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Health & Science
Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

Warnings of 'catastrophic' Chikungunya epidemic; fears it could spread during the World Cup

The virus is transmitted by the same dengue Aedes aegypti mosquito

A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

Friday, April 4th 2014 - 05:01 UTC

Chile assesses extent of earthquake damage; police and military ensure order

Chilean authorities proved to be well organized to face the telluric episodes in one of the most geological vulnerable areas

Coastal residents of Chile’s far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six deaths. But no new major damage or casualties were reported, and a heavy police and military presence kept order.

Thursday, April 3rd 2014 - 06:58 UTC

Powerful 7.8 magnitude aftershock hits Chile's far north and south Peru

A second sleepless night away from home for many people

A powerful 7.8-magnitude aftershock hit Chile's far-northern coast on Wednwsday, shaking the same area where a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit just a day before causing some damage and six deaths.

Wednesday, March 26th 2014 - 06:09 UTC

Air pollution exposure responsible for 7 million deaths in 2012, says WHO

External air pollution can be appreciated in the overcrowded cities with clogged transport systems

In new estimates the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012 around 7 million people died - one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Reducing air pollution could save millions of lives.

Friday, March 14th 2014 - 10:07 UTC

Fonterra, world's leading dairy exporter admits four food-safety violations

The leading company is accused of processing and exporting dairy products which did not meet standards

New Zealand's Fonterra has admitted four food-safety violations following a botulism scare last year that led to recalls of milk products in China. Government officials had filed charges against the dairy company, accusing it of processing and exporting dairy products which did not meet standards.

Thursday, March 13th 2014 - 23:25 UTC

Colorado state collects 2 million dollars from legal marijuana in January

Sales were estimated at 14 million dollars from 59 marijuana firms

US state of Colorado collected 2 million dollars in taxes from newly legalized recreational marijuana businesses in January. Colorado became the first US state to legalize the commercial sale of cannabis in 2012, and stores opened for business on 1 January 2014.

Wednesday, March 12th 2014 - 08:50 UTC

Chronic kidney disease affects an estimated one in ten adults, says PAHO/WHO

World Kidney Day is celebrated on 13 March

Diabetes and high blood pressure, together with aging, are the main risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease, which affects an estimated one in 10 adults globally, according to studies.

Tuesday, March 11th 2014 - 18:25 UTC

World Salt Awareness Week: “read the label, choose less salt”

More than 5 grams of salt per day increases the risk of high blood pressure, and  leading risk factor for death from heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on consumers to “Stop, look, choose…the lower salt option” during this year’s World Salt Awareness Week, March 10–16.

Monday, March 10th 2014 - 05:57 UTC

Alejandro Zaffaroni, Uruguayan biochemist developer of the birth control pill, dies at 91

Dr. Zaffaroni was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 1995.

The following is an obituary published in The New York Times to honor a Uruguayan born scientist, graduated in Montevideo's Medicine School, who in his long career in the US is credited with having developed the birth control pill and the nicotine patches among other biotechnological advances.

Friday, March 7th 2014 - 03:08 UTC

UK health authorities warn travelers to Brazil World Cup about tropical diseases

Preventive vaccination and anti malarial tablets are recommended

UK's Public Health England (PHE) and National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC9 have produced a factsheet for football fans going to Brazil for the FIFA Football World Cup from 12 June to 13 July 2014 with information on how to stay healthy and keep safe.

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