Health & Science

Health & Science
Monday, February 9th 2015 - 13:26 UTC

Researchers fear Ebola virus has mutated and are studying contagion degree

Virologist Noel Tordo said that much more has to be learnt but “for the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact”

More than 22,000 people have been infected and about 9,000 are known to have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since what evolved into the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola was identified last March.

Monday, February 9th 2015 - 12:43 UTC

Dengue cases 'explode' by 57% in Brazil during January

Health Minister Arthur Chioro said the water shortage has led many people to store water in their homes out of fear that their supply could be cut off

Dengue cases in Brazil rose by 57% in January, an increase that the Brazilian government partially attributed to the water crisis in the country's southeastern region. In the first four weeks of the year, Brazil registered 40,196 cases of dengue, compared with 26,017 in the same period of 2014, the Brazilian Health Ministry said.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 21:39 UTC

State of the art polar vessel for BAS to be delivered in 2019

The design of the news BAS polar vessel which should be ready for operations in 2019 at a cost of £200 million

A new polar research vessel is currently being designed for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The new vessel will be an ice-capable, multi-role polar research and logistics ship which will be used to conduct science and to resupply the BAS stations such as the two in South Georgia, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 08:16 UTC

Falklands governor hosts reception for visiting scientists of the Americas

Scientists are taking part in the Falklands Science Symposium, investigating opportunities for collaboration with SAERI and other groups in the region. (Pic SAERI)

Visiting scientists from “all corners of the Americas” have received a warm welcome to the Falkland Islands. The delegates from the US, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and Chile are experts in a range of fields including marine ecology, oceanography and geology and are on a week-long visit at the invitation of the Falkland Islands government and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, SAERI.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 06:51 UTC

Explosive report on world's wealth from Oxfam: 1% of super rich own 48%

Oxfam CEO Winnie Byanyima, said at the Davos meeting that an explosion in inequality was holding back the fight against poverty.

More than half the world’s wealth will be owned by just one percent of the population by next year as global inequality soars, anti-poverty charity Oxfam predicted on Tuesday in an explosive document on the eve of a major meeting of the world’s political and business elite.

Tuesday, January 20th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

Falklands receives Pan-American science delegation including Chile, Brazil and Colombia

Falklands Government sponsors scientists visits to the Islands 'to collaborate on regionally and internationally environmental research', said MLA Poole.

Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who first visited the Islands in 1833, the first ever Pan–American Science Delegation to the Falkland Islands arrived in Stanley on Saturday, January 17.

Tuesday, January 20th 2015 - 05:57 UTC

WHO calls for urgent action to reduce burden of non communicable diseases

“The global community has the chance to change the course of the NCD epidemic,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan

Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely—before the age of 70 – from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes, according to a new World Health Organization report.

Wednesday, January 14th 2015 - 07:01 UTC

Cancer 'bad luck' theory strongly questioned by WHO specialized agency

The questioned study argues that random mutations are the major contributors to cancer overall, ”often more important than either hereditary or external environmental factors.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s specialized cancer agency, strongly disagrees with the conclusion of a scientific report on the causes of human cancer published in the journal Science on 2 January 2015 by D. Christian Tomasetti and Dr. Bert Vogelstein.

Friday, January 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

A new family of antibiotics to kill serious infections, discovered by US, UK and German scientists

Teixobactin has yet to be trialed in humans, but could one day be used to treat drug-resistant infections caused by the superbug MSRA, as well as tuberculosis

Scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics, teixobactin that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs.

Thursday, January 8th 2015 - 00:42 UTC

Argentina shocked over the death of indigenous child of malnutrition and TB

Seven year old Nestor spent the last forty days of his life in hospital, but never managed to recover (Pic Clarin)

Argentina is in state of shock following the death of a seven-year old aborigine of malnutrition which turned into a complicated case of TB. The child belonged to the Qom indigenous community in Chaco, northern Argentina that has been forced to a life of deprivation and despair because on ongoing battles over the possession of reservation lands.

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