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Saving lives on the Ebola frontline

Saving lives on the Ebola frontline

We arrive at the Ebola Treatment Centre in the forested town of Gueckedou in South East Guinea to a grim scene. A tiny bundle is wrapped in white plastic sheeting, and stone-faced men are loading yellow disinfectant cans into a pick-up truck. We are invited to see the heart-breaking task they are about to perform. We...

Ebola 'an international emergency': WHO

Ebola 'an international emergency': WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an international health emergency. WHO officials said the possible consequences were "particularly serious" because of the virulence of the virus. The announcement came after experts convened a two-day emergency meeting in Switzerland. So far more than 930 people have died from Ebola...

Good teeth may help sporting success

Good teeth may help sporting success

Dentists say elite athletes could stand a better chance of winning gold medals if they look after their teeth. The Oral Health and Performance in Sport conference heard that athletes' oral health was notoriously bad and could impair training and performance. At the pinnacle of elite sport, the difference between winning and losing is tiny,...

Running 'preserves thinking skills'

Running 'preserves thinking skills'

Aerobic exercise in your 20s may protect the brain in middle age, according to a US study. Activities that maintain cardio fitness - such as running, swimming and cycling - led to better thinking skills and memory 20 years on. Scientists say the research, reported in Neurology, adds to evidence the brain benefits from good heart health. Cardio fitness is a measure of how well the body absorbs oxygen during exercise and transports it to the muscles. Researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, tested almost 3,000 healthy people with an average age of 25. They underwent treadmill tests of cardiovascular fitness during the first year of the study and again 20 years later. They...

China city closes poultry markets to stop bird flu

China city closes poultry markets to stop bird flu

The major city of Guangzhou in southern China today closed its live poultry markets for two weeks to halt the spread of the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The closure lasts through February 28 “to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu,” the city government said in a one-sentence announcement on...

Internet community helps crack code left by dying woman

Internet community helps crack code left by dying woman

When a brain tumour took away Dorothy Holm's ability to speak, she picked up index cards and began filling them, edge to edge, with seemingly random, indecipherable sequences of letters. Her grandchildren saw her scribbling and thought she was leaving them a code — but it was one the preteens couldn't crack. Eighteen years...

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