Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 21:40 UTC

Jamaica pledges to decriminalize cannabis ('ganja') “later this year”

Jamaican Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell supports the initiative

Jamaica's Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) says it has been given an assurance that the country later this year will decriminalize marijuana as the island seeks to establish a medicinal marijuana industry.

Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 12:48 UTC

WHO public consultation on sugars intake to help combat obesity and dental caries

No candies please, and avoid food with added sugars

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay).

Wednesday, March 5th 2014 - 04:43 UTC

Scientific debate on synthetic chemicals in packaging and plastic bottles effects on human heath

Formaldehyde, used in many materials, such as plastics used for soft-drink bottles and melamine tableware could be a cause of cancer

Concerns about the contamination of food and drink by synthetic chemicals in packaging and plastic bottles has again come to the fore with calls for greater monitoring of the long-term effect on human health.

Friday, February 21st 2014 - 07:56 UTC

South Georgia research vessels' season: three were active in January plus HMS Protector

Divers deployed to check the landing beach at Southern Thule island

Several research vessels coincided in South Georgia Island during the month of January plus HMS Protector involved in extensive surveying of South Sandwich Island for the UK Hydrographic Office, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia newsletter.

Friday, February 14th 2014 - 07:24 UTC

Live Antarctic Search and Rescue Exercise by IAATO in conjunction with Ushuaia

M/V Polar Pioneer from Aurora Expeditions was involved in the exercise

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and two IAATO Member Operators, Aurora Expeditions and Oceanwide Expeditions, took part in a live Search and Rescue Communications Exercise in collaboration with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) Ushuaia, Argentina.

Thursday, February 6th 2014 - 04:48 UTC

An only rare atypical case of L-type mad cow located and destroyed in Germany

A single ten-year old cow from a group of 80 was found to have atypical BSE after laboratory testing

German health authorities have picked up a rare atypical case of BSE in an aged cow, as part of routine screening work. A single animal from a group of 80 was found to have atypical BSE (L-type) after laboratory testing. Seven cohorts were destroyed as part of the examination, all found to be negative for BSE, following an epidemiological investigation.

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 - 22:53 UTC

UK obesity costs NHS £5.1 billion per year but overall the figure is closer to £ 16bn

A report says obesity can affect a person’s ability to work and their underlying mental health

Obesity costs the United Kingdom National Health Service, NHS £5.1 billion per year, according to latest estimates. But National Audit Office (NAO) figures suggest obesity is not solely a burden on the NHS.

Wednesday, February 5th 2014 - 08:47 UTC

WHO: Cancer growing at 'an alarming pace', particularly in developing countries

“More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed”, according to IARC Director Christopher Wild

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said cancer was growing “at an alarming pace” worldwide and new strategies were needed to curb the sometimes fatal and often costly disease.

Thursday, January 30th 2014 - 06:12 UTC

Gastro-bug exhausted passengers cheer as 'Explorer of the Seas' returns to home port

Illness struck roughly 20% of passengers and 5% of crew members (Photo AP)

Passengers staggered off a Royal Caribbean ship reeking of vomit and diarrhea at its home port on Wednesday after their cruise was cut short by an apparent stomach bug that felled nearly 700 vacationers and crew. Cheers erupted from the Explorer of the Seas as the vessel pulled into Bayonne, New Jersey, in New York Harbor.

Wednesday, January 29th 2014 - 06:46 UTC

Noravirus hits 'Explorer of the Seas' in the Caribbean; 10-day trip cancelled

“Explorer of the Seas” had 3.050 passengers on board and 570 fell sick

The Royal Caribbean cruise 'Explorer of the Seas” has ended the 10-day trip in the Caribbean early after hundreds of passengers and crew members were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness. It is believed the incident is a new case of the noravirus which has been attacking large cruise vessels.

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