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  • Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic — Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands

    Stephanie Joyce
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Wind power is a growing part of the energy mix in the United States. And more wind turbines means there are new jobs for people to install and repair them. The job requires a unique skill set.» E-Mail This
  • 'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

    Scott Neuman
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.» E-Mail This
  • Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

    Maanvi Singh
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.» E-Mail This
  • Are All Human Beings Related?

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.» E-Mail This
  • Why Did Humans Migrate Out Of Africa?

    NPR/TED Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Geneticist Spencer Wells tells the story of early humans, and our eventual migration from Africa.» E-Mail This
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    Disease Outbreak News

  • Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Turkey

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    On 17 October 2014, WHO EURO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for Turkey of a laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). On 11 October 2014, the patient died. This is the first MERS-CoV case in Turkey. Details of the case are as follows:
  • Chikungunya – France

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    On 21 October 2014, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for France of 4 cases of chikungunya locally-acquired infection in Montpellier, France. The cases were confirmed by tests conducted by the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses on 20 October 2014. This is the first time that locally-acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in France since 2010. The 4 cases of chikungunya infection occurred within the same family, with symptoms onset between 20 September and 12 October. The cases live in Montpellier in the vicinity of a chikungunya case imported…
  • Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The National IHR Focal Point of Saudi Arabia (SAU) has reported additional laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) to WHO. Between 29 September and 11 October 2014, 7 additional cases of MERS-CoV infection were reported, including 1 death, with details as follows:
  • Marburg virus disease - Uganda

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    On 5 October 2014, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Uganda notified WHO of a confirmed case of Marburg virus disease (MVD) in Kampala, Uganda. The confirmed case was a healthcare worker who had onset of disease on 11 September 2014 while working at Mengo Hospital, Kampala. The case presented to Mpigi District Health Center on 17 September 2014, and transferred to Mengo Hospital, Kampala, on 23 September 2014. On admission the case presented with symptoms including fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea and died on 28 September 2014.
  • Ebola virus disease – Spain

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    On 6 October 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) was informed of the first confirmed autochthonous case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Spain. This case represents the first human-to-human transmission of EVD outside Africa. The case is a female healthcare worker with no travel history to West Africa but who participated in the medical care of an EVD case in a Spanish citizen, who had been infected in Sierra Leone and evacuated to Madrid, Spain on 22 September 2014 and who died on 25 September 2014. She was in contact with the repatriated EVD case twice; on 24 and 25 September 2014. On…
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    CNN.com - Health

  • The nurse who beat Ebola is getting back to normal life

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    She beat Ebola. Now she's eager to resume a normal life -- and reunite with her dog, Bentley.
  • Timeline: Ebola in New York

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    A doctor who recently returned from Guinea has tested positive for Ebola -- the first case of the deadly virus in New York City.
  • Straighten out smartphone slump!

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    As you cradle your smartphone or lean into your laptop to read this, what's your posture like? Even if you aren't doing it right now, how much of your day is spent with your neck lurched forward, shoulders slumped and chest collapsed? All that time in "smartphone slump" not only makes you look and feel stressed, it can cause persistent pain.
  • Could the Amazon hold the cure for PTSD?

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A former Marine sergeant writes about his journey from an eager recruit to a traumatized young man and why he and other war veterans are seeking treatment from a psychedelic drug found deep inside the Amazon jungle.
  • Researchers retract diet pill study

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Dr. Mehmet Oz has been under fire recently for promoting weight loss products on TV's "The Dr. Oz Show" that aren't backed by a lot of scientific evidence. Now a study supporting one of those products, diet pills made with green coffee bean extract, has been withdrawn by its lead researchers.
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  • How well does our healthcare system work? Can it be made better?

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    With the irrational scare of ebola, especially after a Texas hospital failure to treat an uninsured person, you would think that single payer healthcare would come to the forefront again. It hasn't.
  • Mystery over twin's growth

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Despite being born only two minutes apart, Axel is considerably smaller than his twin brother, and has a raft of significant health problems to boot. But he's 3mm too tall to qualify for Pharmac subsidy of $10,000-a-year human growth hormone treatment, which could allow him to grow the size of a normal child.
  • WHO under fire over Ebola response

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    There is no question that it has had some major successes: it has ensured that millions of children worldwide are free from polio. It runs programmes aimed at combating HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis, among others.
  • Ron Hart: Ebola 'cure' will be worse than the disease

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When it comes any issue, what is best for America is not what drives Obama. Even with Ebola, he is like the trendy new song, "I'm all about the base, 'bout the base, not the trouble."
  • In predictable fashion, Ebola rocks American public

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    "People were freaking out," said Crowl, who stocks the shelves at a local arts and crafts store. "People were looking at them like they were zombies."
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  • Week’s Top Stories: October 18 — 24, 2014

    GC Editor
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Centralization of Reinsurance Buying: It should come as no surprise that there is a general trend among larger cedents to centralize reinsurance buying decisions and retentions and to bundle homogeneous products. This has become possible with the improvement of available portfolio data. This practice has some obvious advantages for buyers, such as reduced spend, reduced [...]
  • Historical Development of Cyber (Re)Insurance

    GC Editor
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Companies are uncertain of how much coverage to acquire and whether their current policies provide them with protection. One of the roots of the uncertainty stems from the difficulty in quantifying potential losses because of the dearth of historical data for actuaries and underwriters to model cyber-related losses. Furthermore, traditional general liability policies do not [...]
  • Cyber Insurance

    GC Editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Cyber insurance has grown out of recognition that cyber-crime and data privacy are among the most concerning risks facing organizations today. With the increasing severity and frequency of cyber-attacks and data breaches worldwide, the demand for cyber-specific insurance is growing. Cyber-related risk to critical infrastructure and the overlap with cyber-terrorism are also issues that have [...]
  • Hurricane Gonzalo — Update

    GC Editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Hurricane Gonzalo approached Bermuda late Friday as a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, before making direct landfall as a strong Category 2. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 110 mph according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). The hurricane caused widespread structural damage and flooding, with downed trees and power lines. However, [...]
  • Costs of Cyber-Attacks

    GC Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A cyber-attack can burden companies with substantial costs. For instance, a cyber-incident may result in a business interruption loss as systems are unavailable both internally and externally. Exceptional expenses are incurred and revenues reduced through the loss of business. The amounts involved depend on the time it takes to restore the affected systems or conduct criminal [...]
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