Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 09:05 UTC

“Overfishing and overfished stocks at all times low” in US fisheries

“NOAA wants to let consumers know that the United States’ global leadership in responsible fisheries and sustainable seafood is paying off,” Sobeck said

The number of United States domestic fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) began tracking stock status, according to the 2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries report to Congress.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

Norovirus outbreak on two cruise ships off the coasts of Mexico and California

One of the two most recent outbreaks took place on the Legend of the Seas while on a two-week cruise that ended on Tuesday.

Hundreds of Royal Caribbean passengers were stricken with acute gastrointestinal ailments, including vomiting and diarrhea, on two cruise ships off the coasts of Mexico and California earlier this week. The debilitating illness was identified as norovirus, outbreaks of which aren’t uncommon on cruise ships, especially during the winter season.

Friday, April 3rd 2015 - 08:04 UTC

US warning to vacation and business travellers about the advance of Chikungunya

TDH said the first confirmed case of Chikungunya virus disease in Tennessee occurred in 2014 and that since then 42 new cases have been documented

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is warning vacation and business travelers to the Caribbean about the importance of protecting themselves from mosquitoes that may transmit Chikungunya virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue.

Friday, March 13th 2015 - 13:15 UTC

Scientists in China announce genetically engineered cows resistant to bovine TB

Researchers at the Ministry of Agriculture in Northwest A&F University, Yangling,  used hi-tech genetic technology to insert a mouse gene into Holstein-Friesian cattle.

Scientists in China have said they produced a herd of genetically engineered cows that are better able to ward off bovine TB infection. The long-term goal of the research is to avoid the need to cull livestock by breeding disease resistant cattle.

Saturday, March 7th 2015 - 08:22 UTC

Several cups of coffee a day help combat clogged arteries, say Korean scientists

Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, as well as numerous other compounds, but it's not clear if these might cause good or harm to the body.

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - Korean researchers believe. They studied more than 25,000 male and female employees who underwent routine health checks at their workplace.

Thursday, March 5th 2015 - 11:05 UTC

WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children

“We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay,” says Dr Francesco Branca

A new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 00:56 UTC

Bachelet visits 14-year-old girl who pled for euthanasia since she is suffering cystic fibrosis

There was no information on what was said, but photographs of the visit were provided, including one of Valentina taking a selfie with the president

Chile’s president went to a hospital on Saturday to meet with a 14-year-old girl who shocked the country by going on YouTube to plead for the leader to let doctors euthanize her because she is tired of her struggle with cystic fibrosis. The government quickly said no after the video began spreading on social media Thursday.

Tuesday, February 24th 2015 - 17:29 UTC

WHO calls for worldwide use of 'smart' syringes

“Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases”

Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all health-care programs switched to syringes that cannot be used more than once.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 17:15 UTC

Drug-resistant 'superbug' scare in Los Angeles following several infections

The hospital system said it had been sterilizing the scopes according to the manufacturer's standards but was now using a more rigorous process.

A large Los Angeles public hospital has notified scores of patients they were possibly exposed to a drug-resistant bacteria “superbug” during endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have contributed to two deaths.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

Desperate struggle in New Zealand to save tens of stranded pilot whales

The stranding of 198 whales last Friday was one of the largest in recent years and prompted 80 workers and volunteers to help out.

About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach have died, but conservation workers and volunteers are hoping the remaining 60 or so will survive after they managed to get them refloated, an official said over the weekend.

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