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Although 99% of American women have used birth control, most women don’t know what should be covered by health insurance.

A handy guide.

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Experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans

An experimental Ebola vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline could be tested on patients in the US as soon as next week. 

Researchers are looking to establish whether the drug for humans works in a similar way to how it works in animals.

Correction, 28 Aug: We initially said an “Experimental Ebola” was to be tested on humans, instead of an “experimental Ebola vaccine”. 

Ebola: airlines have cancelled flights to infected countries, while fear and false alarms put Europe on high alert

A health worker disinfects a corpse after the man died in a classroom being used as a temporary Ebola isolation ward (John Moore/Getty). 

“The reason the media isn’t supposed to talk about methods used is because that knowledge can turn someone who is passively suicidal into someone with an active plan.”
How not to kill your readers, by Mary Hamilton.

Ebola outbreaks: 1976 to now – interactive map

Over 900 people have died in West Africa in the latest outbreak, which has been declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organisation. This map shows the history of Ebola, from the first case in 1976 to the latest outbreak. 

In the rush to report the death of Robin Williams guidelines on reporting suicide have been ignored by the media. Experts warn that reports which detail the method or use inappropriate language can lead to a rise in suicides. The media has duty to report suicide responsibly

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• In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 08457 90 90 90. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed in Sierra Leone and Liberia in an attempt to quarantine the remote villages at the centre of the Ebola outbreak.

As the epidemic entered its seventh month, 700 troops in Sierra Leone began setting up roadblocks to ensure that only health personnel could move in and out of the hardest-hit communities.

Full story here

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Ebola in west Africa: the outbreak country by country

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus currently sweeping through parts of west Africa has so far killed an estimated 673 people. As of 23 July there had been a total of 1,202 confirmed, probable or suspected infections. 

Health workers are battling misinformation and mistrust in parts of west Africa in an effort to contain the latest outbreak of ebola, the world’s deadliest virus.

The death toll has climbed to 467 and the outbreak is said to be “out of control”. One of the biggest challenges is addressing fear and ignorance. Read the special report 

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