Health & Science

Health & Science
Wednesday, October 8th 2014 - 03:40 UTC

Ebola outbreak threatens Africa with dramatic consequences, says IMF

Since it was detected in Guinea in March, spreading to neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Ebola epidemic has killed more than 3,400 people

Saharan Africa's economic growth remains strong and should accelerate to 5.8% in 2015 but if the Ebola outbreak in its western corner is protracted or spreads it will have “dramatic consequences” for that zone, the IMF said on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 2nd 2014 - 06:24 UTC

Mysterious outbreak of hemorrhagic fever syndrome in Venezuela kills ten

Aragua governor Tareck El Aissami denied disease medical reports and  accused the president of Aragua Medical Association, Dr. Sarmiento, of “creating anxiety.”

An outbreak of a mysterious hemorrhagic fever syndrome in the Venezuelan state of Aragua and the country’s capital Caracas has left ten people dead in the last three weeks. Reports indicate that nine people have so far succumbed to the disease in the northern state and a tenth person has died in the capital.

Friday, September 26th 2014 - 05:38 UTC

Cut on the salt, Monday 29 September is World Heart Day, recommends WHO

On average, people consume around 10 grams of salt per day, which is double WHO's recommended level from all sources

On World Heart Day, held 29 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014 - 16:35 UTC

FIFA proposes three minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion

At the Brazil World Cup, Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira was left unconscious after clashing with England's Raheem Sterling but was allowed to carry on playing.

FIFA says its executive committee will this week discuss a proposal to introduce a three-minute stoppage if a player suffers a suspected concussion. Michel D'Hooghe, head of FIFA’s medical committee, recommended the new rules for the treatment of head injuries following a series of incidents in recent months that have sparked criticism of FIFA.

Monday, September 22nd 2014 - 05:12 UTC

Experts fear the Ebola virus could mutate to become an airborne disease

Dr Osterholm said public health officials “don’t want to be accused of screaming ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theatre – as I’m sure some will accuse me of doing so”.

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spiral out of control, with the number of cases rising faster than the ability to contain them, some scientists are concerned that the virus could mutate to become an airborne disease, greatly increasing its potential for contagion.

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 05:14 UTC

Philip Morris determined to make its legal battle over cigarette labeling with Uruguay, a lesson for other countries

PM believes Uruguay's requirement to cover around 80% of the cigarette packaging with medical warnings and graphic images is violation of a treaty law

Whether you’re a Marlboro man or a Benson & Hedges smoker, if you pick up a pack in the South American nation you will be greeted by an image of decaying teeth, premature babies, horrific hospital scenes or some other terrifying scenario.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:43 UTC

China constructing a satellite tracking station in Argentine Patagonia

According to the Neuquen province minister Rodolfo Laffitte, the space antenna will be finished and ready to operate next February.

A space tracking station for lunar exploration being built in Argentine Patagonia by China, as part of the strategic relation and accords between the two countries, has caused concern in the Argentine congress because of the secrecy surrounding the terms of the deal.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:18 UTC

Congo reports 31 new Ebola cases in the week to 9 September

All cases have been localized in Jeera county, particularly in the villages of Watsi Kengo, Lokolia, Boende, and Boende Muke.

Thirty one cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) more have been reported between 2 and 9 September 2014, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), increasing the cumulative number of cases to 62 (14 confirmed, 26 probable, and 22 probable), according to the latest report from WHO, World Health Organization.

Tuesday, September 9th 2014 - 03:44 UTC

UK Coca Cola adopts color coded labeling with nutritional information

The color-coding shows how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and energy (calories) is in a product.

Coca-Cola Great Britain (CCGB) is adopting the UK Government’s voluntary front of pack nutrition labeling scheme, which combines nutrient amounts and percentage Reference Intakes (RIs) with color-coding to show how much fat, saturated fat, salt, sugar and energy (calories) is in a product.

Tuesday, September 2nd 2014 - 22:49 UTC

Ebola outbreak in Congo is the indigenous 'Zaire strain' and not connected to West Africa

Gabon laboratory report clearly stated, “the virus in the Boende district is definitely not derived from the virus strain currently circulating in west Africa.”

Results from virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been analyzed and they belong to the so called Zaire strain, in a lineage most closely related to a virus from the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC.

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