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Sep 4, 2014

WHO calls for action to reduce global suicide rate of 800,000 a year

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – More than 800,000 people each
year worldwide commit suicide – around one person every 40
seconds – with many using poisoning, hanging or shooting to end
their own lives, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on
Thursday.

In its first global report on suicide prevention, the United
Nations health agency said some 75 percent of suicides are among
people from poor or middle-income countries and called for more
to be done to reduce access to common means of suicide.

Aug 17, 2014

Insight – Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics

NORWICH England (Reuters) – Pampering leafcutter ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab in eastern England think it’s well worth trying.

    As the world cries out for new antibiotics, researchers at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich are also taking a bet on bacteria extracted from the stomachs of giant stick insects and cinnabar caterpillars with a taste for highly toxic plants.

Aug 17, 2014

Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics

NORWICH, England, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Pampering leafcutter
ants with fragrant rose petals and fresh oranges may seem an
unlikely way to rescue modern medicine, but scientists at a lab
in eastern England think it’s well worth trying.

As the world cries out for new antibiotics, researchers at
the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich are also taking a bet on
bacteria extracted from the stomachs of giant stick insects and
cinnabar caterpillars with a taste for highly toxic plants.

Aug 13, 2014

Scientists find how “nefarious” Ebola disables immune response

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Scientists studying the lethal
Ebola virus say they have found how it blocks and disables the
body’s ability to battle infections in a discovery that should
help the search for potential cures and vaccines.

In the largest and deadliest outbreak of the disease yet
recorded, Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa
since March.

Aug 13, 2014

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – People infected in the West African Ebola outbreak can be offered untested drugs, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, but the scarcity of supplies has raised questions about who gets priority access to treatment.

Liberia said it planned to treat two infected doctors with an unproven Ebola medicine called ZMapp. They would become the first Africans to receive the drug, which has been given to a Spanish priest who later died and two U.S. aid workers.

Aug 12, 2014

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa epidemic

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – People infected in the West Africa Ebola outbreak can be offered untested drugs, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, but scarce supplies raise questions about who gets priority in the epidemic of the virus, which has no proven treatment.

Liberia said it planned to treat two infected doctors with an unproven Ebola medicine called ZMapp, the first Africans to receive the drug, while a Spanish priest, who the Health Ministry in Madrid said had also been given ZMapp, died.

Aug 12, 2014

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organization panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but cautioned supplies will be limited.

The panel said any provision of experimental Ebola medicines would require “informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity and involvement of the community”.

Aug 11, 2014

On Ebola’s front line, doctor finds grief and inspiration

LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – After a month on the front line battling Ebola in a hospital in Sierra Leone, the memories that both haunt and inspire British doctor Tim O’Dempsey are of the children.

Many memories of children dying in isolation wards while their parents wailed outside. And one of a small girl who fought her way out of a coma and was reunited with her father.

Aug 8, 2014

WHO declares Ebola an international health emergency

LONDON/MONROVIA (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola epidemic constitutes an international health emergency and the virus, which has killed nearly 1,000 people, could continue spreading for months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

“The outbreak is moving faster than we can control it,” the WHO’s director-general Margaret Chan told reporters on a telephone briefing from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters.

Aug 8, 2014

WHO declares Ebola epidemic an international health emergency

LONDON (Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is an “extraordinary event” and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

The Geneva-based U.N. health agency said the possible consequences of a further international spread of the outbreak, which has killed almost 1,000 people in four West African countries, were “particularly serious” in view of the virulence of the virus.

    • About Kate

      "I cover health and science news for the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa -- from flu pandemics to the newest planetary discovery to the latest drug and research developments. I joined Reuters in 1993 and worked in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt before moving to BBC television to work on European politics for Newsnight for 2 years. Since returning to Reuters, I have also worked as a parliamentary correspondent in Westminster and on the main news desk of the London bureau."
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