Health & Science

Health & Science
Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 14:28 UTC

World health experts call for Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved given Zika spread fears

“The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before,” the letter said.

More than 100 health experts have called for the Rio Olympic Games to be postponed or moved because of fears that the event could speed up the spread of the Zika virus around the world, according to a public letter published online.

Sunday, May 29th 2016 - 13:06 UTC

Superbug in US: Doctors fear it could herald a post-antibiotic era

The recently discovered antibiotic-resistant gene, known as mcr-1, has also been found in China and Europe.

A superbug resistant to all known medications has been found in the United States for the first time, raising new concern about the dwindling effectiveness of antibiotics, the top US public health official said this week. . The case involved a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania whose urinary tract infection tested positive for a strain of E. coli that is resistant to the antibiotic of last resort for such infections, known as colistin.

Saturday, May 28th 2016 - 07:27 UTC

WHO public health advice regarding the Olympics and Zika virus

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.

Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 14:09 UTC

Hundreds of thousands in 500 cities worldwide protest against Monsanto

According to the March Against Monsanto (MAM) group, people in around 500 cities held peaceful protests against the corporation’s policies

Hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated in nearly 50 countries around the globe to protest against the US mega producer company of genetically engineered (GE) seeds Monsanto, saying the corporation’s modified food and chemical herbicides pose grave threats to health.

Monday, May 23rd 2016 - 10:50 UTC

New recommendations for athletes and visitors of the coming Rio Olympic Games

CDC recommends using condoms if afraid of getting Zika from sex, and athletes will have hundreds of thousands of them provided for free in the Olympic Village.

Australian athletes at this summer’s Rio Olympics will be supplied with condoms which offer “near complete” protection against the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced. However, the virus has been linked to a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.

Friday, May 20th 2016 - 10:40 UTC

India planning to swap medicines for Venezuelan crude oil to recoup losses of drugs sector

India's drug-maker Hyderabad-based Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, said that it had to write off US$65 million related to losses in Venezuela in the fourth quarter.

Indian drug companies could recoup some of the financial losses incurred as Venezuela struggles to make foreign-currency payments and the value of its currency plummets--by participating in a barter plan that would swap medicines for crude oil.

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 08:25 UTC

UK's state of the art polar research ship to be named Sir David Attenborough

The decision to name the ship after Sir David Attenborough comes only days before Sir David’s 90th birthday and is in recognition of his legacy in British broadcasting

The United Kingdom's £200 million state-of-the-art polar research ship is to be named after world renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, the Science Minister Jo Johnson confirmed on Friday. Following a call for suggestions that sparked global interest, Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough has been selected as a name that captures the ship’s scientific mission and celebrates the broadcaster’s contribution to natural science.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 05:48 UTC

Panel of experts will name the new UK polar research vessel

The state-of-the-art £200m vessel will be launched in 2019 to replace Royal Research Ships (RRS) Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross.

The name of a new British polar research vessel will be chosen by a panel of experts, even if the public overwhelmingly votes to call it Boaty McBoatface. Lord West, ex-First Sea Lord, said he was rather proud “silly names” had been suggested but hoped none were chosen.

Saturday, March 12th 2016 - 05:40 UTC

Chile's challenge: disposing 27.700 tons of algae/bloom dead salmon

Sernapesca director José Miguel Burgos reported that the Chilean Navy authorized the dumping of 300 tons dead salmon at sea, 75 miles offshore

More than 27,733 tons, equivalent to 72% of the total salmon mortality caused by algae bloom, have been removed from the farms affected by this contingency, Chile's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) informed. In a new report on the emergency affecting the salmon farming industry in the Chilean southern region of Los Lagos, Sernapesca pointed out that 38 farms have been affected by microalgae bloom in the Concession Groups (ACS) 1, 2, 3A, 6, 7, and 10B, with a total mortality amounting to 23.8 million fish, equivalent to more than 38,500 tons.

Friday, March 11th 2016 - 05:29 UTC

Brexit would be “a disaster for UK science” warn 150 fellows from Royal Society

“Increased funding has raised greatly the level of European science as a whole and of the UK in particular because we have a competitive edge”

Stephen Hawking has called for Britain to stay in the EU, saying that a Brexit would be a “disaster for UK science”. A letter to the Times newspaper signed by more than 150 fellows of the Royal Society argues that leaving the EU would devastate research.

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