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Russia suspends U.S. pig imports over virus fears Thu, 29 May, 2014

Russia said on Thursday it was suspending pig imports from the United States due to concern about outbreaks of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv).
Hospital fire in South Korea kills 21

Hospital fire in South Korea kills 21 Wed, 28 May, 2014

A fire at a hospital annex housing elderly patients in the south-western county of Jangseong killed 21 people early on Wednesday, South Korean officials said.
Italy: Lazio offers €800 reward for home births

Italy: Lazio offers €800 reward for home births Mon, 12 May, 2014

The president of Rome's Lazio region has signed a decree to pay €800 to mothers who choose to give birth at home, rather than go to hospital, Italian media reported on Sunday.

Global Fund and Munich Re in risk management partnership Fri, 09 May, 2014

The Global Fund is further strengthening risk management in health programs that it supports worldwide under an agreement signed with Munich Re, one of the world’s leading reinsurers. The partnership provides for the German company to contribute know-how in areas such as supply chain optimization, which can enhance program effectiveness when fighting the three diseases.
WHO declares polio global health emergency

WHO declares polio global health emergency Mon, 05 May, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday declared the international spread of wild polio virus in 2014 a public health crisis and asked 10 affected countries to treat the issue as a national emergency apart from imposing some conditions on travellers.
Young blood rejuvenates brains and muscles of old mice

Young blood rejuvenates brains and muscles of old mice Mon, 05 May, 2014

A team of American researchers has been studying the effects of such experiments on mice. They found that an infusion of young blood rejuvenates and restores mental capabilities in the brains of older mice.
Deadly MERS virus still spreading in Saudi Arabia

Deadly MERS virus still spreading in Saudi Arabia Mon, 28 Apr, 2014

Saudi Arabia, where MERS was discovered around two years ago and which remains the country most affected, has now had 339 confirmed cases of MERS, of which 102 have been fatal.
US Health Secretary Sebelius resigns amid Obamacare row

US Health Secretary Sebelius resigns amid Obamacare row Fri, 11 Apr, 2014

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White Houseofficial said on Thursday.
Ebola outbreak 'very challenging' says WHO

Ebola outbreak 'very challenging' says WHO Tue, 08 Apr, 2014

West Africa's Ebola unprecedented outbreak is among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged elsewhere in Africa four decades ago, the WHO said Tuesday.
Ebola death toll hits 83 in Guinea

Ebola death toll hits 83 in Guinea Thu, 03 Apr, 2014

The deadly Ebola virus has broken out in the West African country of Guinea for the first time, alarming the public and catching health care workers off guard. Since January the virus has spread from rural areas to the capital city of Conakry, so far infecting at least 122 patients and killing 83.
Ebola spreads to Guinea capital

Ebola spreads to Guinea capital Fri, 28 Mar, 2014

Guinea's government has for the first time confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus in the capital Conakry.
Foot and mouth disease spreads to cattle in North Korea - UN

Foot and mouth disease spreads to cattle in North Korea - UN Wed, 26 Mar, 2014

North Korea is struggling to contain foot and mouth disease, which was earlier reported in pigs and has now spread to cattle, officials from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday after returning from a visit to North Korean farms and markets to assess the outbreaks.

TB: Reach the 3 Million Mon, 24 Mar, 2014

The Global Fund is accelerating efforts to support countries implementing tuberculosis programs with the aim of reaching three million people that are not diagnosed, treated or documented in the fight against the disease every year. 
Guinea confirms deadly mystery epidemic as Ebola

Guinea confirms deadly mystery epidemic as Ebola Sat, 22 Mar, 2014

Guinea identified the Ebola virus Saturday as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests, as the death toll rose to 59.
Half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory

Half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory Thu, 20 Mar, 2014

Conspiracy theories abound in many places around the world, including the United States. And while many deal with space aliens or assassination plots, health issues are also the focus of concern.
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