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Montevideo, August 19th 2018 - 23:49 UTC

Health & Science

  • Friday, May 25th 2018 - 08:27 UTC

    UK/Argentina agree to work together against antimicrobial resistance

    Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Prof Adolfo Rubinstein sign the Memorandum of Understanding during the WHO assembly

    United Kingdom's Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Argentine Government to work together against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment.

  • Friday, May 18th 2018 - 08:42 UTC

    Ebola outbreak in Congo's jungle and in urban area of a 1.2m city

    DRC's Health ministry announced the finding, after laboratory tests conducted by the Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale, confirmed one specimen as positive

    One new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo. United Nations troops are stationed in the area as part of the peacekeeping effort.

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:13 UTC

    New evidence from genetic data links obesity with increased risk of smoking

    The study was based on genetic markers of obesity using UK Biobank data with genetic information on nearly 450 000 participants.

    A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides new evidence that increased weight and obesity may result in increased smoking. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), found that increased body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and waist circumference were associated both with a higher risk of being a smoker and with greater smoking intensity, measured by the number of cigarettes smoked per day. These results were consistent in both men and women.

  • Wednesday, May 16th 2018 - 17:15 UTC

    US scientists successfully transfer memory among marine snails

    Professor Glanzman thinks memories are stored in the neurons, thousands of which make up each synapse.

    Scientists from the University of California have successfully transferred a memory from one marine snail to another, but there's still a long way to go until you can pay someone to wipe unpleasant memories or implant new ones.

  • Wednesday, May 16th 2018 - 17:10 UTC

    Plan to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from global food supply

    Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives: WHO estimates trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.

  • Monday, May 14th 2018 - 20:04 UTC

    Argentina/UK: Agreement to enhance Antarctic scientific co-operation

      BAS Director Jane Francis and IAA Director Rodolfo Sánchez  signed a Memorandum of Understanding

    The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the Instituto Antártico Argentino (IAA) today signed a memorandum of understanding.The agreement will enable the implementation of joint science and technology research projects as well as enhanced training and exchange of personnel. .

  • Thursday, May 10th 2018 - 07:28 UTC

    Falklands caught in the post Brexit Galileo space controversy

    Michael Barnier, Brussels chief Brexit negotiator, triggered the controversy when he argued UK companies should be excluded from the Galileo project

    United Kingdom ministers are unilaterally considering stopping EU access to the Galileo satellite earth station in the Falklands and Ascension, according to reports in the UK press. The move comes after Brussels chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier, stated that UK companies would have to be excluded from the development of sensitive Galileo infrastructure following Brexit due to security concerns.

  • Wednesday, May 9th 2018 - 08:24 UTC

    South Georgia declared rat-free: four year successful program to eradicate invasive rodents

    Over the winter, the final examination of the BOT was carried out with the help of sniffer terriers, which confirmed the extinction of the rodents on the island.

    A Dundee-based charity has succeeded in its epic mission to declare a sub-Antarctic island rodent-free for the first time since humans arrived more than 200 years ago. In 2011, the South Georgia Heritage Trust started the world’s largest project to remove the invasive rats and mice to save South Georgia’s wildlife, including threatened pipits and pintails.

  • Monday, May 7th 2018 - 08:20 UTC

    WHO claims 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants

    Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.

    Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal an alarming death toll of 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution.

  • Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 - 08:13 UTC

    UK-US launch Antarctica research program to predict sea-level rise

    The mission will deploy teams of researchers, using a suite of technologies to investigate changes on the ice and in the ocean.

    A new UK-U.S. Antarctic research program to improve the prediction of future sea-level rise was launched on Monday at British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Cambridge. The £20 million 5-year research collaboration, funded jointly by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), brings together over 100 polar scientists from leading UK and U.S. research organizations.