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Mali seeks to contain Ebola fears after girl dies

Bamako - Mali authorities on Saturday scrambled to calm fears over Ebola after the disease claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometre journey on public buses before seeking treatment.

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Geneva - Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to West Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said, after a new case of the virus was reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.

Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules

New York - New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who treated victims of Ebola in West Africa, after the deadly virus spread to America's largest city.

Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola

Washington - Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave the hospital and meet President Barack Obama for a hug.

WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015

Geneva - Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.

EU boosts Ebola aid for west Africa to 1.0 billion euros

Brussels - European Union leaders agreed Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said."EU will increase financial help to 1.

Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts in surgical breakthrough

Sydney - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

New York confirms first Ebola case

New York - New York confirmed the first case of Ebola in the largest city in the United States as the EU dramatically ramped up aid Friday to contain the killer epidemic ravaging west Africa.The EU announcement of one billion euros ($1.

African nations to send 1,000 health workers to Ebola hotspots

Freetown - African countries on Thursday pledged to send more than 1,000 health workers to Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, where the World Health Organization says the spread of the killer virus "remains of great concern".

Cyprus president ill, to skip EU summit

Nicosia - Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades was hospitalised in Brussels with high blood pressure Thursday and asked Greece's premier to stand in for him at an EU summit, the government said."After prolonged nosebleeds the president...

Ebola still of 'great concern' in west Africa epicentre: WHO

Geneva - Top Ebola experts raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of infections soared to almost 10,000 and the death toll edged closer to 4,900.

Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000

Geneva - The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace.

Cuba sends more doctors to Ebola-hit west Africa

Monrovia - Cuban nurses and doctors headed to Liberia and Guinea Wednesday to help the fight against Ebola, as the death toll from the outbreak neared 4,900 and countries raced to get experimental vaccines ready for "real-world use".

Ebola riot in S. Leone kills two as WHO to launch vaccine trials

Freetown - Tensions surrounding the Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa sparked a deadly riot in Sierra Leone as the World Health Organization prepared Wednesday to coordinate clinical trials of an experimental vaccine against the killer virus.

Two cured in US, Spain, as Ebola crisis widens

Washington - A US photojournalist has joined a Spanish nurse in being declared free of Ebola, as the United States tightened restrictions on travelers from the West African countries at the epicenter of the outbreak.

'Humbled' NBC cameraman recovers from Ebola

Washington - A US photojournalist said he was grateful to be alive after the hospital treating him declared him free of Ebola, in a minor victory over the virus that has killed more than 4,500 people.

Surgeons in Ukraine's rebel Donetsk confirm cluster bomb usage

Donetsk - Surgeons in east Ukraine's rebel hub of Donetsk, where dozens of civilians have died in recent weeks, confirmed on Tuesday that some patients were victims of cluster bombs, as alleged by Human Rights Watch.

Spain nurse definitively cured of Ebola: doctors

Madrid - A Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside Africa has been cured of the deadly virus, doctors confirmed Tuesday, easing fears of it spreading in Europe.

MSF charity fetes '1000th Ebola survivor' in west Africa

Dakar - Medical charity MSF, at the forefront of the fight against Ebola in west Africa, said Tuesday it had saved a 1000th patient from the deadly epidemic.

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.
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