Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 19:41 UTC

Falklands has a new Director of Health; Mr Bainbridge takes his position next January

Mr  Ian Bainbridge  joins the Directorate from a career in Health and Social Care in the UK

The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ian Bainbridge as Director of Health and Social Care, taking up post from 28th January 2015.

Tuesday, December 16th 2014 - 22:35 UTC

Antibiotic-proof bug detected in Rio's Olympic waters

Rio de Janeiro to host sailing Olympic Games in polluted waters.

Scientists at the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz find enzyme-producing bacteria that requires bolder therapeutic measures. Flamengo beach unfit for swimming.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Imported chikungunya reaches UK: 197 cases reported so far

Public Health England says that of the 197 cases so far, 162 cases have been associated with travel to the Caribbean and South and Central America.

British public health officials say they are grappling with an escalating number of cases of the debilitating chikungunya virus, as holidaymakers return from Caribbean countries.

Saturday, November 29th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Health professionals from Latam and Caribbean train for management of Ebola

”The goal of the workshops is to strengthen the clinical response capacity of doctors and nurses assigned to treat Ebola patients,” said Dr. Marcos Espinal

Health professionals from more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will receive training in clinical management of Ebola in three upcoming workshops sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The workshops are part of a series of PAHO/WHO actions intended to help countries strengthen their preparedness for potential cases of Ebola.

Friday, November 28th 2014 - 06:08 UTC

World health experts meet to discuss the high levels of antibiotic resistance

The meeting on “surveillance of antimicrobial resistance for local and global action” will be hosted in Stockholm by Swedish ministries and WHO.

Next week, 2-3 December, senior government representatives from more than 30 countries are expected to agree on a pilot system for collecting data on antibiotic resistance—a major step forward in addressing this threat to global public health.

Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

Antarctica sea ice thicker than anticipated reveals an autonomous sub

SeaBed was released in the Antarctic spring seasons of 2010 and 2012 to sample ice thickness in six locations that included the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas (Pic BAS)

A novel autonomous sub has acquired the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. Released from a ship, the vehicle crisscrossed the underside of the floes, using upward-looking sonar to measure their shape.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 07:40 UTC

UN reveals major gaps in water and sanitation, especially in rural areas

“Water and sanitation are essential to human health”, said Dr Maria Neira, Director of the WHO Department of Public Health and the Environment.

Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from the World Health Organization on behalf of UN-Water.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 04:18 UTC

Bird flu highly contagious H5N8 strain in England, Netherlands and Germany

UK's Defra said that the risk to humans was minimal, and that a cull of all 6,000 ducks on the farm in east Yorkshire should be completed by late Tuesday.

Bird flu on a duck farm in northern England is the highly contagious H5N8 strain, the same form of the virus already discovered in Germany and the Netherlands, Britain's farm ministry confirmed on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 04:07 UTC

E-cigarettes make “Vape” word of the year, says Oxford English Dictionary

A derivative of vapor or vaporizing, the word can also be a noun describing the action and the device.

Oxford English Dictionary named “vape” - the word used for drawing on an electronic cigarette instead of a burning stick of tobacco – as its 2014 word of the year.“You are thirty times more likely to come across the word 'vape' than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year,” staff editors have said.

Friday, November 14th 2014 - 08:03 UTC

Fears of a new Chikungunya viral strain in Brazil with the coming of summer

Brazil has recorded over 200 Chikungunya cases, but the African strain has not yet developed the type of dangerous mutations observed in South-east Asia.

The Chikungunya outbreak which continues to affect thousands of Caribbean residents since it first appeared in St. Martin last year has been relatively self-limiting in the United States, due to the fact that the current strain only spreads through the Aedes egypti mosquito vector, which is uncommon on the US Eastern seaboard.

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