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Paralysed Man Walks Again after Breakthrough Treatment

A paralyzed Bulgarian man can walk again after receiving revolutionary treatment in Poland in a breakthrough hailed by one of the British scientists responsible as "more impressive than a man walking on the moon".

Darek Fidyka was paralyzed from the chest down following a knife attack in 2010, but can now walk using a frame after receiving treatment in which nerve cells from his nose were transplanted into his severed spinal column, according to research published in the journal Cell Transplantation on Tuesday.

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Ebola Study: Screen Travelers on Exit, not Entry

Screening air travelers on departure from Ebola-hit countries is far smarter than monitoring them when they arrive abroad, experts said on Tuesday.

Instead of relying on a shield at their own borders, countries should help Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone boost capacity to spot Ebola cases, they said.

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Study: Antibiotics May Help Animals Spread Salmonella

Giving animals antibiotics may make them sicker and could lead some to spread even more salmonella than they would have otherwise, U.S. researchers experimenting on mice said Monday.

The findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could point to a new concern over feeding healthy livestock low doses of antibiotics to help them grow and stave off common illnesses, a practice that critics say may fuel drug-resistant superbugs.

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U.S Cautiously Optimistic after No New Ebola in 5 Days

With no new Ebola cases in five days, U.S. authorities were cautious but hopeful Monday that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.

The fiancee of a Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this month in Dallas, Texas was among nearly 50 people who emerged from three weeks of quarantine without any signs of illness from exposure to the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the beginning of this year.

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Third U.N. Employee Dies from Ebola

A U.N. staff member in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola, the third employee from the world organization to succumb to the deadly virus, the U.N. spokesman said Monday.

The man, who was a driver for the U.N. Women agency, passed away at the weekend in Sierra Leone and his spouse is currently receiving treatment, said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

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Nigeria Declared Ebola-Free as EU Tackles Response

Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country -- was declared Ebola-free on Monday as European Union foreign ministers thrashed out measures to help halt the spread of the deadly disease.

The World Health Organization said Nigeria's was a "spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained" as the country, where eight people died from the outbreak, defeated the disease.

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Brave Heart Fund Launches Video Raising Awareness on Heart Disease

The Brave Heart Fund BHF affiliated with the Children's Heart Center at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) has lately launched a video to help raise awareness on congenital heart disease.

In the video, a bus full of children blocks the heart of the city. Children descend, line-up and start singing. A banner with a slogan “we blocked the heart of the city to unblock the hearts of the children,” is raised.

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EU Tackles Ebola Response

European Union foreign ministers thrashed out measures to help halt Ebola's deadly spread on Monday, as Nigeria -- Africa's most populous country -- was expected to be declared free of the disease.

The meeting in Luxembourg underlined the heightened concern in Europe about the virus. A Spanish nurse who was the first case of transmission outside Africa has been shown by tests to apparently be finally clear of her Ebola infection.

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China Gives $6 Million for Food in Ebola Countries

China has contributed $6 million to the World Food Program to help stave off food shortages in countries worst affected by the Ebola virus.

The WFP announced Monday that the money will go to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola outbreak has led to widespread transport disruptions and higher food prices and caused some farmers to abandon their crops and livestock.

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Obama Calls for End to Ebola 'Hysteria'

U.S. President Barack Obama told Americans on Saturday not to "give in to hysteria or fear" over the deadly Ebola virus, calling for patience and a sense of perspective.

In his weekly address to the nation, Obama also played down the idea of a travel ban from West Africa, the epicenter of the outbreak, saying such restrictions would only exacerbate the crisis.

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