Ebola could end in Liberia by June, says study

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A new study found Ebola could come to an end in Liberia by June, if the trend toward better hospitalization and preventive care continues. From VOA: The study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, looked at factors such as the location of infection and treatment, the development of hospital capacity and the adoption of safe

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Pneumonia more like to kill children with HIV – report

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A new study said HIV-positive children are much more likely to die from pneumonia than children who are not infected with the AIDS virus. It’s estimated there are more than three million children under age 14 living with HIV. From VOA: Researchers said deaths from pneumonia among HIV-positive children could be dramatically reduced by expanding current

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Ebola-infected British nurse showing signs of recovery

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A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone is “no longer critically ill”, the London hospital treating her said Monday. From AFP: Pauline Cafferkey is showing signs of improvement but remains in isolation, the Royal Free Hospital in London said in a statement. Cafferkey was diagnosed in Glasgow on

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MSF opens maternity center as part of Ebola response

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Medicins Sans Frontiers has opened the first care center in the current Ebola epidemic for pregnant women, whose survival rate from the virus is virtually zero, the charity said on Saturday. From Reuters: There is currently one patient in the clinic, which is perched on a hill in the compound of a disused Methodist boys

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Researchers make major antibiotic breakthrough with new discovery

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A new antibiotic was discovered that is both powerful against the germs it fights and the threat of resistance, say researchers. From the Wall Street Journal: The discovery is a rare—and much-needed—breakthrough in the quest for new antibiotics to overcome the problem of growing resistance to existing drugs. While the new compound was shown to

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Global refugees highest since 1996, says UNHCR

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At more than 3 million as of mid-2014, Syrians accounted for nearly one in four of the 13 million refugees worldwide being assisted by the U.N. refugee agency, the highest figure since 1996, it said in a report. From Reuters: “As long as the international community continues to fail to find political solutions to existing conflicts

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Health worker strike called off in Sierra Leone

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Health workers responding to the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone ended their strike that stated on December 24. Staff stopped working due to a dispute over risk allowance pay. From the Guardian: About 130 nurses and doctors downed tools on 24 December at the Magbenteh community hospital, leaving Makeni, the fourth largest city in the

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Indian city elects country’s first transgender mayor

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A city in central India has elected the country’s first transgender mayor, nine months after a court ruled that transgender be recognized as a legal third gender, local media reported. From the Thompson Reuters Foundation: Madhu Kinnar, 35, won the mayoral election in Raigarh in the mineral-rich state of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, beating her opponent

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Condition worsens for British nurse with Ebola

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A British nurse with Ebola was fighting for her life Sunday as two health workers, who also spent time in Sierra Leone, were placed under observation in the US and Germany. From the NY Times: The patient, Pauline Cafferkey, a nurse from Scotland who had volunteered with the charity Save the Children to care for

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Aid worker brings first case of Ebola to Scotland

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A female healthcare worker who has just returned from Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital, Scottish authorities said Monday. From the AP: The patient flew to Glasgow via Casablanca and London’s Heathrow Airport, arriving late Sunday, the Scottish government said. The health care worker was admitted

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UN food aid finally reaches South Sudan

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The United Nations said on Monday it had begun delivering food aid to war-torn South Sudan via the Nile River from Sudan for the first time since it became independent in 2011, warning the country could face a “hunger catastrophe.” From Reuters: The corridor, through an area of high military activity, will reduce reliance on expensive

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Ebola fight hampers anti-malaria effort in West Africa

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West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.  From the AP: In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola first started killing people in Guinea’s tropical southern forests a year ago, doctors say they have had

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