Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, February 19th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Uruguayan survivor of 1972 Andes air crash emphasizes simple life.

Andes survivor  Roberto Canessa

By Peter Lowy - A recent trip to Uruguay enabled me, along with another journalist, to visit The Refuge, a ranch belonging to Roberto Canessa, a member of a rugby team that in 1972 survived a crash in the freezing Andes for more than two months, in part, by resorting to cannibalism. What started as a leisurely tour of the ranch, ended late that night with a seaside dinner, after assisting with emergency horse surgery!

Thursday, February 19th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Climate change net advances, but so loss of rain forest

Amazonia locals

New releases from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) this week show two sides of the human effect on climate change, with a report revealing hastened degradation of the earth's largest forest zone and the Danish city of Copenhagen becoming the 100th member of a climate-friendly network.

Wednesday, February 18th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

First proven case of “mad cow disease” in haemophilic patient

The United Kingdom Health Protection Agency has confirmed the first case of the human form of “mad cow disease” in a patient with haemophilia. A post-mortem showed the man, who was “over 70” and had received plasma products before rules were introduced to limit contagion, died infected. However he died of other causes and had not shown any symptoms, the HPA said.

Wednesday, February 18th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Bolivia: dengue death toll increases; malaria outbreak

The number of deaths from hemorrhagic dengue so far this year in Bolivia has increased to 13, the government reported while admitting that an outbreak of malaria has been detected in three provinces.

Monday, February 16th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

UN enthusiastic about greening funds in stimulus plans

Investing one-third of the roughly 2.5 trillion US dollars planned stimulus funds in “greening” the global economy will give a large boost to efforts to lift the world out of recession, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released Monday.

Friday, February 13th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Bolivian appeal for aid to combat dengue epidemic

The Bolivian government appealed for international economic aid and fumigation equipments to fight the mosquito transmitted dengue epidemics which broke out at the beginning of the year and already has 17.371 reported cases.

Wednesday, February 11th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Mudslide in north Argentina drags away villagers

Nine people were missing Tuesday after a mudslide in northern Argentina that prompted the evacuation of more than 700 people, officials said. The disaster occurred Monday in the town of Tartagal, close to the border with Bolivia.

Tuesday, February 10th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

South Brazil admits dengue epidemics but fears yellow fever

South Brazil authorities fear that the yellow fever outbreak reported along the Paraguayan and Argentine border could spread to the state of Rio Grande do Sul and are taking special precautions.

Sunday, February 8th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

56-year-old becomes 1st woman to swim Atlantic

“I was never scared,” she told the AP news agency

Jennifer Figge pressed her toes into the Caribbean sand, exhilarated and exhausted as she touched land this week for the first time in almost a month.

Saturday, February 7th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Snow storms and freezing temperatures shutdowns UK

Pedestrians make their way through Green Park in central London.

Forecasters have warned of very low temperatures overnight, after snow brought a fifth day of chaos to the UK. Road, rail and air transport was again badly affected, while hundreds of schools were again closed.

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