Diseases

  • WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other 5 hours 3 minutes ago

    Dakar (Senegal): The past week has seen the highest increase of Ebola cases since the outbreak in West Africa began, the World Health Organization said on Friday, offering more evidence that the crisis is worsening. The UN health agency warned yesterday that the outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could...
  • SC notice to Centre on PIL for precautions against Ebola 5 hours 31 minutes ago

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking immediate steps for proper screening of international flyers coming to India from Ebola virus-affected countries to prevent the deadly virus from spreading. A bench of Chief Justice RM Lodha, justices Kurian Joseph and RF Nariman...
  • Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000 cases 6 days ago

    Abuja: Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing...
  • Two year jail terms for hiding Ebola victims in Sierra Leone 6 days ago

    Freetown (Sierra Leone): Sierra Leone, battling a deadly outbreak of Ebola, passed a law on Friday that will see anyone harbouring a victim of the disease facing a two-year jail term. The attorney general announced the new measure as a top parliamentarian lashed out at neighbouring countries for failing to do...
  • WHO, Health Ministry working on 'preparedness plan' on Ebola 1 week ago

    New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with Health Ministry to formulate a "preparedness plan" to deal with just in case if there is an outbreak of Ebola in the country. "Preparation is a very critical aspect. WHO is working with the Ministry of Family Welfare and Planning to ensure...
  • 10 things you wanted to know about the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' 1 week ago

    What is the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'? The 'Ice Bucket Challenge' is a campaign to raise money to fight the deadly Lou Gehrig's disease also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The tens of thousands of...
  • With nine surgeries, a Delhi woman fights a rare disease 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Life cannot be more cruel to Payel Bhattacharya, a patient of Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL), a rare autosomal genetic condition that predisposes individuals to benign and malignant tumors. The 34-year-old, who has already undergone nine surgeries, is still suffering as the tumors continue to spread in her body -...
  • Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare boost 1 week ago

    Johannesburg: Surviving sickness can make you stronger. So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadly grip of the Ebola virus, there are signs this emergency may serve as a wake-up call to strengthen spending and investment on public healthcare in the world's least developed continent. "If anything, I...
  • West Africa Ebola toll passes 1,200, quarantine victims to get food: WHO August 19, 2014

    Geneva: Cases in West Africa's Ebola outbreak this year have risen to 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, reporting the toll in four countries including Nigeria. The WHO said it was working with the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure food delivery to 1...
  • Sikkim: Health officials draw up plan of action to keep Ebola at bay August 19, 2014

    Gangtok: A meeting of senior officers of the Health Department was held here to formulate a plan of action for prevention and treatment of Ebola Virus Disease in Sikkim. Health Secretary Dr K Bhandari, who chaired the meeting on Monday, said no case of Ebola had been reported in the state...
  • WHO sets up Ebola task force with global airline, travel sector August 19, 2014

    Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday said that it had set up a task force with the global airline and tourism industry in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola. The UN agency said it was working hand in hand with the International Civil Aviation Organization, the World Tourism...
  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports August 19, 2014

    Geneva: Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the UN health agency said on Monday. The agency didn't spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted that the Ebola outbreak involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leona...
  • Crowd loots Ebola center in Liberian capital, worker says patients removed August 18, 2014

    Monrovia: A crowd attacked a makeshift Ebola quarantine center in a rundown neighborhood of the Liberian capital, throwing stones and looting equipment and food, witnesses said, and a health worker said patients had been removed from the building. "They came in and took whatever they could take and took their patients...
  • Struggling Liberia creates 'plague villages' in Ebola epicenter August 18, 2014

    Boya: To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicenter of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world. With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a...
  • Monsoon leads to spurt in water-borne diseases in Mumbai August 18, 2014

    Mumbai: Though the monsoon brings cheers by filling up parched lakes and dams and boosting up farming, it also leads to a spurt in water-borne diseases, say experts. Dr Sanjiv Badhwar, ENT specialist at Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital says, "In rainy season, we find increased number of patients with upper...
  • Ebola-hit states plead for more help, WHO rebuked for slow response August 16, 2014

    Geneva: Two West African nations and a medical charity fighting the world's worst Ebola epidemic chided the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday for its slow response, saying more action was needed to save victims threatened by the disease and hunger. With the death toll over 1,000 and still climbing, the...
  • Ebola outbreak could take six months to control, say MSF August 16, 2014

