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Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Feb 21, 2015

Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Liberia said Friday it was lifting nationwide curfews and re-opening borders following the retreat of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed thousands. Liberia and its neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone have seen new infections drop to a tenth of the numbers that were reported ...

Feb 20, 2015

WHO gives green light to 15-minute Ebola test

The World Health Organization announced Friday it has approved a 15-minute test for Ebola that could be a fast and rugged tool in countries hit by the disease. The test is a little less accurate than the so-called gold standard of lab assessment, but ...

Diet guide drops cholesterol warning

Feb 20, 2015

Diet guide drops cholesterol warning

The U.S. government’s draft dietary guidelines no longer include a warning against eating foods high in cholesterol, representing a major shift in policy, officials said Thursday. Until now, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to 300 milligrams per day ...

January was second-warmest on record globally

Feb 20, 2015

January was second-warmest on record globally

Last month was the second-warmest January on record globally, behind only January 2007, with temperatures 0.77 degree Celsius (1.4 degrees Fahrenheit) above the average for the 20th century, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Meteorologists calculated that the United States in ...

Feb 20, 2015

U.N. Ebola chief hails successes, warns of fatigue

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response on Thursday hailed Liberia’s success in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, but warned against complacency now that the number of cases has dropped. “What I’ve seen is that the level of ...

Feb 19, 2015

Scientists smoke out 'munchies' mystery

People who empty the refrigerator after smoking cannabis can blame their cravings on brain cells that normally suppress appetite, said a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Researchers using genetically modified mice pinpointed circuitry in the hypothalamus that is affected by the active ...