Health

Mystery killer disease may be spread by vampire bats
August 8, 2008 08:41 AM - New Scientist

A mysterious illness has killed at least 38 people in a remote patch of South American rain forest in recent months. Most, if not all, of the dead are Warao, an indigenous tribe native to north-eastern Venezuela.

Malaria cannot be halted on its own
August 6, 2008 11:35 AM - , SciDevNet

Concentrating efforts on malaria alone is unlikely to sustain malaria control or achieve its eradication, say Peter J. Hotez and David H. Molyneux in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. They suggest an integrated approach, linking malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Together malaria and the seven most common NTDs cause two million deaths a year.

The Death of the Globalization Consensus
August 1, 2008 11:24 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

The world economy has seen globalization collapse once already. The gold standard era—with its free capital mobility and open trade—came to an abrupt end in 1914 and could not be resuscitated after World War I. Are we about to witness a similar global economic breakdown?

Azerbaijan: Energy Rich, Healthcare Poor.
July 31, 2008 07:56 AM - EurasiaNet

Azerbaijan may have the mega-energy revenues needed to build roads and to refashion its military, but when it comes to regional healthcare, the country’s attention appears to be focused elsewhere. Like many rural Azerbaijanis, Intigam Mammadov, a resident of Imamgulubayli village in southern Azerbaijan’s Agdam district, feels shortchanged by the situation.

Chinese Take 50% Of All Cars Off Beijing Roads To Improve Air Quality For Olympics
July 28, 2008 09:18 AM - , Triple Pundit

Scientists will study this for years to come; China has ordered 50% of all cars off the roads off Beijing to make sure air quality is okay for the upcoming Olympics. The measures might be perhaps the world's most measurable traffic pollution reduction effort ever. What's more, they've launched an airquality forecast tool online.

Odiferous Overcrowded Dairy Farms Not Just A Problem for Cows
July 17, 2008 08:30 AM -

Vegetarians and concerned carnivores alike have long protested the way livestock is raised at many large farms. But it's taking some time for Americans to view this not only as an animal-mistreatment issue but one that directly affects human health. The Union of Concerned Scientists has taken the issue up, and is driving its point home by citing a recent event in which rural Minnesotans actually fled their homes as a result of animal crowding's side-effects.

Global warming may raise kidney stone cases: study
July 15, 2008 09:11 AM - Reuters

One more unwanted consequence of global warming may be an increase in cases of kidney stones in areas with rising temperatures, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

It's a long road to a H5N1 vaccine stockpile
July 15, 2008 09:02 AM - , SciDevNet

Several measures must be put in place to ensure an adequate vaccine stockpile in the event of a H5N1 avian influenza pandemic, write Tadataka Yamada, Alice Dautry and Mark Walport in Nature. H5N1 could kill up to 80 million people, according to recent data models — with 95 per cent of deaths in the developing world.

Population boom will pressure forests: reports
July 14, 2008 09:17 AM - Reuters

Booming demand for food, fuel and wood as the world's population surges from six to nine billion will put unprecedented and unsustainable demand on the world's remaining forests, two new reports said on Monday.

Invest in water for farming, or the world will go hungry
July 11, 2008 11:32 AM - , SciDevNet

Super crops won't be enough — the planet will run short of food by 2030 unless we invest to avoid an imminent world water crisis, says Colin Chartres.

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