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Paralyzed man walks again after cell transplant

paralyzed man walks againA paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord.

Darek Fidyka, who was paralysed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.

The treatment, a world first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London.  Details of the research are published in the journal Cell Transplantation.

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Relief in Dallas as dozens declared Ebola-free after three weeks in isolation

dallas officialsDallas Ebola Dallas officials at a news conference. ‘I’m happy we can tell people they are free and clear of monitoring,’ health commissioner David Lakey said. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The first wave of people who may have had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan have been declared Ebola-free after 21 days of twice-daily temperature checks, bringing welcome news to a Dallas hospital that was sent into a tailspin by the discovery of the virus.

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Nigeria Ebola outbreak declared over, but others in region still reeling

Nigeria Ebola freeThe World Health Organization (WHO) called Nigeria a “spectacular success story” Monday after it declared the country free of Ebola. It has been 42 days — twice the disease's maximum incubation period — since the last person suspected of contracting the disease tested negative.

The good news, however, was dampened by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s comments that a “generation of young people risk being lost” in West Africa to the “economic catastrophe” caused by the outbreak.

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The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?

brain cancer in florida townA pixielike girl with big blue eyes and long brown hair, Hannah Samarripa began experiencing headaches and fatigue in the middle of eighth grade. By the time the spring dance rolled around, Hannah didn’t have the strength to paint her own toenails. Her mother, Becky Samarripa, did it for her, and then drove Hannah to school and waited outside, knowing she’d be able to put in only a brief appearance.

The teenager’s mysterious decline continued on to limping, vomiting, incontinence and—perhaps her most disturbing symptom—occasional fits of barking laughter that sounded so strange and demonic, her father wondered whether she was on drugs. Then, in the summer before ninth grade, while her family was visiting a Civil War memorial on the coast of Alabama, Hannah collapsed.

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Spanish nurse tests negative for Ebola virus

Spanish nurse negative for ebolaThe Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the Spanish government says,

The result suggests Teresa Romero, 44, is no longer infected - although a second test is required before she can be declared free of Ebola.

Ms Romero contracted the virus when treating two infected patients in a Madrid hospital earlier this month.

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Paris bans smoking in park playgrounds

Paris smoking banSmoking has been banned in the children’s playgrounds of a Paris park for a trial period of a year, in an initiative likely to be extended to other outdoor public spaces.

The measure was introduced during the weekend as part of a government-sponsored campaign to reduce the high number of smoking-related deaths in France.

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Toronto hospital implants Canada’s first “bionic eye”

bionic eyeWhen 76-year-old Ian Nichols’ grandchildren were born over the last 20 years, he loved holding them in his arms, but a vision impairment prevented him from seeing them as they grew.

That has changed. Nichols is one of two patients to have recently undergone once unimaginable “bionic eye” surgery at Toronto Western Hospital, the first time the procedure was performed in Canada.

The Beach resident has been blind for roughly 20 years since developing retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition. During the three-hour surgery, his eye was cut open, a microchip was inserted and the incision closed with 20 tiny stitches.

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