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Mali free of deadly Ebola epidemic: govt

Bamako - Mali said on Tuesday it was clear of the Ebola epidemic suspected to be behind around 130 deaths this year in Guinea and Liberia.
In the Media by AFP

WHO unveils emergency moves against Ebola onslaught in Guinea

Conakry - The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country.
In the Media by AFP

WHO urges global push to treat hepatitis C

Geneva - The World Health Organization called Wednesday for a dramatic increase in screening and treatment of hepatitis C, saying higher demand would help drive down the cost of drugs for the disease.
In the Media by AFP

West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO

Geneva - West Africa's Ebola outbreak is among the "most challenging" ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago, the WHO said Tuesday, as the suspected death toll from the virus hit 111.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

Clue for treating Huntington’s

Tests in mice of Huntington’s disease show dysfunctional cysteine production. Scientists have shown that adding the amino acid to their diets seems to relieve symptoms.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Experts cast worried eye on Ebola spread

Paris - Virologists say they are deeply worried by the unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa which has claimed more than 90 lives and may now also have struck north into the Sahel.
In the Media by Richard Ingham, Olivier Thibault (AFP)

Condoms rebranded in South Africa as HIV infections rise

Johannesburg - South Africa is seeking to rebrand its free condoms to appeal to young people after a new study showed rising HIV infections and flagging contraception use, the health department said on Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Hundreds of millions with tropical diseases lack treatment

Paris - At least 1.4 billion people worldwide require treatment for a group of "neglected" tropical diseases and almost two-thirds are going without adequate medical care, eradication campaigners said on Wednesday.
In the Media by AFP

Map of foetus brain holds promise for disease research

Paris - Researchers unveiled a high-resolution "map" Wednesday of gene activity in a human foetus brain, which they said should lead to better understanding of developmental disorders such as autism.
In the Media by AFP

Using tobacco to combat infectious diseases

A new generation of therapeutics has been developed from tobacco plants. The therapeutics neutralize and protect mice against a lethal dose challenge of West Nile virus even as late as four days after the initial infection.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment
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