Health & Science

Health & Science
Friday, May 16th 2014 - 10:47 UTC

Morales reveal that with Argentine help Bolivia is developing nuclear energy

“We are working on nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, for medical purposes”, said the Bolivian president

Bolivian President Evo Morales revealed on Thursday that, with Argentina's help, his country was working to develop nuclear power. Morales had previously indicated that his country had plans to go nuclear with help from both Buenos Aires and France, but this is the first time that the news was confirmed.

Monday, May 12th 2014 - 23:56 UTC

Mujica asks Obama support for scientific knowledge and to combat smoking

He called to fight 'for life' by finishing with the smoking habit that kills eight million people annually

In an enjoyable press conference at the White House Uruguay's President Jose Mujica spoke about the increasing importance for people in the US to be bilingual, the dangers of smoking and his interest in having access to U.S. knowledge and professors. President Barrack Obama praised the Uruguayan leader's 'extraordinary' credibility and leadership in democracy and human rights issues.

Monday, May 12th 2014 - 06:48 UTC

Brazil downplays, mathematically, the threat of dengue for Cup tourists

According to the calculi at the most 33 out of 600.000 visitors could catch dengue

A study by Brazilian experts calculates that, in the worst case scenario, just 100 of the 600,000 foreign tourists who will visit Brazil during the World Cup soccer tourney scheduled to begin in June, or less than 0.02% of the total visitors, will contract dengue during their stay in the country.

Wednesday, May 7th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

Live avian influenza virus discovered in Antarctica Adélie penguins

“We found that this virus was unlike anything else detected in the world,” said Hurt ( Pic Aeron Hurt, WHO)

Researchers have found a new type of avian influenza virus in a group of Adélie penguins (pygoscelies adeliae) from Antarctica. Aeron Hurt, PhD, a senior research scientist at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia, said that this is the first time that a distinct, live flu virus has been found in these birds.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

WHO declares a polio international public health emergency

Assistant director general Aylward said that 74 cases have been detected this year

The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries like Syria and Pakistan.

Monday, May 5th 2014 - 06:31 UTC

Mosquito transmitted Chikungunya has become an epidemic in the Caribbean

Caribbean PHA, Dr James Hospedales: 4,108 probable cases in 14 countries across the region

The head of the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales, has declared the Chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne illness was first detected in the Caribbean in December 2013, in St Martin, and last week Antigua and St Vincent and the Grenadines became the latest countries to declare an outbreak.

Monday, May 5th 2014 - 06:11 UTC

The Lancet acknowledges Argentina's child mortality rates have dropped dramatically

According to the most prestigious medical journal, there are 14.2 under five child deaths per 1,000 births in Argentina

Argentina has been improving its mortality rates over the past decades, as it was revealed on Friday by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. Although Argentina's rates are better than other countries in the region, including Brazil, Cuba, Uruguay and Chile among others still have the better numbers.

Sunday, May 4th 2014 - 13:52 UTC

Bacteria antibiotic resistance is winning the day and a major threat to public health

 Dr Keiji Fukuda: in the post-antibiotic era, ”many common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill”

A new report by WHO–its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally–reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.

Saturday, May 3rd 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Licensed pharmacies in Uruguay will sell marihuana at a dollar a gram

Diego Cánepa giving details of the rules that will apply to the bill

Uruguayan authorities have revealed how marijuana will be produced and sold legally in the country following the approval of the bill last December. Licensed pharmacies will sell the drug for approximately one US dollar a gram with consumers allowed 40g a month.

Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 21:52 UTC

Sea coral cnidarian protein offers new barrier against HIV infection

The cnidarians proteins were found in feathery corals collected from the sea off the north coast of Australia.

National Cancer Institute researchers have discovered a new class of protein found in sea coral that appears able to prevent HIV from entering T cells. If the proteins can be adapted for use in sexual lubricants and gels, they could offer a new form of barrier against HIV infection.

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