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Ebola trials begin in Africa

Scientists are to begin tests of antiviral drugs and transfusions of blood from Ebola survivors in the West African countries. The focus will be on countries worst hit by the viral epidemic.

Chagas disease emerging as U.S. public health threat

Chagas disease - a stealthy parasitic infection that can lead to severe heart disease and death, is spreading in the U.S. Scientists argue that policy makers need to treat the issue seriously.

Is a 21 day incubation period for Ebola appropriate?

Philadelphia - The media has widely reported that any suspected of having Ebola, of who has been in close contact with an Ebola patient, should be monitored for 21 days to see if Ebola symptoms appear. Some scientists are questioning if 21 days is really long enough.

New understanding into how MERS infects

A new study has shown how the deadly MERS virus enters human cells. This new insight provides information about the rate of infection. The results could also signal a new path for treatment.

HIV infection is based on viral-cell targets

Although the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) inserts itself at different locations in a human cell, researchers have found that specific integration sites determine the speed that the infection spreads at.

First Ebola treatment trials to start in west Africa

Geneva - Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday it would begin unprecedented trials on patients in west Africa to test Ebola drugs and the use of survivors' blood as therapy.

New York doctor declared free of Ebola leaves hospital today

New York City - A US doctor with Ebola has been cured two and a half weeks after being admitted to hospital in New York. Health authorities have announced he will be going home today.

Millions of U.S. women not screened for cervical cancer

Although cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years. This is according to a study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Understanding mosquito feeding, to avoid disease spread

Biologists have discovered that mosquitoes bite male birds twice as often as they bite females. The same is true with people: mosquitoes bite men more often than women. Knowing this could help to stop the insects from spreading viruses to people.

Lack of access to Ebola frustrates scientists

Leading scientists have said that attempts to develop drug treatments for Ebola are being frustrated by restrictions imposed on access to the virus.

Apple iPhones, Mac computers targets of harmful malware threat

Apple products including iPhones and popular Mac personal computers are being targeted perhaps by the most serious malware threat to those devices yet.

Predicting the number of U.S. Ebola cases difficult

Scientists in the U.S. have warned that there will probably be more cases of Ebola in the U.S. The key question is: how many cases?

The final steps to be taken to eliminate worldwide polio

Bethesda - Polio has almost been eliminated from the world and just two countries remain endemic: Afghanistan and Nigeria, with cases also high in parts of Pakistan. A new report considers how the final steps can be taken to eliminate the disease.

First norovirus drug being trialed

An experimental drug is being trialed for Ebola may have a new application: norovirus (the “winter vomiting virus”). Scientists are currently undertaking studies on mice to test the drug’s effectiveness.

How likely is a flu pandemic?

London - A leading scientist argues that because our ability to detect flu pandemics has increased, society should not become complacent to the risks that flu pandemics pose.

Colorado State University assists in Ebola drug development

Denver - Colorado State University’s Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing and Academic Resource Center (BioMARC) has been awarded $2 million to aid in the development and manufacturing of an Ebola vaccine.

Destruction of secret smallpox vials delayed

Bethesda - The destruction of vials of smallpox - one of the world's deadliest diseases - found hidden on U.S. soil has been delayed. The reason? Because the World Health Organization (WHO) has been too busy with Ebola.

Tropical disease experts banned from tropical disease conference

In an ironic twist, Louisiana state health officials are prohibiting scientists who has visited Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days from attending a meeting on tropical diseases in New Orleans.

New way to detect porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

Researchers have developed a new test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. This virus has been spreading throughout the pig population within the U.S. The test differentiates the genetic material of the virus from that of other viruses.

New insight into how easily Ebola infects

Ebola has been making headlines around the world. One of the greatest fears is in relation to the virus’ infectivity. A new report weighs up how readily disease transmission can occur.

U.S. companies combine to provide Ebola protection gear Special

TrillaMed LLC, a global Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business medical materiel company, and Convergence Equity, LLC, a medical supply manufacturer and technology company, are combining to provide much needed Ebola resistance wear.

Op-Ed: Ebola — The sky is not falling

New York - Even if the sky is falling, it will not bring Ebola with it. Yet it has created hysteria not seen in the U.S. since a war was launched in Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction that were no longer there.

Ebola cases pass 10,000

Geneva - The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak has today exceeded 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Deadly virus is killing frogs throughout Spain

Several frog, toad, newt, and salamander populations are being attacked by an emerging pathogen in a major national park in Spain.

Chikungunya viral infections in France

Montpellier - The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported on four locally acquired cases of the virus in France: four members of the same family in Montpellier.

Op-Ed: Have we learned anything about global disease epidemics?

The headlines read the disease is taking a toll on health care workers. People are avoiding travel and crowded shopping centers. Lawmakers are calling for a ban on foreigners from infected countries entering the U.S. Everyone is afraid of catching it.

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.

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.

Nanotechnology helps contain Ebola

One problem affecting the containment of Ebola is the cost and complexity of diagnosing the disease when a patient is first seen. As a way forwards, researchers have developed a rapid, photonic device that can provide simple and accurate detection.
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