Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, December 27th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Tainted milk: Chinese dairies to compensate 300.000 children

Chinese dairy firms involved in the tainted milk scandal are to compensate the families of the nearly 300,000 affected children, state media said. Twenty-two companies will make an undisclosed one-off cash payment to the families Xinhua reported quoting the China Dairy Industry Association.

Friday, December 26th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Brazil health office to buy and distribute 1.2 billion condoms

Brazil's Health Ministry announced it will purchase 1.2 billion condoms next year for the country's national program against AIDS, according to Brazilian media reports.

Friday, December 26th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Vancouver, best place in the world to live; in Latam, Montevideo

Vancouver is the world's best place to live, a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has found. In Latinamerica Montevideo, Santiago and Buenos Aires are the most “liveable” although none of them offers ideal conditions.

Wednesday, December 24th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

British doctors warn of biggest flu outbreak in 8 years

The biggest flu outbreak for eight years could be on its way in the United Kingdom, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) warned after a 73% rise in people seeing their doctor with flu-like symptoms.

Sunday, December 21st 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Punta Arenas health officials warn of red tide threat

Magallanes Region Public Health Department has set out a warning that red tide has been detected in several points of the area following lab tests of different molluscs and sea food.

Magallanes in the extreme south of Chile is famous for its sea food which is supplied to the rest of the country.

Thursday, December 18th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

UK warning of deadlier mad cow disease strain

The United Kingdom Government's chief adviser on the human form of mad cow disease has warned of a possible new wave of the illness that could kill as many as 350 people in the UK.

Wednesday, December 17th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Chilean authorities warn about sea food consumption

Chilean Congress members have asked the Ministry of Public Health to declare a “sanitary emergency in the south of the country” given the massive sea food poisoning contaminated with the vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria.

Saturday, December 13th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Leaders of the European Union reach new climate deal

European Union leaders have reached a deal on a package of measures to fight global warming.

Saturday, December 13th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Top UN official welcomes EU climate change deal

"This is a sign of developed countries" said Yvo de Boer

The top United Nations climate change official has welcomed a plan agreed by European Union leaders to fight global warming, which was announced today as international negotiations led by the world body toward a new agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions wrapped up in Poznan, Poland.

Friday, December 12th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Fire scorches centuries old forests in Tierra del Fuego

A federal state of emergency has been declared in Argentina's extreme south Tierra del Fuego province, where more than 6.000 hectares of centuries-old forest have been scorched or are threatened by several fires, forcing the evacuation of dozens of people, according to an official release.

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