Experimental Ebola drug halts virus in monkeys five days after infection

The research marks the first time ZMapp has cured a test subject after such a delay and raises hopes for its use.

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    ‘Dead zone’ returns in force to troubled Chesapeake Bay

    ‘Dead zone’ returns in force to troubled Chesapeake Bay

    Scientists are observing large oxygen-depleted zones in East Coast waterways as pollution curbs falter.

    Skywatch: Chance to see planetary pals Mars and Saturn

    Skywatch: Chance to see planetary pals Mars and Saturn

    A roundup of what to see at night in September and area events of interest to stargazers.

    Novel heart-failure drug shows big promise, study says

    Novel heart-failure drug shows big promise, study says

    Experimental medicine from Novartis is found to lower the odds of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

    Drug cures monkeys of Ebola; disease spreads to Senegal

    Drug cures monkeys of Ebola; disease spreads to Senegal

    Research using ZMapp is “a huge step forward,” expert says, but supply of the drug is exhausted.

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    Ebola’s accelerating spread across Africa

    Ebola’s accelerating spread across Africa

    The World Health Organization said Thursday that the outbreak that has ravaged West Africa could infect 20,000 people before it is over.With over 1,500 deaths recorded so far, the virus is certain to claim more lives. At least 3,000 people are believed to have been infected in the current outbreak, but WHO officials believe that the tally could be much higher.

    Sense of urgency heightens over Ebola crisis

    Sense of urgency heightens over Ebola crisis

    As the virus has repeatedly mutated in recent months, the WHO seeks to stop the outbreak within nine months.

    Mystery: Arctic people thrived 4,000 years, then vanished

    Mystery: Arctic people thrived 4,000 years, then vanished

    What happened to the Dorsets? Paleo-Eskimos hunted in isolation for millennia until driven to extinction.

    Zapping your brain really does improve memory

    Zapping your brain really does improve memory

    Non-invasive brain stimulation causes a slight uptick in memory performance.

    Quarantining an entire Liberian slum will make the Ebola epidemic worse, not better

    Quarantining an entire Liberian slum will make the Ebola epidemic worse, not better

    Food, water and medicine are becoming scarce in West Point, which will make the Ebola epidemic worse, not better.

    Ebola virus could infect 20,000 before outbreak is over, WHO says

    Ebola virus could infect 20,000 before outbreak is over, WHO says

    With 1,552 deaths recorded so far, the virus is certain to claim more lives than all of the previous Ebola outbreaks combined.

    Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak

    Ebola virus has mutated during course of outbreak

    Scientists say sequencing of Ebola genome also offers clues to outbreak’s origins.

    Electrical current to brain jolts memory performance

    Results from NIH-funded study hold promise for treating Alzheimers and other memory disorders

    Hotel rooms aren’t yucky — you colonize them with your own personal bacteria within hours

    Hotel rooms aren’t yucky — you colonize them with your own personal bacteria within hours

    Your signature bacteria colonize a space within hours, and are unique enough to pinpoint a killer.

    NIH to start human trials for Ebola vaccine

    NIH to start human trials for Ebola vaccine

    The vaccine does not allow Ebola genes to replicate, so it can’t infect vaccinated people, an official says.

    Tall men have their pick of the dating pool

    Tall men have their pick of the dating pool

    A new study also finds that tall guys do more housework.

    Famous giant panda fakes pregnancy, gets nice things

    Famous giant panda fakes pregnancy, gets nice things

    Chinese officials called off a live-broadcast of Ai Hin giving birth, because she wasn’t actually pregnant. Researchers say “phantom pregnancies” are actually quite common.

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    Fighting to contain Ebola

    Fighting to contain Ebola

    Governments move to stop the latest outbreak from spreading further as the death toll from the virus tops 1,300.

    Walking fish raised on land mimic ancient evolutionary transition

    Walking fish raised on land mimic ancient evolutionary transition

    When they grow up on land, these fish get better and better at walking.

