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Oxford English Dictionary named vape - the word used for drawing on an electronic cigarette instead of a burning stick of tobacco – as its 2014 word of the year.You are thirty times more likely to come across the word 'vape' than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year, staff editors have said.
The Chikungunya outbreak which continues to affect thousands of Caribbean residents since it first appeared in St. Martin last year has been relatively self-limiting in the United States, due to the fact that the current strain only spreads through the Aedes egypti mosquito vector, which is uncommon on the US Eastern seaboard.
A European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully landing on the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet, an audacious cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the origin of the universe. The landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko required immense precision, as even the slightest error could have resulted in cosmic calamity.
A major new Series on health and ageing, published in The Lancet, warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic disease will greatly affect the quality of life of older people.
Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the US capital Washington voted on Tuesday to legalize marijuana in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is supporting the Government of Uruguay as it defends its tobacco control policies against claims brought by the Philip Morris tobacco company.
Trekker technology captures imagery of one of the most rarely-visited places on earth, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, made famous by Sir Ernest Shackleton, one of the bravest and most remarkable explorers. It offers end users the literal experience of being an explorer by traveling to places where traditional vehicles – or they - cannot go.
On 21 October 2014, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for France of 4 cases of chikungunya locally-acquired infection in Montpellier, France. The cases were confirmed by tests conducted by the French National Reference Laboratory for arboviruses on 20 October 2014. This is the first time that locally-acquired transmission of chikungunya has been detected in France since 2010.
Argentina's Arsat-1 geostationary satellite launched last week finished the third and last maneuver in order to remain in orbit permanently, 36,000 km away from earth.
Falklands prepares for Ebola threat situation; vessels from high risk areas will undergo 21 day clearance period
In response to a possible Ebola threat situation the Falkland Islands government is focusing on prevention at this time but with good contingency plans also being laid down as a back up to a possible outbreak.