Health & Science

Health & Science
Sunday, June 19th 2016 - 10:08 UTC

Mate and coffee fine to drink as long as they are not hot beverages, says WHO cancer agency

The experts did find that drinking very hot beverages probably causes cancer of the oesophagus in humans.

An international Working Group of 23 scientists convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), has evaluated the carcinogenicity of drinking coffee, mate, and very hot beverages.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 17:20 UTC

Chilean salmon industry controversy over the use of antibiotics

Figures from 46 salmon companies, operating in freshwater and the sea, pushed the consumption rate per ton of salmon to its highest point: 660 grams per ton.

The use of antibiotics in the Chilean salmon industry reached 557 tons in 2015, according to the latest report of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), a figure consolidating the tendency to their intensive use over the past five years.

Monday, June 13th 2016 - 15:45 UTC

US and Brazil studies confirm the presence of the “super bacteria” in Rio beaches and lagoons

A 2014 study had shown the presence of the super bacteria, off one of the beaches in Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing and wind-surfing events will be held

Scientists have found dangerous drug-resistant “super bacteria” off beaches in Rio de Janeiro that will host Olympic swimming events and in a lagoon where rowing and canoe athletes will compete when the Games start on August 5.

Tuesday, May 31st 2016 - 06:16 UTC

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

“Plain packaging reduces attractiveness of tobacco products. It kills the glamour, which is appropriate for a product that kills people,” says Dr. Margaret Chan.

Recent moves to introduce plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products can save lives by reducing demand for tobacco products, say the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Secretariat (WHO FCTC).

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 14:28 UTC

World health experts call for Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved given Zika spread fears

“The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before,” the letter said.

More than 100 health experts have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world, according to a public letter published online.

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 13:06 UTC

Superbug in US: Doctors fear it could herald a post-antibiotic era

The recently discovered antibiotic-resistant gene, known as mcr-1, has also been found in China and Europe.

A superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said this week. . The case involved a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for a strain of E. coli that is resistant to the antibiotic of last resort for such infections, known as colistin.

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 07:27 UTC

WHO public health advice regarding the Olympics and Zika virus

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.

Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 14:09 UTC

Hundreds of thousands in 500 cities worldwide protest against Monsanto

According to the March Against Monsanto (MAM) group, people in around 500 cities held peaceful protests against the corporation’s policies

Hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated in nearly 50 countries around the globe to protest against the US mega producer company of genetically engineered (GE) seeds Monsanto, saying the corporation’s modified food and chemical herbicides pose grave threats to health.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 10:50 UTC

New recommendations for athletes and visitors of the coming Rio Olympic Games

CDC recommends using condoms if afraid of getting Zika from sex, and athletes will have hundreds of thousands of them provided for free in the Olympic Village.

Australian athletes at this summer’s Rio Olympics will be supplied with condoms which offer “near complete” protection against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced. However, the virus has been linked to a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:40 UTC

India planning to swap medicines for Venezuelan crude oil to recoup losses of drugs sector

India's drug-maker Hyderabad-based Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, said that it had to write off US$65 million related to losses in Venezuela in the fourth quarter.

Indian drug companies could recoup some of the financial losses incurred as Venezuela struggles to make foreign-currency payments and the value of its currency plummets--by participating in a barter plan that would swap medicines for crude oil.

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