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October 24, 2014
$100 mn Ebola pledge from Microsoft co-founder Allen
Washington (AFP) Oct 23, 2014
Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen said Thursday he was boosting his donations to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to $100 million. Allen, who has made earlier donations to the health effort, said his latest pledge would include funding the development and manufacture of two medevac containment units to allow the US State Department to evacuate medical professionals from hard-hit West Africa. Allen will also donate to the World Health Organization "to increase its capacit ... read more

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'Pioneers': the Spanish medics fighting Ebola in Europe
Doctor Lago was with her kids, Doctor Fernandez was at Pilates class and Doctors Arsuaga and De la Calle were eating chocolate ice cream, when the call came about Ebola. ... more
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'Every nation' must help in fight against Ebola: Liberia
Liberia's president has made an impassioned plea for all nations to commit to the fight against Ebola ahead of a meeting by EU foreign ministers Monday, under pressure to scale up their response to the escalating epidemic. ... more
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Academies call for consequences from the Ebola virus epidemic
The Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the patterns experienced in the past and the virus shows a new disease dynamic in regions, where it has ... more
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Drexel study questions 21-day quarantine period for Ebola
As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases of Ebola Virus in the United States, many of the safety and treatment procedures for treating the virus an ... more
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Nuclear help for faster Ebola diagnosis
The UN nuclear agency said Tuesday that it will provide specialised equipment to West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak to help faster diagnosis. ... more
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Preliminary Ebola tests come back positive for Dallas healthcare worker
A second Ebola case has been diagnosed in the United States, as preliminary tests for the deadly disease have come back positive for a healthcare worker in Dallas who cared for Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. ... more
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The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic
Researchers in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich have calculated new benchmark figures to precisely describe the Ebola epidemic in West Africa from a mathematical pe ... more
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A universal Ebola drug target
University of Utah biochemists have reported a new drug discovery tool against the Ebola virus. According to a study published in this week's online edition of Protein Science, they have produced a ... more
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Computers make powerful allies in fight against AIDS
The battle against AIDS cannot be won in the laboratory alone. To fight the potentially deadly virus that 34 million people are suffering from we need help from computers. Now research fron Universi ... more
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Low concentrations of heavy metals contributes to antibiotic resistance
New Swedish research shows that plasmids containing genes that confer resistance to antibiotics can be enriched by very low concentrations of antibiotics and heavy metals. These results strengthen t ... more
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EU well armed to prevent an Ebola epidemic: experts
The European Union must fill gaps to stop the spread of Ebola now that an infected nurse in Spain has exposed these failings, but it is well armed to prevent an epidemic, EU officials and experts said. ... more
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Britain sends 750 military personnel to combat Ebola
Britain is sending 750 military personnel, a medical ship and three helicopters to Sierra Leone to help fight the spread of Ebola, officials said Wednesday. ... more
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Hi-tech images point to chinks in HIV's armour
In a boost for the long and frustrating quest for an AIDS vaccine, researchers on Wednesday unveiled molecular imaging of an elusive feature that helps HIV infect immune cells. ... more
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US troops in Africa could stay a year in Ebola mission
US troops deployed to West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak could stay up to a year, depending on how quickly the virus can be contained, a top general said Tuesday. ... more
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West Africa finetunes multi-national force to fight Boko Haram
The leaders of Nigeria and its neighbouring countries met in Niger on Tuesday for talks on finalising a multi-national force to fight Boko Haram Islamist militants. ... more
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1,400 US troops soon headed to Liberia for Ebola mission
The US military will send more than a thousand troops to Liberia in coming weeks as part of Washington's effort to counter the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, the Pentagon said Tuesday. ... more
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'Vaccinated' mosquitos released in Rio to combat dengue
Ten thousand mosquitos immunized against dengue fever have been released in Brazil as part of an innovative attempt to curb the spread of the tropical viral sickness, biologists said Thursday. ... more
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China to open first high security bio laboratory
China's first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December, in a move hailed as a "crucial" moment in the fight against pathogens such as the Ebola virus, officials said Tuesday. ... more
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Ebola epidemic battering Liberian economy: minister
Liberia's Ebola crisis is battering the economy of a nation that has spent the past decade recovering from 14 years of civil war, its minister of commerce said Tuesday. ... more
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Sierra Leone quarantines one million ahead of UN Ebola talks
Sierra Leone began a quarantine of more than one million people Thursday in the largest open-ended lockdown in the Ebola outbreak, as world leaders met to discuss the crisis at the United Nations. ... more
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UN confronts deadly Ebola epidemic
World leaders gathered at the United Nations heard dire warnings and desperate pleas for assistance Thursday as the deadly Ebola virus forced Sierra Leone to quarantine a million people. ... more
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UTSA microbiologists discover regulatory thermometer that controls cholera
Karl Klose, professor of biology and a researcher in UTSA's South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, has teamed up with researchers at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany to understand ho ... more
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Sierra Leone's three-day Ebola shutdown ends
Millions of Sierra Leoneans emerged from their homes on Monday after a three-day nationwide lockdown during which scores of dead bodies and new cases of Ebola infections were uncovered. ... more
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Liberia's women, children bear brunt of Ebola epidemic
Exhausted and unable to process her loss, Olivia Clark turns away in silence as her dead baby is disinfected and loaded onto a truck by a team of Ebola specialists. ... more
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