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Four countries in the African region license vaccine in milestone for Ebola prevention

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"The approval of the Ebola vaccine by these countries is another milestone in the fight against this unforgiving disease," said WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia have licensed an Ebola vaccine, just 90 days after World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification. Registration of the vaccine is expected in additional countries in the coming weeks.

China says coronavirus curbs start to work; 70 more cases on cruise ship

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The coronavirus, thought to have emerged at a wildlife market in the central Chinese province of Hubei, has ...

The number of new coronavirus cases in China fell on Sunday and a health official said intense efforts to stop its spread were beginning to work, as another 70 people tested positive on a virus-stricken cruise ship quarantined in Japan.

Workers in protective suits conduct RNA tests on specimens inside a laboratory at a center for disease control and prevention, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, Feb. 14, 2020.

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The development made Egypt the first country in the African continent to report a confirmed case, and the second in the Middle East region, ...

An elderly Chinese tourist has died in France from the new coronavirus. The 80-year-old man, who died in Paris, is the first person in Europe to die due to complications from the virus that originated in China.

Print this page Coronavirus Outbreak Africa Scaling Up Coronavirus Detection, Prevention By Simon Marks February 14, 2020 12:36 PM FILE PHOTO: A health worker checks the temperature of a traveller as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka… FILE - A health worker checks the temperature of a traveler as part of the coronavirus screening procedure at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana, Jan. 30, 2020.

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Several African countries have reported suspected cases in the two months since the virus first emerged in China, but none have been confirmed.

African countries are scaling up their ability to detect the coronavirus as fears mount that the continent's first confirmed case could soon be announced.

China's virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall

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China's death toll from the new virus outbreak has risen by 89 to 811, surpassing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, as other governments step up efforts to block the disease

China's virus death toll rose by 89 on Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 200

'We're definitely not prepared': Africa braces for new virus. Image credit - Northwest Herald

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The new virus that has spread across China has yet to be confirmed in Africa, but some health workers on the ground warn they are not ready to handle an outbreak

At a Chinese-run hospital in Zambia, some employees watched as people who recently returned from China showed up with coughs but were not placed in isolation. A doctor tending to those patients has stopped coming to work, and health workers have been ordered not to speak publicly about the new virus that has killed hundreds around the world.

Now your own blood can save you: autotransfusion device Hemafuse will revolutionize blood access across Africa, now available in Ghana and Kenya

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Hemafuse was created for patients suffering from internal bleeding resulting from trauma, ruptured ectopic pregnancies, or for use in planned surgeries

Hemafuse, a surgical autotransfusion device, will revolutionize blood access across Africa. Hemafuse is designed to salvage and recycle whole blood from cases of internal bleeding. The device can be used in both emergencies and scheduled procedures to recover blood from where it pools inside of a patient, into a blood bag, where it is immediately available to be re-transfused back to that same patient.

A woman wears a mask in Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo

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The flu-like coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in a ...

 U.S. health officials on Saturday confirmed an eighth case of the fast-spreading new coronavirus in the United States and the Pentagon said it would provide housing for people arriving from overseas who might need to be quarantined.

A man wearing a face mask closes a supermarket in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 1, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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At least another 171 cases have been reported in more than two dozen other countries and regions, including the United States, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Britain.

China ramped up measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic and shore up an economy hit by travel curbs and business shut-downs on Sunday as the first death from the illness was reported outside the country.

Sleep apnea may be tied to tongue fat, study finds

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"Primary care doctors, and perhaps even dentists, should be asking about snoring and sleepiness in all patients, ....

 Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which people stop breathing in their sleep due to blockage of their upper airway. A recent paper published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine has singled out the main culprit behind this blockage -- a fat tongue.

How a piece of popcorn stuck in a man's teeth led to open-heart surgery

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Later, he developed a blood blister on his toe called a Janeway lesion, something that can be a ...

Getting popcorn stuck in your teeth is usually just an annoyance, but for one man in England, it led to open-heart surgery, according to news reports.

Hangovers: Why you get them and how to fight them off

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Those nasty vertigo-inducing, cold sweat-promoting and vomit-producing sensations after a raucous night out are all part of your body's attempt to protect itself from injury after you overindulge in alcoholic beverages.

Debaucherous evening last night? You're probably dealing with veisalgia right now.

