Health & Science

Health & Science
Sunday, November 29th 2015 - 09:51 UTC

Brazil plans to sue mining companies US$ 7.2bn on toxic mud spill

Izabella Teixeira said the suit will be filed on Monday and proceeds will be put in a fund and used for environmental cleanup in the Rio Doce valley

Brazil's federal and state governments plan to sue the owners of the Samarco iron ore-miner for 20 billion Reais ($7.2 billion) in damages caused by the burst of a tailings dam, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira told reporters on Friday.

Wednesday, November 18th 2015 - 07:53 UTC

Tierra del Fuego ozone alert with 'UV radiation reaching extreme risk or harm'

According to the UV Index, a reading of 11 or more means extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure several precautions must be taken

Tierra del Fuego in south Argentina has sent out a warning to residents in the province that the ozone layer hole as it expands to the north, over the tip of South America continent this week, it will be reaching its maximum size with UV radiation at 12, violet or extreme alert. The information was provided by Argentina's VAG Ushuaia Station.

Monday, November 16th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Mosquito-spread dengue, chickungunya and now Zika threatens the Caribbean and tourism industry

 Pan American Health Organization has indicated that five cases of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Suriname.

Jamaica's Ministry of Health is urging people to be more vigilant and to clean up their environment and destroy mosquito breeding sites, in light of the announcement by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that the Zika virus has been detected in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation.

Saturday, November 14th 2015 - 12:02 UTC

World Diabetes Day, 14 November; 350 million people suffer the chronic disease

Multiple actions can be done to reduce the impact of diabetes, through adopting healthy lifestyles, such as partaking in physical activity and healthy diets

The World Health Organization is marking World Diabetes Day on 14th November calling for greater action to turn the growing tide of the global diabetes epidemic and has announced that World Health Day, on 7 April will focus on the issue of diabetes.

Friday, November 6th 2015 - 08:40 UTC

Monsanto GM seeds blocked from two Mexican states; consultation with local communities mandatory

“Indigenous peoples and communities in the country are entitled to be consulted in cases where impacts could be significant,” the court said in a statement

Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, has been blocked from planting genetically modified soy seeds in the southern Mexican states of Campeche and Yucatan after the country's Supreme Court granted an injunction against the country’s agriculture ministry, teleSur reported.

Friday, October 30th 2015 - 08:03 UTC

WHO clarification: moderate consumption of meat, particularly preserved meat

Latest IARC review does not ask people to stop eating processed meats but indicates that reducing consumption can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The World Health Organization, WHO, has received a number of queries, expressions of concern and requests for clarification following the publication of a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) relating to processed meat and colorectal cancer.

Thursday, October 29th 2015 - 14:50 UTC

Tuberculosis mortality nearly halved since 1990

“The report shows that TB control has had a tremendous impact in terms of lives saved and patients cured,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

The fight against tuberculosis is paying off, with this year’s death rate nearly half of what it was in 1990. Nevertheless, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. Most of these deaths could have been prevented, according to the World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2015, which was released on Wednesday in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, October 27th 2015 - 09:39 UTC

Processed meats can cause colorectal cancer in humans, says WHO

Each 50-gram (1.8-ounce) portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%, the agency estimated.

Eating processed meats like hot dogs, sausages and bacon can cause colorectal cancer in humans, and red meat is also a likely cause of the disease, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said.

Monday, October 19th 2015 - 21:46 UTC

Polar operators keen on conducting citizen science projects

Kim Crosbie, Executive Director, IAATO, highlighted that after a period of downturn, tourism to Antarctica is recovering and diversifying

Field staff from the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operations (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) got together in Toronto last month in the first Polar field staff conference ever held. Seventy-five people attended over the three days representing 24 IAATO/AECO members, three governments, three universities and the World Wildlife Fund.

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 - 21:08 UTC

Billions of juvenile polar cod under the Arctic ice, confirmed by German marine biologists

The study recently published in Polar Biology, shows that only juvenile fish are found under the ice, a habitat that could disappear as a result of climate change.

Using a new net, marine biologists from Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute have, for the first time, been able to catch polar cod directly beneath the Arctic sea ice with a trawl, allowing them to determine their large-scale distribution and origin. This information is of fundamental importance, as polar cod are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds in the Arctic.

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