Shamelessly lifted from IOTW.

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.

The treatment, a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London.

Details of the research are published in the journal Cell Transplantation.

BBC One’s Panorama programme had unique access to the project and spent a year charting the patient’s rehabilitation.

Darek Fidyka, 40, from Poland, was paralysed after being stabbed repeatedly in the back in the 2010 attack.

He said walking again – with the support of a frame – was “an incredible feeling”, adding: “When you can’t feel almost half your body, you are helpless, but when it starts coming back it’s like you were born again.”

Prof Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London’s Institute of Neurology, led the UK research team.

He said what had been achieved was “more impressive than man walking on the moon”.

2001 Holiday Inn Ebola commercial revealing the incompetence surrounding ebola

Ineptitude

 

Did the “white devil” do this as well?  Gosh, I feel like I’m back in a 1930 movie when I hear that term.  I was in school many over a half century ago and I learned about mutation back then.  It happens.

‘We are using tests now that weren’t using in the past, but there seems to be a belief that the virus load is higher in these patients [today] than what we have seen before. If true, that’s a very different bug.

A top scientist worries that Ebola has mutated to become more contagious.

Zero truly is a snake.

President Obama, who seems to show little shame when it comes to shielding us from some of his political calculations. And I don’t mean hot mic moments like Obama’s comments to then-Russian President Medvedev in 2012: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”

More and more, the president seems uninterested in even trying to hide the fact that he is making policy moves based on political considerations — in confessing he has to act one way until after the next election, at which point he can act another way. The most obvious example was the administration’s decision to delay immigration action until after the 2014 election — for admittedly political purposes.

As Politico reported, “President Barack Obama will delay plans to issue an executive order on immigration until the end of the year, heeding the warnings of Democratic senators who feared a voter backlash ahead of the November elections.”

Obama isn’t even pretending that he’s decided not to pursue a politically unpopular move, only to coincidentally have a change of heart after the election. He’s explicitly postponing something for political purposes.

The ObamaCare website is also getting in on the action. “Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1,” reports the Washington Times.

Might politics play a role in the timing regarding the naming of a new attorney general? The LA Times notes that “a White House official confirmed Monday that the president would delay the decision. Senate Democrats, who are struggling to hold control of the chamber, had expressed concern that the decision, depending on the nominee, could become a campaign issue.”

It seems that the closer we get to an election, the more the Obama administration tamps down on any negative news. As The Washington Post recently reported, the lead investigator in the Secret Service prostitution scandal claims he was told to “delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election.” Ann Coulter mocked this sort of posture in a Wednesday column under the headline “We’ll tell you how dangerous Ebola is after the election.”

What Obama’s nakedly political moves say about our screwed-up polity.

This is what teh won calls preparedness.

President Barack Obama on Thursday authorized the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Obama signed an executive order that allows the government to call up more forces and for longer periods of time than currently authorized. There is no actual call-up at this point.

The U.S. has committed to send up to 4,000 military personnel to West Africa to provide logistics and humanitarian assistance and help build treatment units to confront the rapidly spreading and deadly virus.

Obama also notified top congressional officials of his move.

via Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola.

UPDATE:  That’s right, he’s the protocol guy.

Phoenix Air, the medical airline, told ABC News that the man was the group’s medical protocol supervisor and did not wear any protective gear on purpose.

“Our medical professionals in the biohazard suits have limited vision and mobility and it is the protocol supervisor’s job to watch each person carefully and give them verbal directions to insure no close contact protocols are violated,” an airline spokesperson told the network.

I’m really confident that the CDC knows what it’s doing now.

Could this guy be the next Darwin Award Winner?

As news helicopters swarmed over Dallas’ Love Field this evening to watch the second U.S. nurse to contract Ebola board a private plane bound for Atlanta, one lone man stood out from the pack.

Holding a clipboard and directing the transfer, the unidentified man seemed to be the only person on the tarmac without protective clothing, wearing just a button down shirt and trousers. 

Incredibly, despite the extreme precautions taken by everyone else boarding the plane, but it’s unclear if he was on the flight to Atlanta.

While Ebola is not an airborne disease, his presence so close to patient Amber Vinson’s medical team sparked fears after he was seen grabbing a container and hazmat trash bag from one of the workers’ in full-protective gear. 

‘He needs to be put on watch the second the plane lands so he does not infect anyone in Atlanta. This needs to be contained and I one will be ticked of I hear a report next week that he is the next victim!’ Dean Pitts wrote on NBC Dallas’ website.

‘Who’s the idiot with clipboard?’ Disbelief and panic as mystery man WITHOUT a hazmat suit is seen helping 2nd Ebola nurse board her plane to Atlanta, disposing waste and then boarding the jet.

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