    Geneva: The Ebola epidemic is moving faster than the authorities can handle and could take six months to bring under control, the medical charity MSF said on Friday. The warning came a day after the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated and that "extraordinary...
  • Robin Williams' death highlights Parkinson's-depression link August 16, 2014

    Reuters: Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease along with severe depression at the time of his apparent suicide, his widow said on Thursday, drawing public attention to the correlation between the diseases. Although the gifted comedian had spoken before about his depression, Parkinson's experts have noted...
  • Ebola may leave 1 million in need of food help August 16, 2014

    Conarky: The deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,000 in West Africa is disrupting the flow of goods, forcing the United Nations to plan food convoys for up to a million people as hunger threatens the largely impoverished area. Amid roadblocks manned by troops and pervasive fear among the...
  • 'No suspected Ebola case in Rajasthan' August 13, 2014

    There has been no suspected case of Ebola virus in Rajasthan, a senior government health official said. No person was found having symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) nor anyone reported to any hospital in Ajmer, state Medical and Health Director Dr BK Meena told PTI on telephone. He said it was...
  • No suspected case of Ebola virus disease in India: Government August 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Ministry on Tuesday announced that there was no suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country even as the Cabinet Secretary took stock of the situation and reviewed the preparedness of the Government on the deadly virus. According to an official release issued, a...
  • CJ appeals for monetary help for his only surviving child suferring from Gaucher disease August 11, 2014

    Mohammed Sirajuddin turns citizen journalist to appeal for monetary help to save their only surviving child Ahmed who suffers from a rare genetic disease called Gaucher. A rickshaw puller by profession Sirajuddin has already lost his 4 children to this rare disease. Vandana Anand is helping him file this CJ...
  • Nigeria bans transfer of dead bodies over Ebola scare August 10, 2014

    Abuja: Nigeria has banned movement of dead bodies from within and outside the country as part of its measures to avoid the spread of the Ebola virus. Nigeria's Minister of State for Health Khaliru Al-Hassan declared on Sunday that anybody who died should be buried wherever the incident happened, especially if...
  • US emergency labs ready to work on Ebola drugs if asked August 10, 2014

    New York: All three US facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in the event of a major public health threat say they are standing by to support any US government effort to scale up a treatment for Ebola. The facilities, called Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing...
  • Assam: 272 encephalitis deaths till now in 2014 August 8, 2014

    Guwahati: At least 272 persons have died in Assam after being diagnosed of having Encephalitis this year. Of the 272 having shown Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, 124 perished due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) alone, an NRHM health official said on Friday. AES has affected 1628 people, which included 636 from JE, in...
  • Care to get doused with a bucket of ice cold water? You will be helping a charity August 8, 2014

    The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. It's cold, it's fun and it's contagious. But these ice bucket challenges and similar social media-powered stunts also are raising awareness and money for causes such as...
  • Chances of contracting encephalitis more in rural side: Doctor August 7, 2014

    Kolkata: As north Bengal grapples with encephalitis and its deadlier variant Japanese encephalitis, residents of Kolkata have little to fear about the infection, according to a senior doctor at the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine. Virology department-in-charge at the facility Dr Nemai Bhattacharya said, "Kolkata has little chances of being infected...
  • How does Ebola virus spread and can it be stopped? August 7, 2014

    London: As a deadly Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa, health officials are working to calm fears about how the virus spreads, while encouraging those with symptoms to get medical care. Typically, outbreaks of the disease have been in other parts of the continent, not in West Africa. How is Ebola...
  • Save Arian: This is a very happy day for me, says Arian's father August 5, 2014

    Arian's Father on Tuesday thanked CNN-IBN and change.org Save Arian campaign as a US pharmaceutical company has agreed to provide Arian's family with the medicine for the rest of his life. 12-year-old boy suffers from the rare genetic disorder called Hunter's syndrome. ...
  • US doctor with Ebola in Atlanta for treatment August 3, 2014

    Atlanta: An American doctor infected with the Ebola virus in Africa arrived in Atlanta for treatment on Sunday, landing in a specially equipped plane at a military base, then being whisked away to one of the most sophisticated hospital isolation units in the country, officials say. It marks the first time...