Health & Science

Health & Science
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.

Monday, May 5th 2014 - 06:31 UTC

Mosquito transmitted Chikungunya has become an epidemic in the Caribbean

Caribbean PHA, Dr James Hospedales: 4,108 probable cases in 14 countries across the region

The head of the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales, has declared the Chikungunya virus has reached epidemic proportions in the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne illness was first detected in the Caribbean in December 2013, in St Martin, and last week Antigua and St Vincent and the Grenadines became the latest countries to declare an outbreak.

Monday, May 5th 2014 - 06:11 UTC

The Lancet acknowledges Argentina's child mortality rates have dropped dramatically

According to the most prestigious medical journal, there are 14.2 under five child deaths per 1,000 births in Argentina

Argentina has been improving its mortality rates over the past decades, as it was revealed on Friday by the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. Although Argentina's rates are better than other countries in the region, including Brazil, Cuba, Uruguay and Chile among others still have the better numbers.

Sunday, May 4th 2014 - 13:52 UTC

Bacteria antibiotic resistance is winning the day and a major threat to public health

 Dr Keiji Fukuda: in the post-antibiotic era, ”many common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill”

A new report by WHO–its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally–reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.

Saturday, May 3rd 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Licensed pharmacies in Uruguay will sell marihuana at a dollar a gram

Diego Cánepa giving details of the rules that will apply to the bill

Uruguayan authorities have revealed how marijuana will be produced and sold legally in the country following the approval of the bill last December. Licensed pharmacies will sell the drug for approximately one US dollar a gram with consumers allowed 40g a month.

Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 21:52 UTC

Sea coral cnidarian protein offers new barrier against HIV infection

The cnidarians proteins were found in feathery corals collected from the sea off the north coast of Australia.

National Cancer Institute researchers have discovered a new class of protein found in sea coral that appears able to prevent HIV from entering T cells. If the proteins can be adapted for use in sexual lubricants and gels, they could offer a new form of barrier against HIV infection.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 21:24 UTC

UK £200 million new polar research vessel will ensure presence in Antarctica and he South Atlantic

The design of the state of the art research vessel

The British government will fund a new £200 million polar research ship to put UK scientists at the forefront of climate and ocean research in both Antarctica and the Arctic, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on Friday in a speech.

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 02:25 UTC

Brazil sets the path for the future of a free, open and transparent internet

President Rousseff at the opening of the NETMundial conference in Sao Paulo

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said at the Wednesday opening of a gathering in Sao Paulo that no country can have “more weight than another” in governing cyberspace. Delegations from more than 85 countries are attending the NETMundial international conference which during two days will debate Internet issues and try to reach an agreement on a new oversight model.

Monday, April 21st 2014 - 06:28 UTC

Brazil attempts to combat dengue with GM mosquitoes

Last year Brazil reported 1.4 million cases of dengue

The world’s largest ever swarm of genetically modified mosquitoes has been released in a Brazilian town to combat dengue -- a leading cause of illness and fatality in several Mercosur countries, except for Uruguay.

Wednesday, April 16th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

Warnings of 'catastrophic' Chikungunya epidemic; fears it could spread during the World Cup

The virus is transmitted by the same dengue Aedes aegypti mosquito

A team of French and Brazilian researchers warn that chikungunya virus is poised to invade, and become epidemic in the Americas according to research published ahead of print in the Journal of Virology.

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