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  • Ebola: Newly released Dallas nurse to meet with Obama 22 hours 19 minutes ago

    Bethesda: A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for the patient diagnosed in Dallas was released from a hospital on Friday, free of the virus, and was to meet later in the day with President Barack Obama at the White House. Nurse Nina Pham said that she felt "fortunate and blessed...
  • WHO says Ebola vaccine plans accelerating as trials advance 22 hours 32 minutes ago

    Geneva/London: Trials of Ebola vaccines could begin in West Africa in December, a month earlier than expected, and hundreds of thousands of doses should be available for use by the middle of next year, the World Health Organization said on Friday. Vaccines are being developed and made ready in record time...
  • 'Dead' hearts transplanted into living patients in world first Yesterday

    Sydney: In a breakthrough, a team of doctors, including an Indian-origin surgeon, on Friday said that they have successfully performed the world's first heart transplant in Australia using a "dead heart", a major development that could save many lives. The procedure, using hearts that had stopped beating, has been described...
  • Shorter TB treatment not a successful alternative: Study Yesterday

    London: A shortened four months treatment for tuberculosis may not be a successful alternative to the current six-month standard treatment, scientists have found. Tuberculosis (TB) remains a significant public health problem worldwide. There were an estimated 8.6 million people who developed TB and 1.3 million died from the disease in...
  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Mali: Health Ministry Yesterday

    Bamako: Mali's health ministry has said the country had its first confirmed case of Ebola after a two-year-old girl who had recently been in Guinea tested positive for the virus. "Today Mali has its first imported case of the Ebola virus," the ministry said on Thursday in a statement. The girl...
  • New York doctor who treated patients in Africa tests positive for Ebola Yesterday

    New York: A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned to New York City after treating Ebola victims in West Africa tested positive for the virus, setting off fresh fears about the spread of the disease. Dr Craig Spencer, 33, is in isolation at Bellevue Hospital. Two friends and his fiancée...
  • US dollar 100 million Ebola pledge from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen Yesterday

    Washington: Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has said he was boosting his donations to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to US dollar 100 million. Allen, who has made earlier donations to the health effort, on Thursday said his latest pledge would include funding the development and manufacture of...
  • Big strides made in fighting tuberculosis: WHO 2 days ago

    Paris: The known tally of people with tuberculosis rose last year but overall "major progress" is being made in rolling back the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "The 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halting and reversing TB incidence has been achieved globally, in all six WHO regions and...
  • Barack Obama expresses optimism about Ebola in US 2 days ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama says he's cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the US. Obama notes that relatives of the only person to die of Ebola in the US have been freed from quarantine. And he notes that two nurses from a Dallas hospital who were infected with Ebola as...
  • Ebola death toll near 5,000 with true number nearer 15,000: WHO 2 days ago

    Geneva: At least 4,877 people have died in the world's worst recorded outbreak of Ebola, and at least 9,936 cases of the disease had been recorded as of October 19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, but the true toll may be three times as much. The WHO has...
  • Dozens released Ebola-free from Sierra Leone site 2 days ago

    Freetown: Dozens of Ebola survivors were discharged from a treatment center near Sierra leone's capital on Wednesday and told they were virus-free. The third group released from the Hastings Treatment center, which included 45 patients, were also issued with health certificates they proudly held up. Hawanatu Turay, 14, said she...
  • Flu vaccine may prevent heart disease: Study 3 days ago

    London: Flu vaccines may hold the key to developing a new vaccine against the deadly heart disease, scientists have found. Flu vaccines are known to have a protective effect against heart disease, reducing the risk of a heart attack. The new study has for the first time shown the molecular...
  • Johnson & Johnson aims for 1 million Ebola vaccine doses in 2015 3 days ago

    London: Johnson & Johnson is accelerating work on its experimental Ebola vaccine and aims to produce 1 million doses next year, 250,000 of which are expected to be available by May. There is currently no proven vaccine against the deadly disease but several companies are racing to develop products. Clinical tests...
  • Ebola travel bans 'irrational', says Red Cross 3 days ago

