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Dec 25, 2014

Scientists fine genes linked to developmental disorders

British scientists said Wednesday they have discovered 12 genes linked to developmental disorders in children that can cause heart defects, seizures and intellectual disability. The genes were found in a trawl of the genomes of 1,133 children with severe undiagnosed disorders and their parents, ...

Dec 25, 2014

Tenth Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu

A 5-year-old Egyptian boy died from bird flu on Wednesday, the 10th death from the virus in the country out of 22 identified cases this year, the Health Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said the boy came to a hospital in ...

Dec 25, 2014

Sierra Leone bans Christmas parties amid Ebola menace

Alice Marke and her family aren’t celebrating Christmas the way they used to: The deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone means no festive parties at the beach, no carolers singing at night. Authorities this year have banned any activities that could further the spread ...

Fourth U.N. worker contracts Ebola in Liberia

Dec 25, 2014

Fourth U.N. worker contracts Ebola in Liberia

A fourth member of the U.N. mission in Liberia, the country hardest-hit by the Ebola epidemic, has been hospitalized after testing positive for the virus. “This is the fourth case of Ebola in the mission and UNMIL personnel continue to mourn the deaths of ...

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. moves to end ban on blood donations by gay men

Federal health officials are recommending an end to the U.S.’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it favors ...

Dec 24, 2014

Ancient fish had color vision, study suggests

A fish eye from a primitive time when Earth had one single continent has yielded evidence of color vision dating back at least 300 million years, according to new research. Analyzing the fossilized remains of a fish from the “spiny shark” family that lived ...

Debt and hunger at birthplace of Ebola in Guinea

Dec 23, 2014

Debt and hunger at birthplace of Ebola in Guinea

When 2-year-old Emile Ouamouno caught a fever, started vomiting, passed blood in his stool and died two days later, nobody knew why. Nor did anyone really ask. Life is unforgiving in this part of the world, and people often lose their children to cholera, ...