Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Says Texas Health Failed Her, Then Used Her for PR: Lawsuit

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Nina Pham, the Texas Health Presbyterian nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola in the United States, is suing the hospital. Pham was among the first healthcare workers assigned to treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who was exposed to Ebola in West Africa before being diagnosed after travelling to the United States.

Pham's lawsuit echoes the explosive charges she leveled against the hospital Sunday in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. Texas Health Resources, the parent company of Texas Health Presbyterian, relied on Google to train Pham and others who treated Duncan, she says, and left nurses on the treatment team to fend for themselves.

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Ted Cruz Almost Got It Right on Vaccines Until He Totally Didn't

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Ted Cruz joins the list of deep thinkers who don't know when to stop talking about vaccinations. That's him on the left.
As the vaccine "debate" has gained speed in the aftermath of a measles outbreak centered on Disneyland in California, reaction from the libertarian right has been fascinating. Senator Rand Paul stuttered something about vaccines needing to be voluntary and walked up to the thoroughly debunked "vaccines can cause mental disorders" line. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who isn't a libertarian but likes to pander to them, insisted that there must be an element of parental choice in whether or not kids get vaccinated from life threatening diseases. DFW's own Glenn Beck, who's really more of an anarchist than anything, stoked the anti-vaccination flames. After rehashing the thoroughly debunked link between certain vaccines and autism, he said that anti-vaxxers were subject to undue persecution.

"Where is anybody saying, 'My gosh, we're living in the days of Galileo!' The church has become the state. And if you don't practice their religion exactly the way they tell you to practice it, you're done. How many people have lost their jobs, have lost their credibility? We have got to unite. We've got to stand together," he said Tuesday on The Blaze, his TV network.

It was only a matter of time before Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who actually thinks he has a legitimate shot at being president, had to weigh in. He started off reasonably.

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Sen. Jane Nelson Wants to Strip Planned Parenthood of Money for Cancer Screenings

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Texas lawmakers are trying to strip Planned Parenthood clinics of funding that goes to breast and cervical cancer screenings for poor women because, as always, abortion. Not that a dime of taxpayer money ever -- ever -- pays for abortions at Planned Parenthood or anywhere else. But this is Texas, where as far as the Legislature is concerned Planned Parenthood is nothing but abortion, abortion, abortion.

Health clinics in Texas provide breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured women under a federally funded program, and the money goes to clinics based on need in the surrounding area. But a proposed change in the Senate budget would rearrange how the funding is given out and distribute it more or less based on whether or not the clinic in question is Planned Parenthood. State, county and other public clinics would get the top priority for receiving the funds, while "non-public" clinics like Planned Parenthood would fall to the bottom. Along with, as usual, poor women.

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Medical Marijuana Fighter Alexis Bortell Isn't Leaving Texas if She and Her Family Can Help It

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The fallout that's come from state lawmakers Kevin Eltife's and Stephanie Klick's introduction of legislation that would legalize low-THC cannabis oil for use by Texans with intractable epilepsy is a prime example of what happens when you fight the symptom rather than the disease. The two Republicans' bills are tailored specifically to help a small subset of those who could benefit from medical marijuana, a subset that happens to feature a precocious 9-year-old with doting, conservative parents as its face.

Adhering to those limits and thinking that might be just enough to squeeze legislation past two bodies more concerned with keeping government as small as possible except when it comes to bedrooms, medicine cabinets and protecting rural Texans from evil cities, Eltife and Klick built something that even the Bortells can't support in its current form.

If the bill doesn't change, Dean Bortell (Alexis' dad) says, his daughter will be faced with leaving the state that she loves -- for Colorado, which has legalized the treatment Alexis needs -- at the end of the school year.

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Dallas to Continue Adding Fluoride to Its Water

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Sheffie Kadane's quest to get the city to stop fluoridating its drinking water is over. For months, the Dallas City Council member, aided by the likes of DogsAgainstFluoridation.com, has warned of the dangers of continuing to do something that Dallas dentists say has strengthened local kids teeth for almost 50 years.

