Robert Houle

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Why Protective Gear Is Sometimes Not Enough in the Fight Against Ebola

When it comes to Ebola, the full-body Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] suit is probably the best way to prevent infection. But a PPE can also be …

Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘we feel like a pariah nation’

On Monday, AdvocAid, an NGO that works with women and children in detention in Sierra Leone, was called on to help a woman threatened with prison for her behaviour outside a Freetown hospital.<p>The woman, angry at being told to wash her hands for the 11th time that day, had refused to use one of the …

Why Ebola Is Such A Uniquely Terrible Virus

In its struggle to beat back the virus, your immune system's reaction ravages the rest of your body, leaving your blood vessels weak and leaky.<p>Soon, blood and plasma start pushing through, sometimes coming out of your pores and every orifice.<p>But long before the body begins to fail — around the time …

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Sierra Leone residents clash with police over Ebola response

FREETOWN/MONROVIA (Reuters) - Sierra Leone security forces on Tuesday clashed with angry residents of a densely populated neighbourhood in the capital Freetown who were protesting delays in removing the corpse of a suspected Ebola victim, witnesses said.<p>Health workers in protective equipment handle …

The Ebola Crisis In Dallas Exposes One Critical Gap In The US Public Health System

If healthcare workers had responded faster and in full force in Dallas three weeks ago, they might have prevented two healthcare workers from getting Ebola, CDC director Tom Frieden said in a call with reporters for the first time on Tuesday.<p>That might have happened, had there been an " Ebola czar …

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Ebola Isn't a Medical Problem, It's a People Problem

You can create the most sophisticated medicines and vaccines in the universe, but none of that matters if most countries can't afford them-or even afford to train doctors in the first place.<p><i>An Ebola isolation ward in Lagos, Nigeria. Image via Flickr Creative Commons user CDC Global</i><p>Medicine has a …

HIV's spread traced back to 1920s Kinshasa

Long before scientists discovered its role in a mysterious disease affecting gay men and intravenous drug users, the world's most virulent strain of HIV had already begun its grim career in Belgian colonial Africa, according to new research.<p>In a paper published recently in the journal Science, …

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U.S. sets up rapid-response Ebola team; Dallas nurse improves

DALLAS (Reuters) - The United States is establishing a rapid-response team to help hospitals “within hours” whenever there is a case of Ebola, the top doctor leading the fight against the deadly virus said on Tuesday.<p>Registered nurse (RN) Sandy Sheble-Hall removes his goggles as per proper protocol …

How did English become the language of science?

Permafrost, oxygen, hydrogen — it all looks like science to me.<p>But these terms actually have origins in Russian, Greek and French.<p>Today though, if a scientist is going to coin a new term, it's most likely in English. And if they are going to publish a new discovery, it is most definitely in English.<p>…

In Sierra Leone, the Plague Is Closing in Around Us

Corruption, suspicion, and a lack of doctors all add up to a growing calamity in Freetown.<p>FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—“Sir, Mr. Lamin’s daughter was …

Ebola prevention: removing protective gear isn't easy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed yesterday that a nurse who treated Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US, has tested positive for Ebola. At the time of the announcement, the nurse — now identified as 26-year-old Nina Pham — had already been placed …

Ebola: The First Glimpse of a Virus

On Oct. 13, 1976, exactly 38 years ago Monday, Frederick A. Murphy, a CDC virologist and expert in photographing viruses peered into a microscope and …

Dallas Is Not Planning To Kill The Dog Of The Nurse With Ebola — Yet

Dallas officials have decided against killing the dog belonging to the nurse diagnosed with Ebola this weekend .<p>Excalibur, the dog of the Spanish nurse hospitalized with Ebola last week , was euthanized over fears that it could transmit the virus to people and other animals. But this dog will be …

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Thousands of children orphaned, rejected as Ebola wrecks families

DAKAR/GENEVA (Reuters) - Two days after his mother died of Ebola at a clinic in the Liberian capital Monrovia last month, four-year-old John was put into foster care so he could be monitored for the disease.<p>A school official takes a pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in …

Thousands of Ebola orphans shunned by relatives: UNICEF

The outbreak has claimed more than 3,000 lives this year in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and UNICEF estimates around 3,700 children have lost at least one parent -- with the number expected to double by mid-October.<p>"Ebola is turning a basic human reaction like comforting a sick child into a …

Leek Risotto Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> Leeks are humble. They often anchor a dish, providing flavor and depth, but rarely take center stage. This risotto celebrates leeks, ensuring their subtle flavor in every creamy bite. I don't like to be pushy, but if you really want a restaurant-quality risotto experience, you must …

South Africa Travel - KwaZulu Natal

South Africa Travel – Adventure in KwaZulu Natal<p>3 Comments<p>South Africa Travel – enough to make your Adrenal Glands Explode!<p>After having an awesome …

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Who's to blame when Rwanda's exiled spy chief is found dead in South Africa?

Rwanda's former intelligence chief has turned up dead in a Johannesburg hotel room.<p>Details are few, but South African police say they've begun a murder investigation. They found a rope and a bloody towel in a safe in the Michelangelo Towers hotel room of Patrick Karegeya and the former spymaster's …

South African diaspora a study in apartheid

In 1989, when he was a young military doctor, Johann Malan was summoned to a clandestine meeting at the residence of South African president F.W. DeKlerk.<p>He was told Nelson Mandela was being transported from prison to take part in secret negotiations. Dr. Malan's job was to care for the world's …

South Africa's Cape wine route: top 10 guide

The vineyards outside Cape Town offer superb value, with bottles for under £3. From sunset tastings against a backdrop of mountains to renting a thatched cottage overlooking the vines, we have the lowdown on where to drink, eat and stay<p>Just a half an hour drive outside Cape Town you are already at …

This is why South African schoolgirls say 'yes' to sex with sugar daddies

<i>This story is part of a year-long series, School Year: Learning, Poverty, and Success in a South African Township.</i><p>Sima (not her real name) lives in a small, dilapidated house in a sprawling township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Most nights, she and her siblings go to bed hungry.<p>“We …

German police find masterpieces by Picasso and others thought lost in World War II

Over the weekend, the German weekly magazine Focus broke the story that German police had found an enormous trove of modernist paintings crammed in an apartment in Munich.<p>The pieces include works by the likes of Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall — masterpieces thought to have been lost or looted from …

A photographer in Congo witnessed the moment when the guns fell silent

Jubilant residents of eastern Congo are pouring into their dusty streets this week.<p>They're celebrating a decision by the ruthless rebel group known as the M23 to lay down their arms.<p>Congo's army and rebels had been fighting for more than a year before the government forces soundly defeated the …

'Could the next Google come from Africa?'

Ghana is a country of technological contradictions. In many schools, IT is taught in classrooms with no electricity yet mobile penetration exceeds 100%. Tech start-ups are using the challenges and opportunities as a spring board and achieving way beyond expectation<p>In East Legon, a smart suburb of …

Top EU court ruling backs gay African asylum bids

<b>The EU's top court has ruled that homosexuals from Sierra Leone, Uganda and Senegal who fear imprisonment in their home country have grounds for asylum in EU member states.</b><p>The Netherlands had asked the court for advice about three gay citizens of those countries seeking asylum.<p>The European Court of …

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