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Stories for October 16th 2017

  • Monday, October 16th 2017 - 11:36 UTC

    Uruguay hosts NCDs global conference organized by WHO and PAHO

    World leaders agree that NCDs, mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, represent one of the major health challenges

    Uruguay will be hosting form 18 to 20 October the global conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) which is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Office of the President of Uruguay Tabare Vazquez, and the Ministry of Health of Uruguay. The purpose of the conference in Montevideo is how to enhance policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030.

  • Monday, October 16th 2017 - 11:30 UTC

    Massive starvation of Adelie penguin chicks; allegedly extensive ice late in summer to blame

    The discovery of the penguin chick deaths has prompted renewed calls for more marine protected areas in Antarctic waters.

    Thousands of Adelie penguin chicks died in Antarctica early this year, in an event now prompting conservationists to call for the urgent protection of east Antarctic waters. Scientists studying a colony of more than 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in the French Antarctic territory, Adelie Land, discovered only two chicks had survived at the start of 2017. The rest of the chicks had starved.

  • Monday, October 16th 2017 - 11:26 UTC

    Madrid open to dialogue but Catalonia must first reject independence: clock ticking on countdown

    “The answer must be without any ambiguity. Puigdemont must say Yes’ or No,” Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido told Spanish radio.

    The Spanish government will seize control of Catalonia if regional leader Carles Puigdemont gives an ambiguous reply to Madrid’s question about whether he has declared independence from Spain, the interior minister warned Saturday.

  • Monday, October 16th 2017 - 11:19 UTC

    Cannabis as medicine: more research is needed says World Medical Association

    Cannabis has been linked to some serious adverse health effects: increased risk of psychosis, fatal road accidents, dependency, as well as harm to verbal learning, memory and attention

    Legislation to allow the recreational use of cannabis has been strongly opposed on health grounds by the World Medical Association. But in a policy statement this week, the Association says that laws governing research grade cannabis should be reviewed to allow more scientific research on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.

  • Monday, October 16th 2017 - 11:10 UTC

    Maduro declares victory in 17 of 23 states; opposition demands a recount of votes

    The official turnout was 61.14%. Maduro said his government had scored an “emphatic victory” over its rivals. “The opposition has five,” Maduro underscored

    President Nicolas Maduro’s government won a landslide victory in closely watched regional elections in Venezuela, according to official results that the opposition said were “suspicious” and rejected results. Maduro’s party on Sunday apparently won governorships of 17 of the 23 states with the opposition Democratic Union Roundtable (MUD) coalition taking only five, according to the results announced by the National Elections Council.