Health & Science

Health & Science
Friday, September 26th 2014 - 05:38 UTC

Cut on the salt, Monday 29 September is World Heart Day, recommends WHO

On average, people consume around 10 grams of salt per day, which is double WHO's recommended level from all sources

On World Heart Day, held 29 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014 - 16:35 UTC

FIFA proposes three minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion

At the Brazil World Cup, Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira was left unconscious after clashing with England's Raheem Sterling but was allowed to carry on playing.

FIFA says its executive committee will this week discuss a proposal to introduce a three-minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion. Michel D'Hooghe, head of FIFA’s medical committee, recommended the new rules for the treatment of head injuries following a series of incidents in recent months that have sparked criticism of FIFA.

Monday, September 22nd 2014 - 05:12 UTC

Experts fear the Ebola virus could mutate to become an airborne disease

Dr Osterholm said public health officials “don’t want to be accused of screaming ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre – as I’m sure some will accuse me of doing so”.

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control, with the number of cases rising faster than the ability to contain them, some scientists are concerned that the virus could mutate to become an airborne disease, greatly increasing its potential for contagion.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:14 UTC

Philip Morris determined to make its legal battle over cigarette labeling with Uruguay, a lesson for other countries

PM believes Uruguay's requirement to cover around 80% of the cigarette packaging with medical warnings and graphic images is violation of a treaty law

Whether you’re a Marlboro man or a Benson & Hedges smoker, if you pick up a pack in the South American nation you will be greeted by an image of decaying teeth, premature babies, horrific hospital scenes or some other terrifying scenario.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:43 UTC

China constructing a satellite tracking station in Argentine Patagonia

According to the Neuquen province minister Rodolfo Laffitte, the space antenna will be finished and ready to operate next February.

A space tracking station for lunar exploration being built in Argentine Patagonia by China, as part of the strategic relation and accords between the two countries, has caused concern in the Argentine congress because of the secrecy surrounding the terms of the deal.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:18 UTC

Congo reports 31 new Ebola cases in the week to 9 September

All cases have been localized in Jeera county, particularly in the villages of Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende, and Boende Muke.

Thirty one cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) more have been reported between 2 and 9 September 2014, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), increasing the cumulative number of cases to 62 (14 confirmed, 26 probable, and 22 probable), according to the latest report from WHO, World Health Organization.

Tuesday, September 9th 2014 - 03:44 UTC

UK Coca Cola adopts color coded labeling with nutritional information

The color-coding shows how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and energy (calories) is in a product.

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) is adopting the UK Government’s voluntary front of pack nutrition labeling scheme, which combines nutrient amounts and percentage Reference Intakes (RIs) with color-coding to show how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and energy (calories) is in a product.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 22:49 UTC

Ebola outbreak in Congo is the indigenous 'Zaire strain' and not connected to West Africa

Gabon laboratory report clearly stated, “the virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in west Africa.”

Results from virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been analyzed and they belong to the so called Zaire strain, in a lineage most closely related to a virus from the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 22:39 UTC

UN launches in Haiti second phase of vaccination campaign against cholera

Oral vaccines two doses against cholera are safe and provide durable protection close to 70% and are effective for a period of two years in endemic areas.

The United Nations (UN) launched in Haiti, the second phase of the vaccination campaign against cholera, which was initiated and implemented by the Haitian authorities as part of the broader framework of the national plan for the elimination of cholera in the country.

Thursday, August 28th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Ebola outbreak needs an 'unprecedented' response to bring it under control

Brice de la Vigne, MSF operations director, said efforts to bring the outbreak under control had been far too chaotic: “It is simply unacceptable”

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

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