Health & Science

Health & Science
Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 06:58 UTC

Zika virus epidemic spreads in the region; women advised to delay pregnancy

“We expect an expansion similar to what we had with the chikungunya virus last year, to finish with between 600,000 to 700,000 cases,” Gaviria said.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has already infected more than 13,500 people in Colombia and could hit as many as 700,000, the health minister said on Wednesday. According to Pan-American Health Organization figures, the country is second only to Brazil in infection rates, health minister Alejandro Gaviria told journalists.

Tuesday, January 19th 2016 - 07:51 UTC

Fourteen countries in a US travel alert for pregnant women because of Zika virus

With the virus linked to birth defects, CDC has advised pregnant women that should consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel alert for people traveling to the Caribbean and other areas that have confirmed transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Tuesday, January 19th 2016 - 07:04 UTC

Ice Patrol HMS Protector concludes historic five week patrol to East Antarctica and Ross Sea

The Ice Patrol breaking ice while sailing in the Ross Sea, and among other duties conducted CCAMLR inspections

The Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol ship has just completed a historic five week patrol to the East Antarctic and Ross Sea. HMS Protector is the first Royal Navy, or UK Government, vessel to have visited the region in 80 years or to have travelled so far south having dipped below 77 degrees latitude.

Friday, January 15th 2016 - 08:06 UTC

Strong hints of a vast canyon system hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

A vast, previously unrecognized canyon system could be hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet. Hints of its presence are seen in the shape of the white continent's surface, in a largely unexplored region called Princess Elizabeth Land. If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 - 06:30 UTC

Five cups of coffee a day good for the heart and to combat diabetes, says 10-year study

 The 10-year study found that the more coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die early. Results were similar with people who drank decaffeinated coffee.

A major US study has found that people who drink up to five cups of coffee daily are less likely to die from health issues such as heart disease and diabetes compared to those who don’t drink coffee at all. The 10-year study found that the more coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die early. The results were similar with people who drank decaffeinated coffee.

Thursday, January 7th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

Uruguay's 2016 Antarctic campaign takes off; ship to deliver 250 tons of fuel and 40 tons of supplies

ROU 26 'Vanguardia' is transporting gasoil and supplies to the 'General Artigas” scientific base

Uruguayan navy rescue vessel ROU 26 “Vanguardia” left this week from Montevideo for Antarctica loaded with fuel and provisions for the country's scientific base “General Artigas” at King George Island.

Monday, January 4th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

Lifestyles have a greater impact on cancer suggest latest findings; likewise they might be more preventable

It was previously thought that fewer than half of cancer could be prevented by lifestyle changes, but the new research indicates that it could be much higher.

Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate by suggesting that random cell mutations, rather than lifestyle choices, played a significant role in the development of tumors, a finding dubbed the “bad luck hypothesis.” A new study has nevertheless led scientists to believe that external influences have a far greater impact, implying that many cancers may be more preventable than previously thought.

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 04:44 UTC

UK embassy sponsors three workshops in Uruguay on science and innovation

 The main objective of the Science and Innovation Fund is to create and strengthen links between researchers and institutions in Uruguay and UK

The British Embassy, the British Council and Uruguayan National Research and Innovation Agency (ANII) have announced the three workshops selected under the recent Researcher Links call for proposals, part of the Embassy’s cooperation funding for science and innovation in Uruguay.

Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - 11:33 UTC

Global advance of TB, a disease of poverty and inequality, warns world medical association

 Sir Michael Marmot, WMA President said that poverty is fuelling the alarming spread of tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis should be treated as a disease of poverty and inequality, the World Medical Association said on Wednesday. Against the background of the global growth of tuberculosis, the WMA is updating its training course for physicians to emphasize the relationship between poverty and TB.

Thursday, December 3rd 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Argentina will have a state of the art fisheries research vessel in 2017

Dr. Wöhler underlined that the sound proof issue was repeatedly discussed and the main reason for having the vessel built in Spain and not in Argentina

Argentina's Fisheries Research and Development Institute, INIDEP, has signed the contract for the construction of a new fisheries and oceanographic research vessel to be built at the Armon shipyard in Vigo, Spain. The financing for the vessel and refurbishing of INIDEP's offices and labs comes from the Inter-American Development bank with a 30m dollars loan.

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