Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 06:04 UTC

Brazil testing patient suspected of Ebola infection; another 64 in quarantine

“All of the steps called for by protocol were effectively and very successfully carried out,” said Brazilian Health minister

Brazilian Health Minister Arthur Chioro said on Friday the results of tests on a patient suspected of Ebola infection would take 24 hours. At a press conference in Brasilia, the minister assured the situation was under control and that proper precautions had been taken to isolate the patient.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:55 UTC

Chemistry Nobel Prize for creators of 'nanoscopy' which peers into molecules of cells

US citizens Eric Betzig and William Moerner and Germany's Stefan Hell won the prize for using fluorescence to take microscopes to a new level

A German and two American scientists won on Wednesday the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for smashing the size barrier in optical microscopes, allowing researchers to see individual molecules inside living cells.

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - 03:58 UTC

Inventors of new energy efficient LED light bulbs, awarded Nobel for Physics

Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and Japanese-born US citizen Shuji Nakamura developed the blue light-emitting diode (LED)

An American of Japanese origin and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source, leading to the creation of modern LED light bulbs.

Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - 03:40 UTC

Ebola outbreak threatens Africa with dramatic consequences, says IMF

Since it was detected in Guinea in March, spreading to neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Ebola epidemic has killed more than 3,400 people

Saharan Africa's economic growth remains strong and should accelerate to 5.8% in 2015 but if the Ebola outbreak in its western corner is protracted or spreads it will have “dramatic consequences” for that zone, the IMF said on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 2nd 2014 - 06:24 UTC

Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever syndrome in Venezuela kills ten

Aragua governor Tareck El Aissami denied disease medical reports and  accused the president of Aragua Medical Association, Dr. Sarmiento, of “creating anxiety.”

An outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Venezuelan state of Aragua and the country’s capital Caracas has left ten people dead in the last three weeks. Reports indicate that nine people have so far succumbed to the disease in the northern state and a tenth person has died in the capital.

Friday, September 26th 2014 - 05:38 UTC

Cut on the salt, Monday 29 September is World Heart Day, recommends WHO

On average, people consume around 10 grams of salt per day, which is double WHO's recommended level from all sources

On World Heart Day, held 29 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014 - 16:35 UTC

FIFA proposes three minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion

At the Brazil World Cup, Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira was left unconscious after clashing with England's Raheem Sterling but was allowed to carry on playing.

FIFA says its executive committee will this week discuss a proposal to introduce a three-minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion. Michel D'Hooghe, head of FIFA’s medical committee, recommended the new rules for the treatment of head injuries following a series of incidents in recent months that have sparked criticism of FIFA.

Monday, September 22nd 2014 - 05:12 UTC

Experts fear the Ebola virus could mutate to become an airborne disease

Dr Osterholm said public health officials “don’t want to be accused of screaming ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre – as I’m sure some will accuse me of doing so”.

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control, with the number of cases rising faster than the ability to contain them, some scientists are concerned that the virus could mutate to become an airborne disease, greatly increasing its potential for contagion.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:14 UTC

Philip Morris determined to make its legal battle over cigarette labeling with Uruguay, a lesson for other countries

PM believes Uruguay's requirement to cover around 80% of the cigarette packaging with medical warnings and graphic images is violation of a treaty law

Whether you’re a Marlboro man or a Benson & Hedges smoker, if you pick up a pack in the South American nation you will be greeted by an image of decaying teeth, premature babies, horrific hospital scenes or some other terrifying scenario.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:43 UTC

China constructing a satellite tracking station in Argentine Patagonia

According to the Neuquen province minister Rodolfo Laffitte, the space antenna will be finished and ready to operate next February.

A space tracking station for lunar exploration being built in Argentine Patagonia by China, as part of the strategic relation and accords between the two countries, has caused concern in the Argentine congress because of the secrecy surrounding the terms of the deal.

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