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Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’

Test Ebola drug ’100% effective’

unable to retrieve full-text contentThe only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection. Continue reading

WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The aim is to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months, while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact. Continue reading

Senegal confirms first Ebola case

Senegal confirms first Ebola case

unable to retrieve full-text contentSenegal’s health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country now affected by the outbreak. Continue reading

Post-natal care lacking, say midwives

Post-natal care lacking, say midwives

unable to retrieve full-text contentA report from the Royal College of Midwives suggests that 40% of women are being discharged from hospital before they are ready after having a baby. Continue reading

Parents snatch ill boy, 5, from ward

Parents snatch ill boy, 5, from ward

unable to retrieve full-text contentA five-year-old boy with a brain tumour is taken without consent from hospital by his parents, sparking a major police hunt for the family. Continue reading

Electrical stimulation ‘aids memory’

Electrical stimulation ‘aids memory’

unable to retrieve full-text contentElectromagnetic stimulation of a specific part of the brain may improve the ability to remember certain facts, researchers say. Continue reading

Plain packs ‘no effect on smokers’

Plain packs ‘no effect on smokers’

unable to retrieve full-text contentA study of smokers in Australia suggests there is “no evidence” that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes. Continue reading

Ebola Africa travel bans to be axed

Ebola Africa travel bans to be axed

unable to retrieve full-text contentWest African health ministers meeting in Ghana follow WHO advice and lift travel restrictions on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. Continue reading

New hospital food rules introduced

New hospital food rules introduced

unable to retrieve full-text contentHospitals in England will be expected to provide a higher standard of food under new rules being introduced by the government. Continue reading

Second-hand e-cig smoke compared to regular cigarette smoke

Second-hand e-cig smoke compared to regular cigarette smoke

Despite a 10-fold decrease in overall exposure to carcinogenic particulate matter, researchers find increased levels of certain toxic metals in second-hand smoke from e-cigs. E-cigarettes are healthier for your neighbors than traditional cigarettes, but still release toxins into the air, according to a new study from USC. Scientists studying secondhand smoke from e-cigarettes discovered an overall 10-fold decrease in exposure to harmful particles, with close-to-zero exposure to organic carcinogens. Continue reading