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Viruses help to maintain human health

New York - Scientists now argue that the natural presence of viruses in the gut (virome) help to maintain health-maintenance and infection-fighting. This is similar to the role of the intestinal bacteria.

New bird flu case in Germany

Berlin - A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

Hope in Liberia, anxiety in Mali as Ebola battle rages

Monrovia - Liberia has set itself the target of halting Ebola by the end of the year, but the battle is far from over in the rest of west Africa.

Uganda jails five for genital mutilation

Kampala - Five men and women in Uganda have been jailed for mutilating the genitals of girls, a rare conviction in the country which is trying to stamp out the often deadly practice.

Study: Jet-driers spread 27 times more germs than paper towels

Leeds - A new study by UK researchers has discovered that hand-driers are much more prone to spreading germs than good old fashioned paper towels.

Doomsday pope warns man's greed will destroy world

Rome - Pope Francis warned Thursday that planet Earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry -- or risk a doomsday scenario in which nature would exact revenge.

Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in S.Leone

Freetown - A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone became the latest of nearly 600 health workers to have contracted the virus, amid fresh warnings that the fight against the disease is far from over.

Cuban doctor contracts Ebola in S.Leone

Freetown - A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone became the latest of nearly 600 health workers to have contracted the virus, amid fresh warnings that the fight against the disease is far from over.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Special

This week is “Get Smart About Antibiotics Week.” This is an international collaboration between U.S., Europe, Australia and Canada.

Accreditation Canada hosts fall conference to promote health

Toronto - Accreditation Canada is hosting a conference that sets out to highlight current and emerging health care issues and their relationship to quality standards.

UN global meet on malnutrition kicks off in Rome

Rome - Political leaders from around the world gathered in Rome Wednesday for a three-day UN conference on malnutrition aimed at tackling a global scourge which afflicts poor and rich alike.

Teachers, doctors struggle on without pay in eastern Ukraine

Donetsk - With Kiev cutting off their salaries and pro-Moscow rebels struggling to set up their statelets, teachers and doctors in eastern Ukraine are left wondering where their next pay cheque will come from.

WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

Geneva - The World Health Organization cautioned Tuesday that a new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms would spread among birds, after Britain confirmed its outbreak was of the same strain as in the Netherlands and Germany.

Grim prognosis for sick and dying in hospital on Ukraine frontline

Donetsk - Facing frequent shelling and desperate conditions, staff and patients at Donetsk's Hospital 21 in eastern Ukraine say they have no choice but to hunker down, stay put and cling to life as best they can.

Fearful Mali places almost 600 under Ebola surveillance

Bamako - Fearful of a surge of Ebola cases, Mali placed nearly 600 people under surveillance, as the country battles to contain the spread of the deadly tropical virus.

Fearing Ebola surge, Mali widens virus watch

Bamako - Fearful of a surge of Ebola cases, Mali placed more than 440 people under surveillance, as a US hospital said Monday it had been unable to save the life of a doctor airlifted from Sierra Leone.

S. Leone doctor with Ebola dies at US hospital

Omaha - A surgeon who was infected with Ebola while working in his native Sierra Leone has died, becoming the second patient in the United States to succumb to the hemorrhagic virus, officials said Monday.

S. Leone doctor with Ebola dies at U.S hospital

Omaha - A doctor from Sierra Leone who was being treated for Ebola at a U.S. hospital has died, the Nebraska Medical Center said Monday."We are extremely sorry to announce that the third patient we've cared for with the Ebola virus, Dr.

'Contagious' bird flu outbreaks on Dutch, British farms

Hekendorp - Dutch officials were on Monday checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following outbreaks of similar strains of the virus in Britain and Germany.

Chinese medics in Liberia to beef up Ebola fight

Monrovia - A large team of Chinese health workers arrived in Liberia to boost the Ebola fight as a US-based doctor infected in Sierra Leone was described as being "extremely ill".

Chinese medics beef up Ebola fight; US doctor remains ill

Monrovia - A large team of Chinese health workers arrived in Liberia to boost the Ebola fight as a US-based doctor infected in Sierra Leone was described as being "extremely ill".

Ebola-infected Sierra Leone doctor 'extremely ill' in US

Omaha - A doctor said to be "extremely ill" after being infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone was being treated in the United States on Sunday, while the world's most powerful economies vowed to "extinguish" the deadly epidemic.

Algerian president leaves French hospital after two-day stay

Grenoble - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, who has been plagued by ill health since suffering a mini-stroke last year, left France on Saturday after a two-day stay in hospital.

World leaders vow to 'extinguish' Ebola

Brisbane - The world's most powerful economies vowed on Saturday to "extinguish" the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, as the vast desert nation of Mali scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of the killer disease.

Ebola-infected doctor from Sierra Leone flown to U.S.

Washington - A doctor from Sierra Leone infected with Ebola was flown to the United States early Saturday to be treated for the deadly virus, medical officials told AFP.

Togo minister says 'we cannot relax efforts' against Ebola

Washington - Togo, which is coordinating the fight against West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, says the international community "cannot relax efforts" to combat the disease, Social Action Minister Dede Ahoefa Ekoue told AFP.

Senegal partially reopens borders with worst-hit Ebola states

Dakar - Senegal has reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.

At Guantanamo, force-feeding shrouded in secrecy

Guant - Behind the barbed wire of Guantanamo Bay prison, hunger-striking inmates are routinely force-fed, a practice defended by officials as necessary medical treatment but labeled by critics as torture.

Algerian President Bouteflika 'hospitalised in France'

Grenoble - Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 77, who has been plagued by ill health since suffering a "mini-stroke" last year, has again been hospitalised in France, a French government source told AFP on Friday.

Indian drug makers arrested over sterilisation deaths

New Delhi - Indian police said Friday they have arrested the head of a drug manufacturing company and his son on suspicion of destroying evidence in the case of 13 women who died after a mass sterilisation programme.
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