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Decades after war, Vietnam and the U.S. battle a legacy of bombs

File photo of U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Gottemoeller in front of images of U.S. bombs, mines and mortars during visit to bombs and mines education centre in Quang Tri provinceBy Nguyen Ha Minh TRIEU PHONG, Vietnam (Reuters) – Red skull-and-crossbones markers dot the horizon in a barren patch of land in Vietnam where missteps could be fatal. The signs warn of landmines and bombs, the legacy of a war with the United States that claims casualties even today, four decades after hostilities ceased in 1975. Unexploded ordnance (UXO) has since killed 42,000 people and wounded 62,000 in Vietnam, according to official data. Quang Tri province, once the demilitarized zone between the communist North and the Washington-backed democratic South, remains one of the world's most dangerous places.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:48 am

Merck-NewLink Ebola vaccine Phase III trial to start March 7

A document is pictured at the opening of a consultation of international experts on potential Ebola therapies and vaccines in GenevaGENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – Final stage of testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine being developed by Merck and NewLink Genetics will begin in Guinea on March 7, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. Signaling global health authorities' determination to push ahead with vaccine trials despite a sharp drop in cases in the West Africa epidemic, the WHO said a second shot, developed by GlaxoSmithKline will be tested "in a sequential study, as supply becomes available". All three worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – aim to conduct Phase III final-stage clinical trials of experimental vaccines. Liberia is already testing both the GlaxoSmithKline and Merck-NewLink vaccines, while Sierra Leone is expected to announce plans soon.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:39 am

Last Ebola patient to be released in Liberia

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Authorities in Liberia are preparing Thursday to discharge the last Ebola patient in the West African country.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:36 am

Special Report: As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya

A heroin addict smokes heroin in LamuBy Drazen Jorgic MOMBASA (Reuters) – One evening last November, a handful of policemen in Kenya's sweltering port city of Mombasa were handpicked to help in the final stages of a U.S.-led drugs sting that spanned three continents. The quarry that night were the alleged leaders of the "Akasha organization." The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had spent years infiltrating Akasha and alleges that the gang is part of a heroin supply chain that stretches from the poppy fields of Afghanistan through east Africa to the cities of Europe and the United States. Inside a mansion girded by palm trees and a two-meter cobblestone wall, police captured the alleged leader of the crime syndicate, Baktash Akasha, his brother Ibrahim, and two other men. Kenyan police charged them with trafficking narcotics to the United States.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:30 am

Kenya’s home-grown drug problem

(Reuters) – Drug use in Kenya has risen fast in the past few years, according to religious leaders, politicians and charities working to tackle the problem. They say domestic use has soared as international drug cartels have turned east Africa into a major transit route for narcotics from Afghanistan. Juma Ngao, a director at Kenya’s National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) said the Indian Ocean port towns of Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu have been hardest hit because most drug shipments come by sea. “There is an easy market for drugs on the coast,” said Phylis Mwema, who runs a youth rehabilitation organization in Mombasa.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:30 am

As heroin trade grows, a sting in Kenya

A heroin addict smokes heroin in LamuBy Drazen Jorgic MOMBASA (Reuters) – One evening last November, a handful of policemen in Kenya's sweltering port city of Mombasa were handpicked to help in the final stages of a U.S.-led drugs sting that spanned three continents. The quarry that night were the alleged leaders of the "Akasha organisation." The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had spent years infiltrating Akasha and alleges that the gang is part of a heroin supply chain that stretches from the poppy fields of Afghanistan through east Africa to the cities of Europe and the United States. Inside a mansion girded by palm trees and a two-metre cobblestone wall, police captured the alleged leader of the crime syndicate, Baktash Akasha, his brother Ibrahim, and two other men. Kenyan police charged them with trafficking narcotics to the United States.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:28 am

WHO to test Ebola vaccine in Guinea, might stop outbreaks

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it will soon start large-scale testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine in Guinea to see how effective it might be in preventing future outbreaks of the dreaded virus.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:22 am

EU court rules Boston Scientific must pay pacemaker replacement surgery

U.S. medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp’s German arm is liable for the cost of operations to replace potentially defective pacemakers, Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday. The European Court of Justice ruled that, where a medical device has a potential defect, it is possible to classify as defective all products of the same model. The German company, an importer of Boston Scientific pacemakers and now a subsidiary of the U.S. company, informed physicians in 2005 that a hermetic sealing component might experience gradual degradation, leading to premature battery depletion. The European Court was asked by Germany’s Federal Court (Bundesgerichtshof) to rule whether a product should be classified as defective based solely on quality controls showing the risk of a problem without having to determine whether a replaced item itself was in fact flawed.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:18 am

No new Ebola cases in Liberia last week: WHO

Patients lie stretchers in the Ebola Kenama treatment centre run by the Red Cross Society on November 15, 2014Ebola-ravaged Liberia has for the first time since last May gone a full week without reporting any new confirmed cases of the devastating virus, according to World Health Organization data. Liberia "reported no new confirmed cases" during the week to March 1, the UN health agency said in a report late Wednesday. Of those, 9,249 cases including 4,117 deaths, were in Liberia, which six months ago was reporting more than 300 new cases each week. Of 45 samples tested nationwide last week, none were positive, WHO said, adding that it was first time there had been no new confirmed cases since May 26, 2014.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:16 am