    Beijing: Closing borders will not effectively curb Ebola infections, the head of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, amid debate over whether bans on travel from hardest-hit African countries would help combat the spread of the deadly virus. This year's outbreak of the highly infectious haemorrhagic fever thought to have originated...
  • India to step up travel surveillance to stop any Ebola outbreak 3 days ago

    New Delhi: India stepped up its efforts on Tuesday to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, conducting mock drills at its airports and installing surveillance systems. Global health authorities are struggling to contain the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976. The virus has killed...
  • Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa in January: WHO 3 days ago

    Geneva: Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. Dr. Marie Paule Kieny, an assistant director general for WHO, said clinical trials...
  • French scientists devise fast-track test for Ebola 4 days ago

    Paris: A new device similar to a simple pregnancy home-test could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes, its French developers said. Trials at a high-security lab have validated the technique and prototype kits should be available in Ebola-hit countries by the end of...
  • WTO prepares for crisis talks as India keeps veto on global deal 4 days ago

    Geneva: India made no sign of dropping its veto on a global trade deal on Tuesday, forcing World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo to announce a week of talks to try to chart the future direction of the Geneva-based body. Some diplomats had said a WTO meeting on Tuesday was the...
  • Traffic pollution may damage lungs of unborn babies 4 days ago

    London: Pregnant women who live in polluted areas risk damage to their children's lungs, a new study has warned. Researchers said exposure to pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy in particular raises the risk of harm to a child's lungs. The finding underlines the multiple public health benefits of...
  • Watch: Robot Gigi can prove important shield against Ebola virus 4 days ago

    As the world looks for ways to tackle Ebola, a germ killer robot called Gigi being used in the US, could prove to be an important defence shield against the virus. Gigi uses ultraviolet light 25,000 times more powerful than sunlight. Robot kills 99.9 per cent of germs in hospital...
  • Spanish nurse aide declared negative for Ebola virus 5 days ago

    A Spanish nurse's aide who had contracted Ebola after caring for a patient with the deadly disease, is now free of the virus. She tested negative in the third test. ...
  • US defence department to create medical team for Ebola 5 days ago

    Washington: The US Department of Defense said on Sunday the military is creating a 30-member team which will be tasked with providing emergency assistance in case of Ebola virus infection in the country. The department's spokesman John Kirby said the step is taken at the request of the country's Department of...
  • Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker 5 days ago

    Galveston: A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port on Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare. A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who...
  • Canada will send experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO 6 days ago

    Ottawa: The Canadian government said that it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organisation on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak. The government said in a news release that the Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying...
  • China, US to fight Ebola epidemic together 6 days ago

    Beijing: Setting aside their differences, the US and China agreed to cooperate in stepping up efforts to control the Ebola epidemic in Africa. Visiting Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who met in Boston, agreed to enhance cooperation on fighting the Ebola epidemic, Chinese...
  • Oxfam urges more troops to stop Ebola 'disaster' 6 days ago

    London: Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", the aid agency Oxfam warned on Saturday, as it issued a call for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to west Africa. The appeal was targeted at EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, and came...
  • WHO promises analysis of Ebola response, won't comment on reported flaws 1 week ago

    Geneva: The World Health Organization promised on Saturday that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control, in response to a leaked document that appeared to acknowledge it had failed to do enough. The WHO said in a statement that...
  • Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse 1 week ago

    Washington: President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama to bar people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea from entering the...
  • US President appoints a 'czar' to streamline the administration's response to Ebola 1 week ago

    The World Health Organisation has admitted to lapses in its response to the spread of EBOLA in West Africa. As the ebola scare haunts the US, President Barack Obama has appointed a "czar" to streamline the administration's response to the deadly disease. ...
  • Canada to double UN contribution to fight Ebola 1 week ago

    Ottawa: Canada has promised to double its financial contribution to the United Nations' fight against Ebola in West Africa, the country's health minister announced on Friday. Ottawa will increase its aid to USD53 million, up from 30 million Canadian Dollars it had pledged last month, said Health Minister Rona Ambrose....