Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:20 UTC

Colombia launches first Antarctic research expedition with Chilean training

ARC 20 de Julio which carries a helicopter will spend three months in Antarctica on scientific research tasks

Colombia's first Antarctica expedition is expected to call in Punta Arenas on Wednesday before crossing to the peninsula to begin a three-month scientific hydrographic and climate research with twenty researchers on board committed to ten projects.

Sunday, January 4th 2015 - 06:39 UTC

Most types of cancer traced to 'bad luck' rather than risk factors, say scientists

In the US, 6.9% of people develop lung cancer, 0.6% brain cancer and 0.00072% get tumors in their laryngeal cartilage at some point in their lifetime.

Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested. US teams were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.

Sunday, January 4th 2015 - 06:34 UTC

Prolonged extreme droughts could help to explain collapse of Mayan civilization

A team headed by Rice University professor Andre Droxler analyzed sediment found in the Blue Hole, a 410-foot-deep sinkhole in Belize’s Lighthouse Reef.

The mysterious collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization has been attributed to a variety of factors, most notably overhunting, deforestation, and a catastrophic peasant uprising. However the theory of prolonged extreme drought has been gaining ground among the scientific community in recent years regarding the Mayan demise.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014 - 19:41 UTC

Falklands has a new Director of Health; Mr Bainbridge takes his position next January

Mr  Ian Bainbridge  joins the Directorate from a career in Health and Social Care in the UK

The Falkland Islands Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ian Bainbridge as Director of Health and Social Care, taking up post from 28th January 2015.

Tuesday, December 16th 2014 - 22:35 UTC

Antibiotic-proof bug detected in Rio's Olympic waters

Rio de Janeiro to host sailing Olympic Games in polluted waters.

Scientists at the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz find enzyme-producing bacteria that requires bolder therapeutic measures. Flamengo beach unfit for swimming.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014 - 06:15 UTC

Imported chikungunya reaches UK: 197 cases reported so far

Public Health England says that of the 197 cases so far, 162 cases have been associated with travel to the Caribbean and South and Central America.

British public health officials say they are grappling with an escalating number of cases of the debilitating chikungunya virus, as holidaymakers return from Caribbean countries.

Saturday, November 29th 2014 - 07:30 UTC

Health professionals from Latam and Caribbean train for management of Ebola

”The goal of the workshops is to strengthen the clinical response capacity of doctors and nurses assigned to treat Ebola patients,” said Dr. Marcos Espinal

Health professionals from more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will receive training in clinical management of Ebola in three upcoming workshops sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The workshops are part of a series of PAHO/WHO actions intended to help countries strengthen their preparedness for potential cases of Ebola.

Friday, November 28th 2014 - 06:08 UTC

World health experts meet to discuss the high levels of antibiotic resistance

The meeting on “surveillance of antimicrobial resistance for local and global action” will be hosted in Stockholm by Swedish ministries and WHO.

Next week, 2-3 December, senior government representatives from more than 30 countries are expected to agree on a pilot system for collecting data on antibiotic resistance—a major step forward in addressing this threat to global public health.

Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

Antarctica sea ice thicker than anticipated reveals an autonomous sub

SeaBed was released in the Antarctic spring seasons of 2010 and 2012 to sample ice thickness in six locations that included the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas (Pic BAS)

A novel autonomous sub has acquired the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. Released from a ship, the vehicle crisscrossed the underside of the floes, using upward-looking sonar to measure their shape.

Friday, November 21st 2014 - 07:40 UTC

UN reveals major gaps in water and sanitation, especially in rural areas

“Water and sanitation are essential to human health”, said Dr Maria Neira, Director of the WHO Department of Public Health and the Environment.

Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation for all are gaining momentum, but serious gaps in funding continue to hamper progress, according to a new report from the World Health Organization on behalf of UN-Water.

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