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New UN Mission Chief Says Victory Against Ebola is Not too Far

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Ending the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is a difficult task, but it is "within our reach", the UN's new mission chief on the disease said, warning that the world has no choice but to beat back the infection. "This is a global crisis. We definitely have a difficult time ahead of us, but we can achieve it," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the new head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), said on arrival in Ghana on Saturday. "We have ...

New Cases of Swine Flu infection reported in the Indian capital

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Latest reports suggest that the capital, Delhi has two fresh cases of swine flu. According to the source, a 12-year old girl and 31-year-old woman have been infected with the virus. Yesterday, two cases of swine flu were registered in the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur. The administration of the hospital came into action where special wards were opened and a special team of doctors was deputed to treat swine flu cases. Additional Superintendent ...

Stunning New Discovery About Cholera Bacterium

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Scientists have recently discovered a new truth about the Cholera causing bacterium Vibrio cholerae (V cholerae) that infects the small intestine, which is characterized by acute watery diarrhea resulting in severe dehydration. Scientists have found that the cholera bacterium follows an unconventional way in which it the stabs and kills other bacteria to steal their DNA, making it potentially more virulent. The research group from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale ...

Angelina Jolie Recovers from Chicken Pox

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Ebola Fight Remains Tough but may be Won This Year

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The world can stamp out the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by the end of the year but months of tough work remain, says the outgoing chief of the United Nations' anti-Ebola mission. The outbreak, first identified in Guinea's remote southeast in early 2014, has struck six West African nations, with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia bearing the brunt of the 20,000 infections and nearly 8,000 dead. Faced with criticism the world was not doing enough, U.N. ...

End of Life Medical Decisions Does Not Make Cancer Patients Hopeless

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For few cancer patients, using an online tool for learning about end-of-life medical decisions and developing an advance directive document did not lead to psychological distress, claims a new study. "One thing we noticed is that many patients with advanced cancer had not had these conversations," said lead author Dr. Michael J. Green of the humanities and medicine departments at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. "When we talked ...

Kids With Pet Reptiles Risk Salmonella Infections

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One in four kids less than age five who were infected with Salmonella got the disease from a pet reptile in a recent UK study. The children with reptile-associated infections were significantly younger than other kids with Salmonella infections, more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to have invasive infections that affected the blood or brain. "In a household with both toddlers (or young infants) and reptile pets, there is good reason to exercise ...

Eczema Associated With Osteoporosis and Fractures

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Patients with the itchy skin condition eczema are more likely than others to have osteoporosis - which may be undiagnosed - and fractures, claims a new analysis. Eczema, which is marked by red, swollen, itchy skin, can be caused by other diseases, irritants or allergies. It is usually treated with topical corticosteroids or oral antihistamines. "There are a number of reasons why people with eczema may be at higher risk for osteoporosis," said Dr. Jonathan ...

Potential Approach Found to Treat Virus Causing Illness, Possible Paralysis

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Research findings point toward a class of compounds that could be effective in combating infections caused by enterovirus D68. This has stricken children with serious respiratory infections and might be associated with polio-like symptoms in the United States and elsewhere. Purdue researchers became interested in studying pleconaril's potential effectiveness against EV-D68 after an outbreak of about 20 cases of acute flaccid paralysis was reported ...

HIV Vaccines Should Avoid Viral Target Cells

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Vaccines designed to safeguard patients from HIV can backfire and lead to increased rates of infection. This negative effect has been seen in more than one vaccine clinical trial. Scientists at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have newly published results that support a straightforward explanation for the backfire effect. According to the study, the vaccination may increase the number of immune cells that serve as viral targets. ...

Not All Obese People Develop Metabolic Problems: Study

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A new study shows that obesity does not always go hand in hand with metabolic changes in the body that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. A new study shows that obesity does not always go hand in hand with metabolic changes in the body that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Scientists found that a group of obese people does not have common metabolic abnormalities associated with overweight, such as insulin resistance, ...

Polio Booths Established in J (and) K: Aim to Eradicate Polio

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Bad Luck is Responsible for Two-Thirds of Cancers Says a New Study

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Have you ever wondered why some people can smoke and drink into their old age while others with healthier lifestyles receive a cancer diagnosis? A landmark study from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center explains that random luck plays a significant role in determining whether or not a person is diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Bad luck is responsible for two-thirds of adult cancer while the remaining cases are due to environmental ...

Indian Scientist Abroad Come Up With New Strategy to Treat Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis More Effectively

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U.S. Teens Have Easy Access to Firearm Regardless of Suicide Risk

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U.S. teens report easy access to firearms, even when they have mental health problems that put them at an increased risk of suicide, reveals a new study. Overall, 41 percent of teens who reported being in a home with a firearm had easy access to it. Among teens with a history of mental illness or suicidal acts, researchers found that percentage was the same. The American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise healthcare ...

Men are Better at Dieting Than Women: Study

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Men are better at dieting than women, as men lose weight faster and find it easier to keep off, finds a new study. According to a study carried on 1,850 adults, a large percentage of men even went as far as to declare that dieting is 'easy' and the stats showed men are better at losing weight over both long and short timescales, the Mirror reported. It was also revealed if men do start putting a few pounds back on after reaching their target weight, ...

Know How Plant Biomass can be Converted into Biofuels More Efficiently

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Plant genetic advance could lead to more efficient conversion of plant biomass to biofuels, reveals a new study. Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. The authors stated that the most rigid of the ...