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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Disease

All time
Emails reveal WHO intentionally delayed declaring Ebola emergency
In public comments, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan has repeatedly said the epidemic caught the world by surprise.
Opinion: 'The outbreak has brought an unmatched level of fear and panic'
The Ebola response appears to finally be working. But Sierra Leone has never faced an enemy like this before – the crisis has been devastating.
# pauline cafferkey
Second suspected Scottish Ebola patient has tested negative
Pauline Cafferkey, from Glasgow, is being treated in London.
# Disease
Lung cancer is killing 34% more Irish women than the EU average
New research also found that more Irish men are dying from melanoma skin cancer.
# Smoking
"It takes a long time to accept it, especially when you've caused it yourself"
“I hold my hands up, smoking was a big factor for me.”
# Death
There's an outbreak of the bubonic plague in Madagascar
The outbreak has killed 40 people.
Opinion: How mobile phones can be used to fight diseases like Ebola
Novel methods of communicating can break down discrimination and dangerous misinformation.
# doubt
Muhammad Ali doctor queries Parkinson's link
Dr Abraham Lieberman said it was impossible to be sure regarding the root cause of his condition.
# brittney maynard
A 29-year-old woman has postponed her death to continue to fight against brain cancer
Brittney Maynard had previously planned her death to take place on Saturday.
The Mater Hospital held a practice run for a potential isolation unit admission
Britain held a similar simulation to assess how prepared services were for a possible Ebola outbreak.
# Virus
Dallas nurse cured of Ebola receives hug from Obama
President Obama is trying to stem public fear about the disease, stating that people must be guided by science.
# Newborns
More antibiotics would stop rise in dangerous Strep B infections in babies - scientists
New research has recorded a rise of 60% in cases of the infection over the past 25 years in the Netherlands.
# Photographs
Vintage photos show the terrifying first expeditions into the Congo to track down Ebola
In 1976 a young Belgian doctor ventured across what was then Zaire to find the source of the infection.
# cast out
Ebola survivors 'shunned' as lepers, they tell Sierra Leone meeting
Thirty five Ebola survivors told how they the disease had prevented them returning to their old lives.
# spread
Here are the countries where Ebola is most likely to show up next
Researchers calculated which countries are most at risk for imported cases of Ebola.
# suspect cases
Three more people isolated in Spain over Ebola concerns
This brings the number currently being monitored for Ebola symptoms to 16.
# high risk
Ebola fears for 50 people who were in close contact with US patient
His family have also been ordered to stay inside their apartment.
# call to action
Obama says the Ebola crisis is 'spiralling out of control'
The American president ordered 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa to combat the growing health crisis.
# Breakthrough
New treatment could drop recurrence by half for some lung cancer sufferers
A new radiation treatment could lengthen the lives of those suffering from small-cell lung cancer.
# Outbreak
Four day 'lockdown' planned to halt spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone
People won’t be allowed out of their homes during the period of the lockdown, and over 20,000 people are being hired to enforce it.
Ice Bucket Challenge raises over €1.4m in donations
… And there’s a lovely thank you video to all those who donated.
Column: What exactly is an 'outbreak'?
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa raises some important questions about the treatment of infectious disease and the so-called developed world.
# new cases
In focus: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge of leprosy
Around 3,000 new cases are found each year in the country, and medical workers are warning that the debilitating disease could be on the rise once more.
# Explainer
Ebola: What is it? How do people become infected?
Ebola first appeared in 1976. The current outbreak has killed more than 1,300 people, with experts warning it could take six months to bring under control.
# Outbreak
How would Ireland fare in the event of a global pandemic?
Not too bad, actually.
# Virus
Irish aid workers travel to Sierre Leone to help with Ebola outbreak
The GOAL support team will travel to areas worst affected by the outbreak.
# hep c
Hepatitis C could become rare disease in twenty two years
New research says screening and new drugs could almost eliminate the condition.
Quarantines declared in Nigeria over spread of deadly Ebola virus
People who had primary contact with Ebola victim Patrick Sawyer have been put under quarantine and medical surveillance.
# Outbreak
Canadian doctor quarantined as ebola outbreak continues to spread
The death toll now stands at 672 in the deadliest outbreak of the disease ever.
# state files
This 1940s letter describes the 'decent class' of unmarried mothers who were 'first offenders'
The letter details how one hospital was struggling to find foster mothers for children.
# Smallpox
Forgotten smallpox vials discovered in US research centre
World health authorities had believed the only samples left of the disease were safely and securely stored away.
# crisis
If a humanitarian disaster happened in Ireland tomorrow, how ready would we be?
Not very.
# West Africa
West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak is now "out of control"
The virus is fatal in 90% of cases.
# ticks
'I was treated disgracefully': Fears over possible widespread misdiagnosis of Lyme disease
One woman with the condition is administrating antibiotics herself at home, as doctors have refused to recognise the condition.
# Terminal illness
'If only I could still dress myself': Hard hitting Motor Neurone Disease campaign launched
In the new adverts, Jan and Paul share their stories about their terminal disease in a hope to increase support for those living with this degenerative condition.
# Outbreak
Heading long-haul this summer? Get the polio vaccination, says the HSE...
The recommendation applies to a number of African, Asian, and Middle Eastern countries.
# Wee Oscar
Belfast boy 'Wee Oscar' dies of rare form of cancer
Oscar had a chance to meet some of his heroes last summer when he was guest of honour at Celtic Park.
# melanoma monday
Infographic: Here's how you spot skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of the disease in Ireland and most cases can be prevented if caught early. Here’s how to do that…
# Disease
The deadliest creature on the planet? It's not even close
Humans? Pretty deadly. Lions? Not even in the top 10.
Column: A vaccine could soon be here for one of the most devastating diseases on the planet
With malaria causing 627,000 deaths last year, there are high hopes for the first vaccine. But old-fashioned people power can also make a difference.