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Melting of Antarctica glaciers accelerates

Dec 5, 2014

Melting of Antarctica glaciers accelerates

Glaciers are melting fast in one part of Antarctica, where their melt-rate has tripled over the past decade, a study shows. Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica are losing ice faster than another part of Antarctica and are the biggest contributor to ...

Dec 5, 2014

Prepare for severe flu season: U.S. health chiefs

This year’s flu season could be especially severe, U.S. health authorities warned Thursday, adding that genetic mutations mean the vaccine won’t be as effective against some of the most prevalent flu strains. So far this season, most flu patients in the United States have ...

Dec 5, 2014

Ugandan doctor cured of Ebola in German hospital

A Ugandan doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has been cured and released from a German hospital after seven weeks of intensive treatment, the clinic in Frankfurt said Thursday. The employee of an Italian charity had been hospitalised on Oct. 3 in an ...

Dec 3, 2014

Hawking warns AI 'could spell end of human race'

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the development of artificial intelligence could mean the end of humanity. In an interview with the BBC, he said such technology could rapidly evolve and overtake mankind, a scenario like that envisaged in the “Terminator” movies. ...

Sierra Leone doctor, 32, who got Ebola is not relenting

Dec 3, 2014

Sierra Leone doctor, 32, who got Ebola is not relenting

For eight weeks, Dr. Komba Songu-M’briwa worked at the understaffed Hastings Ebola Treatment Center outside Sierra Leone’s capital. When he began feeling sick, he thought it might be exhaustion but on Nov. 26 he got dreadful news: He had tested positive for Ebola. Songu-M’briwa ...

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. officials designate 35 hospitals for Ebola care

Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the United States as Ebola treatment centers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington ...

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. mulls lifting ban on gay blood donations

A U.S. ban on blood donations by gays could be eased after 31 years, depending on the decision of an advisory committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that began two days of meetings Tuesday. The current rules bar any man who has ...

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. ...