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How Ebola virus originated

How Ebola virus originated

A recent discovery revealed that filoviruses a family to which Ebola and its similarly lethal relative Marburg belong could be traced back to at least 16-23 million years ago. Filoviruses were likely to have existed in the Miocene Epoch and at that time, lines leading to Ebola and Marburg had already rooted out, as stated

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome toll rises to 319

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome toll rises to 319

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or the MERS, virus has killed 319 people since 2012, the World Health Organization said Friday

WHO expects large Ebola vaccine doses by mid-2015

WHO expects large Ebola vaccine doses by mid-2015

The World Health Organization (WHO) set out plans on Friday for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015

Bariatric surgery may be risk factor for severe headache

Bariatric surgery may be risk factor for severe headache

New research published in Neurology suggests bariatric surgery may be a risk factor for spontaneous intracranial hypotension - a condition that causes severe headaches

U.S. Ebola 'czar' starts work, vaccine drive launched

U.S. Ebola

The new U.S. Ebola "czar" starts work on Wednesday as the Obama administration ramps up its response to the potential spread of the virus, and drugmakers started a project to accelerate development of a vaccine and produce millions of doses.

Drug-resistant tuberculosis at crisis levels: WHO

Drug-resistant tuberculosis at crisis levels: WHO

Multi drug-resistant tuberculosis remains at crisis levels, with about 480,000 new cases this year, and various forms of the lung disease killed about 1.5 million people in 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday

Cuban doctors arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola

Cuban doctors arrive in Liberia to fight Ebola

A plane carrying some 50 Cuban doctors and nurses arrived in Liberia on Wednesday to help treat victims of Ebola in the West African country, where a U.S. military mission is also deploying to fight the deadly virus

Scientists find lung cancer can lie hidden for 20 years

Scientists find lung cancer can lie hidden for 20 years

Lung cancer can lie dormant for more than 20 years before turning deadly, helping explain why a disease that kills more than 1.5 million a year worldwide is so persistent and difficult to treat, scientists said on Thursday

WHO declares Nigeria Ebola-free

WHO declares Nigeria Ebola-free

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus after the country underwent two incubation periods of 21 days each without the appearance of any new cases

Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'

Brain repair

A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy