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Patient Zero in Ebola outbreak was Guinean toddler

Oct 29, 2014

Patient Zero in Ebola outbreak was Guinean toddler

In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control. International aid workers who recently visited Meliandou say nothing is normal anymore and that families have been ...

'Ambulance drone' prototype unveiled in Holland

Oct 29, 2014

'Ambulance drone' prototype unveiled in Holland

A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an “ambulance drone,” a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kph (60 mph). ...

Oct 29, 2014

Google targets nanoparticle tech for health detection

Google Inc.’s research lab said it’s working on nanoparticle technology that could be used in the near future to better detect diseases such as cancer. The nanoparticles would be swallowed, then controlled to monitor health issues and observed through an external device, Andrew Conrad, ...

Oct 29, 2014

Ebola vaccine trials to start in Switzerland this week

Ebola vaccine trials are set to start in Switzerland this week after receiving the green light from the country’s authorities, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Swiss regulators announced they would allow trials of an experimental vaccine made by Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline, and tests on ...

Oct 28, 2014

EU wants massive increase in staff to fight Ebola

The European Union’s newly appointed Ebola coordinator on Monday said fresh EU funds should be used to finance a vast increase in health staff and hospital beds to treat patients in West Africa. The EU’s “Ebola Czar,” Christos Stylianides, insisted that the number of ...