Equatorial Guinea: Ebola - Facing Down Fear to Save Lives in Guinea

[IFRC]In Conakry, the capital of Guinea, everyone is frightened of the Ebola virus disease. It is the first time one of the most lethal viruses in the world has been detected in the country and stories are surfacing of people panicking, such as the time when passengers in a public transport vehicle abandoned the bus, in the middle of a traffic jam, when a pregnant woman inside, vomited.
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American doctors are successfully persuading increasing numbers of men with low-risk prostate cancer to reject immediate surgery and radiation in favor of surveillance, a trend that is sparing men's sexual health without increasing their risk of death. The latest evidence that more men are postponing aggressive therapy unless their symptoms worsen came in a large […]Related:Ebola has infected dozens so far in Congo, killing 19, WHO saysTroubling link found between pollution exposure in pregnancy, high blood pressure in childrenFor six decades, ‘the man with the golden arm’ donated blood — and saved 2.4 million babies
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American doctors are successfully persuading increasing numbers of men with low-risk prostate cancer to reject immediate surgery and radiation in favor of surveillance, a trend that is sparing men's sexual health without increasing their risk of death. The latest evidence of the long-term trend came in a large study published Tuesday that involved more than […]Related:Ebola has infected dozens so far in Congo, killing 19, WHO saysTroubling link found between pollution exposure in pregnancy, high blood pressure in childrenFor six decades, ‘the man with the golden arm’ donated blood — and saved 2.4 million babies
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Source: MMWR Surveill Summ - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: MMWR Surveill Summ Source Type: research
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Source: Current Pharmaceutical Design - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Curr Pharm Des Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Perinatal Viral Infections: Considering Achievements, Opportunities, and Paradoxes in Management Source Type: research
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Source: Obstetric Anesthesia Digest - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Short Takes Source Type: research
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