Health & Science

Health & Science
Tuesday, August 5th 2014 - 06:58 UTC

World Bank pledges 200 million dollars to combat the West Africa Ebola epidemic

“I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks,” Kim said

With the latest death toll from the West Africa Ebola epidemic now at 887, the World Bank Group pledged on Monday as much as 200 million dollars in emergency funding to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone contain the spread of Ebola infections, help their communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems throughout West Africa.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014 - 08:02 UTC

US scientists discover hub of brain cells, in mice, that controls the desire to eat

 Professor David Anderson: “It was incredibly surprising. It was like you could just flick a switch and prevent the animals from feeding.”

US scientists have discovered a central hub of brain cells that may put the brakes on a desire to eat, a study in mice shows. And switching on these neurons can stop feeding immediately, according to the Nature Neurosciences report.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014 - 07:56 UTC

Ebola outbreak 'out of control' but 'can be stopped' said world's top health official

“This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Chan admitted to the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast

West Africa's Ebola outbreak is out of control but it can be stopped, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said on Friday at a meeting in Conakry, capital of Guinea.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014 - 07:48 UTC

Growing concerns the Ebola outbreak could spread globally by travelers

Thousands are believed to have been infected by the virus, which can go unnoticed for three weeks and kills up to 90% of victims.

Concerns have been expressed about the possibility of the current Ebola outbreak spreading globally after an infected airline passenger introduced the deadly virus to Nigeria. All outbreaks since 1976, when Ebola was first identified, have been confined to rural and forested areas in Africa, with the previous highest death toll being 280.

Friday, August 1st 2014 - 14:52 UTC

Five industries worried about peak oil

 From war veterans seeking a replacement limb to young children who run with scissors, crude oil helps; not to say bandages and artificial arms and legs alike

The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing nearer, educated estimates now range between 2020 and 2030.

Monday, July 28th 2014 - 07:52 UTC

The New York Times calls for legalizing marihuana: “Repeal prohibition again”

The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition. The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are “relatively minor problems” -- especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 23:17 UTC

China outdated meat supplier scandal hits McDonald's and KFC

Shanghai Husi is the Chinese unit of US-based food supplier OSI Group, which has been providing “high-quality products to McDonald's China” since 1992.

Chinese branches of fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, have stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai following allegations it sold them out of date meat. According to Xinhua, the state-owned news agency, authorities in Shanghai have ordered the suspension of operations at Shanghai Husi Food Co.

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.

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