Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

Philip Morris prepared to sue the UK over plain packaging of cigarettes

Australia and Uruguay are already being challenged by PM over similar situations.

Philip Morris International, the world's largest tobacco company, is prepared to sue the British government should it implement a law requiring plain packaging of cigarettes, a document showed.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 06:29 UTC

First European Ebola infected dies; WHO approves unproven drugs for people at risk

 “A number of interventions have been through the laboratory and animal study phases of development,” it said in a statement issued by the WHO.

Spanish priest Miguel Pajares, 75, the first European infected by a strain of Ebola that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa, has died in hospital in Madrid, a spokeswoman for the city's health authorities said.

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 01:28 UTC

Running seven minutes a day, helps keeps you ahead of cardiovascular diseases

Running for less than an hour a week benefitted as much as those running more than three hours a week

A new study has found that every step counts – literally – towards reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart healthy exercise, moreover, need not be either time-consuming or tiring. Scientists at Iowa State University found that running for just seven minutes daily, even at slow speeds, could help reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by up to 50%.

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 01:24 UTC

A simple old remedy to help reduce the risk of developing some cancers

Trials and studies has revealed that long-term use of low-dose aspirin reduces the risk of developing major cancers and dying from them by around one-third.

In what is being viewed as one of the most important discoveries in the battle against cancer, a major review of trials and studies has revealed that long-term use of low-dose aspirin reduces the risk of developing major cancers and dying from them by around one-third.

Saturday, August 9th 2014 - 06:38 UTC

Ebola outbreak becomes a “public health emergency of international concern”

WHO chief Chan said the announcement is “a clear call for international solidarity” but also said many countries would probably not see any Ebola cases.

World Health Organization declared on Friday that the Ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa has become a “public health emergency of international concern”. WHO also revealed that Ebola took an additional 29 lives between Tuesday and Wednesday alone.

Saturday, August 9th 2014 - 06:13 UTC

UK grants Chile matching funds for program on scientific research and innovation

Ambassador Clouder and Minister Luis Felipe Cespedes signed the MOU at the headquarters of the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism.

The Newton-Picarte Fund for scientific research was officially launched in Chile on Thursday 31st July through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government, represented by the British Ambassador Fiona Clouder, and the Chilean Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, represented by the Minister of Economy Luis Felipe Cespedes.

Wednesday, August 6th 2014 - 08:47 UTC

Caribbean Chikungunya cases over half a million, says PA health organization

PAHO said that the total figure for the mosquito-borne disease had reached 513,393 cases compared with 473,523 cases a week earlier.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the number of new cases of the Chikungunya in the Caribbean increased by nearly 38,000 last week with the Dominican Republic having the most cases.

Tuesday, August 5th 2014 - 06:58 UTC

World Bank pledges 200 million dollars to combat the West Africa Ebola epidemic

“I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks,” Kim said

With the latest death toll from the West Africa Ebola epidemic now at 887, the World Bank Group pledged on Monday as much as 200 million dollars in emergency funding to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone contain the spread of Ebola infections, help their communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems throughout West Africa.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014 - 08:02 UTC

US scientists discover hub of brain cells, in mice, that controls the desire to eat

 Professor David Anderson: “It was incredibly surprising. It was like you could just flick a switch and prevent the animals from feeding.”

US scientists have discovered a central hub of brain cells that may put the brakes on a desire to eat, a study in mice shows. And switching on these neurons can stop feeding immediately, according to the Nature Neurosciences report.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014 - 07:56 UTC

Ebola outbreak 'out of control' but 'can be stopped' said world's top health official

“This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it,” Chan admitted to the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast

West Africa's Ebola outbreak is out of control but it can be stopped, World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said on Friday at a meeting in Conakry, capital of Guinea.

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