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This photo provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a 39-year-old woman, the first participant enrolled in VRC 207, receiving a dose of the investigational NIAID/GSK Ebola vaccine at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda.
AP This photo provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a 39-year-old woman, the first participant enrolled in VRC 207, receiving a dose of the investigational NIAID/GSK Ebola vaccine at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda.

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday. The vaccine is designed... »
File image made available by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the Ebola virus.

Ebola drug to be tested

Chimerix Inc said its experimental broad-spectrum antiviral was one of two agents to be tested in a trial in confirmed Ebola patients in West Africa.Chimerix and the University of Oxford are... »
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the sixth World Ayurveda Congress in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Ayurveda needs dedicated doctors, says PM

Biggest challenge today is lack of confidence in Ayurvedic practitioners »
This undated photo released by Sanofi Pasteur shows a worker at a Sanofi Pasteur facility in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania, U.S.

World’s first dengue vaccine likely by 2015: Sanofi

The company said the vaccine gives a 95.5% protection against severe dengue and an 80.3% reduction in the risk of hospitalisation. »

Cancer cell fingerprints in blood may speed up diagnosis

Scientists have identified cancer cell fingerprints in the blood that could one day help doctors diagnose a range of children’s cancers faster and more accurately. »
Banana farmers get information on pest control methods from Dr. R. Thangavelu of the Pathology Division at National Research Centre for Banana's test farm in Thayanur. Photo: R.M. Rajanathinam
Trichy, November 14, 2014

Going bananas

It is true that the banana has never had the star appeal of, say, the mango or the orange. Neither has it got the power to bring down governments, like the onion. But its ubiquity is also its cons... »
A child displaced from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting receives a Polio vaccination at a clinic in Jalozai refugee camp, near Peshawar. File photo
October 29, 2014

Birth of Salk and death of polio

In 1954, over 300,000 doctors, nurses, schoolteachers and other volunteers across the United States, Canada and Finland took part in one of the most complex and monumental medical trials in histor... »
SHANGHAI, October 17, 2014

China sends Ebola drug

A Chinese drug-maker with military ties has sent an experimental Ebola drug to Africa for use by Chinese aid workers and is planning clinical trials there to combat a deadly outbreak of the diseas... »
Emergency personnel wearing protective clothing approach a residential apartment after a second healthcare worker tested positive for the Ebola virus in Dallas, in a photo provided by the Dallas Police Department on Wednesday.
Washington, October 15, 2014

Second US healthcare worker has Ebola

A second positive case of Ebola was discovered in a health care worker in Dallas, Texas, who had helped care for Thomas Duncan, the first ever Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., and who died one... »
A billboard warning people of Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, seen last week.
DALLAS/MADRID, October 13, 2014

US health worker tests positive for Ebola

A Texas health care worker who was in full protective gear while providing hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health of... »
In this April 8, 2014 photo, a Pakistani health worker collects data after giving them their vaccines in Rawalpindi. Pakistan has registered seven new polio cases, raising the number of those affected by the crippling disease in 2014 to 194.
Islamabad, October 3, 2014

New polio cases in Pakistan edge closer to record

Pakistan has registered seven new polio cases, raising the number of those affected by the crippling disease this year to 194 and edging closer to the nation’s own record number of 199 in 2001, a... »
Google has hired more than 100 experts for the nanotechnology project.
London, October 29, 2014

Google developing nanoparticles to detect cancer

Google X, the internet giant’s research unit, is reportedly working on a technology project that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient’s bloodstream via a swallowed... »
In this undated photo released on October 18, 2014 photo, scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health Organisation in Geneva. WHO says five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March 2015.
LONDON, October 24, 2014

5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March: WHO

The World Health Organisation says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March. Still... »
Washington, October 16, 2014

Top tech firms will pay for egg-freezing

Silicon Valley titans Apple and Facebook announced this week that they would be willing to cover the costs of women employees who may seek to freeze their eggs, an initiative presumably aimed at i... »
MANILA, October 13, 2014

WHO calls Ebola modern world's worst health crisis

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times” and added that economic disruptions c... »
NEW DELHI, October 12, 2014

SC to hear PIL against hike in drug price

The Supreme Court will hear next week a public interest writ petition challenging a circular providing for increase in the prices of life-saving and other essential drugs.A Bench of Chief... »