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Dec 18, 2014

Efforts to cure HIV infection suffer setback

by New York

Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as “the Berlin patient” have failed, and all six patients died. So far, Timothy Ray Brown, a ...

Dec 18, 2014

Cuomo to ban fracking; health officials deem it unsafe

The New York state health department said fracking for natural gas can’t be done safely, dooming prospects that Gov.Andrew Cuomo will end a six-year moratorium. Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a Cabinet meeting in Albany on Wednesday that studies on the extraction ...

Health teams scour Sierra Leone capital in Ebola drive

Dec 18, 2014

Health teams scour Sierra Leone capital in Ebola drive

Health workers in Sierra Leone began combing the streets of Freetown for Ebola patients on Wednesday, moving house-to-house as the government launched a major operation to contain infections in West Africa’s worst-hit country. President Ernest Bai Koroma said on national television that, as part ...

Dec 17, 2014

Avian flu confirmed in wild birds in Washington

U.S. agriculture officials said Tuesday they have found avian influenza in wild birds in Washington state but there is no immediate public health concern. The Department of Agriculture said separate strains of the H5 virus were identified in a northern pintail duck and a ...

Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

Dec 17, 2014

Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, has detected spikes of methane in the planet’s atmosphere. That suggests something is producing or venting the scientifically tantalizing gas, but no one knows what. Most of Earth’s atmospheric methane comes from animal and plant life, and the environment itself. ...

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

Dec 17, 2014

Pregnancy-related infection killed endangered orca

An endangered orca found dead off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, earlier this month died after a failed pregnancy caused a bacterial infection, officials said Tuesday. Preliminary necropsy results show the 19-year-old killer whale known as J-32 was pregnant with a nearly full-term female calf ...