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  • Ebola vaccine will not be ready until March: WHO 6 hours 54 minutes ago

    Geneva: Two vaccines that give preliminary indications of providing effective and reliable immunization against the deadly Ebola virus ravaging West Africa will not be ready for testing until next March, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Developing a vaccine usually takes time and is expensive, the WHO said. "Even in best conditions...
  • US hospital bungled report of Africa travel in Ebola case 7 hours 1 minutes ago

    Washington: The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States initially told a nurse he had traveled in Africa but was sent home anyway, raising concerns about US preparedness for the spread of the deadly virus. The man, whose identity and nationality have not been released by health authorities, flew...
  • Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted: WHO 8 hours 59 minutes ago

    Geneva: The death toll from the world's worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people out of 7,178 cases in West Africa as of September 28, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. It said the total number of new cases had fallen for a second week, but warned against reading...
  • Liberia's top doctor under Ebola quarantine 3 days ago

    Monrovia: Liberia's chief medical authority has placed herself in quarantine following the Ebola death of her deputy, health officials and humanitarian sources said on Sunday. Dr Bernice Dahn, who is also a deputy health minister, opted to put herself in isolation after her assistant died of the infectious disease on Thursday. Dahn...
  • Living it Up: Mental illness is critically linked with diabetes 4 days ago

    One of the banes of urban life, is the accompanying stress and anxiety resulting from various triggers. Depression, one of the most common mental illnesses is predicted to affict 20 per cent of the Indian population by 2020. ...
  • WHO sees small-scale use of experimental Ebola vaccines in January 5 days ago

    Geneva: The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday that it expected to begin small-scale use of two experimental Ebola vaccines in West Africa early next year and in the meantime transfusions of survivors' blood may offer the best hope of treatment. WHO is working with pharmaceutical companies and regulators to...
  • Experimental Ebola vaccine doses ready by 2015: WHO 6 days ago

    Geneva: Thousands of experimental Ebola vaccine doses from British GSK and US NewLink should be ready for use by early 2015 in countries affected by the epidemic, the World Health Organisation said on Friday. "If everything goes well, we may be able to begin using some of these vaccines in some...
  • Barack Obama urges more countries to pitch in to fight Ebola 6 days ago

    United Nations: US President Barack Obama said on Thursday the world was not doing enough to combat Ebola outbreak and that more countries were needed to contribute critical assets and capabilities to contain the epidemic. "In an era when regional crises can quickly become global threats, stopping Ebola is in the...
  • Ebola outbreak 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO September 23, 2014

    Geneva: The deadliest Ebola epidemic ever has now killed 2,811 in West Africa, the World Health Organisation has said, adding though that in Senegal and Nigeria the outbreak had been basically contained. The UN health agency, which also published the results of the latest meeting of its Ebola emergency committee, said...
  • World leaders to gather at UN in shadow of Islamic State, Ebola crises September 21, 2014

    United Nations: World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. There is little hope the 193nation UN...
  • Action plan launched to check under5 deaths September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: With 13.3 lakh under5 children dying every year, over half of them in their first month, Government on Thursday launched an action plan aimed at reducing such deaths from 29 per thousand live births to single digit by 2030, ahead of global deadline of 2035. Flanked by billionaire philanthropist...
  • Ebola death toll climbs to 2,461 out of 4,985 cases: WHO September 17, 2014

    Geneva: The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected nearly 5,000 people in west Africa and killed around half of them, the World Health Organisation said. The UN health agency said a total of 4,985 people had been infected across five west African countries, and that 2,461 had died....
  • India has the highest number of deaths among children below 5 September 16, 2014

    United Nations: India's child mortality rate has dropped by more than half since 1990 but it still recorded the world's highest number of deaths among children below age five in 2013, a United Nations report said on Tuesday, acknowledging the progress made by the world's second most populous nation. The report,...
  • Pakistan: 1 killed in attack on polio team September 15, 2014

    Karachi: An official was killed on Monday when motorcycleborne armed men attacked a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province, seriously hampering the drive to eradicate the crippling disease. A campaign official said that armed men opened fire at the team in Pishin's Karbala area and killed the levies official....
  • Sierra Leone: 4th doctor dies of Ebola September 14, 2014

