Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, July 12th 2014 - 10:40 UTC

UN members pledge to combat avoidable non-communicable diseases and preventable deaths

Success will depend on finding new ways to strengthen the ability of countries to adopt bolder measures, said Ban Ki-moon

UN Member States have reaffirmed their commitment to take bold measures to reduce the avoidable burden of non-communicable diseases. These ailments, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease kill 38 million people every year, many of them before they reach the age of 70.

Monday, July 7th 2014 - 22:49 UTC

FAO/WHO elaborating new guidelines for identifying food-borne parasites

As a first step FAO and WHO are focusing on the ten food borne parasites with the greatest global impact

A “Top Ten” list identifying the food-borne parasites of greatest global concern has been released by FAO, and new guidelines are being developed to control them. The parasites affect the health of millions of people every year, infecting muscle tissues and organs, causing epilepsy, anaphylactic shock, amoebic dysentery and other problems. Some can live on in our bodies for decades.

Friday, June 20th 2014 - 06:29 UTC

Antibiotic-resistant “superbug” detected South Korea raw squid

The strain of bacteria found is resistant to carbapenems, a class of antibiotics used to treat life-threatening infections. (Pic Fox News)

A dangerous antibiotic-resistant “superbug” has been found in the North American food supply for the first time, according to researchers from the University of Saskatchewan.

Monday, June 16th 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Jamaica plans decriminalization of possession of small amounts of cannabis

“Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja (marijuana)”, said Justice minister Mark Golding.

Plans are in the making in Jamaica for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Among the proposals is that users of small quantities of the drug will no longer have a criminal record, and smoking of the weed would be lawful under certain conditions. However possession of cannabis would still be unlawful, though it would not lead to a criminal record.

Sunday, June 1st 2014 - 13:54 UTC

Obesity and overweight breaks scales in all countries: 30% of world population

“In the land of gastronomy, fast food has become the king,” lamented French magazine Le Point.

Almost 30% of the world’s population, 2.1 billion people, is considered obese or overweight, researchers said, while rates among children have increased by a whopping 47% in the last 33 years.

Thursday, May 29th 2014 - 02:45 UTC

WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to prevent addiction

 Every 6 seconds someone dies from tobacco use; tobacco kills up to half of its users.

On World No Tobacco Day (31 May), WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco. Based on 2012 data, WHO estimates that increasing tobacco taxes by 50%, all countries would reduce the number of smokers by 49 million within the next three years and ultimately save 11 million lives.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 22:04 UTC

Antarctica ice sheet melting episodes have occurred over the last 14.000 years, say scientists

The melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet wasn't thought to have started, however, until 14,000 years ago.

A new study has found that the Antarctic Ice Sheet began melting about 5,000 years earlier than previously thought coming out of the last ice age, and that shrinkage of the vast ice sheet accelerated during eight distinct episodes, causing rapid sea level rise.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 21:11 UTC

Krill oil more advantageous than fish oil in reducing high blood triglycerides

The research was done by Sweden's Karolinska Institutet

A study from Sweden's Karolinska Institutet and the University of Bergen, Norway, published in Nutrition & Metabolism found that the omega-3s in Aker BioMarine’s Superba krill oil are advantageous for reducing high blood triglycerides compared to fish oil.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 08:52 UTC

Caribbean Community moving closer to decriminalization of marihuana

CARICOM leaders will discuss the issue of decriminalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes when they meet in Antigua in July

The Jamaica government is being urged to enact legislation that would decriminalize marijuana as well as establish a medical marijuana industry. The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce said Jamaica would significantly benefit from a regulates medical marihuana industry.

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.

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