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Guinea to be declared free of Ebola virus

Guinea is to be declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO), two years after the epidemic began there.

Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks.

The disease killed more than 2,500 people in the country and a further 9,000 in Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to BBC.

Sierra Leone was declared free of Ebola in November, but new cases have emerged in Liberia, which had been declared Ebola-free in September.

The top 10 healthiest foods on the planet

They are the foods we don't give much thought to.

Relatively inexpensive and easy-to-source, these fruit, nuts, fish and vegetables are often overlooked in favour of more exotic 'superfoods'.

But these ordinary kitchen stalwarts often contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Blood pressure drugs rethink urged

More lives could be saved if doctors considered giving blood pressure drugs to all patients at high risk of heart disease - even if their blood pressures are normal, a study suggests.

The report calls for a move away from current guidelines which recommend pills only be prescribed if blood pressure is above a certain threshold.

But experts acknowledge lifestyle factors also have an important role to play in bringing blood pressures down.

High blood pressure has long been linked to a higher risk of heart disease and stroke.

Current guidelines suggest patients should only take medication when their blood pressure levels reach 140 mmHg.

Until this point even those at highest risk, for example people who have had strokes, are offered monitoring but not pills.

Pioneering Role of Quneitra Red Crescent in Relief

(ST) – The Red Crescent in Quneitra Province plays a pioneering role in the service, health and social domains. The water team, in cooperation with the Red Crescent, provided six electricity generators distributed on Abazeh Hospital, bakeries, solid waste management and water establishment.

Head of the Quneitra Red Crescent, Jomah Hassan, confirmed that health services were distributed to thousands of families and free medicine in addition to two ambulances working day and night.

Cancer is not just 'bad luck' but down to environment, study suggests

Cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to bad luck, a study suggests.

Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate after suggesting two-thirds of cancer types were down to luck rather than factors such as smoking.

The new study, used four approaches to conclude only 10-30% of cancers were down to the way the body naturally functions or "luck".

Experts said the analysis was "pretty convincing".