"It would be a tremendous disservice to the citizens of Dallas, especially our children, if we stop this public health service," Lawrence Wolinsky, the dean of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said at Wednesday's council meeting.

Another dentist, who described his family's more than 150 years in the teeth business, spoke about the differences he saw in kids mouths after the city introduced fluoride into the water supply in the 1960s

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Dallas Anti-Fluoride Cause Now Supported by Web-Savvy Dogs

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Schutze is getting some high-powered allies.
The latest salvo in the war to get the city of Dallas to stop adding fluoride to the city's water supply comes from the canines behind dogsagainstfluoridation.com, who are urging the City Council to follow council member Sheffie Kadane's lead on January 28 and vote to end the vicious commie plot.

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Texas School Districts Spent $117,000 on Ebola-Inspired Cleaning

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Records obtained by the Austin American-Statesman show just how far North Texas school districts were willing to go to assuage parents' Ebola fears last fall. Seven DFW districts -- Burleson, Grapevine-Cooley, Garland, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, Highland Park, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Royse City -- spent money on various levels of "deep cleaning" for their buildings, despite an October edict from the Dallas County Medical Society urging against the practice.

"There is no evidence to support 'a deep cleaning' or similar actions for schools or school buses related to the current Ebola situation. Such measures also would send the wrong message about the risk of contracting the disease," the society said.

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In the Hours After Ebola Landed in Dallas, No One Knew Who Was In Charge

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All of Vanity Fair reporter Bryan Burrough's portrait of Dallas in the hours, days and weeks after the arrival of Thomas Eric Duncan is worth reading, but we thought it'd be worthwhile to highlight some of the most interesting stuff in his piece for those who can't afford to read 9,000-plus words in the middle of the workday.

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Texas Insists HB2 Promotes Women's Health in 5th Circuit Arguments

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Hey, Solicitor General Jonathan Mitchell, surely you remember ... Wendy Davis ... filibuster ... angry women ... all that stuff? No? Maybe you should see a doctor.
The final pre-Supreme Court skirmish over Texas' restrictive abortion legislation known as HB2 kicked off today in the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The state, as it has throughout the fight over the law, stuck to the same bullshit.

"Texas adopted HB2 for the purpose of raising the standard of care for abortion patients," Jonathan Mitchell, Texas' solicitor general said.

No. That wasn't the reason Texas' conservative, anti-abortion legislators passed HB2. Whether one loves or hates HB2, this is a simple fact obvious to everyone in Texas at least as smart as a salamander -- or more honest than Texas' solicitor general.

Dr. Daniel Grossman, who authored a study of the initial effects of HB2, told Unfair Park in July that the law does nothing to make women safer. Dr. Hal Lawrence, the executive vice president and CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said that the law is dangerous for women. The ban on abortions performed after 20 weeks does not make women safer. Nor does the requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The requirement that any clinic performing abortions be certified as an ambulatory surgical center -- which faces the stiffest challenge in the current legal fight -- does nothing but increase travel times and impose unnecessary costs.

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Ebola in Dallas: Your End of the Year Update

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The first time any of us in the office considered that Dallas might become the Ebola epidemic's American focal point was Tuesday, September 30. We watched Dallas County Health and Human Services director Zach Thompson brief the Dallas County Commissioners Court about the status of a then unidentified man we would later learn was Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national who arrived in Dallas to reconnect with his family on September 20.

Unfair Park published something about Thompson's comments -- he was careful to note that Texas was "not Africa" in an attempt to assuage any potential fears about the virus -- and pushed Ebola back to where it had been until that day, the back of our mind. Any illusions that that was where Ebola would stay were shattered that afternoon.

See also: Ebola Has Landed in Dallas

Duncan was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control as the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. His care, administered by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was called into question almost immediately.

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