Health & Science

Health & Science
Friday, March 13th 2015 - 13:15 UTC

Scientists in China announce genetically engineered cows resistant to bovine TB

Researchers at the Ministry of Agriculture in Northwest A&F University, Yangling,  used hi-tech genetic technology to insert a mouse gene into Holstein-Friesian cattle.

Scientists in China have said they produced a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB infection. The long-term goal of the research is to avoid the need to cull livestock by breeding disease resistant cattle.

Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Several cups of coffee a day help combat clogged arteries, say Korean scientists

Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, as well as numerous other compounds, but it's not clear if these might cause good or harm to the body.

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - Korean researchers believe. They studied more than 25,000 male and female employees who underwent routine health checks at their workplace.

Thursday, March 5th 2015 - 11:05 UTC

WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children

“We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay,” says Dr Francesco Branca

A new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 00:56 UTC

Bachelet visits 14-year-old girl who pled for euthanasia since she is suffering cystic fibrosis

There was no information on what was said, but photographs of the visit were provided, including one of Valentina taking a selfie with the president

Chile’s president went to a hospital on Saturday to meet with a 14-year-old girl who shocked the country by going on YouTube to plead for the leader to let doctors euthanize her because she is tired of her struggle with cystic fibrosis. The government quickly said no after the video began spreading on social media Thursday.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 - 17:29 UTC

WHO calls for worldwide use of 'smart' syringes

“Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases”

Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all health-care programs switched to syringes that cannot be used more than once.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 17:15 UTC

Drug-resistant 'superbug' scare in Los Angeles following several infections

The hospital system said it had been sterilizing the scopes according to the manufacturer's standards but was now using a more rigorous process.

A large Los Angeles public hospital has notified scores of patients they were possibly exposed to a drug-resistant bacteria “superbug” during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

Desperate struggle in New Zealand to save tens of stranded pilot whales

The stranding of 198 whales last Friday was one of the largest in recent years and prompted 80 workers and volunteers to help out.

About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach have died, but conservation workers and volunteers are hoping the remaining 60 or so will survive after they managed to get them refloated, an official said over the weekend.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 13:26 UTC

Researchers fear Ebola virus has mutated and are studying contagion degree

Virologist Noel Tordo said that much more has to be learnt but “for the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact”

More than 22,000 people have been infected and about 9,000 are known to have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since what evolved into the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola was identified last March.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:43 UTC

Dengue cases 'explode' by 57% in Brazil during January

Health Minister Arthur Chioro said the water shortage has led many people to store water in their homes out of fear that their supply could be cut off

Dengue cases in Brazil rose by 57% in January, an increase that the Brazilian government partially attributed to the water crisis in the country's southeastern region. In the first four weeks of the year, Brazil registered 40,196 cases of dengue, compared with 26,017 in the same period of 2014, the Brazilian Health Ministry said.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 21:39 UTC

State of the art polar vessel for BAS to be delivered in 2019

The design of the news BAS polar vessel which should be ready for operations in 2019 at a cost of £200 million

A new polar research vessel is currently being designed for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The new vessel will be an ice-capable, multi-role polar research and logistics ship which will be used to conduct science and to resupply the BAS stations such as the two in South Georgia, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

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