Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, October 25th 2014 - 10:53 UTC

Trekker technology captures imagery of Shackleton's South Georgia

The trek, part of the Trekker Loaner Program, was conducted by one Lindblad Expeditions' videographer, and yielded more than 10,000 panoramas

Trekker technology captures imagery of one of the most rarely-visited places on earth, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, made famous by Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the bravest and most remarkable explorers. It offers end users the literal experience of being an explorer by traveling to places where traditional vehicles – or they - cannot go.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 20:17 UTC

France reports four cases of chikungunya locally acquired infections

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Symptoms include high fever and headache with significant pains in the joints

On 21 October 2014, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for France of 4 cases of chikungunya locally-acquired infection in Montpellier, France. The cases were confirmed by tests conducted by the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses on 20 October 2014. This is the first time that locally-acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in France since 2010.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 19:59 UTC

Argentina's geostationary satellite reaches and stations in permanent orbit

Arsat-1 is Argentina's first geostationary satellite built entirely with local parts, and will provide telecommunication services for a vast range of countries

Argentina's Arsat-1 geostationary satellite launched last week finished the third and last maneuver in order to remain in orbit permanently, 36,000 km away from earth.

Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 - 09:52 UTC

Falklands prepares for Ebola threat situation; vessels from high risk areas will undergo 21 day clearance period

The threat of the virus arriving to the Falklands via airport routes is not impossible, but it is extremely low

In response to a possible Ebola threat situation the Falkland Islands government is focusing on prevention at this time but with good contingency plans also being laid down as a back up to a possible outbreak.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 07:54 UTC

Cruise passenger suspected of possible contact with Ebola patient tested negative

The Carnival Magic docked in Galveston, after a week-long cruise that included being denied docking by Belize and Mexico

A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola has tested negative for the disease, and in Texas some of the dozens of people still being monitored were expected to be cleared by Monday.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

WHO admits full-scale battle with tobacco industry, which appeals to 'devious channels'

Director-General Dr Chan said “the tobacco industry fights back, harder and through every possible channel, no matter how devious those channels and practices are.”

The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:39 UTC

The Caribbean and Colombia ban entry of travelers from Ebola stricken countries

Colombia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on travel restrictions

A group of Caribbean countries have announced bans on entry to foreigners who have travelled through the three West African countries most affected by Ebola. Jamaica said it would not accept travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for the time being.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:13 UTC

Ebola scare reaches cruise industry: Carnival vessel barred from Mexico and Belize

The Carnival Magic, which authorities in Mexico and Belize have barred from their ports, is now headed back to Texas.

A laboratory technician from the Dallas hospital where a Liberian died of the Ebola virus, and who handled some of his fluid samples for analysis, has been placed in quarantine aboard a cruise ship, the State Department said on Friday.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 00:26 UTC

Ebola's exponential growth

The U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control warned recently that we could have 1.4 million cases of Ebola by January.

By Gwynne Dyer - Here are two good things about the Ebola virus. It is unlikely to mutate into a version that can spread through the air, as some other viruses have done. And people who have been infected by Ebola cannot pass it on to others during the incubation period (between two and 21 days). Only when they develop detectable symptoms, notably fever, do they become infectious to others, and only by the transfer of bodily fluids.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 09:11 UTC

Argentina claims in can detect the ebola virus in patients in less than 24 hours

Deputy Health minister Jaime Lazovski revealed that at the moment officials have registered five false alarm cases in different parts of the country.

Argentina has developed a molecular biological method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in a patient in less than 24 hours, the Argentine health ministry has announced.

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