Scientists pinpoint genetic origins of more than 20 autoimmune diseases

By Jessica Berman October 30th, 2014 (VOA) Scientists have discovered genetic links that could put them closer to finding better treatments for a range of diseases, including multiple sclerosis, juvenile diabetes, lupus and arthritis. Their genetic research has led to a road map pinpointing the origins of 21 such autoimmune diseases.  The disorders are caused when […]

Central America and the Caribbean prepare to stop Ebola

Central America and the Caribbean prepare to stop Ebola

  Costa Rica, Nicaragua have their eyes on shared border used by West Africans en route to the United States By Eduardo Szklarz October 27th, 2014 (Diálogo) Central American countries are coordinating their efforts and exchanging information to prevent outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus. Social welfare officials from the region developed strategies to fight its […]

WHO Ebola meeting to consider altering responses to outbreak

Officials from the World Health Organization are due to brief reporters Thursday after a meeting to review the latest developments in the Ebola outbreak that has killed about 4,900 people in West Africa.

Oxfam: Ebola could be ‘disaster of our generation’

The international aid agency Oxfam is appealing to European Union foreign ministers to do more to fight Ebola; a disease Oxfam said could be the “definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation.”

The chief of the British charity, Mark Goldring, called for more troops, funding and medical staff to be sent to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – the countries hit hardest by the epidemic.

WHO paints grim Ebola picture, says 10,000 new cases per week possible

The World Health Organization has warned that as many as 10,000 new cases a week of Ebola could develop in the three hardest-hit West African countries by early December. President Obama Tuesday said the world is not doing enough to fight the deadly virus, which a U.N. official said has far outpaced efforts to contain it.

Health officials to purchase biosafety suits; Alajuela hospital selected for suspected Ebola cases

Health officials to purchase biosafety suits; Alajuela hospital selected for suspected Ebola cases

October 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s public health system (CCSS) is planning to purchase biosafety suits to distribute amongst its staff, and has selected the Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela to receive any adults suspected of having Ebola.   Children suspected of having the virus would be treated at the National Children’s Hospital.   Authorities […]

Progress on Ebola vaccine moving at “unprecedented speed,” 100% effective on animals

Human trials are beginning for an experimental vaccination against the Ebola virus. About 40 healthy volunteers will take part in a clinical trial to help determine the vaccine’s safety, side effects and appropriate dosages. The vaccine was developed and made in Canada, and the country’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose calls it “promising and hopeful news.”

Costa Rica on alert for Ebola; Top U.S. general fears “mass migration” from CentAm in case of outbreak

October 13th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica is on high alert for the Ebola virus and a top U.S. general is warning that mass migration from Central America is a very real threat should an outbreak occur in the region.   “The immediate thing that really keeps me awake at night, I tell you, it’s the […]

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