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Ebola ‘leaves 12,000 orphans in Sierra Leone’

The devastating impact of the Ebola crisis was laid bare this week with a report showing more than 12,000 children have been orphaned by the disease in Sierra Leone. They have been identified in the first national survey of orphans, which was conducted by the British charity Street Child. It says...
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Women's rights - how far have we come?

This year’s International Women’s Day celebrations on 8 March bookend a milestone in women’s rights. Soon after, world leaders will descend on the UN in New York to take stock of how much they have achieved in the 20 years since a historic meeting in Beijing, where they promised to protect...
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Astronomers find star speeding out of the galaxy

Astronomers have found a star hurtling through the galaxy faster than any other, the result of being blasted away by the explosion of a massive partner star, researchers said on Thursday. The star, known as US 708, is traveling at about 746 miles (1,200 km) per second, fast enough to actually...
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Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages

Revealing new details about the origins of AIDS, scientists said on Monday half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting. HIV-1, which causes AIDS, is composed of four groups,...
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U.S. science probe nears unexplored dwarf planet Ceres

- A NASA science satellite on Friday will wrap up a 7-1/2-year journey to Ceres, an unexplored dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, scientists said on Monday. The Dawn spacecraft visited the asteroid Vesta before firing its electric ion engine to continue on to Ceres, a...
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'Coughing' bus shelter installed in Ayr town centre

People waiting at the stop can hear the sound of a man coughing before a woman is heard urging people to visit their GP if they, or someone they know, has had a cough for three weeks or more. The shelter has been placed in Sandgate, in Ayr's town centre. Run by the Scottish government's...
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Speeding up the battle against slowing minds

Christopher Devas has Alzheimer’s disease , the most common form of dementia. For his wife, Veronica, this not only means watching Alzheimer’s rob Christopher of his memory and identity, it also means watching their shared memories slip away. “Close couples are joint custodians of each other’s...
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Urgent call for new drugs to treat causes of Parkinson’s

Deryal Wood was 45 when she first began to suffer tremors in her hands. Her symptoms slowly worsened and she was diagnosed nine years ago as having early onset Parkinson’s disease. “I was given the drug L-dopa. The tremors disappeared,” she said. But the tremors returned a few years later and...
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