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Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Oct 28, 2014

Old ambulances, firetrucks on the way to Ebola-hit West Africa

Retired emergency vehicles, including ambulances, donated by prefectural governments were readied Tuesday for a new mission — helping two West African countries fight the deadly Ebola outbreak. The 13 vehicles will be airlifted Wednesday night from Narita International Airport to Liberia and Sierra Leone. ...

Cabinet preparing to hold Ebola prevention meeting

Oct 27, 2014

Cabinet preparing to hold Ebola prevention meeting

A select group of Cabinet ministers will meet soon to discuss countermeasures for the deadly Ebola virus, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Monday. Shiozaki told reporters about the plan after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier in the day. Abe ...

Oct 25, 2014

Sovriad deaths spur drug label rewrite

Three people have died after taking Sovriad to treat hepatitis C, and drugmaker Janssen Pharmaceutical K.K. has been ordered to revise the medicine’s packaging to state that usage should be halted if indicated by blood tests, the health ministry disclosed on Friday. The ministry ...

Menacing dinosaur turns out to be gentle giant

Oct 24, 2014

Menacing dinosaur turns out to be gentle giant

A bus-sized dinosaur portrayed as a killer based on fearsome claws unearthed 49 years ago was really a toothless, gentle plodder, paleontologists reported Wednesday after new fossil evidence. Rather than tearing prey limb from limb with talons that gave it the monicker “horrible hand,” ...