China and France are building a biosafety laboratory in China's Wuhan province for basic research on infectious viruses, including Ebola, a French official said. The information was revealed Friday by Sylvie Bermann, French ambassador to China, at a forum on Sino-French cooperation in the health field, Xinhua reported. It could not be immediately clear when the lab would be put into …
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The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa will take at least six months to bring it under control, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also known as the Doctors Without Borders. The situation was ‘deteriorating faster, and moving faster, than we can respond to’; BBC quoted MSF President Joanne Liu as speaking in Geneva.  Earlier, the World Health Organisation (WHO) …
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The European Union (EU) foreign ministers Friday called for a coordinated international response to contain the spread of the Ebola virus at its council meeting here. The EU expressed concern about the most severe outbreak of Ebola in West Africa countries, which has killed more than 1,000 people, Xinhua quoted a statement as saying. The EU took note of the recent decision by the World Health …
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or some place where there’s no internet, you must have heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge. The latest to take up the challenge was Bill Gates, who unlike everyone else who poured water over their heads, designed an intricate contraption to get the job done for him. And to paraphrase John Lennon, he’s not the only one – everyone from fellow tech …
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A single enzyme promotes the obesity-induced oxidative stress in the pancreatic cells that leads to pre-diabetes and diabetes, scientists have found. The action of the enzyme 12-LO is the last step in the production of certain small molecules that harm the cell, according to a team from Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. The findings will enable the development of drugs that can …
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged Indians to make the country a clean and healthy place. 'Do we want to live in filth?' the prime minister asked, delivering his maiden Independence Day speech after assuming office in May. He said keeping the country clean was 'a big task' and it would need everyone's cooperation. 'Can't our country be clean? If the people decide not to dirty our …
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew attention to the dismal sex ratio in the country, and appealed to Indians to stop female foeticide. ‘Have we seen our sex ratio? Who is creating this imbalance in society? Not Almighty! I appeal to doctors not to kill the girl child,’ he said addressing the nation on its 68th Independence day. He said: ‘I appeal to parents not to sacrifice the girl …
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Robin Williams’s wife revealed that the funny man was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death. Susan Schneider released a statement saying: ‘Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.’ Being diagnosed with …
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A new study has claimed that while praying eases a lot of problems, it doesn’t sooth symptom of anxiety-related disorders for everyone. According to the research by Baylor University, those who prayed to God, whom they thought would be there to comfort and protect them in times of need, were less likely to show symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, such as irrational worry, fear, …
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Two Israeli scientists are racing to find a vaccine to tackle the deadly Ebola disease that has killed nearly 1,000 people so far. With funding from the US National Institutes of Health and other resources, Leslie Lobel and Victoria Yavelsky are now getting ready to test its human monoclonal antibodies in mice and non-human primates abroad, a press release issues by the Israeli embassy in India …
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The Nepal government Wednesday decided to initiate action to make sure that the Ebola virus disease, which has killed over a thousand people in West Africa, does not enter the country, officials said. The prime minister's office Wednesday morning decided to set up a health desk with a doctor at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the country's only international airport, here to screen all …
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Sri Lankan migrant workers in West Africa have been urged to return by the government, an official said Wednesday, as the dreaded Ebola virus disease continues to generate international alarm. An estimated 200 Sri Lankans are working as migrant workers in the region vulnerable to Ebola, Xinhua reported citing the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). 'There are Sri Lankans who are …
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Seeking to distance itself from the case, the government said the issue of four Indian doctors in Nigeria wanting to return home due to an alleged Ebola scare was a matter between the doctors and the Indian-run and owned hospital and that the doctors were free to leave. External affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin at a press briefing also clarified that there was no case of Ebola in the …
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15th August 2014 will mark the 68th year of independent India. While our nation is known around the world for unity in its diverse languages, religions and cultures, let’s not forget that it has also made some remarkable contributions to the field of health and medicine. Today, let’s take a look at this contribution and highlight some incredible achievements of healthcare in India. Ancient …
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