Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:39 UTC

The Caribbean and Colombia ban entry of travelers from Ebola stricken countries

Colombia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on travel restrictions

A group of Caribbean countries have announced bans on entry to foreigners who have travelled through the three West African countries most affected by Ebola. Jamaica said it would not accept travelers from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for the time being.

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:13 UTC

Ebola scare reaches cruise industry: Carnival vessel barred from Mexico and Belize

The Carnival Magic, which authorities in Mexico and Belize have barred from their ports, is now headed back to Texas.

A laboratory technician from the Dallas hospital where a Liberian died of the Ebola virus, and who handled some of his fluid samples for analysis, has been placed in quarantine aboard a cruise ship, the State Department said on Friday.

Monday, October 13th 2014 - 00:26 UTC

Ebola's exponential growth

The U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control warned recently that we could have 1.4 million cases of Ebola by January.

By Gwynne Dyer - Here are two good things about the Ebola virus. It is unlikely to mutate into a version that can spread through the air, as some other viruses have done. And people who have been infected by Ebola cannot pass it on to others during the incubation period (between two and 21 days). Only when they develop detectable symptoms, notably fever, do they become infectious to others, and only by the transfer of bodily fluids.

Saturday, October 11th 2014 - 09:11 UTC

Argentina claims in can detect the ebola virus in patients in less than 24 hours

Deputy Health minister Jaime Lazovski revealed that at the moment officials have registered five false alarm cases in different parts of the country.

Argentina has developed a molecular biological method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in a patient in less than 24 hours, the Argentine health ministry has announced.

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.

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