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Sierra Leone goes door-to-door to fight Ebola surge

Freetown - Sierra Leone on Wednesday said health workers would go door-to-door as part of sweeping efforts to stem the spread of Ebola in the west of the country, which has also been hit by a ban on New Year revelries and travel restrictions.

Op-Ed: How is addiction different for men and women?

The way men and women react to drug addiction can be markedly different, and with more gender-specific rehab centers opening each year, this has never been more discerning. But what exactly is responsible for these nuances — hormones or something more?

Up to one million facing hunger in Ebola-hit countries: UN

Paris - Border closures, quarantines and crop losses in West African nations battling the Ebola virus could lead to as many as one million people going hungry, UN food agencies said on Wednesday.

UN chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries: UN sources

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday.

New Zealand mulls alcohol sponsorship ban

Wellington - A New Zealand government review on Wednesday recommended French-style measures banning alcohol sponsorship of sport in a bid to curb the South Pacific nation's binge drinking culture.

Antibiotics resistance could kill 10 million a year by 2050

London - A British government-commissioned review has found that resistance to antibiotics could account for 10 million deaths a year and hit global gross domestic product by 2.0 to 3.5 percent by 2050.

Ebola-hit Liberia delays election until weekend

Monrovia - A much-postponed election for half the seats in Ebola-hit Liberia's Senate has been put back until the weekend -- but cannot be further delayed, the country's electoral commission said Monday.

Five things cleaner than your smartphone

Smartphone are known for carrying germs. However, did you know that there are five other common items that are “cleaner” than the cellular device? Digital Journal takes a look.

Sierra Leone cancels Christmas as Ebola crisis deepens

Freetown - Sierra Leone said Friday it was banning any public Christmas celebrations as the spiralling caseload of Ebola infections continues to spread alarm.

Ebola lockdown in eastern Sierra Leone mining district

Freetown - Sierra Leone authorities imposed a two-week lockdown on the eastern diamond mining district of Kono Wednesday after eight cases of Ebola were confirmed in one day.

Time names Ebola fighters as 'person' of 2014

New York - Time magazine on Wednesday named as its "Person of the Year 2014" the medics treating the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 6,300 people, paying tribute to their courage and mercy.

Malaria deaths halved since 2000, Ebola risks gains: WHO

Geneva - The number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in west Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Malaria deaths halved since 2000, Ebola risks gains: WHO

Geneva - The number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in west Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

U.S. doctor gives first interview since surviving Ebola

Washington - A U.S. doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and survived after weeks of intensive treatment in Atlanta is speaking out for the first time in an interview published Sunday.

Obesity linked to shorter life

Montreal - A new study, based on modeling predictions, suggests that excess body weight — obesity — can decrease one’s life expectancy by nearly 10 years.

Obama's trip to hospital reveals acid reflux

Washington - President Barack Obama was taken to hospital with a sore throat which doctors diagnosed as acid reflux, the White House said, stressing it was not an urgent medical matter.

U.S. plane in emergency Italy stop after passengers, crew taken ill

Rome - A U.S. Airways plane made an emergency landing in Rome after two passengers and 11 members of the crew were taken ill.

Health agencies push for data disclosure

Washington - Two U.S. federal health agencies have released proposed rules that would tighten the requirements for reporting clinical trial results.

New sight hope for six left blind by India cataract surgery

New Delhi - Doctors may be able to restore the vision of at least six of the 20 people blinded by botched free cataract surgery in northern India, a government official said on Saturday.

Columbus dentist delivers medical aid through technology Special

Dr. Patrick Singley, a Columbus, MS-based dentist, has developed a simple EMR iPad solution for non-profit organizations that allows medical missions to create a ‘virtual clinic’ in a jungle tent or village.

10 Pakistani children get HIV from blood transfusions

Islamabad - Ten Pakistani children have been infected with HIV after receiving tainted blood transfusions, officials said Thursday, in a "shocking" case highlighting the abysmal state of blood screening in the country.

U.S. panel fails to make recommendation on gay blood donors

Washington - A panel of experts convened by U.S. health regulators failed to recommend whether a lifetime ban should be lifted on gay men donating blood, following two days of heated deliberations.

India probe uncovers shared needles, poor hygiene after sterilisation deaths

New Delhi - An independent investigation into the death of 13 women in India after mass sterilisation surgeries found the doctor and his staff used the same needles for all the procedures and never changed their gloves.

Keeping an eye on diabetes risks Special

Toronto - The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recently reminded people of the importance of routine eye exams. This is because diabetes can have a significant impact on eye health.

Targets being met against 'stupid' Ebola, claims WHO

Geneva - Key targets to reduce the spread of Ebola by isolating patients and burying bodies safely have been reached in Liberia and Guinea but have been missed in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said Monday.

WHO warning as China says nearly 500,000 living with HIV

Bejing - The World Health Organization issued a call to action to China Monday over HIV/AIDS as government figures said nearly half a million people are living with the disease or its precursor, with hundreds of thousands more thought to be undiagnosed.

Water-borne disease plagues IS-held city in Iraq

Baghdad - When Islamic State group fighters swept into northern Iraq's second city Mosul in a lightning June offensive, their propaganda trumpeted a better life for the people under jihadist rule.

Pele taken off dialysis, hospital says

Liberdade - Brazil legend Pele was taken off intensive kidney treatment on Sunday and his condition was improving, said the Sao Paulo hospital that is treating him.

New bird flu case in Netherlands

Den Haag - Dutch authorities reported a new outbreak of bird flu Sunday on a western poultry farm, but could not say if it was the worrying new strain detected elsewhere in the country.

Ebola toll nears 7,000: WHO

Geneva - Nearly 7,000 people have died from Ebola in west Africa, the World Health Organization said late Friday, adding some 1,200 more deaths to a toll from two days earlier.
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