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West Africans 'abused' in New York over Ebola

Members of the West African community in New York say their children were being bullied at school and their businesses were losing money because of hysteria over Ebola, a disease that has has killed about 5,000 people in West Africa.<p>On Wednesday, the African Advisory Council (AAC), a community …

Ebola crisis: DEC launches unprecedented appeal for public help

The Disasters Emergency Committee is to launch an unprecedented appeal for help from the public to tackle the Ebola crisis in west Africa, warning that a medical emergency is turning into a humanitarian catastrophe.<p>The DEC – which appeals in times of crisis on behalf of 13 leading aid charities …

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

<b>Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.</b><p>The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient's bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a …

Medical Research

Radio in tribal languages spreads Ebola message

In Liberia, at the centre of the west African outbreak, the airwaves are often the best way to disseminate information on the epidemic, yet swathes of the ethnically diverse country do not speak the lingua franca.<p>"They don't mainly understand the words (radio stations) used in English. Some people …

Ebola: US nurse 'to take legal action' over confinement

<b>A US nurse held in quarantine in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in West Africa says she will challenge her confinement in a federal court.</b><p>Kaci Hickox said she was made to feel like a criminal after returning from Sierra Leone last Friday.<p>Her lawyer says the case has raised "serious …

Disease

Chris Christie Stuck Her In 'Prison.' So Ebola Nurse Says She'll Sue.

Kaci Hickox treated Ebola patients in West Africa. She’s a hero.<p>Since she got home to America, she’s been treated like a criminal.<p>Hickox is a nurse who specializes in infectious disease, and the first American to be isolated under New Jersey’s new 21-day quarantine on Ebola aid workers. She worked …

Testing of Canadian Ebola vaccine moving as fast as possible: NewLink CEO

The CEO of the company that holds the licence for a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine has a message for people who are frustrated by how long it is taking to get it into use in West Africa.<p>The race to get the vaccine safety tested and made in sufficient quantities so that large studies can be rolled out …

Ebola Could Be Contained Within Six Months: Red Cross Official

BEIJING - A top Red Cross official said Wednesday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months. Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told a …

Three Paris cops could face charges over alleged rape of Toronto woman: reports

French media report three police officers could face charges in connection with the alleged rape of a Canadian woman at the Paris police headquarters, while a fourth officer is expected to be released from custody.<p>A spokesman for Paris police told The Canadian Press the case had been transferred to …

Ashoka Mukpo says he's not sure how he caught Ebola

American journalist Ashoka Mukpo, undergoing treatment for Ebola in Nebraska, said Monday that he doesn't know exactly how he contracted the virus.<p>"It was something fluky," he said on Twitter. "My best guess is I touched a surface and didn't chlorinate fast enough."<p>Mukpo, 33, a Rhode Island native, …

Microsoft Offers Cloud-Computing Tools in Fight Against Ebola

Microsoft on Monday announced it will provide free cloud-computing and research applications to medical researchers working on the Ebola virus. "One of the things tomorrow morning we're going to do is make available Azure computer power to the research community," CEO Satya Nadella said at a …