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  • Flu vaccine may prevent heart disease: Study 1 hour 54 minutes 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 hours 16 minutes 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 hours 20 minutes 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 20 hours 39 minutes 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 20 hours 52 minutes 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 23 hours 19 minutes 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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    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 2 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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' 3 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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....
  • Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216: WHO 4 days ago

    Geneva: More than 4,500 people have died in the deadly Ebola outbreak that began in west Africa at the beginning of the year, fresh World Health Organization figures showed on Friday. The UN health agency said that 4,555 people had died from Ebola out of a total of 9,216 cases registered...
  • Need stringent mechanisms at airports to deal with Ebola: Medical expert 4 days ago

    No cases of Ebola have been reported in India so far, but several measures have been put in place to screen Ebola cases. CNN-IBN spoke to a medical expert on how prepared India is to tackle the challenge. ...
  • Potential carriers of ebola virus might be stopped from boarding some US flights 5 days ago

    Potential carriers of the ebola virus might be stopped from boarding some flights in the US. This decision was taken after a second airline passenger was detected with the virus. "She should not have travelled on a commercial airline," said CDC Director. ...
  • 'Hidden' consciousness found in vegetative patients 5 days ago

    London: A team of researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist Srivas Chennu from University of Cambridge has found hidden signatures of consciousness in the brains of people in a vegetative state. These signatures point to networks that could support consciousness even when a patient appears to be unconscious and unresponsive, thus...
  • US: 1st Dallas nurse with Ebola arrives in Maryland 5 days ago

    Frederick, Maryland: The first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected Liberian man at a Dallas hospital walked gingerly down the stairs of an executive jet into a waiting ambulance at a fog-shrouded airport Thursday. Nina Pham was being transported to the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center...
  • WHO announces new measures to control ebola at the UN held in Geneva 5 days ago

    Ebola in West Africa is doubling every four weeks according to reports. As the ebola death toll spirals, health officials around the world are speeding their response on ebola. At the UN held in Geneva, WHO announced their new measures to control the ebola outbreak. ...
  • Measures to screen Ebola cases put in place across India 5 days ago

    New Delhi: No cases of the deadly virus, Ebola, have been reported in India so far. But several measures have already been put in place to screen Ebola cases in the country to ensure safety. Screening mechanisms are up at airports especially to screen passengers from affected countries. 22,000 passengers have...
  • Ebola: Rising call for ban on travel from West Africa to US 5 days ago

    Washington: Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government's ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers on Thursday pressed for a ban on travel to the US from the West African outbreak zone. The White House said other measures are more effective. The administration spent the day trying anew to tamp...
  • Health officials in India to be trained to handle Ebola cases 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Bracing to deal with Ebola epidemic which has claimed more than 4000 lives globally, the government on Thursday took stock of the measures being undertaken for strengthening the preparedness, surveillance and response system in states. A decision of imparting training to health officials of all states on ways...
  • Ebola deaths near 4,500 as virus spreads in West Africa: WHO 5 days ago

    Monrovia: A total of 4,493 people have died from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. WHO said a total of 8,997 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola had been reported in...
  • UN's $1 billion Ebola fund gets deposit of just $100,000 so far 5 days ago

    United Nations: A United Nations trust fund, seeking $1 billion to fight Ebola in West Africa, has received a deposit of just $100,000 nearly a month after it was set up to allow for rapid, flexible funding of the most urgent needs on the ground. As of Thursday, $365 million had...