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Health & Science

  • Tuesday, November 13th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Latest UK avian flu outbreak is virulent H5N1 strain

    Wild turkey at Redgrave Park

    The type of bird flu found in turkeys on an English farm is the virulent H5N1 strain, according to UK government veterinarians. The virus was discovered on Sunday at Redgrave Park Farm near Diss, Suffolk where all 6,500 birds, most of them turkeys, are being slaughtered.

  • Friday, November 9th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    UN urges basic sanitation for 40% of world population

    In anticipation of the International Year of Sanitation in 2008 and with more than 2.6 billion people – 40% of the world's population – lacking access to toilets and other sanitation facilities, the head of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme has urged governments to adopt low-cost technology to ensure adequate sanitation for all.

  • Friday, November 9th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    High ozone levels over Santiago linked to pneumonia rates

    Recent Chilean Health Ministry study found ozone levels in the northeast parts of greater Santiago higher than normal during 180 days this year. The study also linked the high levels of ozone in Santiago's atmosphere with increased rates of pneumonia.

  • Monday, November 5th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Citizens willing to accept sacrifices to curb climate change

    Canadians are among the world's leaders in being prepared to accept potential lifestyle changes and higher taxes in order to address climate change, according to a new poll released Monday.

  • Sunday, November 4th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Heated controversy in Chile over the “morning after pill”

    Chile's National Association of Pharmaceutical Chains (Anacaf) met with Chile's Health Ministry (Minsal) this week to discuss fines imposed on those pharmacies that have refused to dispense emergency contraceptives to customers.

  • Saturday, November 3rd 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Week of rain leaves a million homeless in Southern Mexico

    Stranded horses stands amongst submerged cars

    Massive flooding from a week of rain has forced hundreds of thousands of people in the Mexican state of Tabasco to abandon their homes and seek shelter from the muddy waters that on Friday covered an estimated 80% of this southeast Gulf state.

  • Friday, November 2nd 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Bat-transmitted rabies in Uruguay - Brazil border

    Uruguay has ordered the vaccination of 90.000 livestock cattle in the border area with Brazil following an outbreak of bat-transmitted paralytic rabies that killed thirty head of cattle. Sanitary authorities have asked farmers and residents to help locate bat caves on both sides of the open frontier.

  • Thursday, October 25th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Wind fanned wildfires scorch California, half million evacuees

    A European Space Agency photo shows desert winds blowing smoke from wildfires in Southern  California

    US President George W Bush has declared California a major disaster zone after four days of wildfires sparked the biggest evacuation since Hurricane Katrina. The fires have killed five people, injured 40 and burned 1.500 homes, causing an estimated one billion US dollars in damage.

  • Wednesday, October 24th 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Lack of water conditions future of Chile's mining industry

    Minera Escondida

    Sergio Gonzalez, one of four Chileans working with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warned this week that the economic future of Chile's mining industry cannot be sustained unless the nation deals seriously with its growing water shortage.

  • Sunday, October 21st 2007 - 20:00 UTC

    Climate change helps spider specimen move to Magallanes region

    “False black widow” arrive to the South

    Climate change consequences in the entomologic field have reached Magallanes Region in the far south of Chile and local authorities are cautioning about the appearance of a small spider identified as the “false black widow”, which can be lethal for people suffering different allergies.