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Ebola shows up solidarity deficit in Africa growth story
26 Oct 2014 at 12:50am
By James Harding Giahyue and Pascal Fletcher MONROVIA/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's economic growth is bounding ahead, despite the Ebola epidemic gnawing at its western shoulder, but some see the continent showing a deficit in solidarity towards the three poor and war-weakened states worst hit by the deadly disease. While non-African nations from the United States to China and Cuba are deploying resources and health personnel in a U.N. ...
South Africans deploy owls to fight rat problem in townships
26 Oct 2014 at 12:49am
By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A young barn owl looks bug-eyed in curiosity as a bird handler readies it for a new life - to be spent hunting the rats that plague South Africa's poor and mostly black urban areas. The Township Owl Project takes juvenile birds rescued from perilous situations, such as when a building where they nested in is demolished, and gives them a new home and a new job. ...
U.S. diplomat travels to West Africa as Ebola quarantine moves take hold
26 Oct 2014 at 12:43am
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations embarked on a trip to West Africa, new rules in three U.S. states mandating quarantine for health workers returning from the Ebola-stricken region drew criticism, even as some U.S. lawmakers called for a travel ban on the three worst-hit countries. Samantha Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday bound for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...
Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm
26 Oct 2014 at 12:05am
SINGAPORE (AP) ? The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in an Asian city.
Nurse criticizes Ebola quarantine, raising concern
25 Oct 2014 at 11:50pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? The nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital because she had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa criticized the way her case has been handled, raising concerns from humanitarian and human rights groups over unclear policies for the newly launched quarantine program.
Medical establishment also a casualty of Ebola crisis
25 Oct 2014 at 11:30pm
Beyond the human tragedy of the Ebola epidemic unfolding in west Africa, the crisis is claiming a collateral victim: trust in the medical order. The biggest casualty is the reputation of the UN's World Health Organization (WHO), which analysts fault for foot-dragging and misjudgements. Also under assault are Big Pharma, the West's aid policies in Africa and public faith in the rich world's lavishly funded health systems. "If the Ebola epidemic does not spur major reforms, it will undermine the credibility of (the) WHO and the UN, and enable the conditions for future crises to persist."
Big data becomes tool in Ebola battle
25 Oct 2014 at 10:53pm
Nine days before Ebola was declared an epidemic, a group of researchers and computer scientists in Boston spotted the hemorrhagic fever beginning to spread in Guinea. By scouring the Internet for clues from social media, local news reports and other available online data, the algorithm developed by HealthMap had an early picture of the deadly disease moving across West Africa. "Official agencies tend to be more cautious about these announcements, so public communication tends to lag," said Clark Freifeld, who co-founded HealthMap in 2006 at Boston Children's Hospital.
U.S. nurse quarantined over Ebola calls treatment 'frenzy of disorganization'
25 Oct 2014 at 9:20pm
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Illinois joined New York and New Jersey in imposing mandatory quarantines for people arriving with a risk of having contracted Ebola in West Africa, but the first person isolated under the new rules, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, called her treatment a "frenzy of disorganization." Kaci Hickox, who arrived at Newark airport in New Jersey on Friday, described hours of questioning by officials in protective gear and what she said was a mis-diagnosis of fever, followed by a transfer to a hospital isolation tent. ...
US: Power to visit Ebola-ravaged West Africa
25 Oct 2014 at 8:33pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The United States ambassador to the United Nations is on her way to visit all three of the West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, amid rising calls for travel restrictions back home in the U.S.
What A Caregiver Needs To Do In Order To Help Others
25 Oct 2014 at 6:15pm
When I was a boy growing up in South Boston, there simply weren't enough hours in the day to do all the things I wanted and had to do. Whether it was going to school, delivering newspapers, and grocery bundles, playing football, baseball or basketball or doing homework, finding more time to do all these things was more than a challenge for me....
The Secrets To Long Life As Shared By Those Over 90 Years Old
25 Oct 2014 at 6:10pm
We're all looking for the fountain of youth. It's right in front of our eyes.Not only do we want to live to a ripe old age, but we also want to do so while maintaining our vigor and health. What good is to live longer but be in failing health and homebound?More than half of those born today will live to be 100. In the United States today, two...
Health officials probing death of Tennessee student for possible enterovirus
25 Oct 2014 at 5:08pm
(Reuters) - Health officials were investigating the death of a middle school student in Nashville after preliminary tests suggested the pupil had a potent virus that has infected hundreds of children nationwide. Specific testing to confirm or rule out the student had Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) was pending, according to an email sent to middle school parents on Friday by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and the Metro Public Health Department. School spokesman Joe Bass said on Saturday that there was no further information about the student, who attended Haynes Middle School. ...
U.S. envoy Samantha Power travels to Ebola-stricken West Africa
25 Oct 2014 at 4:56pm
By Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and will also visit Liberia and Sierra Leone, making the trip despite calls by some U.S. lawmakers for a travel ban on the three West African countries worst-affected by Ebola. Power, a member of President Barack Obama's cabinet, left Washington on Saturday. ...
U.S. FDA issues emergency authorization for two new Ebola tests
25 Oct 2014 at 4:40pm
By Yasmeen Abutaleb NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal health regulators granted emergency authorization on Saturday for two new tests made by BioFire Defense that detect Ebola in humans, highlighting new steps by the government to prevent a severe outbreak in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working closely with Salt Lake City-based BioFire, a subsidiary of medical diagnostics maker BioMerieux, to obtain the necessary performance data to allow for the authorizations, the federal agency said in a news release. ...
Mali seeks to contain Ebola fears after girl dies
25 Oct 2014 at 3:30pm
Mali authorities on Saturday sought to calm fears after Ebola claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometre bus journey before being treated. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned the situation in Mali was an "emergency", and said in its latest Ebola situation report that the biggest outbreak on record has now killed 4,922 people, the vast majority of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 10,141 cases reported. The US states of New York and New Jersey ordered mandatory quarantine for medics who had treated victims of the disease in west Africa, after a doctor who had returned from the region became the first Ebola case in New York City. President Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday that they must be "guided by the facts, not fear".