Emirates says has had extensive A380neo discussions

Emirates Airlines planes are parked at the Dubai International Airport during the second day of the Dubai AirshowEmirates [EMIRA.UL] has had extensive discussions with Airbus about the production of a revamped version of the A380 super jumbo with more efficient engines, the airline's president said on Thursday. Emirates, which is the leading buyer of the existing A380 jet with 140 orders, has said it would look at placing an order for up to 200 A380neo jets to replace its current fleet and drive further expansion. "If we're lucky it will give us a 10-13 percent reduction in seat costs per mile," Emirates President Tim Clark told reporters at an event during the ITB travel fair in Berlin. Clark also said Emirates was considering Rolls-Royce engines for 50 of its Airbus A380 aircraft that are yet to be delivered.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:10 am

Health – Physical, mental and sexual health coverage

Get the latest health news and wellbeing advice from the Telegraph, including family health, diet and fitness.

Matt Haig: ‘People handle you differently when they know you’re depressive’

Bestselling author Matt Haig tells Theo Merz about ‘coming out’ with depression and why men often suffer in silence






Posted on 5 March 2015 | 8:05 am

Doctor objects to ‘stunt’ on climate change while NHS in crisis

Frontline medic accuses Scotland’s Health Minister of ineptitude as she urges hard-pressed staff to take part in Earth Hour campaign on global warming






Posted on 4 March 2015 | 10:00 pm

"If they mutilate my granddaughter? I’ll kill them’. Meet the Iraqi village ending FGM

Around 125 million women in Africa and the Middle East have undergone female genital mutilation. But, in some places, the tide is turning. Sofia Barbarani visits the Iraqi village that’s ending the practice






Posted on 4 March 2015 | 8:00 am

The economic case for legalising cannabis

The public wants it and it would be good for the economy. Why has the law not been changed, asks Paul Birch






Posted on 4 March 2015 | 7:31 am

Food labels: why ‘low-fat’ and ‘high-fibre’ don’t mean healthy

You might think foods labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘no added sugar’ are better for you, but packaging can be extremely misleading

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 7:00 am

Crack down on sources of laughing gas, says Government drug adviser

Retailers and industry need to be better informed about abuse of potentially deadly nitrous oxide – or “hippy crack” – says the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs






Posted on 3 March 2015 | 7:47 pm

Cold home making you ill? GPs to ‘prescribe a boiler’ in £1m scheme

Energy secretary Ed Davey says he wants to build on nascent ‘boiler on prescription’ schemes operated through the NHS






Posted on 3 March 2015 | 6:20 pm

Man boils Coca Cola to show how much sugar is in one bottle

Warning – it will make you never want to drink full fat Coke again






Posted on 3 March 2015 | 5:11 pm

It’s a great day to be a man: our penises are not as short as we thought

A study of 15,000 men has found the average penis size is just over five inches. Martin Daubney leads the celebrations






Posted on 3 March 2015 | 12:44 pm

How to be a success? Get up before dawn

Apple CEO Tim Cook gets up at 3.45am, while American Vogue editor Anna Wintour is woken at 4.30am for a game of tennis. You snooze, you lose…






Posted on 2 March 2015 | 7:05 pm

BBC News – Health

VIDEO: Meningitis: ‘No one should go through this pain’

The parents of a girl who lost part of her limbs after catching Meningitis B are supporting a campaign to speed up introduction of a vaccine against the disease.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:42 am

Liberia ‘Ebola-free’ for one week

Liberia goes a week without any new cases of Ebola – the first time such a milestone has been reached since May 2014, the WHO says.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 10:18 am

Plumbers ‘should report cold homes’

Plumbers and heating engineers should join with GPs and care staff in tackling problems caused by cold homes, health experts say.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 8:51 am

Hospital crisis hit 900 operations

More than 900 patients in the West of England had surgery cancelled for non-medical reasons in the first two weeks of the year, figures show.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 5:17 am

Billions ‘have untreated tooth decay’

Billions of people have untreated tooth decay across the globe, an international study has found.

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 12:48 am

Autism appears ‘largely genetic’

Autism is caused by genetic make-up in 74-98% of cases, a Medical Research Council study of 516 twins indicates.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 4:54 pm

Clegg in drug law election pledge

The Lib Dem election manifesto will include a pledge to hand drugs policy from the Home Office to the Department of Health, Nick Clegg says.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 4:05 pm

VIDEO: ‘Cancer target missed for 20,000 people’

An MP who lost his father, mother and sister to cancer questions the prime minister about cancer referral targets.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 2:09 pm

VIDEO: Fears for future of Ebola orphanage

There is growing concern about the future of an orphanage run by a British charity in Sierra Leone, after one member of staff died last week from Ebola.

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 1:46 pm

Is another NHS scandal brewing?

Can we be sure another scandal isn’t brewing?

Posted on 4 March 2015 | 11:52 am