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Dr.Denis Mukwege awarded Sakharov Prize

Sakharov Prize awarded to Congolese gynecologist The 2014 Sakharov Prize, one of Europe’s most prestigious human rights accolades, will go to the Congolese physician Denis Mukwege for his treatment of the victims of gang rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Congolese physician Denis Mukwege, renowned for his treatment of mass rape victims in DRC, will be awarded this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Mukwege has been treating rape victims at a clinic in Bukavu on the…

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Staff in Texas Ebola Case Is Asked to Avoid Public Spaces

DALLAS(NYTIMES) — No restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters or other places where members of the public congregate. No travel by airplane, ship, long-distance bus, train or other modes of commercial transportation. Such are the restrictions that dozens of health care workers who treated the Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are being asked to follow for the 21-day maximum incubation period of the virus. The documents were drawn up by the Texas state health agency and Dallas County officials after an infected nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, took two flights between Dallas and Cleveland…

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First womb-transplant baby born

A woman in Sweden has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb, in a medical first, doctors report. The 36-year-old mother, who was born without a uterus, received a donated womb from a friend in her 60s. The British medical journal The Lancet says the baby was born prematurely in September weighing 1.8kg (3.9lb). The father said his son was “amazing”. Cancer treatment and birth defects are the main reasons women can be left without a functioning womb. If they want a child of their own, their…

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Inside an Ebola Suit at 115 Degrees, Where Skipping a Step Can Mean Death

Inside the eight-piece protective suits worn by doctors on the front lines of the Ebola outbreak, the temperature reaches at least 115 degrees Fahrenheit. One of the most dangerous moments on the job is going through the 12 steps to take the suit off, which can take 30 minutes. On a fallow field behind a logistics warehouse in Brussels, Doctors Without Borders runs a training camp for medical staff heading to Ebola hot spots in West Africa. After a full day of classroom instruction on everything from preparation of chlorine…

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NO Ebola in Europe?

Fears over the latest outbreak of Ebola are growing in Europe, as the disease continues to spread across West Africa. But there is no need for hysteria, says DW’s Peter Hille. A black woman at a job center in Berlin says she is not feeling well because of a fever. She faints and collapses on the floor. Shortly after, dozens of police officers, firefighters and doctors arrive at the scene. The woman is taken to hospital while the job center remains cordoned off for hours with hundreds of people trapped…

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HIV drugs ‘boost South African life expectancy’

Life expectancy in South Africa has increased dramatically over the last decade, mainly thanks to life-saving Aids drugs, a government report says. South Africans are living on average up to 61.2 years compared to 52.2 years nearly 10 years ago, the figures show. “The life expectancy is expected to keep improving because of improving medical science methods,” the head of the national statistics agency said. South Africa runs the world’s largest anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs programme. “For 2014, life expectancy at birth is estimated at 59.1 years for males and 63.1…

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Give experimental medicines to Ebola patients-Expert Suggets

July 2-People at high risk of dying in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak should be offered experimental medicines to see if they work, despite the drugs being not fully tested, the head of an influential global health charity said. Jeremy Farrar, a professor of tropical medicine and director of The Wellcome Trust charity, said Ebola’s spread in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is “out of control” and global health authorities should rethink the approach to potential treatments. “We have more than 450 deaths so far – and not a single individual…

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Mission Hospitals in Ghana to end National Health Insurance Policy?

Subscribers of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) who enjoy healthcare services at mission hospitals will be made to pay cash with effect from Wednesday, July 2,2014. This follows the decision by the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) to withdraw its services to subscribers of the NHIS because managers of the scheme are indebted to mission hospitals in excess of GHC 50 million. There are 183 mission hospitals in the country which cater for about 42 per cent of the healthcare needs of the people, especially those in deprived communities….

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After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again

This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent…

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‘Teens choosing health’: Smoking hits a landmark low

Cigarette smoking among high school students in the United States has reached a landmark low in a survey health officials have been conducting every two years since 1991. Just 15.7% of teens were current smokers in 2013, down from 27.5% when the survey began and 36.4% in the peak year of 1997, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. That means the nation has already met the government’s official goal of getting teen smoking below 16% by 2020. “I think the bottom line is that our teens are choosing…

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