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Health & Science
Wednesday, May 21st 2014 - 07:10 UTC

Mosquito-borne Chikunguna cases reported in Miami

Chikungunya symptoms begin three to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito

The viral mosquito-borne disease, Chikunguna, has been confirmed in three counties of the state of Florida. According to the Florida Department of Health, the women who recently travelled to the Caribbean include a 29-year-old from Broward County.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 08:48 UTC

Brazil World Cup host cities with an early warning system for dengue

The warning system specifically predicts the risk of dengue infections in 553 micro-regions of Brazil

A heightened risk of an outbreak of dengue fever during the upcoming soccer World Cup in Brazil has prompted a high alert in three out of 12 host cities. For the first time, scientists have developed an early warning system that predicts the risk of dengue fever infections throughout parts of Brazil.

Monday, May 19th 2014 - 21:00 UTC

WHO's Dr. Chan targets childhood obesity: “our children are getting fatter”

Dr.Chan announced a high-level Commission will produce a consensus report specifying approaches

World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan voiced deep concern about the increase worldwide of childhood obesity, with numbers climbing fastest in developing countries. “As the 2014 World Health Statistics report bluntly states, ‘Our children are getting fatter,’” she said during her opening speech to the Health Assembly on Monday in Geneva.

Monday, May 19th 2014 - 13:54 UTC

People living longer, both in rich and poor countries, says latest WHO report

“Global life expectancy has improved because fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday” said Dr Margaret Chan

People everywhere are living longer, according to the World Health Statistics 2014 published this week by the World Health Organization (WHO). Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990.

Saturday, May 17th 2014 - 06:16 UTC

Worldwide 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were caused by harmful use of alcohol

On average every person in the world aged 15 years or older drinks 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per year

Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). Alcohol consumption can not only lead to dependence but also increases people’s risk of developing more than 200 diseases including liver cirrhosis and some cancers. In addition, harmful drinking can lead to violence and injuries.

Friday, May 16th 2014 - 10:47 UTC

Morales reveal that with Argentine help Bolivia is developing nuclear energy

“We are working on nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, for medical purposes”, said the Bolivian president

Bolivian President Evo Morales revealed on Thursday that, with Argentina's help, his country was working to develop nuclear power. Morales had previously indicated that his country had plans to go nuclear with help from both Buenos Aires and France, but this is the first time that the news was confirmed.

Monday, May 12th 2014 - 23:56 UTC

Mujica asks Obama support for scientific knowledge and to combat smoking

He called to fight 'for life' by finishing with the smoking habit that kills eight million people annually

In an enjoyable press conference at the White House Uruguay's President Jose Mujica spoke about the increasing importance for people in the US to be bilingual, the dangers of smoking and his interest in having access to U.S. knowledge and professors. President Barrack Obama praised the Uruguayan leader's 'extraordinary' credibility and leadership in democracy and human rights issues.

Monday, May 12th 2014 - 06:48 UTC

Brazil downplays, mathematically, the threat of dengue for Cup tourists

According to the calculi at the most 33 out of 600.000 visitors could catch dengue

A study by Brazilian experts calculates that, in the worst case scenario, just 100 of the 600,000 foreign tourists who will visit Brazil during the World Cup soccer tourney scheduled to begin in June, or less than 0.02% of the total visitors, will contract dengue during their stay in the country.

Wednesday, May 7th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

Live avian influenza virus discovered in Antarctica Adélie penguins

“We found that this virus was unlike anything else detected in the world,” said Hurt ( Pic Aeron Hurt, WHO)

Researchers have found a new type of avian influenza virus in a group of Adélie penguins (pygoscelies adeliae) from Antarctica. Aeron Hurt, PhD, a senior research scientist at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia, said that this is the first time that a distinct, live flu virus has been found in these birds.

Tuesday, May 6th 2014 - 06:41 UTC

WHO declares a polio international public health emergency

Assistant director general Aylward said that 74 cases have been detected this year

The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries like Syria and Pakistan.

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