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World 'losing battle' to contain Ebola

Dakar - International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres said Tuesday the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

Ebola kills 31 people in DR Congo: WHO

Kinshasa - An outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 31 people and the epidemic remains contained in a remote northwestern region, UN the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday.

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

Tokyo - Japanese researchers said Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

Parents of tumour boy held in Spain as sympathy grows

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Monday extended the detention of a British couple arrested for taking their seriously ill son out of a hospital in England without medical consent, as sympathy for their situation grew at home.

Parents of British brain tumour boy appear in Madrid court

Madrid - The parents of a British boy taken out of hospital in Britain without medical consent appeared before a Spanish judge on Monday for an extradition hearing.

Health workers death toll mounts in W.Africa as Ebola spreads

Lagos - Nigeria's health minister will hold an emergency meeting of state health commissioners on Monday as West Africa struggles to halt the deadly Ebola virus, amid growing concern at the toll among healthcare workers.

Grandmother of brain tumour boy criticises police

London - The grandmother of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour criticised police for arresting his parents after they removed him from hospital against medical advice.

Indian scientists may have found 'wonder herb' in Himalayas

Indian scientists may have found a multi-functional "wonder herb" that can regulate the immunity system, adapt to challenging environmental situations and help people stay protected from radiation.

British brain tumour boy found in Spain: police

Southampton - Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, Spanish police said.

Ebola-hit Liberia bans sailors from disembarking

Monrovia - Liberia on Saturday said it would deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa was under control.

European arrest warrant out for brain tumour boy's parents

Southampton - A European arrest warrant was issued Saturday for the parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was snatched from hospital without medical consent.

Ebola hits fifth W. African state as Senegal confirms first case

Dakar - The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal.

Senegal confirms Ebola case as outbreak hits 5th WAfrican country

Dakar - The Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,500 people across West Africa spread to a fifth country in the region on Friday with the first confirmed case of the deadly virus in Senegal.

Time running out for 'kidnapped' brain tumour boy taken to France

Cherbourg - A frantic police hunt was underway Saturday for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour taken from a British hospital by his family, as fears for his life intensified with every passing hour.

Japan confirms first dengue fever infections in 70 years

Tokyo - Japanese health officials said Thursday that three young people have contracted dengue fever, the first such infections in the country in nearly 70 years.

Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 before outbreak stemmed: WHO

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Thursday it aimed to reverse the spread of Ebola within three months, but warned that the caseload in West Africa's epidemic could eventually top 20,000.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Freetown - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated Thursday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

Uruguay begins registering marijuana growers

Montevideo - Just a handful of people had registered by midday Wednesday to be private growers of marijuana in Uruguay, the first country to fully legalize the production, sale and distribution of the drug.

How genes tune the internal body clock

The human body clocks are regulated by a type of molecule known as long non-coding RNA, according to new research. Understanding this promises new insights into human health.

Ebola zone countries isolated as airlines stop flights

Freetown - The three nations at the centre of the west African Ebola outbreak were left increasingly isolated on Wednesday as more airlines suspended flights to the crisis zone.

WHO medic with Ebola taken to Germany for treatment

Berlin - A World Health Organization doctor who has contracted Ebola arrived in a German hospital Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

Monrovia - Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office said.

Ebola-hit Liberia fires absentee ministers

Monrovia - Liberia's leader has sacked ministers and senior government officials who defied an order to return to the west African nation to lead the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak, her office said on Tuesday.

WHO calls for ban on e-cigarette sales to minors

Geneva - The World Health Organization called Tuesday on governments to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, warning they pose a "serious threat" to unborn babies and young people.

India doctors remove foetus left inside mother for 36 years

New Delhi - Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy, a doctor has said.

UN envoy says 'war' on Ebola could take six more months

Freetown - The UN's Ebola envoy said Monday the fight against the epidemic was a "war" which could take six more months, as its global health body claimed the disease was affecting an "unprecedented" number of medical staff.

Liberian medic treated with experimental Ebola drug dies

Monrovia - A Liberian doctor treated with experimental American anti-Ebola serum ZMapp has died, a minister in the west African nation said on Monday.Abraham Borbor had been improving but died on Sunday night, Liberian Information Minister Lewis Brown told AFP.

DR Congo confirms first Ebola cases

Freetown - The Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its two first cases of Ebola this year, but claimed they were unrelated to the epidemic raging in four countries of West Africa.

Ebola taking toll on west African economy

Monrovia - The worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus is taking a heavy toll on west Africa's economy as crops rot in the fields, mines are abandoned and goods cannot get to market.

UN vows central role in fighting 'exceptional' Ebola epidemic

Monrovia - The United Nations vowed Saturday to play a "strong role" in helping Liberia and its neighbours fight a deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.
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