    Scientists switch ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice

    Scientists switch ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice

    The neurons that recall a bad memory can be switched to give warm and fuzzy feelings.

    The most common chronic disease of childhood, and what you can do about it

    The most common chronic disease of childhood, and what you can do about it

    Dental caries, or cavities, remain stubbornly common among the young. New recommendation: brush teeth as soon as they appear

    West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

    West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

    A young man on camera names the person who’s challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water — part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa.

    A great view of colliding galaxies, thanks to magnifying glasses in the sky

    A great view of colliding galaxies, thanks to magnifying glasses in the sky

    Astronomers have snapped a shot of colliding galaxies by using a larger one as a cosmic lens.

    Would you like your receipt? Maybe not, if it still contains BPA.

    Would you like your receipt? Maybe not, if it still contains BPA.

    The chemical is still found on the paper you get every day at grocery stores and elsewhere. Health impacts are uncertain.

    CDC: Teens who use e-cigs more likely to try regular cigarettes

    CDC: Teens who use e-cigs more likely to try regular cigarettes

    Study: 43.9 percent of youth who used the electronic devices said they intended to smoke cigarettes.

    She’s furious at the doctors who failed to spot her problem

    She’s furious at the doctors who failed to spot her problem

    Heidi Gribble Camp’s stabbing back pain was far from normal. So was its little-known cause.

    Facebook wants me to ‘friend’ my shrink. Umm, no.

    Facebook wants me to ‘friend’ my shrink. Umm, no.

    There’s something odd — and unsettling — about coming across personal photos of my therapist.

    The U.S. public still doesn’t understand Ebola

    The U.S. public still doesn’t understand Ebola

    A Harvard poll reveals how little we in the media have educated readers.

    Are those walk-in clinics at retail stores good for you?

    Are those walk-in clinics at retail stores good for you?

    It depends on what you need. If you try them for routine illnesses, be sure to keep records.

    Here’s what you need for walk-in clinic visit

    Here’s what you need for walk-in clinic visit

    Bring a list of your medications and ask some questions.

    The animal source of the Ebola outbreak eludes scientists

    The animal source of the Ebola outbreak eludes scientists

    Was it bats or bush meat that passed the deadly virus to people in West Africa?

    How do they figure out how a temperature feels?

    How do they figure out how a temperature feels?

    Meteorologists have about 100 different ways to calculate the sensation.

    Murderous, hunchbacked Richard III liked his liquor

    Murderous, hunchbacked Richard III liked his liquor

    Scientists say the British monarch ate and drank like . . . a king.

    Is it overeating — or what we eat — that makes us fat?

    Is it overeating — or what we eat — that makes us fat?

    Wired looks at the effort to explain whether food types are behind our weight problems.

    Saying ‘know’ to our many drugs, legal and illegal

    Saying ‘know’ to our many drugs, legal and illegal

    A nonjudgmental compendium of all the drugs out there, how they affect our bodies and how to stay safe.

    Daily aspirin use may lower your cancer risk

    Daily aspirin use may lower your cancer risk

    In addition to helping prevent heart problems, aspirin may lower their risk of several digestive-system cancers.

    Wondering about the best health plan for you?

    Wondering about the best health plan for you?

    First you need to figure out what all those names mean. Then ask some questions.

    Mental health professionals offer their voice

    Mental health professionals offer their voice

    Readers weigh in on their services and educational background.

    Adolescents who use e-cigarettes much more likely to try tobacco

    Adolescents who use e-cigarettes much more likely to try tobacco

    Authorities are worried that ‘vaping’ could be a gateway to tobacco use

    ‘Kennewick Man’ might have been Asian

    ‘Kennewick Man’ might have been Asian

    Years of research suggest that the mystery man with a Polynesian-looking skull was a migratory seal hunter.

    Growing alarm as Ebola crisis spurs nations to close doors

    Growing alarm as Ebola crisis spurs nations to close doors

    WHO warns the flight cancellations and border closures will only make the outbreak harder to deal with.

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