Station Astronauts wrap up preps for Wednesday spacewalk

(Courtesy NASA features) — The Expedition 41 crew of the International Space Station geared up Tuesday for a pair of spacewalks. Two NASA astronauts wrapped up final preparations to head outside Wednesday and replace a power regulator, while two of their Russian colleagues checked out spacesuits for an Oct. 22 excursion. Flight Engineers Reid Wiseman and Barry Wilmore spent most of the day completing preparations for their 6 ½-hour spacewalk slated to begin around 8:20 […]

Liberia: working with communities is the key to stopping Ebola — WHO

(Courtesy World Health Organization features) —  Eight weeks ago, when Dr Peter Clement arrived in Lofa County, Liberia, from WHO’s office in Monrovia, 20-30 patients were coming to the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital with Ebola-like symptoms every day. People living in the community were afraid, civil unrest was simmering, and ambulance and health workers were being targeted. WHO/C. Black Against United Nations security advice, Dr Clement travelled 12 hours over dirt roads to Lofa, […]

Human testing begins on NewLink Genetics’ Ebola vaccine

(Reuters) — Human testing of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by the Canadian health agency and licensed to NewLink Genetics Corp has begun, the Canadian government announced on Monday (October 13) The early-stage trial will test the vaccine, VSV-EBOV, on a small group of people to determine whether the vaccine is safe and the appropriate dose necessary to provide immunity, officials said. Canada’s Public Health Agency has been working on the vaccine for years, local media reported. Speaking in Toronto, Chief Public Health Officer, […]