Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 08:16 UTC

Falklands and Punta Arenas close medical professional relations

UK Honorary consul John Rees and Ms Aldridge at the Clinica Magallanes in Punta Arenas

Relationships between medical professionals in Southern Chile and the Falkland Islands have been strengthened following a visit by the Islands’ radiographer to Punta Arenas.

Monday, May 26th 2014 - 13:23 UTC

Thousands march across the world to protest against Monsanto and GMO foods

Organized worldwide, peaceful family protests spoke out for the need to protect food supply, health, local farms and environment

Hundreds of thousands people have united across the world to voice concern over the spread of GMO foods and crops and to raise awareness over the biotech giant Monsanto’s growing grip on the global food supply chain.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 09:52 UTC

FAO challenge: insects to feed sustainably a world population of 9 billion

Rojas mentioned bees as a prime example of the variety of ways in which insects contribute to food security

Insects can provide a sustainable and environmentally-friendly option for animal feed, in addition to already being a mainstay of human diets for 2 billion people worldwide, FAO Assistant Director-General Eduardo Rojas-Briales told an international gathering of researchers in The Netherlands.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 09:41 UTC

OIE world assembly begins on Sunday with representatives from 178 members

The World Assembly of OIE Delegates establishes the policies of the Paris based OIE and supervises their implementation

The 82nd General Session of the World Assembly of OIE (Animal Health Organization) Delegates will be held from 25 to 30 May 2014, bringing together representatives of 178 OIE Members and observers from international organizations that have signed an official agreement with the OIE, as well as other international and regional organizations and invited guests.

Wednesday, May 21st 2014 - 07:10 UTC

Mosquito-borne Chikunguna cases reported in Miami

Chikungunya symptoms begin three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito

The viral mosquito-borne disease, Chikunguna, has been confirmed in three counties of the state of Florida. According to the Florida Department of Health, the women who recently travelled to the Caribbean include a 29-year-old from Broward County.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 08:48 UTC

Brazil World Cup host cities with an early warning system for dengue

The warning system specifically predicts the risk of dengue infections in 553 micro-regions of Brazil

A heightened risk of an outbreak of dengue fever during the upcoming soccer World Cup in Brazil has prompted a high alert in three out of 12 host cities. For the first time, scientists have developed an early warning system that predicts the risk of dengue fever infections throughout parts of Brazil.

Monday, May 19th 2014 - 21:00 UTC

WHO's Dr. Chan targets childhood obesity: “our children are getting fatter”

Dr.Chan announced a high-level Commission will produce a consensus report specifying approaches

World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan voiced deep concern about the increase worldwide of childhood obesity, with numbers climbing fastest in developing countries. “As the 2014 World Health Statistics report bluntly states, ‘Our children are getting fatter,’” she said during her opening speech to the Health Assembly on Monday in Geneva.

Monday, May 19th 2014 - 13:54 UTC

People living longer, both in rich and poor countries, says latest WHO report

“Global life expectancy has improved because fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday” said Dr Margaret Chan

People everywhere are living longer, according to the World Health Statistics 2014 published this week by the World Health Organization (WHO). Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990.

Saturday, May 17th 2014 - 06:16 UTC

Worldwide 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were caused by harmful use of alcohol

On average every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per year

Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and some cancers. In addition, harmful drinking can lead to violence and injuries.

Friday, May 16th 2014 - 10:47 UTC

Morales reveal that with Argentine help Bolivia is developing nuclear energy

“We are working on nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, for medical purposes”, said the Bolivian president

Bolivian President Evo Morales revealed on Thursday that, with Argentina's help, his country was working to develop nuclear power. Morales had previously indicated that his country had plans to go nuclear with help from both Buenos Aires and France, but this is the first time that the news was confirmed.

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