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WHO: Use of Untested Drugs for Ebola Should Be Limited to Best Candidates

August 15, 2014 2:49 pm | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The global health agency says it is only interested in pursuing therapies which have been shown to combat Ebola infection in animal studies as it helps countries prepare to use medical tools that are untested in humans.     

Scientists Racing to Test Ebola Vaccines in Humans

August 14, 2014 6:30 pm | by Matthew Perrone - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are racing to begin the first human safety tests of two experimental Ebola vaccines,...

Tekmira Not Ready to Use Ebola Drug in Africa

August 14, 2014 8:11 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A Canadian drugmaker working on an experimental drug for Ebola said Wednesday that it is not...

Demand for Experimental Ebola Drug Soars

August 13, 2014 9:03 am | Videos | Comments

The World Health Organization has approved the use of ZMapp, but supplies are extremely limited...

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US Bots Flagged Ebola Before Outbreak Announced

August 12, 2014 8:29 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

WHO: It's Ethical to Try Untested Ebola Medicines

August 12, 2014 8:06 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press; MARIA CHENG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization said it's ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met. The U.N. agency issued the statement Tuesday after holding a teleconference with experts Monday to discuss the issue.

WHO Seeks Expert Advice on the Ethics of Using Experimental Ebola Drugs

August 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The experts — ethicists and representatives of the affected countries and other players involved in the outbreak — are meeting at the request of the World Health Organization to debate whether it is ethical to use experimental Ebola therapies in this epidemic.

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Spanish Ebola Patient Gets Experimental Drug

August 11, 2014 8:00 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press; MARIA CHENG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus. The Health Ministry announced Monday that the ZMapp drug, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, was obtained in Geneva this weekend and brought to Madrid to treat Miguel Pajares.

WHO: Ebola Outbreak is a Public Health Emergency

August 8, 2014 8:20 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.          

No Ebola Drug for Africans; Troops Deployed

August 7, 2014 2:05 pm | by JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Africans battling to contain the spread of Ebola will have to wait for months until a potentially life-saving experimental drug used on two Americans infected with the dreaded disease could even be made, officials said. Soldiers in two of the affected countries deployed Thursday to try to stem further spread of the virus.

WHO: Basic Hygiene Can Help Prevent MERS Spread

July 10, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome.    

UN: 50 New Ebola Cases in Two African Nations

July 9, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week as the disease, among the deadliest in the world, keeps spreading in West Africa.           

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Ghana: Quarantined US Citizen Tested for Ebola

July 7, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Tony Goodman, a spokesman for Ghana's Department of Health, said Monday that lab tests were being conducted while the patient remained at a private health clinic.               

WHO Reduces Ebola Death Toll in Sierra Leone

June 26, 2014 8:34 am | by PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced it was changing the way it reports fatalities from the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone at the request of the government. Previously, probable and suspected deaths from Ebola were included in the count but from now on, only laboratory confirmed cases will be reported, reducing the death toll in Sierra Leone from 58 to 34 as of Tuesday.

Saudi Review Finds Over 100 More MERS Infections

June 3, 2014 3:47 pm | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia, which is grappling to contain the spread of a frequently deadly respiratory virus, announced Tuesday that a review of the illness led authorities to sharply revise upward the number of confirmed infections and deaths from the disease.

Thirty Percent of World is Now Fat, No Country Immune

May 29, 2014 8:23 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are heavy. The U.S. has about 13 percent of the world's fat population, a greater percentage than any other country.

Two New Ebola Deaths Confirmed in West Africa

May 27, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Two new deaths from the deadly Ebola disease were announced Monday by health authorities in Guinea and Sierra Leone, raising fears that the first outbreak in West Africa is not yet under control. The new fatalities are far from where the outbreak began.

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World Health Organization: MERS Isn't an Emergency

May 14, 2014 8:19 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The decision was made after a meeting of WHO's expert group on the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

Pakistan: Polio Vaccine a Must for Exit Travelers

May 13, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

Pakistan will require all travelers leaving the country to obtain a polio vaccination from June 1, 2014, the health ministry said Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said the restrictions comply with a decision by the World Health Organization advising travelers of all ages to be vaccinated by next month.

High-Tech Hearing Aids

May 7, 2014 8:45 am | Videos | Comments

More than a third of senior citizens are hard of hearing, according to the World Health Organization. Three new digital devices that are helping people tune back in to what’s being said.           

First American MERS Patient May Leave Hospital Soon

May 6, 2014 8:24 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first American citizen diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East is improving daily and could be released soon from an Indiana hospital, although he will be isolated at home, health officials said Monday.     

UN: Spread of Polio Now a World Health Emergency

May 5, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

In an announcement Monday, the World Health Organization described the ongoing polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an "extraordinary" situation requiring a coordinated international response.       

Drug Resistance Found Worldwide, New Drugs Needed

April 30, 2014 8:15 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.      

Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Rises to 147

April 24, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more than 240 cases of the virus have been recorded in Guinea and Liberia.   

Ebola Virus in Africa Outbreak is a New Strain

April 17, 2014 8:27 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.         

Iraq Scrambles to Fight Polio Surge Amid Conflict

April 14, 2014 8:14 am | by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the country's turmoil.   

Saudi Arabia Reports Two More Deaths from MERS

April 10, 2014 8:38 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi health authorities said Wednesday that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two recent deaths and prompting officials to temporarily shutter the emergency unit at one of the city's biggest hospitals.

WHO Recommends Only 5% of Calories From Sugar

March 5, 2014 11:22 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.       

Study: MERS Virus Infecting Camels Since 1992

February 25, 2014 8:59 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say the mysterious MERS virus has been infecting camels in Saudi Arabia for at least two decades, and early human cases probably went undiagnosed. Since the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus was first identified in 2012, doctors have struggled to explain how many patients have fallen sick.

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