Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, December 14th 2013 - 06:58 UTC

Pot fumes: Mujica calls UN official, 'liar', after he accused Uruguay of 'pirate attitudes'

The Uruguayan president challenged Yans to stop 'saying lies' and meet him in Uruguay

President Jose Mujica reacted furiously to the accusation of Uruguay as a 'pirate state' from the UN official in charge of drugs' control, who was protesting the legalization of marihuana and because allegedly he was never received by the Uruguayan leader. Mujica bluntly replied, leaving aside all nice talk, “tell that old man to stop lying and stop showing off to the stands”.

Saturday, December 14th 2013 - 06:40 UTC

A Nobel peace prize for Uruguay for legalizing cannabis

Mujica's courage should not be underrated

Uruguay's recent passing of a bill legalizing cannabis from production to distribution has generated headlines and controversy worldwide. The basics of the law is that current methods to combat drugs addiction and trade have failed completely and new options should be experimented.
The Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins writes on the controversy.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 18:06 UTC

UK dengue fever health warning for Britons traveling to the Caribbean

The total number of dengue cases in England in 2012 was 343, as compared with 223 in 2011

The United Kingdom has issued a new health advisory for Britons travelling to the Caribbean following a surge in the incidence of dengue fever in England. The steep rise in British cases of the mosquito-borne disease has forced the health agency Public Health England (PHE) to warn travelers to be on the alert for signs of the illness after visiting the Caribbean.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 09:15 UTC

US to faze out use of antibiotics in animals for meat as resistant diseases keep rising

In the US many cattle, hog and poultry producers give antibiotics regularly to ensure they are healthy grow faster

Citing a potential threat to public health, the United States Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat. In the US many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that they are healthy and to make the animals grow faster.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 22:53 UTC

First obstacle for Uruguay's marijuana bill: it violates international convention on drug control

Cannabis is controlled under the 1961 Convention, “which requires States Parties to limit its use to medical and scientific purposes”

Uruguay's decision to legalize marijuana is in violation of an international convention on drug control, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board, INCB, which monitors government compliance with such treaties said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 04:31 UTC

Uruguay becomes first country to oversee production and sale of marijuana

A majority of the Uruguayan population is against the 'experiment'

Uruguay's Senate has approved ground-breaking legislation legalizing marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug. After a marathon debate, the 16 senators from the ruling coalition out of 29 lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of the legislation championed by President Jose Mujica, who must now sign it into law.

Friday, December 6th 2013 - 23:20 UTC

Falklands working on a policy to protect the Islands from norovirus

The norovirus appears every now and then among cruise passengers

The Falkland Islands is aiming to develop a policy to protect the territory from the spread of norovirus, an infection which is not uncommon in big urban centres but which several cruise vessels have also experienced.

Friday, November 29th 2013 - 23:30 UTC

Brazil will have its own national-made secure communications satellite by 2016

Brazil's state-owned telecom provider Telebras signed a 560m dollar contract to deliver a satellite for secure communications on Thursday, following months of outrage over revelations of US cyber spying. A statement said a joint venture between Telebras and Embraer would deliver the geostationary satellite for strategic communications by late 2016.

Thursday, November 28th 2013 - 20:51 UTC

Poor ratings for Chile in health care and pensions' system, according to OECD

In 2011, Chile spent 1,568 dollars per capita on health, while the OECD average was 3,322 dollars

Two biannual reports revealed Chile as one of the countries with the worst pension statistics and the highest citizen out-of-pocket expenditure on health among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) nations.

Monday, November 25th 2013 - 08:09 UTC

Scientists from all the world meet in Brazil to discuss their role in the 21st century

The Brazilian Academy of Science partnered with the biggest international scientific organizations for the event

Hundreds of scientists from all over the world under the umbrella organization World Science Forum, WSF, meets this week in Rio do Janeiro to discuss their role in the 21st century and to emphasize the importance of scientific advice in political and economical decisions.

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