

Issues Tank: Disparity Among Neighborhoods Seen in Asthma Report

by Connor Ryan
kids jumping rope on Bronx street.

HI TRICIA! 王 圣 捷, flickr

New York City's asthma rate is higher than the national average, but not everyone is gasping for air.

According to a report published Wednesday by the Department of Health, one in eight children in New York City has been diagnosed with asthma. The report comes from a 2009 community survey that found racial and socioeconomic disparities among City neighborhoods when it comes to diagnoses.

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