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'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response: WHO

'Perfect storm' of risks threatens DRC Ebola response: WHO

The struggle to contain the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a “perfect storm” of challenges, including rebel violence and pre-election manipulation, the UN said Tuesday. Attacks by armed opposition groups in North Kivu province hit by the outbreak have risen in recent weeks, including a deadly raid in the […]

The Mesmerizing Texture of Asteroids

The Mesmerizing Texture of Asteroids

The images are unlike the majority of previous observations of asteroids. For many decades, other spacecraft and telescopes have shown asteroids as tiny specks of light, or fuzzy blots, or hazy lumps of smooth rock. My personal favorite description of one picture, from 1989, reads: “The slightly elongated smudge in this image is the asteroid.” […]

'Amazing' treatment helps paralyzed people walk again

'Amazing' treatment helps paralyzed people walk again

Kelly Thomas inches across the soft grass, using a walker to navigate her way. Each step is exhilarating and exhausting. She pauses amid the 90-degree Florida heat and smiles. “It only takes a little bit of try — and by a little, I mean a lot,” she says. Thomas, 24, is one of three paralyzed […]

National Institutes of Health Names CHOP, Penn an Undiagnosed Diseases Network Site

National Institutes of Health Names CHOP, Penn an Undiagnosed Diseases Network Site

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has named Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania as one of the newest sites of its Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), awarding the two institutions $2.5 million in research grants. Kathleen Sullivan, MD, PhD, Chief of the […]

Harvard's 'Outbreak Week' marks centennial of 1918 flu pandemic

Harvard's 'Outbreak Week' marks centennial of 1918 flu pandemic

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University will be honoring the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic with a series of events on disease outbreak. The school’s Global Health Institute is hosting ‘‘Outbreak Week’’ starting Monday, featuring public lectures and discussions with prominent scholars and scientists. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

September's full Harvest Moon has many names

September's full Harvest Moon has many names

Rising within two days of the autumn equinox, this week’s full Harvest Moon is a true reminder of the changing seasons. According to NASA, the moon will become officially full at 10:52 p.m. on Monday. So when the moon rises Monday night around 7:50 p.m. in mid-Michigan, it will be nearly full. But it won’t […]

BAKER: Monitor blood glucose levels to manage diabetes

BAKER: Monitor blood glucose levels to manage diabetes

Diabetes, like hypertension, can be a mysterious disease for some people. Many diabetics aren’t symptomatic when their blood sugar level is elevated; they may not feel any differently if their sugar spikes beyond what is normal after a meal or if their A1C (a blood test that measures blood glucose levels over an extended period […]

Don't want 'second-tier-status' on joint lunar space station with NASA, says Russian space agency chief

Don't want 'second-tier-status' on joint lunar space station with NASA, says Russian space agency chief

Russian space agency, Roscosmos’ chief on Saturday said that it won’t accept a second-tier role in a NASA-led plan to build an outpost near the moon. However, spokesman Roscosmos said that the space agency is continuing to stay in the project. ALSO READ | NASA conducting contest to name the next Mars rover “Russia wouldn’t be reduced […]

Take the shot! Here's how to reduce your flu risk this year

Take the shot! Here's how to reduce your flu risk this year

BLOOMINGTON — After last year’s flu season hit early and hard, causing at least three deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen this year. That’s why health professionals want Central Illinoisans to be prepared, getting a flu shot and taking other steps to reduce their risk of getting the respiratory illness that […]

The Newest Planet Hunter Found Two Possible Exoplanets

The Newest Planet Hunter Found Two Possible Exoplanets

The leader of the TESS mission, MIT astrophysicist Sara Seager had an exciting announcement. NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has successfully started its operations and already found two new exoplanet candidates, sending the information back to Earth. Seager stated on Twitter the following: “The team is excited about what TESS might discover next. We […]

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