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January 18, 2017 3:44 PM CDC Chief Says Trump Must Not Drop Guard Against Health Threats

Dr. Tom Frieden says antibiotic resistance and opioid overdoses are at the top of his list of health threats the incoming administration must face Tom Frieden has led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for nearly eight years, through three historic epidemics—H1N1 flu, Ebola and Zika —and multiple other health emergencies. Now, with President-elect 28

December 27, 2016 4:22 AM 40 shot in Chicago over the weekend

The stress of living in challenging circumstances and the usual ebbs and flows of violence might have been some of the reasons why 40 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, national anti-violence advocates based there told USA TODAY. The city already has been in the national spotlight for increasing gun violence in recent years. The Chicago Police 63

December 23, 2016 11:23 PM Results confirm Ebola vaccine provides ‘high protection’ – WHO

The World Health Organisation says an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to be highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea. “The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results published last year,” WHO said in a press release 97

December 23, 2016 1:32 PM Guinea trial shows 'historic' success for Ebola vaccine

LONDON – A vaccine developed by Merck is the first shown to be highly effective in preventing human infection with Ebola, according to final results from a clinical trial. Among 5,837 people who received the rVSV-EBOV vaccine in the trial in Guinea in 2015, no Ebola cases were recorded 10 days or more after vaccination, signaling 100 percent protection 102

December 22, 2016 11:59 PM Final Test Results Confirm Ebola Vaccine Highly Effective

Final test results confirm an experimental Ebola vaccine is highly effective. It's a major milestone in the search for a vaccine to stop future outbreaks, like the one that killed thousands in West Africa. The vaccine was developed by the Canadian government and is now licensed to the U.S.-based Merck & Co. Merck is expected to seek approval of the vaccine 39

December 22, 2016 11:32 PM First Ebola Vaccine Likely To Stop The Next Outbreak

First Ebola Vaccine Likely To Stop The Next Outbreak A woman is vaccinated at a health center in Conakry, Guinea, during the clinical trials of a vaccine against the Ebola virus. When Ebola struck West Africa a few years ago, the world was defenseless. There was no cure. No vaccine. And the result was catastrophic: More than 11,000 people died. Nearly 47

December 19, 2016 5:52 PM CIO view: Inside the World Health Organization

An exclusive conversation with the Chief Information Officer of WHO reveals technology used to prepare for and manage outbreaks of disease on a global scale. I spoke with WHO's Chief Information Officer, Marc Touitou as part of the CXOTALK series of interviews with innovative leaders who are shaping our modern world. The command center helps WHO manage 125

December 4, 2016 2:46 PM Fidel Castro laid to rest in Cuba, ending nine days of mourning

SANTIAGO, Cuba Fidel Castro's ashes were laid to rest on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell with a combination of tears, Castro-like defiance and choruses of "I am Fidel!" A private ceremony was held at Santiago's Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, state media reported. Castro's cremated remains were due to be placed 51

November 18, 2016 3:48 AM Trump Offers National Security Post to Michael Flynn, Retired General

As an adviser, General Flynn has already proved to be a powerful influence on Mr. Trump, convincing the president-elect that the United States is in a “world war” with Islamist militants and must work with any willing allies in the fight, including President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. During the transition, he has been present when Mr. Trump has received 98 8

November 14, 2016 8:28 PM UN health agency gives Israel top marks for disaster relief

The U.N. health agency has given Israel top marks for its disaster relief capabilities. The World Health Organization says the Mideast country has an unparalleled ability to deploy large, full-fledged medical teams to help treat the injured and the sick after natural disasters or outbreaks of viruses. A WHO certification program of emergency medical 40