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Is the Ebola emergency over?

The United Nations World Health Organization made an announcementthat Ebola is no longer an international health threat. This comes a year and a half after the first case was diagnosed in the U.S. The medical and scientific response in West Africa has been strong and no new cases have occurred in...

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 10:21pm

End of Ebola near, Guinea vaccine trial 100 percent effective: WHO

The end of Ebola could be near, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as a trial in Guinea found a vaccine to have been 100 percent effective.Initial results from the trial, which tested Merck (MRK.N) and NewLink Genetics’ (NLNK.O) VSV-ZEBOV vaccine on some 4,000 people who had been in...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:49am

Ebola scare in NJ? Officials say not so fast

The New Jersey Department of Health say there is no Ebola in Lakewood, NJ.Several news agencies reported that a person in New Jersey has been hospitalized late Tuesday or early Wednesday with "Ebola-like" symptoms after a trip to Africa.But a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Public...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 8:06am

Liberia declared Ebola-free after 42 days without new case

Liberia was declared free from Ebola by the government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Saturday after 42 days without a new case of the virus, which killed more than 4,700 people there during a year-long epidemic.However, celebrations were muted by thoughts for the dead and medical...

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 1:31pm

Olivia Wilde: ‘Ebola wasn’t an almost situation’

In September 2014 when the first confirmed case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States, everyone understandably freaked out. Then, three more cases were detected, one of which resulted in death, and we freaked out even more. But slowly, it stopped making headlines and we moved on to freaking...

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 6:00am

Obama to withdraw troops from West Africa as Ebola epidemic eases

Reuters –President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday that he will bring back nearly all of the 1,300 U.S. troops deployed in West Africa to fight the Ebola epidemic by April 30, the White House said late on Tuesday.Obama, who was excoriated last fall for a slow start to his Ebola...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 1:52pm

Health roundup: Best baby book, Ebola, sugary kid food, the wrong kind of diet

This week's health roundup starts two food fights, questions the wisdom of most popular baby books and why we manage to be disappointed whether the news is good or bad.The only baby book you’ll ever need | New York Times“Professor Lancy, who teaches at Utah State University, has pored over the...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:49am

Richest 1% owns almost half world's wealth as inequality gap widens

Bloomberg –The richest 1 percent of people in the world will have a majority of the wealth on the planet next year, according to development nonprofit Oxfam America Inc.The most affluent’s share of global wealth climbed to 48 percent in 2014, compared with 44 percent in 2009, and will likely...

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 2:58pm

Ebola survivors’ blood could hold cure, but access remains scarce

For months, Vanderbilt University researcher Dr. James Crowe has been desperately seeking access to the blood of U.S. Ebola survivors, hoping to extract the proteins that helped them overcome the deadly virus for use in new, potent drugs.His efforts finally paid off in mid-November with a donation...

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 9:15pm

Time Magazine's Person of the Year, 2014: Ebola fighters

Time Magazine announced its annual “Person of the Year” today, and it's perhaps the best choice the publication could have made: The Ebola fighters - the nurses, doctors and volunteers from around the world who put their lives on the line to fight the deadly virus.The worst outbreak in the history...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 8:44pm

Boston Malaria patient discharged after negative Ebola test

A man admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital Tuesday on suspicion that he was infected with Ebola has been released from the hospital after definitivelytesting negative for the deadly disease, though he is being treated formalaria."We want to let you know that the patient who was admitted to...

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 12:13am

Boston malaria survivor sheds light on deadly disease

Dr. Karen L. Weber, Executive Director of the Foundation for a Green Future and Coordinator of Boston GreenFest, shared with Metro what it's like to endure and survive malaria.On Wednesday, Massachusetts General Hospital announced that a man who recently traveled from Liberia had contracted malaria...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:32am

Malaria in Boston: Patient tests negative for Ebola, positive for Malaria

A man admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital Tuesday on suspicion that he was infected with Ebola has initially tested negative for the disease, though the hospital Wednesday announced he has tested positive for malaria.It is too early for health officials to definitively say whether the man is...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:25pm

Philly's top cop tapped to lead Obama task force

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey was tapped Monday to co-chair the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing."I was surprised and deeply honored that the President would consider me for such an important assignment," Ramsey said. "This is a very, very critical time in our...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 5:47am

Ebola death toll nears 7,000 in West Africa

The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak on record is nearing 7,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.The toll of 6,928 dead showed a leap of just over 1,200 since the WHO released its previous report on Wednesday.The U.N. health agency did not provide any...

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 11:41pm

WHO advises male Ebola survivors to abstain from sex

Men who recover from Ebola should abstain from sex for three months to minimize the risk of passing the virus on in their semen, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.Ebola, a disease that has infected and killing thousands in a vast epidemic in West Africa, normally spreads via bodily...

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 8:09pm

Man being tested for Ebola in NYC

A man who recently returned to the U.S. from Mali tested negative for Ebola on Thursday.The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation said Thursday afternoon the patient was isolated at Bellevue Hospital, and being tested for the virus...

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 3:59am

Family of Ebola victim settles with Dallas hospital

The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the only person to die of Ebola in the United States, said on Wednesday it had reached a settlement with the hospital that had treated him and admitted to making mistakes in addressing his care.The settlement includes financial support for Duncan's family but the...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:26pm

Adele, One Direction and more confirmed for Band Aid 30 single

Thirty years later, and Bob Geldofis getting another star-studded lineup to ask the same question: Do they know it's Christmas time at all? Geldof is commemorating the 30th anniversary of Band Aid with a new version of the charity single, "Do They Know It's Christmas," with a line-up that includes...

Monday, November 10, 2014 - 2:07pm

What's holding up the development of an Ebola vaccine?

Drugmakers sprinting to develop Ebola vaccines face a series of technical hurdles if they are to get millions of doses ready for use next year — even assuming clinical trials are successful.Development is gaining momentum, with the World Health Organization expects vaccine efficacy trials to start...

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:13am