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How a killer disease was stopped in its tracks

<b>One of the world's deadliest viruses, Ebola kills up to half of those it infects. But despite appearing to have all the hallmarks of a potential epidemic, the latest outbreak developed in a very different way.</b><p>Emerging in a border area of the Democratic Republic of Congo in April, this Ebola …

Disease

The Unreal Scope of China’s Intellectual Property Theft

A federal judge recently issued a $1.5 million fine to a Chinese wind turbine company, Sinovel, for stealing key intellectual property from a …

Conservative View

Activists lash out at global response to TB - SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader.

Community activists have described efforts to fight TB globally as shameful. Governments, donors and civil society have all been criticised for not …

Africa

The World's Breastfeeding Champ?

Peace Umutoni has four children and works full time as an administrative officer. When her youngest was born seven months ago, Umutoni was able to …

Africa

Obesity expert treats 'unweighable' 50-stone patient

Three years after the stark warning from the World Health Organisation (Who) that Ireland is on course to become Europe's most obese nation, Prof …

Ireland

Edgelands, episode 4: A close encounter in Białowieza Forest

Over the last three months, adventurer Ash Bhardwaj has been travelling Russia's long-contested European border, from the Arctic Circle to Ukraine. In this fourth episode of <b>Edgelands</b>, he visits Białowieza Forest - one of the last remaining tracts of the vast primeval forest that once spanned the …

Belarus

In Damascus, war amputees walk again on Syrian-made prosthetics

Propped up by a mobility frame in a rehabilitation centre in Syria’s capital, Abdulghani Ghayyana carefully inches forward on two artificial legs, as …

Prosthetics

Somali Girl Dies After Undergoing FGM

Doctors in central Somalia say a 10-year-old girl has died after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). Director of Hanano hospital in …

Female Genital Mutilation

UN says ‘many humanitarian achievements’, one year after ouster of ISIL from Mosul

“One year later, many humanitarian achievements can be observed,” said Marta Ruedas, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.<p>Saturday marked the end of …

Middle East

Nothing fishy here: city samples test negative for formalin

There’s good news for the city’s fish lovers. After a nationwide scare of fish laced with formalin, a cancer-causing chemical preservative, 27 …

India News

4 Years After MH17 Downing, Advocates Urge Continued Attention To AIDS Crisis

Just over four years ago, on July 17, 2014, six delegates on their way to the International AIDS Conference died in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.<p>The delegates were among the 298 people killed hours after their flight took off from Amsterdam.<p>International …

Public Health

FDA joins EU in seeking recall of certain Chinese-made valsartan products over potential cancer risk

Recalls of certain drugs containing heart drug valsartan supplied by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical have spread to the U.S., as the FDA sought …

High Blood Pressure

London laces up to become world's most 'walkable' city

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he wants to make the British capital the world's most walkable city<p>By Adela Suliman<p>LONDON, July 19 (Thomson …

Environmentalism

Biker nun on a mission to free Tanzania from grip of HIV

Sister Kate is one of a team promoting testing and treatment that could save millions of lives<p>It is mid-afternoon and, in a field in rural Tanzania, a meeting about HIV services has turned into an impromptu karate lesson. Families laugh as people take turns to practise with Sister Kate. This is not …

Family Planning

Essential services on verge of shutdown in Gaza as emergency fuel set to run out

“At least one hospital has been forced to shut down for a few hours, and services are being dramatically reduced at others,” said Jamie McGoldrick, …

Israel

We shouldn't wait for national pharmacare: We need universal contraception coverage now

After decades of debating pharmacare, Canada might finally be moving toward implementing a national plan. A federal advisory council on pharmacare, …

Public Health

Abstract

This paper proposes a joint vision for health systems strengthening (HSS) toachieve universal health coverage (UHC). It is intended to be a key …

Public Health

Depressed People Use These Words More Often

They're not always negative words.<p>From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on …

Depression

Drink This Beverage to Help Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Tea drinkers already know how good tea tastes—but what about how good tea can be for you? Research shows tea can help you feel more alert (thanks, caffeine!), and the drink may have a positive effect on your blood pressure and cholesterol, both of which are risk factors of heart disease. If you’re …

Tea

Indonesia girl jailed for abortion after being raped by brother

A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an official said on Saturday.<p>The girl was sentenced on Thursday alongside her 17-year-old brother in a closed hearing at Muara Bulian district court on the island of Sumatra, the …

Social Work

How to Treat Every Type of Insect Bite and Sting

You’ve just sunk into your cool sheets after another gloriously warm day when you hear the unmistakable buzz of a mosquito getting closer in the dark. And then the itching starts. In the summertime, bugs that have been hiding all winter come outside in full force — and we’re on the menu. Most of …

Insects

Breastmilk offers lifelong health benefits. Let's promote it better | Kristin Lawless

Flavors in a mother’s diet come through in her breast milk, teaching the baby what to expect with solid foods<p>There’s a simple reason we have missed the critical importance of breast milk for lifelong health. “It’s because science has been completely focused on the diseases of rich, middle-aged …

Breast Feeding

'Scared to chew': How a betel nut chewing habit nearly cost an ARIA-award winning singer his gift

He's won an ARIA and is one of Papua New Guinea's most famous musicians, but George Telek nearly lost his ability to sing because of a simple …

Papua New Guinea

A Somali Girl Died From FGM & Activists Say It May Happen More Often Than You Hear

Activists are hoping the death of a 10-year-old Somali girl who hemorrhaged after female genital mutilation surgery may help raise awareness about …

Female Genital Mutilation

Opioids: Why 'dangerous' drugs are still being used to treat pain

<b>The widespread use of opioids to treat pain frequently prompts concerns about addiction and even deaths. So, why are these sometimes dangerous drugs still being given to patients?</b><p>Much stronger than many of the other options, opioids are among the world's most commonly prescribed painkillers.<p>These …

Medicine

The big picture: America's debate on the severity of gaming addiction

Executives in professional sports fields are increasingly worrying that their athletes are becoming addicted to video games, the Washington Post …

Public Health

Why mobile phones are NOT a health hazard

This is not a case of an industry trying to distract from an inescapable scientific conclusion – there is nothing of substance from which to deflect<p>Last week the Observer published an article by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie on a disturbing topic – the idea that telecoms giants might collude to …

Albert Einstein

Air pollution linked to higher breast cancer risk: Canadian study

Air pollution has long been linked to health conditions such as stroke, heart disease and lung cancer. According to a new Canadian study, polluted …

Breast Cancer

What happens to your hearing at a music festival?

Here's what happens to your eardrum (and what you can do about it.)<p>If you're a music lover, then you probably love a good music festival. Maybe you …

Music Festivals

Antibodies from Ebola survivors may protect animals from virus

Two types of antibodies from the blood of Ebola survivors protected animals against strains of the virus that cause deadly infections in people.

Disease