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Ebola vaccine tests show it could 'neutralise' virus: Geneva hospital
1 Apr 2015 at 2:57pm
An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in Europe and Africa sparks the production of the antibodies needed to neutralise the deadly virus, a Geneva hospital said Wednesday. There is no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, and the World Health Organization last year endorsed rushing potential ones through trials in a bid to stem the epidemic still simmering in west Africa. Initial clinical trials of the VSV-ZEBOV candidate vaccine, manufactured by the Public Health Agency of Canada and developed by Merck, show that it "triggers the production of antibodies capable of neutralising the Ebola virus," the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) said in a statement.
Too much iced tea caused Arkansas man's kidney problems
1 Apr 2015 at 2:26pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Doctors traced an Arkansas man's kidney failure to an unusual cause ? his habit of drinking a gallon of iced tea each day.
The Importance of Community
1 Apr 2015 at 2:25pm
Throughout high school, college and after college, many of us are on a mission to have the highest number of friends possible. For some reason, we think it's quantity over quality. We're certain that we'll be cooler, happier and more popular based on a higher number - especially when social media comes into play. 'How many Facebook friends do...
DNA blood test is accurate for detecting Down syndrome
1 Apr 2015 at 2:20pm
A blood test for pregnant mothers that detects an unborn child's DNA is better than standard tests at detecting Down syndrome, and returns fewer false positives, US researchers said Wednesday. The cell-free DNA blood test, which finds small amounts of floating DNA from the fetus in the mother's blood sample, can be given to a woman when she is between 10 and 14 weeks pregnant. Researchers studied nearly 16,000 women, and found that the cell-free DNA blood test correctly identified all 38 fetuses with Down syndrome in the group, said the study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
10 Ebola cases found during Sierra Leone's shutdown
1 Apr 2015 at 12:20pm
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) ? Sierra Leone found 10 new Ebola cases during a three-day countrywide shutdown, an official said Wednesday, declaring that the West African country is now at the "tail end" of the epidemic.
10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get a Good Night's Sleep
1 Apr 2015 at 11:32am
By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media editorParents know firsthand the impact a poor night's sleep has on kids. Lack of sleep can contribute to crankiness, problems with attention and learning, behavioral issues and even health problems such as obesity. Though the reasons for poor sleep vary, many parents worry that media and technology...
"New wave" of GMOs: pink pineapples, purple tomatoes
1 Apr 2015 at 11:11am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? With recent government approval of potatoes that don't bruise and apples that don't brown, a new generation of genetically modified foods is headed to grocery shelves.
Questions persist about sexual effects of baldness drug
1 Apr 2015 at 9:25am
A review of 34 clinical trials on a popular drug to treat hair loss in men found that none of the studies adequately reported on sexual side effects, researchers said Wednesday. The findings raise serious questions about whether the drug -- known as finasteride and marketed as Propecia and Proscar, among other names -- is safe, said the report by scientists at Northwestern University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology. The drug, approved in 1992, works by interfering with testosterone, and the pharmaceutical giant Merck lists decreased sex drive, impotence and problems with ejaculation among its common side effects.
LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated
1 Apr 2015 at 9:11am
I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever. After a careful analysis of the latest federal LGBTQ surveillance data, I'm extremely pleased to announce that the unthinkable has indeed occurred: LGBTQ health disparities have been...
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
1 Apr 2015 at 9:09am
We all know that this winter has been pretty rough with the seemingly endless blizzards, ice storms and sub-zero weather. But March marks the beginning of spring -- the season of change. Mother Nature runs her course, thawing life out of the winter cold and breathing new life into spring. People seem to reflect that same change this time of...
Avril Lavigne and Lyme Disease: Your Questions Answered
1 Apr 2015 at 8:56am
Singer Avril Lavigne revealed in the latest issue of People Magazine that she has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Why Your Brain Will Trick You This April Fool's Day
1 Apr 2015 at 8:54am
Turns out your brain is predisposed to believe silly April Fool's Day pranks.
Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
1 Apr 2015 at 7:28am
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.
Ethiopian maid 'accuses WHO official in Thailand of slavery'
1 Apr 2015 at 6:42am
Thai police said Wednesday they are investigating a senior Bangkok-based World Health Organization official and his wife after their Ethiopian maid accused them of modern-day slavery and physical abuse. The 25-year-old maid filed a complaint last month accusing her employers of beating her and forcing her to work without pay for nearly two years at their residence in a plush expat colony in Nonthaburi, a northern satellite city of Bangkok, police said. "They (the official and his wife) have been accused of human trafficking, tricking her to work, failing to pay her and abuse," Police Colonel Mana Tienmaungpak, head of investigations at Pakkred police station in Nonthaburi, told AFP. The maid's lawyer Surapong Kongchantuk from the Lawyers Council of Thailand confirmed his client had worked for a "high-ranking WHO representative" from July 2013 until early March.
Where Do the World's Hungriest People Live? Not Where You Think
1 Apr 2015 at 4:23am
If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world's hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which are global economic powerhouses. These countries are hosts to the Missing Middle, or...