President Obama lifted off from Atlanta’s airport Tuesday afternoon after a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.
Mr. Obama came to Atlanta to outline his plan to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
The outbreak is believed to have killed more than 2400 people, and the U.S. government is drawing on more than a half billion dollars in defense spending to fight the deadly virus.
Speaking at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the president said this is the largest international response in the history of the CDC.
GPB reporter Jeanne Bonner was the Hartsfield- Jackson Airport for the President’s arrival and departure. She joined “All Things Considered” host Rickey Bevington by phone to talk about the significance of President Obama’s visit.
Four years ago, researchers at Georgia State met with U.S. Army officials. The military wanted their help fighting a host of infectious diseases, including Ebola. Biology Professor George Pierce is one of the researchers who met with the Army. He says, at the time, he and his team’s focus was on flu vaccine research. But four months ago, the speed and focus of their research changed. That’s when Ebola broke out again in West Africa. Pierce says this outbreak of Ebola is more widespread and is causing more concern. The geography of the disease, Pierce added, has also shifted.
The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went to Capitol Hill Wednesday to testify about what he called an “unacceptable” series of safety breaches. Dr. Tom Frieden, who heads the Atlanta-based federal health laboratories, was in Washington to address the mishandling of potentially lethal anthrax spores in June. Since that episode, the agency has revealed there have been other occasions in which scientists at the CDC have mishandled small pox and avian flu virus samples.
Remember Jane Fonda workout tapes, leg warmers, racquetball? If you do, you’re probably a baby boomer, the first generation to embrace regular exercise and daily workouts. And you are now likely part of a majority of middle agers who have gone from fit to flabby. GPB’s Bobbie Battista takes a look at the rise and fall of the fitness generation.
Babies learn to talk following an intricate biological progression. It may sound like babble, but those noises babies make represent distinct milestones along the road to talking. And the absence of sounds can be cause for concern. When GPB reporter Jeanne Bonner had her first child almost two years ago, she started recording the sounds of her baby’s voice. As she reports, Atlanta researchers are conducting the largest-ever study of infant vocal development.
Mark Goolsby’s family has called Juliette, GA home for almost 200 years. He doesn’t live in the white two story family home on Luther Smith Road, and probably never will, but his 80 year old mother still does. “My mother doesn’t want to leave this place. She’s been here 62 years after she married my dad. She doesn’t want to relocate,” Goolsby said. It’s what’s nearby that gets Goolsby talking relocation. The ash pond for Georgia Power’s coal fired Plant Scherer is just through the treeline across the road. Mark Goolsby believes the plant is what has made his mother sick for years and is what caused the liver cancer that killed his father.
Gerontologist Alexis Abramson has a piece of advice about aging. Her motto is, ‘don't forget about the bright side.’ "You can have 30 years of life when you retire," she said on GPB's On The Story. "What do you want to do with all that time? What have you never been able to do? What are your passions?" Her advice comes on the heels of a new U.S. Census report that shows America is a rapidly aging nation. The number of people older than 65 is expected to skyrocket from the current 43 million, to almost 84 million in 2050. At that point, more than one in every five Americans will be over 65.
Twenty-two Georgia hospitals have joined a project to reduce maternal death rates in the United States, a nursing group announced Wednesday. The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses has launched an initiative to improve the treatment of pregnancy-related complications, and is focusing on birthing hospitals in Georgia and New Jersey. Georgia ranks 50th among states in maternal deaths.