Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, September 25th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

EU bans Chinese baby food and could include other foods

The European Union has banned imports of baby food that contains Chinese milk and is considering restrictions on other Chinese food products with powdered milk, as a tainted milk scandal in China takes on international proportions.

Wednesday, September 17th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Contaminated milk poisons thousands of Chinese toddlers

Fonterra knew of contaminated milk in August

More than 6.200 babies have fallen ill after drinking milk made from contaminated powder, Chinese Health Minister Chen Zhu announced. The figure is five times higher than previously announced.

Wednesday, September 17th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Late starter 2008 ozone layer shaping to be a record

This year's ozone hole surrounding the Southern Hemisphere's pole is shaping up to be one of the largest ever, having already surpassed the size of last year's, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Sunday, September 7th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Promising test for early detection of BSE (mad cow) in cattle

The discovery of elevated protein levels in the urine of some cattle infected with mad cow disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, BSE, raises the possibility that animals could eventually be screened using a test similar to a home pregnancy kit, according to reports from the University of Manitoba.

Sunday, September 7th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Eat less meat and help climate change, says UN expert

People should eat less meat if they want to make a difference to climate change, according to a UN expert. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) told London's The Observer in an interview people should have one meat-free day a week to tackle global warming.

Friday, September 5th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Chilean scientist develops kit to detect toxic algae bloom

Red tides or Mareas rojas

Although shellfish poisoning is not that common in Chile, it does occur frequently as a result of mysterious, massive algae blooms – the so-called “red tide” phenomenon.

Thursday, September 4th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Flooded south Chile regions declared “catastrophe zone”

Some 40 hours of non-stop rain fell in the region

President Michelle Bachelet declared southern Chile's entire (Patagonia) Region IX (Araucanía) a “catastrophe zone” due to this past week's intense rainfall and flooding.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Chile admits 4.5% of hog production affected by dioxins

Only 4.5% of Chile's pork production has been affected by dioxins admitted Agriculture Minister Marigen Hornkohl, who underlined the good quality and sanitary conditions of all meat production in the country.

Wednesday, September 3rd 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Chile assesses cost of alcohol to national health scheme

Alcoholism is the main risk factor in diseases, traumatisms and death cases in Chile according to two independent reports contracted by the country's sanitary authorities and released Wednesday.

Monday, September 1st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

One billion people still lack drinking water, says UN

More than one billion people still lack access to safe drinking water, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said on Monday, calling for greater efforts to achieve the water and sanitation targets set by world leaders in 2000.

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