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Costs, not science, have delayed Ebola vaccine for years

ebola virusSince March, the Ebola virus has killed at least 932 people in West Africa, the deadliest ever outbreak of the disease, and as the lethal hemorrhagic fever continues its spread, governments are taking drastic measures — from quarantining villages to closing schools — to stem the epidemic.

But perhaps there could have been another option to fight the virus. More than four years ago, a team of U.S. government scientists developed vaccine candidates that shielded monkeys from multiple strains of Ebola. Those vaccines, however, were never tested in human clinical trials — and not because the science wasn’t promising. One small trial on the monkeys, for example, had a 100 percent success rate of protecting the animals from the disease.

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Crushed by Parental and Societal Pressure, Asian American Students Are Resorting to Suicide

Asian studentsFour University of Pennsylvania students have committed suicide in the past year. Following Wendy Shung’s suicide last August and Alice Wiley’s in December, Madison Holleran jumped off a parking tower in January and Elvis Hatcher hanged himself in February.

While the suicide of the Asian American student, Shung, passed without much reverberation across campus, the suicides of the three white students have sparked mourning and outrage.

Beyond college campuses, the average suicide rate of Asian Americans is about half that of the national average. Although this data seems to be another indicator of Asian Americans’ model minority status, a closer examination of the younger demographic reveals a more troubling picture. Asian American teenagers and college students experience greater rates of stress and harbor more suicidal thoughts than their non-Asian peers.

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Truth In Labeling: Celiac Community Cheers FDA Rule For Gluten Free

gluten free labelingIf you spot a food package label that says gluten free, you can now be pretty well assured that the label means what it says.

As of Aug. 5, all food manufacturers must be in compliance with a set by the Food and Drug Administration.  The rule states that foods may be labeled "gluten free" only if there's less than 20 parts per million of the protein.

The new regulation is aimed at protecting people with celiac disease, a chronic autoimmune disorder that can destroy the lining of the small intestine.

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Becky Hammon breaks a barrier for women in sports with Spurs coaching hire

Becky HammonLeave it to the Spurs.

In an NBA offseason that has been especially busy with blockbuster free agency news (LeBron), and surprising coaching shakeups (Jason Kidd to the Bucks?!), San Antonio may have quietly made the most indelible mark of all Tuesday in hiring Becky Hammon as the first full-time, salaried female assistant coach in the league.

"I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in a statement Tuesday. "Having observed her working with our team this past season, I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."
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Rosetta spacecraft makes historic rendezvous with rubber-duck comet 67P/CG

Rosetta circles cometA European spacecraft has become the first in history to rendezvous with a comet after a seven-minute burn of the probe’s thrusters brought it within 100km (62 miles) of the hurtling lump of dust and ice.

The European Space Agency’s billion-euro Rosetta spacecraft caught up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko more than 400m km from Earth as it streaked towards the sun at around 55,000km per hour.

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Cliven Bundy's son arrested for probation violation

Cliven Lance BundyThe son of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher whose standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing fees gained national attention, has been arrested.

Clark County authorities arrested 34-year-old Cliven Lance Bundy on Monday on an outstanding warrant for criminal contempt and probation violation.

The warrant for Bundy's arrest was issued in July after he failed to appear at a hearing to determine the required status of his enrollment in a drug diversion program.

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DNA test ends Argentina 'dirty war' search

DNA dirty war search The founder of Argentina's leading human rights group has said that she has found a grandson taken from her daughter while a prisoner of the military dictatorship in the 1970s, one of the long-unsolved mysteries from the "dirty war" era.

Surrounded by her large extended family, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, founder of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, announced on Monday that her long hunt for her grandchild had ended, while acknowledging other families are still searching for hundreds of children taken under similar circumstances.

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Why Algae Blooms Are A Growing Global Water Threat

algae threatWhen more than 400,000 people were left without safe drinking water in Ohio and Michigan this past weekend, Lake Erie's troubling algae blooms received intense scrutiny. Though people were told Monday it was once again safe to drink the water, there's still major concern: harmful algae blooms have been a growing problem in Lake Erie for the last decade, and are a worldwide issue with consequences for the environment and human health.

Water treatment tests over the weekend had found unsafe levels of microcystin, a toxin that can be created by cyanobacteria algae blooms, in the Toledo water system that serves Ohioans and some Michiganders.

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Net breach an opportunity to improve password practices

Password breachOK, now it's really time to change your password.

With news that as many as 1.2 billion user names and password combinations had been stolen, security experts are urging consumers to be more vigilant online.

A Russian cybergang injected malicious code into at least 420,000 websites to gather the data. The attack "looks absolutely enormous," said Geoff Webb, senior director of security and strategy at NetIQ, a computer security company based in Houston. "It's yet another example showing that there's lot of work to be done in making the Web-based applications that people use secure."

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