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‘The World Is Losing the Battle to Contain’ Ebola

The world’s leading medical organizations are sounding the alarm over an outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has now spread to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Of the 3,500 confirmed cases, 1,500 people have died.

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WHO Puts Kenya on Notice for Ebola Outbreak

Kenya is the next African nation to be put on alert by the World Health Organization, which has categorized the country as a “high-risk” site for a potential Ebola outbreak.

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Concern Spreads With Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria

Nigeria is looking like the next frontier for the Ebola outbreak that has Liberia on lockdown, after a man infected with the virulent virus flew to Lagos from Liberia before succumbing to the disease late last month.

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The West African Food Staple That Isn’t Helping the Ebola Crisis

Where food is scarce, creative measures are taken for the sake of survival, and that’s why bush meat persists as a source of sustenance in African countries vulnerable to the Ebola virus.

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Hopes for HIV Treatment Dashed After Virus Reappears in ‘Cured Girl’

HIV scientists believed they were on the path toward a cure for AIDS when an infected newborn showed no signs of the virus after a new treatment. Years later, the illness has been detected again.

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Doctors Urge Calm as U.S. Patient Tests Positive for Deadly MERS Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first U.S. case of MERS, a deadly virus for which there is no treatment. However, the risk to the public is low, according to the assistant surgeon general.

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WHO: Common Infections and Minor Injuries Would Kill Again in ‘Post-Antibiotic Era’

The World Health Organization says the world faces a huge public health threat as bacteria and viruses become increasingly resistant to antibiotic drugs, putting people of any age in danger.

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Flu Rears Its Ugly, Epidemic Head

Flu is leading the winter sickness season as three trends stand out: The illness is striking early, a new norovirus is surging and health care professionals are witnessing the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years.

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Stuxnet-Like Virus Targets Middle East Banks

Digital security experts have discovered a new cyber-surveillance virus in the Middle East that can steal login and password information and spy on banking transactions, system configurations and other data.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Gene Therapy Awaits Approval in Europe

The European Commission is close to approving a form of genetic therapy for people who are unable to properly digest fats. It would be the first time such a therapy has been approved.

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Study: One-Sixth of Cancers Are Preventable

Cancer is caused by infection in one out of six patients worldwide, according to a medical review published in The Lancet Oncology. That means as many as 2 million people a year get cancer for lack of preventive vaccines and antibiotics.

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Cold Virus Linked to Childhood Obesity

It could be that obese kids are just likelier to catch colds, but research suggests that adenovirus 36 may actually be rewriting fat cells in children, causing them to gain more weight.

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Epidemiologist Sees a Way to Curb Spread of HIV/AIDS

Going after HIV with antiretroviral drugs as soon after infection as possible could significantly slow the spread of the virus, according to epidemiologist Brian Williams. One familiar challenge in implementing this strategy, however, lies in getting people to agree to be tested.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Fighting Swine Flu With Elmo, Obama

As American schoolkids clamber back onto buses and funnel into classrooms, the federal government is working on ways to squelch the swine flu virus, which may not be as ferocious as health officials first feared but is proving to be pretty tenacious. President Obama, as well as a familiar red fuzzy friend, are on the case in this clip from The Associated Press.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE



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Swine Flu Reaches Pandemic

It’s been 40 years since we’ve had a flu pandemic on our hands, but after roughly 30,000 swine flu cases spread across multiple regions of the world, the WHO held an emergency meeting and took the plunge. Try not to feel alarmed.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Napolitano ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Swine Flu

This will come as no surprise to Ron Paul (remember him?), but it looks like swine flu may be no worse than your garden-variety influenza virus, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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Not All Swine Flu News Is Bad

Of course, nobody knows for sure how the H1N1 swine flu virus might morph in the future, but the word from the science community suggests that the current strain may not be quite as catastrophic as it’s been cracked up to be.

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE


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Swine Flu Comes to the U.S.

After infecting perhaps hundreds of people and killing scores in Mexico, eight cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in the U.S.—six in California and two in Texas.

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Pope: Condoms Don’t Help in Fight Against AIDS

On his way to his first visit to Africa, Pope Benedict XVI told attendant members of the press that he believes encouraging condom use not only doesn’t help in the fight against AIDS, but actually worsens the situation. 

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 READ MORE



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New Hope in the Fight Against AIDS

World AIDS Day turns 20 today, and while we still don’t have a vaccine, researchers continue to make lifesaving breakthroughs. A team at the World Health Organization in Geneva recently came up with a “thought experiment” that, according to a mathematical model, could end the AIDS epidemic in Africa in only a decade.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


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AIDS Theory Runs Amok

In a glaring example of the importance of theory in practice, U.S. researchers have accused former South African President Thabo Mbeki of being responsible for more than 300,000 AIDS-related “avoidable deaths,” pointing to Mbeki’s siding with a theoretical camp that argues AIDS is caused by a collapsed immune system, not a viral infection. As a result, offers of free drugs and grant money for AIDS treatment were rejected.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Study: U.S. HIV Infection Rates Drastically Underreported

The United States is in far worse shape when it comes to HIV infection rates than researchers previously thought, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that attributes the whopping 40 percent adjustment to more precise research methods.

Posted on Aug 2, 2008 READ MORE


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Scientist: HIV Vaccine at Square One

Nobel Prize-winning biologist David Baltimore has told his peers that researchers are no closer to discovering an HIV vaccine after decades of study. He called for new approaches and said the challenge was difficult because “to control HIV immunologically the scientific community has to beat out nature, do something that nature, with its advantage of four billion years of evolution, has not been able to do.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2008 READ MORE


U.N. Downsizes AIDS Estimate

Finally, some good news in the world (relatively speaking):  AIDS scientists at the United Nations are ready to announce that they have been overestimating the scale of the viral epidemic for quite some time now, and that the spread of AIDS has actually been decelerating over the last decade.

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Is Obesity Contagious?:  Round Two

It’s beginning to look like there’s nowhere to hide from the often-referenced “obesity epidemic.”  First came the news this month that friends may cause each others’ waistlines to expand, and now there’s a new study out that links excess weight, in certain cases, to a common cold-inducing virus, adenovirus-36.

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Because Hot Dogs Didn’t Have Enough Strange Ingredients

The FDA has approved the use of a group of viruses as a food additive for ready-to-eat meat products, such as hot dogs and cold cuts.  Companies that use the additive will not be required to inform consumers.

Posted on Aug 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Gene Gerard: Religion Running Roughshod Over Cancer Science

The FDA just approved a vaccine to help protect against cervical cancer, but conservative Christian groups want to block its distribution out of fear that it would promote promiscuity.

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