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NIH Record  
Vol. LXVII, No. 7
  March 27, 2015
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On Ebola’s Front Lines
NIH’ers Among First Commissioned Corps Deployment To West Africa Outbreak

In Liberia, Lcdr. Rafael Torres-Cruz of ORS was one of 7 NIH’ers deployed.
In Liberia, Lcdr. Rafael Torres-Cruz of ORS was one of 7 NIH’ers deployed.

Disaster struck more than 5,000 miles away. West Africa was in the midst of the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history. The deadly epidemic, begun in December 2013 in Guinea, spread quickly to neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone by March 2014. Several factors complicated containment of the disease, including extreme poverty, political instability and a dysfunctional health care system. By last summer, the outbreak threatened several nations outside of Africa, becoming a global emergency health crisis.

Last October, the United States took an extraordinary step to address the crisis, beyond the already sizable response in U.S. resources—medical, scientific, logistical and financial. The U.S. Public Health Service assembled a team of 69 Commissioned Corps officers to deploy to the Monrovia medical unit (MMU), just outside of Liberia’s capital city. Seven NIH’ers were among those selected for the team. Back at home now, a few of them shared details from the experience.


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Complementary Health
Survey Reveals New Trends in Use of Natural Products

Kids of NIH staff and their friends do the downward-facing dog pose as they try out yoga together.

Kids of NIH staff and their friends do the downward-facing dog pose as they try out yoga together.

Photo: Bryan Ewsichek

Holding that lotus pose? Reaching for certain dietary supplements while pushing others to the back of the medicine cabinet? Then you’re among the growing number of Americans using complementary health products and therapies—from mind and body practices such as yoga to taking natural products such as fish oil pills—in addition to conventional care. And, you’re likely paying attention to the research on what products may or may not be effective. Results from a recent national survey show certain supplements and therapies are becoming more popular than others, trends that seem to correspond with the latest research results.


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