World Topics

Dec 2, 2014

HIV may evolve to cause AIDS less frequently

HIV may be evolving to become less aggressive, suggesting that one day it may infect humans without causing AIDS. Women with HIV in South Africa are more likely to have AIDS than a similar group in Botswana, where the disease arrived a decade earlier. ...

WHO: Sierra Leone's Ebola prognosis 'very good'

Dec 2, 2014

WHO: Sierra Leone's Ebola prognosis 'very good'

Sierra Leone does not yet have enough beds in treatment centers to isolate Ebola patients in the west of the country but the opening of many new facilities in the next few weeks makes its prognosis “very good,” the World Health Organization’s assistant director ...

Dec 2, 2014

Ethiopia tests thousands for HIV in record attempt

More than 3,300 people were tested for HIV Sunday in the Ethiopian region of Gambella, a massive turnout that exceeded expectations among AIDS campaigners who had hoped to test 2,000 people, according to local officials. Rahel Gettu, an official with the U.N. Aids agency ...

Nov 30, 2014

Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease

Three cases of myiasis have been reported near Damascus, marking the first appearance of the flesh-eating maggot disease in Syria, U.N. health experts said Friday. Myiasis, an affliction caused when flies lay their eggs in wounds, is not lethal for humans, but its appearance ...

Banking culture fosters dishonesty

Nov 29, 2014

Banking culture fosters dishonesty

by Richard Ingham

A cesspool of fraud and lies in the banking industry has come to light since the financial crisis of 2008, raising questions about how such rogue behavior could have happened. What caused traders, asset managers and others in the money business to behave dishonestly? ...