Health News

After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop 'surge capacity'


GENEVA - The Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO) agreed on Sunday to create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency's delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic.

Liberia Ebola vaccine trial 'challenging' as cases tumble

DAVOS, Switzerland - A steep fall in Ebola cases in Liberia will make it hard to prove whether experimental vaccines work in a major clinical trial about to start in the country, the head of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Saturday.

Davos 24 Jan 2015

British nurse makes full recovery from Ebola

LONDON - A British nurse who had been critically ill with Ebola after working in Sierra Leone has been discharged from a London hospital after making a full recovery.

24 Jan 2015

Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia, government says

MONROVIA - Liberia, once the epicenter of West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic, has just five remaining confirmed cases of the disease, a senior health official said on Friday, highlighting the country's success in halting new infections.

23 Jan 2015

Gates sees 'miracle' tools for AIDS by 2030 in vaccine and drugs

DAVOS, Switzerland - Two new tools to fight AIDS should be available by 2030 in the form of a vaccine and new intense drug treatments, ending most cases of a disease that has killed millions in the past 30 years, Bill Gates said.

Davos, 24 Jan 2015

FDA approves NPS drug, in move validating Shire takeover deal

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc's drug Natpara to treat a rare hormone disorder, validating a bet by Shire Plc, which recently agreed to acquire NPS for $5.2 billion.

23 Jan 2015

Anger, mistrust in Guinea villages hinders battle to beat Ebola

CONAKRY - Angry residents are blocking access for health workers to dozens of remote villages in Guinea, in a sign of persistent mistrust that could threaten President Alpha Conde's aim to eradicate Ebola from the country by early March.

World, Africa, 23 Jan 2015

School-wide prevention program lowers teen suicide risk

(Reuters Health) - After a school-based prevention program, European teenagers were about half as likely to attempt suicide or to feel suicidal, a new study shows.

23 Jan 2015

Could flu vaccination protect your sense of smell?

(Reuters Health) - In a small new study, skipping the flu vaccine was associated with a higher risk for trouble with a sense of smell or taste.

23 Jan 2015

Doctors group urges measles shots as Disneyland outbreak spreads

LOS ANGELES - The leading U.S. pediatrician group on Friday urged parents, schools and communities to vaccinate children against measles in the face of an outbreak that began at Disneyland in California in December and has spread to more than 80 people in seven states and Mexico.

U.S. 24 Jan 2015