Health & Science

Health & Science
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.

Sunday, August 31st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

New Orleans Mayor Orders Evacuation as Gustav Reaches Gulf

Thousands of people beginning to leave the city

The mayor of New Orleans has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the entire city, as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the US Gulf Coast.

Friday, August 29th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Oil covered penguins washed up on Brazilian beaches

Thousands of oil-slicked penguins washed up dead on the beaches of a popular Brazilian resort on Friday, and officials reported they are searching for a cause.

Thursday, August 28th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

EU demographic implosion set to begin in 7 years

Not enough young workers to finance the elderly

Since its historic reunification almost two decades ago, Germany has been easily the European Union's most populous nation, with 20 million more inhabitants than its closest rival.

Wednesday, August 27th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Listerosis scare in Canada and class action lawsuit

Canadian Maple Leaf Foods faces millions of dollars in demands from a class action lawsuit following an outbreak of listerosis (meat poisoning) linked to the company's Toronto meat plant and which allegedly is responsible for the death of at least 15 people.

Tuesday, August 26th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Grazing cattle shown to align north-south direction

Cattle partake in some directional grazing

Have you ever noticed that herds of grazing animals all face the same way? Images from Google Earth have confirmed that cattle tend to align their bodies in a north-south direction.

Tuesday, August 26th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Tierra del Fuego flock infested with melophagus ovinus

Melophagus ovinus

A controversy over the presence of melophagus ovinus (*), or sheep ked in the Chilean Tierra del Fuego flock has broken out between Chilean animal health officials and farmers' organizations.

Friday, August 22nd 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Listerosis scare in Santiago's top private clinics and hospitals

Listeria monocytogenes

Several medical organisations from Chile requested this week the Public Health ministry declare a state of “sanitary alert” following an unprecedented increase in the number of cases of deadly bacteria identified as “Listeria Monocytogenes”, which is transmitted mainly through the food chain.

Friday, August 22nd 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Two billion people suffer impact of Hepatitis B virus

The United Nations health agency is launching a new information campaign to highlight the impact of the hepatitis B virus, which is currently found in about 2 billion people worldwide despite being largely preventable by vaccine for more than 25 years.

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