Health & Science

Health & Science
Saturday, January 23rd 2016 - 08:28 UTC

Argentina now denies dengue outbreak is an 'epidemic'.

“There is no such gravity,” in the current situation, said Argentine Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Director Jorge San Juan

Even as the number of new cases of dengue fever continued to rise in Argentina, the Health Ministry performed a rapid about-face and disavowed a statement made on Wednesday that the outbreak constituted “an epidemic.”

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 07:17 UTC

Argentina admits ”epidemic of (mosquito-borne) dengue fever”, including Buenos Aires city

“We already have an epidemic of Dengue fever,” Lemus said, in reference to the provinces of Misiones and Formosa where hundreds of cases have been reported

The first cases of Dengue fever struck Buenos Aires City this week as a spate of outbreaks in Greater Buenos Aires and across Argentina’s northeast were labeled “an epidemic” by Health Minister Jorge Lemus.

Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 06:58 UTC

Zika virus epidemic spreads in the region; women advised to delay pregnancy

“We expect an expansion similar to what we had with the chikungunya virus last year, to finish with between 600,000 to 700,000 cases,” Gaviria said.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has already infected more than 13,500 people in Colombia and could hit as many as 700,000, the health minister said on Wednesday. According to Pan-American Health Organization figures, the country is second only to Brazil in infection rates, health minister Alejandro Gaviria told journalists.

Tuesday, January 19th 2016 - 07:51 UTC

Fourteen countries in a US travel alert for pregnant women because of Zika virus

With the virus linked to birth defects, CDC has advised pregnant women that should consider postponing travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued travel alert for people traveling to the Caribbean and other areas that have confirmed transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Tuesday, January 19th 2016 - 07:04 UTC

Ice Patrol HMS Protector concludes historic five week patrol to East Antarctica and Ross Sea

The Ice Patrol breaking ice while sailing in the Ross Sea, and among other duties conducted CCAMLR inspections

The Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol ship has just completed a historic five week patrol to the East Antarctic and Ross Sea. HMS Protector is the first Royal Navy, or UK Government, vessel to have visited the region in 80 years or to have travelled so far south having dipped below 77 degrees latitude.

Friday, January 15th 2016 - 08:06 UTC

Strong hints of a vast canyon system hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

A vast, previously unrecognized canyon system could be hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet. Hints of its presence are seen in the shape of the white continent's surface, in a largely unexplored region called Princess Elizabeth Land. If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016 - 06:30 UTC

Five cups of coffee a day good for the heart and to combat diabetes, says 10-year study

 The 10-year study found that the more coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die early. Results were similar with people who drank decaffeinated coffee.

A major US study has found that people who drink up to five cups of coffee daily are less likely to die from health issues such as heart disease and diabetes compared to those who don’t drink coffee at all. The 10-year study found that the more coffee people drank, the less likely they were to die early. The results were similar with people who drank decaffeinated coffee.

Thursday, January 7th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

Uruguay's 2016 Antarctic campaign takes off; ship to deliver 250 tons of fuel and 40 tons of supplies

ROU 26 'Vanguardia' is transporting gasoil and supplies to the 'General Artigas” scientific base

Uruguayan navy rescue vessel ROU 26 “Vanguardia” left this week from Montevideo for Antarctica loaded with fuel and provisions for the country's scientific base “General Artigas” at King George Island.

Monday, January 4th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

Lifestyles have a greater impact on cancer suggest latest findings; likewise they might be more preventable

It was previously thought that fewer than half of cancer could be prevented by lifestyle changes, but the new research indicates that it could be much higher.

Earlier this year, researchers sparked a debate by suggesting that random cell mutations, rather than lifestyle choices, played a significant role in the development of tumors, a finding dubbed the “bad luck hypothesis.” A new study has nevertheless led scientists to believe that external influences have a far greater impact, implying that many cancers may be more preventable than previously thought.

Friday, December 4th 2015 - 04:44 UTC

UK embassy sponsors three workshops in Uruguay on science and innovation

 The main objective of the Science and Innovation Fund is to create and strengthen links between researchers and institutions in Uruguay and UK

The British Embassy, the British Council and Uruguayan National Research and Innovation Agency (ANII) have announced the three workshops selected under the recent Researcher Links call for proposals, part of the Embassy’s cooperation funding for science and innovation in Uruguay.

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