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U.S. cautiously optimistic after no new Ebola in 5 days

Washington - With no new Ebola cases in five days, U.S. authorities were cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.

Sonic microchips could monitor the body’s health

Scientists have an idea that involves planting tiny electronic devices deep inside the body in order to monitor health and deliver selective therapies to treat specific illnesses.

Nigeria officially Ebola free: World Health Organization

Abuja - The World Health Organization on Monday declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days -- or two incubation periods -- without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus."The virus is gone for now.

Nigeria declared Ebola-free in 'spectacular success'

Abuja - Nigeria was declared Ebola-free on Monday in a "spectacular success" in the battle to contain the spread of a virus which is devastating Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia where more than 4,500 people have died.

Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola

Monrovia - A Spanish nurse who became the first person outside Africa to be infected with Ebola on Sunday tested negative for the virus, Madrid said, as Liberia's president made an impassioned plea for all nations to help fight the disease.

'Every nation' must help in fight against Ebola: Liberia

Monrovia - Liberia's president on Sunday made an impassioned plea for all nations to commit to the fight against Ebola as Madrid announced that a Spanish nurse, the first to be infected outside Africa, had beaten the deadly disease.

Ebola is 'disaster of our generation' says aid agency

London - Aid agency Oxfam said Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", as US President Barack Obama urged against "hysteria" in the face of the growing crisis.

Ebola is 'disaster of our generation' says aid agency

London - Aid agency Oxfam on Saturday said Ebola could become the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", as US President Barack Obama urged against "hysteria" in the face of the growing crisis.

Anti-tobacco conference struggles to stub out lobbyists

Moscow - A major conference in Moscow aimed at cutting global smoking rates this week found itself grappling with another issue: how to stop the powerful tobacco lobby from butting in on the debate.

World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

Geneva - The World Bank warned the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

Graphene helps with personalized medicine

Control over DNA is one of the steps toward personalized medicines. One means to achieve this is through graphene, where a positive charge applied to a graphene nanopore can accelerate DNA movement and a negative charge can stops DNA in its tracks.

World fears mount that Ebola battle being lost

Geneva - The World Bank warned Friday the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

Ebola death toll soars to 4,555 out of 9,216: WHO

Geneva - More than 4,500 people have died in the deadly Ebola outbreak that began in west Africa at the beginning of the year, fresh World Health Organization figures showed Friday.

Ebola checks stepped up as UN appeal ignored

Washington - Western countries scrambled to put airport security measures in place Friday amid mounting fear of the spread of Ebola worldwide.

Two of six new Ebola suspects in Spain test negative

Madrid - Two of six new Ebola suspects admitted to hospital for monitoring in Spain have tested negative for the deadly virus, the government said Friday.

World steps up Ebola action as fear mounts

Geneva - Western countries scrambled to review safety measures at airports and borders amid a mounting wave of fear that West Africa's Ebola outbreak will spread worldwide.

Italian nurse who took selfies with dead patients accused of murder

Rome - An Italian nurse who took photographs of herself with dead patients has been accused of murdering one of them and may be behind the deaths of dozens of others, according to Italian media reports.

World steps up Ebola action as fear mounts

Geneva - Western countries scrambled to review safety measures at airports and borders on Thursday amid a mounting wave of fear that West Africa's Ebola outbreak will spread worldwide.

U.S. health chiefs in hot seat over flawed Ebola response

Washington - Top U.S. health officials braced for a grilling Thursday by lawmakers infuriated over the nation's fumbling response to the Ebola outbreak, as the Obama administration scrambles to contain the disease's spread.

World pledges Ebola action as infections soar

Geneva - Ebola's escalating spread constitutes the worst global health emergency in years, world leaders warned, vowing to dramatically step up the response to the virus that has already killed nearly 4,500 people.

The Ebola outbreak the worst global health emergency

Washington - World leaders declared the Ebola outbreak the worst global health emergency in years, as President Barack Obama vowed a "much more aggressive" response to the spreading virus, which has killed nearly 4,500 people.

World vows Ebola action as second US case stirs fears

Washington - World leaders declared the Ebola outbreak the worst global health emergency in years on Wednesday amid stark warnings that the virus, which has killed nearly 4,500 people -- was spreading.

Man with Google Glass had 'Internet addiction disorder'

Paris - A 31-year-old American was treated for addiction after wearing Google Glass for up to 18 hours a day and even experienced dreams as if looking through the device, doctors said.

US Ebola patient 'flew on domestic airplane'

Washington - The second US health care worker infected with Ebola flew on a domestic airplane a day before her diagnosis, and health authorities said Wednesday they are seeking to interview 132 people on that flight.

No hospital 'protocols' for Ebola treatment: US nurses' group

Washington - Nurses at the Texas hospital where a Liberian Ebola patient died last week complain they were given few rules and little guidance on how to treat the severely ill man, contrary to assertions by US health authorities.

Ebola: Questions about a stealthy virus

Paris - The Ebola virus species that has killed more than 4,000 people in west Africa caught everyone by surprise when it erupted thousands of kilometres from its historical hotbed.

Ebola infections could hit 10,000 a week, WHO warns before talks

Geneva - The World Health Organization said Tuesday the Ebola infection rate could soon reach 10,000 a week as world leaders prepared to hold talks on the crisis at the United Nations.

Belgian doctor says she 'drank vodka' before fatal Caesarean

Pau - A Belgian anaesthetist has admitted she drank vodka before assisting at a Caesarean in which a woman of British origin died in France last month, a French court heard Tuesday.

Ebola death rate up to 70 percent: WHO

Geneva - The death rate in the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa has reached around 70 percent, the World Health Organization said Tuesday."What we're finding is 70 percent mortality," said Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general of the WHO.

UN health worker dies of Ebola in Germany: hospital

Berlin - A UN health worker infected with Ebola has died in Germany, the hospital that had been treating him said Tuesday, in the country's first death from the virus.
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