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Ugandan engineers invent 'smart jacket' to diagnose pneumonia
A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a "smart jacket" that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other.
 
Ebola's long-term effects revealed
People who survive Ebola may still battle debilitating health problems a year after being declared infection-free, according to an ongoing trial in Guinea which highlighted the need for patient followup.
 
Former President Jimmy Carter, who has been working for decades to eradicate Guinea worm disease, says only 25 human cases of the illness were reported worldwide in 2016.
 
Genetics researcher Oliver Smithies, who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 2007, is dead at age 91.
 
Finally, some hope for the 'tree man'
A Bangladeshi father dubbed the "tree man" because of the bark-like warts that once covered his body will soon be able to leave hospital after groundbreaking treatment for one of the world's rarest diseases.
 
Citing labor law, NTUH says it will cut weekend appointments
The wave of service cuts that critics warned would follow the new workweek law appears to be rising – with a very high-profile case. National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH), the country's top medical center, has announced that it will cut the number of weekend appointments, saying the measure was a direct result of the "one fixed day off, one flexible day off" rule.
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US doctor who survived Ebola returns to practicing medicine
A doctor who survived Ebola after contracting the virus while treating patients in Liberia has quietly returned to practicing medicine in Fort Worth.
 
Minnesota beats rest of US in banning germ-killer
Minnesota's first-in-the nation ban on soaps containing the once ubiquitous germ-killer triclosan takes effect Jan. 1, but the people who spearheaded the law say it's already having its desired effect on a national level.
 
Ebola breakthrough as test results show vaccine to be highly effective
Final test results confirm an experimental Ebola vaccine is highly effective, a major milestone that could help prevent the spread of outbreaks like the one that killed thousands in West Africa.
 
Creator of Heimlich maneuver dies at age 96
The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims died early Saturday in Cincinnati. Dr. Henry Heimlich was 96.
 
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