Health & Science

Health & Science
Thursday, January 9th 2014 - 06:23 UTC

Increase in TB cases in Buenos Aires linked to sweat shops working conditions

 Most of the labor in sweat shops comes from Bolivia and Peru

Tuberculosis cases in Buenos Aires City have increased 25% between 1985 and 2011 according to a paper presented by a Federal Attorney who links the surge to dreadful working conditions in many of the sweat-shops in the Argentine capital that employ cheap foreign labor.

Monday, January 6th 2014 - 19:07 UTC

RAF Tornado fighter jets fly with parts made using 3D printing technology

One of the spares made with 3D

Royal Air Force Tornado fighter jets have flown with parts made using 3D printing technology for the first time, defense company BAE Systems has said. The metal components were used in test flights from the firm's airfield at Warton, Lancashire, late last month.

Tuesday, December 17th 2013 - 17:51 UTC

West Antarctic ice sheet loss, one of the multi-year projects to be started this year by BAS

British Antarctic Territory Commissioner Peter Hayes has sent his well wishes to UK base commanders

With the Antarctic Summer well underway, British Antarctic Territory Commissioner Peter Hayes has sent his well wishes to British Antarctic Survey staff (BAS) working on the continent over the coming months. In a recent letter to UK Base commanders Dr Hayes commented:

Saturday, December 14th 2013 - 06:58 UTC

Pot fumes: Mujica calls UN official, 'liar', after he accused Uruguay of 'pirate attitudes'

The Uruguayan president challenged Yans to stop 'saying lies' and meet him in Uruguay

President Jose Mujica reacted furiously to the accusation of Uruguay as a 'pirate state' from the UN official in charge of drugs' control, who was protesting the legalization of marihuana and because allegedly he was never received by the Uruguayan leader. Mujica bluntly replied, leaving aside all nice talk, “tell that old man to stop lying and stop showing off to the stands”.

Saturday, December 14th 2013 - 06:40 UTC

A Nobel peace prize for Uruguay for legalizing cannabis

Mujica's courage should not be underrated

Uruguay's recent passing of a bill legalizing cannabis from production to distribution has generated headlines and controversy worldwide. The basics of the law is that current methods to combat drugs addiction and trade have failed completely and new options should be experimented.
The Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins writes on the controversy.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 18:06 UTC

UK dengue fever health warning for Britons traveling to the Caribbean

The total number of dengue cases in England in 2012 was 343, as compared with 223 in 2011

The United Kingdom has issued a new health advisory for Britons travelling to the Caribbean following a surge in the incidence of dengue fever in England. The steep rise in British cases of the mosquito-borne disease has forced the health agency Public Health England (PHE) to warn travelers to be on the alert for signs of the illness after visiting the Caribbean.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 09:15 UTC

US to faze out use of antibiotics in animals for meat as resistant diseases keep rising

In the US many cattle, hog and poultry producers give antibiotics regularly to ensure they are healthy grow faster

Citing a potential threat to public health, the United States Food and Drug Administration is taking steps toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat. In the US many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics regularly to ensure that they are healthy and to make the animals grow faster.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 22:53 UTC

First obstacle for Uruguay's marijuana bill: it violates international convention on drug control

Cannabis is controlled under the 1961 Convention, “which requires States Parties to limit its use to medical and scientific purposes”

Uruguay's decision to legalize marijuana is in violation of an international convention on drug control, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board, INCB, which monitors government compliance with such treaties said on Wednesday.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 04:31 UTC

Uruguay becomes first country to oversee production and sale of marijuana

A majority of the Uruguayan population is against the 'experiment'

Uruguay's Senate has approved ground-breaking legislation legalizing marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug. After a marathon debate, the 16 senators from the ruling coalition out of 29 lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of the legislation championed by President Jose Mujica, who must now sign it into law.

Friday, December 6th 2013 - 23:20 UTC

Falklands working on a policy to protect the Islands from norovirus

The norovirus appears every now and then among cruise passengers

The Falkland Islands is aiming to develop a policy to protect the territory from the spread of norovirus, an infection which is not uncommon in big urban centres but which several cruise vessels have also experienced.

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