Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, September 21st 2016 - 09:37 UTC

Non communicable diseases make poverty even worse, Uruguayan president tells UN

These diseases are related to four risk factors of modern lifestyle: smoking, alcoholism, unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle, said President Tabaré Vázquez

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez on Tuesday warned against non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular ailments, cancer, diabetes and chronic pulmonary pathologies, which he said are the main causes of death particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Monday, September 19th 2016 - 11:50 UTC

Uruguay, Chile and Costa Rica with 60% household internet penetration

The number of households connected to Internet in Latin America and Caribbean grew at an annual 14.1% average in the last five years, reaching 43.4% in 2015

The State of Broadband 2016 report, released by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean shows that 43.4% of all households in the region were connected to the Internet in 2015, nearly doubling the figure from 2010.

Tuesday, September 13th 2016 - 11:10 UTC

World's second largest meteorite discovered in northern Argentina

The discovery was made in an area called Campo del Cielo, which lies in the municipality of Gancedo, where a meteor shower hit approximately 4000 years ago.

The world's second largest meteorite has been discovered in northern Argentina, a news report says. A team of experts found the 30,800 kilogram meteorite buried in the province of Chaco, about 800 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires on Saturday, the news agency Telam reported.

Monday, September 12th 2016 - 07:07 UTC

Hillary's pneumonia puts US presidential candidates' medical records on the campaign debate

Clinton's pneumonia was being treated with antibiotics and the candidate had been “advised to rest and modify her schedule,” doctor Bardack said.

United States presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's personal doctor revealed on Sunday that he Democratic nominee was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, hours after Clinton drew attention for abruptly leaving a 9/11 memorial event at Ground Zero and was seen on video apparently being assisted getting into a van.

Wednesday, September 7th 2016 - 04:33 UTC

Nanorobotic agents in the bloodstream to combat active cancerous cells of tumors

The article  “Magneto-Aerotactic Bacteria Deliver Drug-Containing Nanoliposomes To Tumor Hypoxic Regions”, was published in Nature Nanotechnology

Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumors.

Friday, August 26th 2016 - 08:13 UTC

Falklands and Montserrat sign marine spatial environment partnership accord

Strong partnerships with other OTs and with the JNCC “have led to the exciting initiative ‘T2T’ sharing skills knowledge and expertise”, affirmed MLA Poole

UK Overseas Territories governments of the Falkland Islands and Montserrat have signed an agreement that facilitates a Territory to Territory partnership with the purpose of transferring knowledge and skills from the South Atlantic and the Caribbean. The skills and knowledge transfer will focus on information management and marine spatial planning.

Saturday, August 20th 2016 - 01:45 UTC

UN acknowledges role in the Haiti imported cholera epidemic that killed thousands

”UN has become convinced that it needs to do much more regarding its own involvement in the initial outbreak and the suffering of those affected by cholera.”

For the first time since a cholera epidemic believed to be imported by the United Nations peacekeepers began killing thousands of Haitians nearly six years ago, the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged that the United Nations played a role in the initial outbreak and that a “significant new set of U.N. actions” will be needed to respond to the crisis.

Friday, August 19th 2016 - 13:08 UTC

UK health officials call on university students to vaccinate against Meningitis

Young people going on to university or college are particularly at risk of meningitis and septicemia because they mix with so many other students

Health officials in the United Kingdom have reported a progressive increase in cases of the deadly bacterium, Meningitis W (MenW), prompting calls for university students to get vaccinated. Cases of MenW have been increasing year-on-year, from 22 cases in 2009 to over 200 cases in the past 12 months, according to Public Health England.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016 - 19:54 UTC

Devastating livestock viral disease threatens millions of sheep and goats

Experts from FAO and OIE recommended control measures including vaccination of 800,000 sheep and goats. Quarantine zones have been created

A devastating livestock disease is continuing to extend its global reach and is now present in 76 countries. Georgia recently reported its first-ever case of Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), a viral disease which is capable of severely impacting goat and sheep populations, while a new outbreak has occurred in the Maldives, showing that even island states are vulnerable to the plague.

Tuesday, July 26th 2016 - 17:33 UTC

A recent pause in Antarctic Peninsula warming

BAS Dr Robert Mulvaney says: “meteorological observations from the Antarctic Peninsula research stations only cover the last 60 years or so”

The rapid warming of the Antarctic Peninsula, which occurred from the early-1950s to the late 1990s, has paused. Stabilisation of the ozone hole along with natural climate variability were significant in bringing about the change. Together these influences have now caused the northern part of the peninsula to enter a temporary cooling phase.

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