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e-Health Project In Malaysia To Monitor Medical Drug Preservation With Waspmote

Alberto Bielsa | Libelium | January 20, 2012

Medical drugs are very expensive, in special vaccines and others that need to be stored at a specific temperature. Therefore, real-time monitoring is vital to control whether the cold chain has been broken or not. Wireless sensor networks (WSN) are capable of getting temperature, humidity or luminosity measurements and transmit the data to a remote server periodically. In this way, real-time conditions can be monitored in order to know when a problem in a freezer or a refrigerator happens, avoiding critical situations and saving a huge amount of money.

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Ebola Called 'Out Of Control' In West Africa

Michael Winter | USA Today | June 20, 2014

The deadliest-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus has surged in West Africa after slowing briefly, and the pandemic is now "out of control," according to Doctors Without Borders...

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Ebola Crisis: How Health Workers On West African Frontline Are Paying With Their Lives

Monica Mark | The Guardian | October 8, 2014

...That Nigeria has so far emerged relatively unscathed from its brush with Ebola owes much to the quick-thinking staff at an ordinary family clinic, who put themselves in the firing line for six days before the government was ready to relocate him. And, as elsewhere in this epidemic, those on the frontline paid the highest price: four of the seven fatalities were health workers, including Adadevoh...

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Ebola Is Scary, But Antibiotic Resistance Should Scare Us More

David Robert Grimes | The Guardian | November 24, 2014

Ebola is the stuff of nightmares...But while the grim spectacle of dying patients in treatment centres in the affected African countries has stoked fears, cases in the west have been extremely rare in spite of a spate of false alarms across Europe and the US...

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Ebola Now Threatens National Security In West Africa

Dina Fine Maron | Nature | September 3, 2014

The Ebola virus outbreak entrenched in west Africa has become a real risk to the stability and security of society in the region, the top US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official said today after returning yesterday from a visit there...

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Ebola Only A Plane Ride Away From USA

Liz Szabo and Karen Weintraub | USA Today | July 28, 2014

The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves as a grim reminder that deadly viruses are only a plane ride away from the USA, health experts say.  The outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Ebola Outbreak: Deadly Foreign Diseases Are 'Potential Major Threat' Says [UKs] Chief Scientist

Sarah Knapton | The Telegraph | July 30, 2014

Sir Mark Walport, the [United Kingdom] government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, said that the increasingly ‘interconnected’ world was placing Britons at risk from imported foreign diseases...

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Ebola Spreads Exponentially In Liberia, Many More Cases Soon: WHO

Stephanie Nebehay and Umaru Fofana | Reuters | September 8, 2014

Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.  The epidemic, the worst since the disease was discovered in 1976, has killed some 2,100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and has also spread to Senegal...

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Ebola: Voices From The Epicentre Of The Epidemic

Emilie Filou | The Guardian | July 14, 2014

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is unrelenting: according to the World Health Organisation there have now been 888 cases and 539 deaths across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the virus was first reported in March this year. The epidemic is unprecedented and the global health community has been left scrambling to contain the disease, for which there is no vaccine or cure...

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Ebola’s Deadly Spread In Africa Driven By Public Health Failures, Cultural Beliefs

Dick Thompson | National Geographic | July 2, 2014

As the largest Ebola outbreak in history continues unabated, health authorities from 11 West African countries and international agencies began a two-day crisis meeting today in Accra, Ghana, on how to combat the crisis...

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European Antibiotic Awareness Day Highlights Need For Urgent Action

Press Release | Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | November 17, 2014

Cubist Joining the Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance in the United Kingdom...

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Exclusive: Controversial US scientist Creates Deadly New Flu Strain For Pandemic Research

Steve Connor | The Independent | July 1, 2014

...Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has genetically manipulated the 2009 strain of pandemic flu in order for it to “escape” the control of the immune system’s neutralising antibodies, effectively making the human population defenceless against its reemergence...

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Experts Propose Global Targets for Cutting Antibiotic Use

Chris Dall | CIDRAP News | August 19, 2016

Arguing that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens to erase decades of progress in medicine, public health, and food security, a group of global health experts is urging the United Nations (UN) to set global targets for reduced antibiotic consumption. In a commentary published yesterday in Science, the authors argue that countries should aim to consume no more than the current median global level of antibiotics (8.54 defined daily doses per capita per year), an amount they say would reduce global antibiotic use by more than 17.5%...

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Factory Farms Sow Superbugs

Jan Schakowsky and Dev Gowda | Chicago Sun-Times.com | October 7, 2014

Imagine a world where a scraped knee on a playground could have deadly complications. A world where chemotherapy and radiation are less effective cancer treatments because of increasingly common post-treatment infections, or where lifesaving drugs we regularly rely on today no longer heal people...

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Farmers Giving Livestock More Antibiotics Despite Superbug Threat

Josh Hicks | The Washington Post | October 7, 2014

The sale of antibiotics for livestock increased 16 percent from 2009 to 2012 in a trend that has troubling implications for resistance in humans, according to the Food and Drug Administration...

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