Diet pills, laxatives may signal eating disorder risk in young women. Image credit - medscape

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“Dietary supplements claiming all types of health benefits or functional properties - including weight loss, appetite suppression, and muscle building - are virtually unregulated.

Teens and young women who use diet pills and laxatives for weight control are five to six times more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder in the next three years, a U.S. study suggests.

FILE - Buddhist monks light candles during an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign for World AIDS Day in Kolkata, India, Dec. 1, 2018.

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He said the risk of being infected with HIV is 22 times higher among homosexual men and intravenous drug users, 21 times higher for sex workers, and ...

New United Nations data shows that global HIV/AIDS infection rates and deaths are down and treatment is up, but new infections remain a serious challenge in certain high-risk groups.

FILE - A nurse prepares a vaccine against Ebola in Goma, DRC, Aug. 7, 2019.

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Last month WHO said Tanzania had refused to provide detailed information on suspected Ebola cases.

Tanzania denied Thursday it was withholding information from the World Health Organization (WHO) on suspected cases of Ebola, saying it was not hiding any outbreak of the deadly disease in the country.

Owning a dog can improve your cardiovascular health. Image credit - earthcom

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"This study builds on other evidence that shows dog-owners are less likely to be depressed ... The heart findings just add that owning a dog may bring a lot of wellness," ...

Every day, the dogs need a walk. Every day, they're helping their owners' hearts in more ways than one.

FILE PHOTO: A health worker injects a man with Ebola vaccine in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

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Congolese authorities have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled town of Walikale, hundreds of kilometers away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred, the Health Ministry said overnight.

Esperance Nabintu, holding her son Ebenezer Fataki, celebrates the pair’s recovery from Ebola. Nabintu spoke at a news conference outside the treatment center in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 13, 2019. (A. Malivika)

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"This advance will, in the future, help save thousands of lives that would have had a fatal outcome in the past."

After 29 days at an Ebola treatment center in eastern Congo, fighting for their lives, a mother and her young son were discharged Tuesday amid applause and laughter.

File image - Ebola 'no longer incurable' as Congo trial finds drugs boost survival

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The Congo treatment trial, which began in November last year, is being carried out by an international research group coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Two experimental drugs - an antibody cocktail called REGN-EB3 developed by Regeneron (REGN.O) and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 - will now be offered to all patients infected with the viral disease in an ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Some ingredients in those tiny particles can have big impacts. Yaroslau Mikheyeu/Shutterstock.com What does the dust in your home mean for your health? Image credit - the conversationcom

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About one-third of household dust is created inside your home. The components differ depending on the construction and age of your home, the climate and ...

You vacuum it, sweep it and wipe it off your furniture. But do you know what it actually is — and how it may affect your health?

A Congolese health worker administers ebola vaccine to a child at the Himbi Health Center in Goma, July 17, 2019.

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On Sunday, the first case of Ebola was discovered in Goma, a city of 2 million. The pastor infected with the virus later died.

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces a public health emergency of international concern.

Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's or other dementia, even if you have a genetic risk, a large study found. AP photo

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The results should give encouragement to people who fear that gene mutations alone determine their destiny, ...

A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found.

Dr. Howard Gendelman: 'HIV has the potential now to be elminated'

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Scientists made major medical announcement Tuesday involving an important step toward a possible cure for HIV.

This image provided by Amag Pharmaceuticals in June 2019 shows packaging for their drug Vyleesi. The medication OK'd Friday, June 21, 2019 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is only the second approved to increase sexual desire in a women, a market drugmakers have been trying to cultivate since the blockbuster success of Viagra for men in the late 1990s. (Amag Pharmaceuticals via AP)

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The FDA approved the new drug, Vyleesi (pronounced vie-LEE’-see), for premenopausal women with a disorder defined by a persistent lack of interest in sex, causing stress.

U.S. women will soon have another drug option designed to boost low sex drive: a shot they can give themselves in the thigh or abdomen that raises sexual interest for several hours.

A child stands behind a mosquito net (picture alliance/dpa/E. Morrison)

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ASAAP leads the way in assessing the viability of a triple therapy antimalarial via a multicenter clinical trial. Triple therapy is expected to significantly slow down the rate at which resistance of malaria parasites to medication develops.

Seven reputable institutions across Sub-Saharan Africa, Germany, and France have come together to run the project ASAAP - Clinical evaluation of ArteSunate+Amodiaquine+Atovaquone-Proguanil tri-therapy for malaria treatment in African children. ASAAP is a 48-month-long multicenter clinical trial, coordinated by the Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR).

