Tuesday, September 02, 2014
An aid group said Tuesday that another American missionary doctor has tested positive for Ebola. SIM USA said the doctor, who was not named, was treating obstetric patients at ELWA hospital in Monrovia and had not treated Ebola patients in the hospital’s isolation unit, which is separate from the main hospital. The charity said it was not yet known how the doctor was infected, but he immediately isolated himself when he showed symptoms. The new case comes two weeks after Dr.   [READ MORE]
The gravity of the current Ebola epidemic is such that for the first time in history an international consortium has been assembled in order to accelerate the development and deployment of potential vaccines. The Jenner Institute in Oxford will run the first phase I trial of a vaccine targeted at the Zaire strain of Ebola virus that is causing the current outbreak.   [READ MORE]
London Mayor Boris Johnson has said his proposal for an island airport in the Thames estuary is not dead, despite the Airports Commission rejecting the idea. Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies said the huge cost, economic disruption and environmental concerns made the proposal unviable. The mayor called this short-sighted, but said plans to expand either Gatwick or Heathrow airports would fail. These plans, he claimed, face huge opposition and no government would back them. The proposal for a Thames Estuary airport - dubbed Boris Island because of the mayor's strong backing - would have led to the development of a four-runway airport on the Isle of Grain.

Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception. Stephens was wearing a T-shirt printed with a police shield bearing the phrase "OFFICER DARREN WILSON I STAND BY YOU," as part of a rally supporting the white policeman who killed the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Jones was across the street, holding up a sign that said, in blood-red letters: "Darren Wilson is a Murderer.   [READ MORE]
Ancient human DNA is shedding light on the peopling of the Arctic region of the Americas, revealing that the first people there did not leave any genetic descendants in the New World, unlike previously thought. The study's researchers suggest the first group of people in the New World Arctic may have lived in near-isolation for more than 4,000 years because of a mindset that eschewed adopting new ideas. It remains a mystery why they ultimately died off, they added.   [READ MORE]
The parents of a five-year-old boy who was taken from hospital against medical advice are appearing in court in Spain. Ashya King, who has a brain tumour, was removed from Southampton General Hospital on Thursday afternoon, sparking an international search, amid fears for his health. A spokesman for the hospital said the boy was under police guard and his condition was stable. Mr King said in an earlier video posted that the family wanted to seek proton beam therapy for Ashya - a cancer treatment that the NHS would not provide.


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