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Montevideo, July 17th 2024 - 18:41 UTC

Health & Science

  • Friday, May 3rd 2024 - 20:48 UTC

    Uruguay launches app to involve people in fight against dengue-spreading mosquito

    “Uruguay has a culture of using networks and managing information through smartphones” that can be useful in this case, Rando stressed

    Uruguay's Health Ministry Friday launched the application “Mosquito Alert” and urged the population to use it so that authorities can better fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is behind the spread of dengue, zika, and chikungunya, it was reported in Montevideo.

  • Thursday, May 2nd 2024 - 10:24 UTC

    Dengue fever causes over 2,000 deaths so far this year in Brazil

    Federal health authorities will be deploying a biotechnological tactic to disarm the Aedes Aegypti mosquito

    Dengue fever has killed over 2,000 people in Brazil while almost 4.2 million cases of the malady have been confirmed this year in South America's largest country. The incidence rate of the disease is 2,056.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

  • Wednesday, May 1st 2024 - 14:30 UTC

    Panama Canal Authority to explore desalinization plant's potential

    The Panama Canal uses freshwater from two local lakes to fill the locks through which vessels cross from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and vice versa

    The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announced Tuesday that a pilot plan to test the viability of implementing a desalination process was to be carried out in a move to keep the century-old structure fully operational while maintaining the quality of water for human consumption.

  • Tuesday, April 30th 2024 - 04:06 UTC

    Falklands launches a scientific mental health awareness survey

    The survey includes completing a short questionnaire, which should only take about 10 minutes.

    The Falkland Islands King Edward Memorial Hospital, KEMH, Public Health Unit is asking the public's views on mental health to better understand awareness, perceptions and attitudes related to mental health among the Islands residents.

  • Monday, April 29th 2024 - 16:07 UTC

    Former President José Mujica reveals that he suffers from cancer

    “You have to die. We belong to the world of living things, and in the world of living things we are born destined to die. That is why life is a formidable adventure,” he mused

    Former Uruguayan President José “Pepe” Mujica revealed on Monday that he had been diagnosed with a tumor in his esophagus following a routine medical examination on Friday. At a press conference surrounded by leaders, activists and supporters of his Frente Amplio party, the world-renowned political figure vowed to continue his activism despite the health challenge.

  • Saturday, April 27th 2024 - 10:59 UTC

    Cases of dengue in mainland Chile are all imported

    Autochthonous cases were only recorded in Easter Island

    Chilean health authorities said that dengue fever was on the rise nationwide last week, now totaling 228 confirmed cases, none of them autochthonous (patients with no recent travel history) in Chile's mainland. Nevertheless, local experts underlined that the Aedes Aegyppti mosquito was present in the country as a result of weather abnormalities stemming from climate change.

  • Saturday, April 27th 2024 - 09:54 UTC

    Brazil opens insulin-producing plant

    Lula recalled that his 7-year-old great-granddaughter had diabetes and would need the medication

    Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Friday participated in the city of Nova Lima, state of Minas Gerais, in the opening of the Biomm recombinant human insulin-producing plant. The Government will purchase the entire output to make it available free of charge nationwide for diabetes patients. The facility is said to have cost around R$ 800 million (US$ 156 million) through loans from public banks. The South American country currently imports 95% of the insulin it uses. Some 15.7 million adults are said to have the malady nationwide.

  • Friday, April 26th 2024 - 10:01 UTC

    World Penguin Day: 9 out of 18 species breed in UK Overseas Territories, RSPB report

    Falkland Islands are nesting sites for five of the 18 species of penguin - King, Gentoo, Southern Rockhopper, Magellanic and Macaroni

    April 25 is World Penguin Day, from the impressive 1.2m tall Emperor Penguins of the British Antarctic Territory to the smaller, agile Southern Rockhopper Penguins of the Falkland Islands – nine out of 18 penguin species breed in the UK Overseas and British Antarctic Territories. Follows a report from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, RSPB.

  • Thursday, April 25th 2024 - 06:32 UTC

    Falklands' KEM Hospital modernization includes improvement of Pathology Laboratories

    The works at KEMH will also specifically address the urgent need for replacing the existing Autoclaves that currently are at the end of their service life.

    Following the approval by the Falkland Islands Executive Council (ExCo) on Tuesday 23 April 2024, the Directorate of Health and Social Service (DHSS) and the Public Works Department (PWD), are delighted to announce that the Phase 1 of the redevelopment of the Pathology Laboratories at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) will begin this initiative.

  • Wednesday, April 24th 2024 - 20:24 UTC

    PAHO and Argentine authorities join forces to tackle dengue crisis

    The Aedes Aegypti mosquito has grown immune to some insecticides due to the overuse of these chemicals

    Argentine health authorities and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have joined forces to devise a strategy to tackle the outbreak of dengue fever after at least 315,000 cases have been confirmed so far this year, it was reported in Buenos Aires.