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West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever

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 as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea.

West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever

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 as the suspected death toll topped 100, the WHO said Tuesday. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said the agency was concerned about the spread of the virus from its epicentre in the forests of southern Guinea.

WHO says West African Ebola outbreak to last 2-4 months

GENEVA (Reuters) - A "challenging" outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is expected to take from two to four months to contain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The virus is still spreading in three "hotspots" of Guinea Forestiere, a southeastern region some 900 km (560 miles) from Guinea's capital of Conakry, a city which has itself reported 20 cases to date, the United Nations agency said.

West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever

West Africa's Ebola outbreak is among the "most challenging" ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago, the WHO said Tuesday, as the suspected death toll from the virus hit 111. "This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced," said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization. jwf/cc

Scientists regenerate immune organ in mice

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists have for the first time used regenerative medicine to fully restore an organ in a living animal, a discovery they say may pave the way for similar techniques to be used in humans in future. The University of Edinburgh team rebuilt the thymus - an organ central to the immune system and found in front of the heart - of very old mice by reactivating a natural mechanism that gets shut down with age.

Japan stem cell scientist readies to fight fabrication claim

A young female researcher is readying to fight claims her ground-breaking stem cell study was fabricated, her lawyer said Tuesday, as Japan's male-dominated scientific establishment circled its wagons. Haruko Obokata, 30, was admitted to hospital on Monday because her "mental and physical condition is unstable," her lawyer Hideo Miki told reporters. But an official at his office said she is still planning to hold a news conference on Wednesday.

New app sheds virtual weight so faces look slimmer on 'selfies'

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - A new app that lets users shed virtual weight so their faces look skinnier on "selfie" photos is raising concerns about health and body-image issues. SkinneePix, for iPhone and Android devices, can trim from five to 15 pounds (2-6 kg) of virtual fat for a slimmer selfie look.

Train driver in fatal NYC crash had undetected sleep disorder: NTSB

By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The driver of a train that derailed in December in New York City, killing four passengers, had an undiagnosed sleep disorder at the time of the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said on Monday. William Rockefeller, the engineer at the controls of the Metro-North commuter train that derailed in the Bronx on December 1, suffered from severe sleep apnea, which can cause drowsiness, according to documents published by the safety board on Monday.

Saskatchewan changes wildlife rules to let landowners kill more ravens, wolves

REGINA - Saskatchewan is changing wildlife regulations to let landowners protect their property and livestock from ravens and wolves. One change means landowners can kill ravens without requiring a permit. Ravens have recolonized agricultural areas in recent years and farmers say the birds are killing or injuring newborn livestock and damaging grain bags. Another change will designate wolves a big-game species so hunters can target problem animals where they're attacking livestock.

Guinea raises Ebola death toll to 95

Guinea's government raised the death toll in the Ebola epidemic raging through its southern forests and capital to 95 on Monday. The health ministry added nine deaths to the toll of 86 given before the weekend, saying that 52 cases had been confirmed in laboratories to be the killer tropical virus. "Up to now, the Guinean authorities have registered 151 suspect cases and 95 deaths," the ministry's chief disease prevention officer Sakoba Keita told AFP, without specifying the locations of the new deaths.
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