    Freetown: A top medical official in Sierra Leone on Sunday said that a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment. Chief Medical Officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed to the Associated Press that Dr Olivet Buck has died. Sierra Leone...
  • India, Bangladesh sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in traditional medicine September 10, 2014

    Dhaka: Bangladesh and India have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the fields of traditional medicine like Ayurveda and Unani, as World Health Organisation decided to lay an extra focus on the issue as an "important part of healthcare" in the region. The two countries inked...
  • Ebola death toll rises to at least 2,296: WHO September 9, 2014

    Geneva: The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak in history has jumped by almost 200 in a single day to at least 2,296 and is already likely to be higher than that, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO said that it had recorded 4,293 cases in five...
  • Harsh Vardhan seeks Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina's support in taming vectorborne diseases September 9, 2014

    Dhaka: India on Tuesday sought Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's support in combating many vectorborne diseases and providing "the highest standards of health care" to people in South Asia. "I seek your valuable support in traversing a path where we can attain the highest standards of health not only for...
  • Ebola positive doctor to be evacuated from Sierra Leone September 9, 2014

    Geneva: A World Health Organisation (WHO) doctor, who has been tested positve for Ebola in Sierra Leone, will be evacuated. The WHO has declined to disclose the doctor's identity, but noted the doctor is currently in stable condition in Sierra Leone's capital city of Freetown, Xinhua reported. The Ebola treatment centre where...
  • UN chief calls for more support to fight Ebola September 9, 2014

    United Nations: UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki moon has called leaders of some countries and organisations to urge more support in the fight against the deadly Ebola, a spokesman said on Monday. "He spoke to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Cuban President Raul Castro and President of the...
  • WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases September 9, 2014

    Monrovia: The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization has warned that many thousands of new infections are expected in Liberia in the coming weeks. The current Ebola outbreak is the largest on record. It...
  • Monkey study: Ebola vaccine works, needs booster September 8, 2014

    Washington: New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way. Some healthy people are rolling up their sleeves at the National Institutes of Health for the first human safety...
  • Government to encourage children for organ donation September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The government would work to encourage children to develop a positive attitude towards organ donation, particularly for eye donation, union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said. The minister said he would request the human resource development ministry to include passages in school books to develop in children a positive...
  • One person commits suicide every 40 seconds: WHO September 4, 2014

    Geneva: More than 800,000 people die by committing suicide every year one person in every 40 seconds, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report published on Thursday. According to the Global Report on Suicide Prevention, 75 per cent of suicides occur in low and middleincome countries, the WHO...
  • Getting help to Ebolastricken countries to cost $600 million: UN September 3, 2014

    Washington: The cost of getting supplies needed to West African countries to get the Ebola crisis under control will be at least $600 million, Dr David Nabarro, the senior United Nations Coordinator for Ebola Disease, told reporters on Wednesday. More than 40 per cent of the Ebola cases in West Africa,...
  • Centre says it is equipped to detect Ebola; HC seeks affidavit September 3, 2014

    Mumbai: The Centre on Wednesday informed the Bombay High Court that it has installed machines at several international airports in the country to detect the presence of Ebola virus among people, who are returning home in large numbers from the affected African countries. However, activist Ketan Tirodkar, who has filed a...
  • Ebola drug trials set to begin September 3, 2014

    Washington: The trial of a promising experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, that has been administered to seven people so far but is yet to be approved by regulators, is set to begin. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is convening a major meeting this week to prioritise the most promising experimental Ebola drugs...
  • WHO: More Ebola cases in past week than any other August 29, 2014

    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...
  • Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week August 29, 2014

    Washington: The US government announced on Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, codeveloped by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...
  • WHO sounds alarm over Ebola infections as deaths top 1,500 August 29, 2014

    Accra: The World Health Organization said on Friday that the number of Ebola cases was increasing rapidly and could exceed 20,000 before the virus is brought under control, as the death toll topped 1,500. New figures showed the massive scale of the crisis, which the WHO said indicated a "rapid increase...