White meat is just as bad as red meat when it comes to cholesterol: Study

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The study did not include fish, grass-fed beef or processed meats. The plant-based diets emphasized the consumption of legumes, nuts, grains and soy products.

 Red meat has been given a bad rep for heart health in people whose diets have a high proportion of it, but a new study finds that white meat may be just as bad when it comes to cholesterol.

Novartis $2 million gene therapy for rare disorder is world's most expensive drug - Reuters

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Novartis touched off a debate over what gene therapy is worth last year, estimating its treatment would be cost-effective at up to $5 million per patient.

Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Friday won U.S. approval for its gene therapy Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic cause of death in infants, and priced the one-time treatment at a record $2.125 million.

Nigeria Losing $1B Annually to Medical Tourism, Authorities Say

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Bello is one of tens of thousands of Nigerians who each year opt to travel abroad for treatment.

Nigerian authorities say the country is losing more than $1 billion annually to medical tourism as tens of thousands of Nigerians travel abroad in search of the best treatment. Nigeria’s Health Ministry says it is building several world-class health centers to address the issue, but not even the country’s president seems to trust health care in Nigeria.

British royals William, Kate, Harry and Meghan launch mental health text service. Image credit - Times

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“We are incredibly excited to be launching this service, knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day,” the four royals said in a statement.

Britain’s young royals, brothers Prince William and Prince Harry and their wives Kate and Meghan, launched a new phone messaging service on Friday to help people suffering a mental health crisis.

Medical staff and an Ebola survivor treat Ebola patient Ibrahim Mupalalo inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit at The Alliance for International Medical Action Ebola treatment center in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 31, 2019.

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is “worsening” and has killed more than 1,000 people.

SMV Freewinds is a cruise ship that has been owned by the Church of Scientology since 1985. It currently carries 340 passengers and was built in 1968.

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Public health officials blame declining vaccination rates in some communities driven by misinformation about inoculation that has left those populations vulnerable to rapid spread of infection among those with no immunity to the virus.

The Caribbean nation of St. Lucia has imposed a quarantine on a visiting cruise ship, barring any passengers or crew from leaving the boat while in port, after a case of measles was diagnosed on board, the island’s chief medical officer said.

US Measles Outbreak Raises Questions About Immunity in Adults

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In general, the CDC says two doses of the measles vaccine should provide 97 percent protection; one dose should offer 93 percent protection. However, immunity can wane over time.

Adults in the United States who were vaccinated against measles decades ago may need a new dose depending on when they received the shot and their exposure risk, according to public health experts battling the nation's largest outbreak since the virus was deemed eliminated in 2000.

FILE - A doctor uses a smartphone to take a photo of a child with facial deformity before surgery at the Vietnam Cuba hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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Chief WHO scientist Soumya Swaminathan said increased availability and use of digital technology offers new opportunities to improve people's health.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued its first guidelines on digital health intervention.

A preserved pig brain. Using brains from animals killed for food, researchers have now restored some cellular functions in pig brains hours after death, potentially offering a new avenue for studying and treating brain diseases and disorders.

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In a feat sure to fire up ethical and philosophical debate, a new system has restored circulation and oxygen flow to a dead mammal brain.

Scientists have restored cellular function in 32 pig brains that had been dead for hours, opening up a new avenue in treating brain disease—and shaking our definition of brain death to its core. Announced on Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine devised a system roughly analogous to a dialysis machine, called BrainEx, that restores circulation and oxygen flow to a dead brain.

A selection of donuts, bagels, rolls, croissants, turnovers and sticky buns are displayed in a New York coffee cart, April 10, 2012. File image

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The United Nations estimates that nearly 1 billion people worldwide are malnourished, while nearly 2 billion are "overnourished."

One in five deaths globally is linked to poor diet, experts said in a study released Thursday, warning that overconsumption of sugar, salt and meat was killing millions of people every year.

A Congolese health worker administers Ebola vaccine to a boy who had contact with an Ebola sufferer in the village of Mangina, in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 18, 2018. File image

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In a study published Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports, the scientists said the approach could be used for Ebola and other newly emerging deadly diseases caused by viruses.

Scientists working on developing vaccines against Ebola have found they can "harvest" antibodies from volunteers vaccinated in research trials and use them to make treatments for the deadly viral infection.

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