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Health & Science

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Dengue outbreak: UN forecasts “difficult year”

    The entire Latin America region needs to take preventive measures to prepare for what promises to be a “difficult year” for dengue fever following an outbreak of the mosquito-borne infection in Paraguay, United Nations health officials have warned.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    British, Hungarian bird flu outbreaks linked

    Tests on H5N1 bird flu viruses found in Britain and Hungary showed they were genetically almost identical and the most likely transmission route was from poultry to poultry, Britain said yesterday.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    UN hails 40 anniversary of Latam nuclear-weapon-free zone

    The historic pact of Latin America and the Caribbean States to maintain a nuclear-weapon-free zone, the first-ever of its kind, has withstood the test of time and should spur greater efforts to rid the world of these arms, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday in honoring the 40th anniversary of the landmark agreement.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Where do rich countries' children fare worse? US & UK

    United States and Britain ranked at the bottom of a U.N. survey of child welfare in 21 wealthy countries that assessed everything from infant mortality to whether children ate dinner with their parents or were bullied at school.

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    UN aid to 200.000 Bolivians victims of El Niño floods

    200.000 people impacted by the rains.

    In the wake of an appeal by the President of Bolivia for international assistance, United Nations agencies are stepping up aid to people in the country devastated by flooding, hail and freeze which have affected 200,000 and killed more than 20.

  • Monday, February 12th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Chile faces “aging population” challenge

    Chile's birth rate has dropped substantially from 3.5% in 1962 to just 1.6% today. And with the country's “baby boom” generation (1957—1962) turning grey, Chile could face a future crisis of social care and pension payments.

  • Monday, February 12th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Several cases of dengue fever on Easter Island

    Three new cases of Dengue Fever (DF) were reported last weekend on Easter Island, a Chilean outpost in the South Pacific. Two men and one woman, both native islanders, were found to be infected with the disease.

  • Sunday, February 11th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    British tycoon offers price $ 25 million to clean up atmosphere

    Sir Richard Branson

    As if offering flights to space and recently hosting his own reality show were not enough to get British billionaire Sir Richard Branson the publicity he so richly affords, this week he has gone over the heads of environmental leaders everywhere to offer a US$ 25 million prize for the first scientist who can invent an economically viable way to clean carbon from Earth's atmosphere.

  • Saturday, February 10th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    UK Farmers urge ban on poultry imports

    Farmers are calling for a ban on raw imported poultry meat from countries infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus until the cause of the UK outbreak has been established.

  • Wednesday, February 7th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Weather anomalies strike the Andean region

    Andes glaciers

    A heat wave is causing a string of forest fires in Colombia, in the Andes glaciers are melting, in Bolivia rainfall is double the average and in the whole Andean region climatic anomalies are forcing drastic measures to contain further damage.