Health & Science

Health & Science
Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 22:49 UTC

Ebola outbreak in Congo is the indigenous 'Zaire strain' and not connected to West Africa

Gabon laboratory report clearly stated, “the virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in west Africa.”

Results from virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been analyzed and they belong to the so called Zaire strain, in a lineage most closely related to a virus from the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 22:39 UTC

UN launches in Haiti second phase of vaccination campaign against cholera

Oral vaccines two doses against cholera are safe and provide durable protection close to 70% and are effective for a period of two years in endemic areas.

The United Nations (UN) launched in Haiti, the second phase of the vaccination campaign against cholera, which was initiated and implemented by the Haitian authorities as part of the broader framework of the national plan for the elimination of cholera in the country.

Thursday, August 28th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Ebola outbreak needs an 'unprecedented' response to bring it under control

Brice de la Vigne, MSF operations director, said efforts to bring the outbreak under control had been far too chaotic: “It is simply unacceptable”

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 20:42 UTC

Falkland Islands resident off to Oxford University with a Chevening scholarship

Clare Cockwell has been offered a full scholarship to study for an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Hertford College.

A Falkland Islands resident is off to the University of Oxford later this year, after being announced as the Falkland Islands' newest Chevening Scholar. Clare Cockwell has been offered a full scholarship under the UK Government's Chevening programme to study towards an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Hertford College.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 23:48 UTC

Don't blame Columbus: TB in the Americas already was seals

Scientists have unearthed ancient Peruvian skeletons that contain DNA from TB strains. The 1,000-year-old remains predate Europeans' arrival about 500 years.

The long-held idea that Europeans were the first to bring tuberculosis to the Americas when they arrived in the 15th Century has been thrown into doubt. Instead, a study suggests that the deadly disease was present in the area hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus made landfall.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 13:19 UTC

Two first patients treated for Ebola virus in US hospital have been released

After thanking God for his recovery, Dr. Brantly said he was glad for the attention his sickness has attracted to the plight of the West Africa epidemic

The two United States aid workers who were the first patients ever to be treated for the Ebola virus at a hospital in the US have been released, capping a transcontinental medical drama that stirred public debate about whether citizens with the virus or exposed to the virus should have been allowed to return.

Monday, August 18th 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Scientists create a carbon dioxide absorbing 'polymer sponge' that helps new energy sources

 “The key point is that this polymer is stable, it’s cheap and it adsorbs CO2 extremely well”, said Dr. Andrew Cooper of Liverpool University

Scientists have created a new sponge-type material that absorbs carbon dioxide, which is believed to play a key role in global warming. The polymer – a large molecule used in plastics – is thought to have the potential to bridge the gap between the use of fossil fuels and new energy sources such as hydrogen, and could be integrated into power plant smokestacks in the future.

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 11:49 UTC

Plenty of generic Viagra in Brazilian pharmacies as patent expires

Carlos Sanchez has turned EMS Participacoes SA into a pharmaceutical company with revenue of two billion Reais

The day after Pfizer Inc’s patent for Viagra expired in Brazil, Carlos Sanchez flooded pharmacies with his generic erectile dysfunction pills. It was a day his army of lawyers, researchers and marketers had been preparing for more than three years, even winning a bid to move up the patent’s expiration date.

Saturday, August 16th 2014 - 08:28 UTC

Ebola-affected region athletes involved in body contact disciplines banned from Youth Games

The rules will prevent three athletes from the region from competing in those events, the Nanjing organizing committee statement said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday it was prohibiting young athletes from the Ebola-affected region of West Africa from participating in certain events at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 02:18 UTC

WHO downplays panic: air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission

”Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne,” says Dr Isabelle Nuttall, Director of WHO Global Capacity Alert and Response.

The World Health Organization reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low. “Unlike infections such as influenza or tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne,” says Dr Isabelle Nuttall, Director of WHO Global Capacity Alert and Response. “It can only be transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with the disease.”

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