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Top News: Health

Ebola cases pass 10,000

Geneva - The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has today exceeded 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Global tuberculosis cases increase

Geneva - A new study by the World Health Organization indicates that tuberculosis has infected hundreds of thousands more people around the world. The actual figures are far higher than those estimated a year ago.

Relax — marijuana doesn't lower IQ after all

Oxford - Despite several hyped headlines to the contrary, a large new study proves that marijuana use does not lower IQ in teens one bit.

NYC Ebola case raises more questions on U.S. preparedness

The American people have once again had their "fear levels" put on high alert after Dr. Craig Spencer, a resident of NYC and a member of Doctors Without Borders, was admitted to Bellevue Hospital. He has been diagnosed with Ebola.

Peppers recalled due to Salmonella risk

An agriculture company based in the U.S. is recalling 6, 215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers due to a potential risk of Salmonella infection.

U.K. invests £230 million in disease research

London - The British government is to partner the Medical Research Council to develop new methods orientated towards identifying the causes of diseases such as cancer and dementia.

Team Morris and Prostate Cancer Canada support Men's health

Toronto - Prostate Cancer Canada has entered into a partnership with Canadian men's curling team "Team Morris", led by Skip John Morris. The new partnership will focus on the promotion of health, wellness and fitness for Canadian men.

Op-Ed: GOP administration shelved Ebola vaccine a decade ago

New York - The outbreak of Ebola that has killed nearly 5,000 people in Africa could have been stopped in its tracks except for the traditional cost-cutting by the Republican party.

Tobacco company butting out, banning smoking in offices

The second-biggest tobacco company in the U.S. is butting out cigarettes in their buildings. The makers of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, Reynolds American Inc., is forbidding employees to smoke in their offices.

Mali sees first Ebola case while death toll nears 5,000

Malian Health Minister Ousmane Kone spoke on state television on Thursday, confirming the country's first case of Ebola. The victim is a two-year-old child who tested positive for the virus after returning from Guinea.

China’s new Ebola drug 'is promising'

Beijing - A Chinese pharmaceutical firm has produced a new Ebola treatment. The drug was produced in conjunction with the military.

Op-Ed: Video game addiction is growing

Video games lure people to a fantasy world. For gaming addicts, the virtual world is more appealing than real life. But what about the harm compulsive video gaming does to our personality?

Nine in Conn. ordered quarantined, monitored for Ebola

Nine people, including a family of six, have been ordered to stay in their homes for the next three weeks while public health officials check for signs that they have contracted the Ebola virus. None of them have shown any signs of the illness so far.

Green tea compound blocks Ebola virus infection

Research from the US Army suggests that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound from green tea, might prevent Ebola virus infection. Researchers showed that a key protein is essential for Ebola virus infection by using EGCG to block this protein.

New study evaluates use of antibiotics in farm-raised fish

One of the greatest successes in modern times has been the discovery of antibiotics. But there is a down-side to this success. The overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has the potential of becoming a global public health threat.

New insight on cystic fibrosis lung infection

Scientists from Denmark have demonstrated precisely how bacteria can grow directly in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. This insight into bacteria behavior and growth in chronic infections should help with treatment.

Ebola on the rise in Sierra Leone with over 20 deaths a day

Freetown - Sierra Leone government officials said on Tuesday that Ebola cases are rising in the western section of the country. Over 20 deaths a day have been recorded since the start of the week, and authorities are having problems collecting the corpses.

Study: Drinking sugar-sweetened sodas could make you age faster

San Francisco - A new research study has found that people who reported regular daily consumption of 20 ounces of sugar-sweetened soda have an increased rate of DNA ageing and that the ageing effect of consuming sugary sodas was comparable to the effect of smoking.

Nanotech lung infection device developed

Researchers have developed a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device for people with cystic fibrosis. The device sends data to a smartphone in the event of a lung infection.
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