Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:41 UTC

Brazil and UK joint research of critical elements in the deep northeast Atlantic

“A research expedition is planned for next year to the northeast Atlantic to discover what controls the richness of these deep-sea deposits,” Dr. Murton said.

Scientists from the U.K. and Brazil will work together to study the formation of ocean minerals essential for new technology, particularly environmental technology such as photovoltaic cells.

Friday, September 18th 2015 - 14:27 UTC

Falklands' Fortuna Ltd. sponsors research on southern blue whiting

Wallace from Fortuna Ltd said research would help for the future management and understanding of the dynamics of southern blue whiting in the region.

Falkland Islands fishing company Fortuna Ltd has become a sponsor and research partner in a PhD student ship on southern blue whiting. The Falkland Islands Government fisheries Department (FIFD) and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) are also collaborators in this research project.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 07:56 UTC

Major offshore earthquake hits Chile; felt in Argentina, Peru and Brazil

 The magnitude-8.3 quake hit off northern Chile causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning

A major earthquake just offshore rattled Chileans, killing at least five people and shaking the earth so strongly the tremor was felt in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and even Brazil. Authorities worked into the early hours on Thursday assessing damage in several coastal towns that saw flooding from small tsunami waves set off by the quake.

Sunday, September 13th 2015 - 12:42 UTC

Researchers develop molecular test which calculates “biological age”

“We can now measure aging before symptoms of decline or illness occur” said Prof Timmons.

Researchers have developed a new molecular test designed to calculate an individual's “biological age” as opposed to their “chronological age.” They believe the test could lead to improvements in how age-related diseases are managed.

Sunday, September 13th 2015 - 12:23 UTC

Sperm whales are highly communicative but have different 'dialects'

Cantor explained that it is rare to observe two clans of the same species that live so close to one another, but communicate differently (Pic J.Modigliani)

Sperm whales are very social marine animals and they travel in close groups and communicate by using a pattern of clicks, also known as codas. Similar to humans, the whales use varying dialects worldwide. A recent study of two sperm whale clans living in fairly close proximity off the Galápagos Islands sheds light on animal cultures.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015 - 07:30 UTC

US approves a libido-enhancing drug for women, to be marketed as “Addyi”

The pill is designed to assist premenopausal women regain their sex drive by boosting levels of certain brain chemicals, but the drug has been criticized

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a libido-enhancing drug for women that has been dubbed “Female Viagra”. Flibanserin, a drug produced by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, recently passed an FDA advisory committee meeting.

Friday, August 7th 2015 - 05:18 UTC

Scottish lab identifies “super-algae” to make bio-fuels for vehicles and aircraft

Dr. Stephen Slocombe said that in order to produce bio-fuels from micro-algae “we need to know which strains will produce the most oil.”

Researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) have unlocked a treasure chest of ‘super-algae’ that could provide a previously untapped source of oil. Using a newly devised technique, scientists examined micro-algae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP), an internationally important algal store based at SAMS in Oban, to find out which ocean-based strains had the highest oil content.

Friday, July 24th 2015 - 00:23 UTC

World Health Organization calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

WHO is alerting people to the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment.

On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) the World Health Organization highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015 - 01:05 UTC

WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

“Raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most effective ways to reduce consumption of products that kill”, Dr Margaret Chan said.

Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, according to the World Health Organization’s Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic-2015.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015 - 20:27 UTC

Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements

“To benefit human health it is vital to further accelerate progress on sanitation, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” according to Dr Neira.

Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals.

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