Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, August 2nd 2014 - 07:48 UTC

Growing concerns the Ebola outbreak could spread globally by travelers

Thousands are believed to have been infected by the virus, which can go unnoticed for three weeks and kills up to 90% of victims.

Concerns have been expressed about the possibility of the current Ebola outbreak spreading globally after an infected airline passenger introduced the deadly virus to Nigeria. All outbreaks since 1976, when Ebola was first identified, have been confined to rural and forested areas in Africa, with the previous highest death toll being 280.

Friday, August 1st 2014 - 14:52 UTC

Five industries worried about peak oil

 From war veterans seeking a replacement limb to young children who run with scissors, crude oil helps; not to say bandages and artificial arms and legs alike

The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing nearer, educated estimates now range between 2020 and 2030.

Monday, July 28th 2014 - 07:52 UTC

The New York Times calls for legalizing marihuana: “Repeal prohibition again”

The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition. The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are “relatively minor problems” -- especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 23:17 UTC

China outdated meat supplier scandal hits McDonald's and KFC

Shanghai Husi is the Chinese unit of US-based food supplier OSI Group, which has been providing “high-quality products to McDonald's China” since 1992.

Chinese branches of fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, have stopped using meat from a supplier in Shanghai following allegations it sold them out of date meat. According to Xinhua, the state-owned news agency, authorities in Shanghai have ordered the suspension of operations at Shanghai Husi Food Co.

Saturday, July 12th 2014 - 10:40 UTC

UN members pledge to combat avoidable non-communicable diseases and preventable deaths

Success will depend on finding new ways to strengthen the ability of countries to adopt bolder measures, said Ban Ki-moon

UN Member States have reaffirmed their commitment to take bold measures to reduce the avoidable burden of non-communicable diseases. These ailments, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease kill 38 million people every year, many of them before they reach the age of 70.

Monday, July 7th 2014 - 22:49 UTC

FAO/WHO elaborating new guidelines for identifying food-borne parasites

As a first step FAO and WHO are focusing on the ten food borne parasites with the greatest global impact

A “Top Ten” list identifying the food-borne parasites of greatest global concern has been released by FAO, and new guidelines are being developed to control them. The parasites affect the health of millions of people every year, infecting muscle tissues and organs, causing epilepsy, anaphylactic shock, amoebic dysentery and other problems. Some can live on in our bodies for decades.

Friday, June 20th 2014 - 06:29 UTC

Antibiotic-resistant “superbug” detected South Korea raw squid

The strain of bacteria found is resistant to carbapenems, a class of antibiotics used to treat life-threatening infections. (Pic Fox News)

A dangerous antibiotic-resistant “superbug” has been found in the North American food supply for the first time, according to researchers from the University of Saskatchewan.

Monday, June 16th 2014 - 05:24 UTC

Jamaica plans decriminalization of possession of small amounts of cannabis

“Cabinet approved certain changes to the law relating to ganja (marijuana)”, said Justice minister Mark Golding.

Plans are in the making in Jamaica for the decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Among the proposals is that users of small quantities of the drug will no longer have a criminal record, and smoking of the weed would be lawful under certain conditions. However possession of cannabis would still be unlawful, though it would not lead to a criminal record.

Sunday, June 1st 2014 - 13:54 UTC

Obesity and overweight breaks scales in all countries: 30% of world population

“In the land of gastronomy, fast food has become the king,” lamented French magazine Le Point.

Almost 30% of the world’s population, 2.1 billion people, is considered obese or overweight, researchers said, while rates among children have increased by a whopping 47% in the last 33 years.

Thursday, May 29th 2014 - 02:45 UTC

WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to prevent addiction

 Every 6 seconds someone dies from tobacco use; tobacco kills up to half of its users.

On World No Tobacco Day (31 May), WHO calls on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco. Based on 2012 data, WHO estimates that increasing tobacco taxes by 50%, all countries would reduce the number of smokers by 49 million within the next three years and ultimately save 11 million lives.

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