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Insurance companies start writing ‘Ebola exclusions’ into policies

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As Ebola spreads further from its current epicenter in West Africa, American and British insurance companies have started to adjust their standard policies for hospitals and other vulnerable businesses to exclude the virus. According to insurance industry insiders, companies needing to insure business travel to West Africa or to cover losses following a quarantine... 

CDC: Ebola Spreads Like Flu

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Ebola spreads through coughing and sneezing much like influenza, which most experts agree is spread “mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk,” according to documents by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new CDC flyer describing the “droplet spread” of Ebola, which “happens when germs traveling inside droplets... 

US Troops returning from Ebola countries to be quarantined in Italy for 21 days

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Soldiers and health-care workers returning from West African countries ravaged by Ebola will have different quarantine and monitoring requirements. US military members will be quarantined for 21 days, while most health-care workers will only self-monitor. A dozen US soldiers, including their commanding officer Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, returning from assisting... 

Australia stops visas for Ebola-hit West African nations

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Australia has temporarily stopped processing visas for people from West African countries worst hit by Ebola in an effort to prevent the virus from entering the country. Australia’s Immigration Ministry said in a report to the parliament on Monday that the new rules would apply to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said... 

Scientists develop cancer-fighting stem cells in lab

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Scientists develop cancer-killing stem cells in lab. Researchers have developed a breakthrough method of turning stem cells into attackers to target and fight brain tumors. The newly designed way introduces stem cells engineered to produce toxins which are able to kill brain tumors, without succumbing to their effects. As a stem-cell-based therapy for cancer,... 

Dead hearts transplanted into living patients in surgical breakthrough

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Australian doctors have successfully transplanted hearts that have stopped beating, revolutionizing organ donation. The breakthrough is predicted to save the lives of 30 percent more heart transplant patients. After two decades of research, a team of surgeons at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney has transplanted three still hearts into living patients. The... 

US tracing New York Ebola patient’s movements, panic spreads

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New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Center, where the first person in the city to test positive for Ebola has been quarantined. US health officials say they are tracing New York City’s first Ebola patient movements and seeking to ensure that they have found and isolated everyone who came into contact with him, as panic grips the country. Dr. Craig Spencer... 

Poland bans junk food in schools

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Polish lawmakers are literally changing the face of a nation, banning junk food in schools in an effort to reduce the increasing rates of child obesity. Starting next school year, children won’t find chips, soda or burgers anywhere near their schools. Polish MPs took concrete steps in amending the law on food safety and nutrition on Thursday, with 426 voting... 

North Korea on lockdown, bans all travelers from anywhere due to Ebola fears

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Foreign tourists with any travel history are now not welcome in North Korea – concerns about Ebola made Pyongyang bar any tours from entering the country. At least this is what North Korean specialized travel agencies tell media. “We have just received official news from our partners in the DPRK that, as of tomorrow, tourists from any country, regardless... 

Canada to ship experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO

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Canada has planned to ship 800 vials of its Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva to curb the outbreak of the disease. The experimental vaccines will be distributed by WHO in the countries most affected by the disease, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced. “The vaccine is undergoing clinical trials on humans at Walter... 

Leading U.S. scientist warns Ebola is already changing to become more contagious

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A Liberian Red Cross burial team out on suits as they go to collect a suspected Ebola victim in Monrovia. A scientists has now warned that the virus could be getting even more contagious. The deadly Ebola virus could be mutating to become even more contagious, a leading U.S scientist has warned. The disease has killed nearly 4,000 people, infecting in excess... 

Study links soft drinks to Cell Aging, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer

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The regular consumption of fizzy drinks accelerates cellular aging of tissues, according to a new study by American scientists. People who enjoy daily carbonated sodas experience DNA changes, aging their cells by four years. After studying over 5,300 “healthy adults” in the US, aged between 20 and 65 years old, who had no history of diabetes or... 

Caribbean countries announce Ebola travel bans

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A group of Caribbean countries have announced bans on entry to foreigners who have travelled through the three West African countries most affected by Ebola. Jamaica said it would not accept travellers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for the time being. Guyana, the island of St Lucia, Haiti and Colombia also introduced a ban. In the United States, President... 

Obama authorizes use of National Guard to fight Ebola in West Africa

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Ebola Response Roadmap 10 October 2014 (World Health Organization) President Barack Obama authorized the Pentagon to call up members of the National Guard and other military reserve units on Thursday to help combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Obama said the guardsmen would “augment the active forces in support of Operation United Assistance, providing... 

Breakthrough device heralds future of cancer detection

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A brand new device, called Miriam, could simplify regular cancer screenings. Early cancer detection can save millions of lives but current diagnostic methods remain costly and invasive. However, a new startup is developing a device which could detect dozens of cancers with a single blood test. The Miriam test platform was recently presented at the TEDGlobal... 
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