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29 Oct 2014

Libya has become a major departure point for Africans trying to reach Europe to find work and escape from difficult conditions in their home countries. Accidents at sea, usually involving overloaded and unstable vessels, kill hundreds of emigrants from North Africa every year. Human traffickers have exploited Libya's political chaos and porous borders since 2011, when dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed. Restriction is toughest since Soviet era, though critics reject move as patronizing and ineffective act of censorship in line with a string of conservative morality laws More Featured Videos Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player ....



26 Oct 2014

ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT She said Western nations must dispatch more experts in tropical medicine, especially field workers who know how to help communities prevent the often lethal virus from spreading. And the World Health Organization (WHO) must fulfill its leading role in coordinating the international response to the epidemic, the president of the global, Swiss-based medical charity told Reuters by telephone. "I think they are in the process of bringing more people from the WHO but the reality is that this epidemic will be not be contained unless there are more players," Liu said. "We are missing everything right now. We are missing a strong leadership centrally, with core nation capacity and disease emergency...



22 Oct 2014

View photo Members of Myanmar's Ministry of Health screen passengers at the international airport in Yangon on August 20, 2014 after a local man was taken to hospital after arriving from Guinea with a fever (AFP Photo/Ye Aung Thu) Hanoi (AFP) - Vietnam has released two Nigerians isolated after arriving from west Africa with fevers, saying they show no symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola test results for the pair are not yet known but the health ministry said their condition had improved. "After 24 hours of monitoring, the two patients were without fever, showing no abnormal signs or symptoms related to Ebola," it said in a statement released late Wednesday. The two men will be put under "community surveillance"...



18 Oct 2014

What is alarming is the socio-economic impact these accidents have, not only on the person affected, but on the hospital and our city as a whole. Even in cases where the driver is at fault, it is rare for them to even be cited for a traffic violation in most cases. More importantly, personal injury insurance and health coverage barely cover the emergency services needed for these accidents, and most services offered at the hospital are subsidized by taxpayer dollars, which means we are paying for this on all sides. This is unacceptable. There is currently a wave of momentum to address these complex issues and attempt to tease through how we as a city can rebuild, redefine and reinforce the safety in our city. This...



18 Oct 2014

Every floor of the hospital has an isolation room, he said. The hospital is now preparing drills on how to handle suspected cases. Signs posted throughout the hospital urge patients to tell their health care providers if they've traveled to other countries, particularly in West Africa. Nurses will also ask patients if they have been in contact with anyone who may have had Ebola, or if they have interacted with an international traveler who may have become ill. The hospital's leadership is discussing which types of protective gear should be worn by staff when screening patients who may be infected.
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16 Oct 2014

Normally, organisms that reproduce sexually carry two copies of each gene, and each parent hands one copy down to offspring. That means a typical gene has a 50-50 chance of being passed down. An engineered gene drive improves those odds. It contains a modified gene, coupled with an enzyme that will shred the normal, unaltered copy of the gene. When a cell tries to repair this damage, it will often use the unshredded copy, including the gene drive, as a template. That means more than half the offspring -- in some organisms nearly all -- will carry the new gene. A team of Harvard researchers realized that a two-year-old genome-editing technology called CRISPR would probably make it possible to engineer gene drives that...



13 Oct 2014

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Show Caption Previous Next CINCINNATI As a child in the poor, remote village of Kabingo in Uganda, Maria Nakafeero listened to the stories about her older sister's untimely death. Then, she saw three more siblings die from malaria, fever, and infection, including a sister who was six months pregnant. As she grew and excelled in school, Nakafeero came to realize that all of their deaths were from treatable causes. Now 27, she is earning a master's in public health at University of Cincinnati , with dreams of modernizing her home's health care and infrastructure to prevent more needless deaths. "One of my wildest dreams is to work with...



11 Oct 2014

Anything you touch, you wash your hands," she scolds them. Days later, she says her prayers have been answered: After three weeks at an Ebola treatment center, 13-year-old Ruth is cured. She is still weak, so she is staying with Farley's family. When Ruth is well enough she will return home. Here in their house, there is little trace left of dead loved ones, because authorities have burned their parents' clothing in a bid to stop the spread of the disease.
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04 Oct 2014

The Fridley hospital immediately enacted a public health protocol isolating the patient, restricting access to caregivers wearing protective garb, and notifying specialists at its parent organization, Allina Health, and the Minnesota Department of Health. A doctor soon discovered the patient had malaria, not Ebola, but the incident signaled the heightened state of readiness at Minnesota hospitals as they prepare for the deadly virus that has devastated parts of West Africa. Everybody is on the watch, said Dr. Wendy Slattery, medical director of infection control for Allina Health, who said the episode gave her confidence that her hospitals are prepared for a real Ebola case. Long before the first U.S. Ebola case was...



28 Sep 2014

Sierra Leone accounts for 1,940 of those cases and 597 deaths. However, cases and deaths uncovered during the three-day lockdown have not yet been included in the official figures, the WHO said. The other countries at the center of the outbreak are Guinea and Liberia, with a small number of cases reported in Nigeria and one in Senegal. The number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone could rise to between 550,000 and 1.4 million by January if there are no additional interventions or changes in community behavior, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report Tuesday. The range of estimated cases is wide because experts suspect the current count is highly under-reported. The estimate was derived...