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Green spaces 'reduce health gap'

Researchers say: "environments that promote good health might be erucial in the fight to reduce health inequalities".

According to the BBC News on November 7, 2008, researchers found that living near parks, woodland or other open spaces helps reduce health inequalities, regardless of social class.

They added that contact with green spaces also helped reduce blood pressure and stress levels as they encourage people to be more active; parks are important for health and everyone should have access to high quality, beautiful and vibrant green spaces.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7714950.stm

The European Parliament called for a ban on animal cloning for food supply

The resolution adopted on September 3rd, 2008 calls for the European Commission to prohibit animal cloning for food supply, the farming of cloned animals or their offspring and the sale of meat or dairy products derived from cloned animals or their offspring. It also calls for an embargo on the import of cloned animals, their produced and offspring. A study conducted by the European Food Safety Authority concluded that the ehalth and welfare of a significant proportion of cloned animals was adversely affected, often severely and fatally.

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New technologies also concluded that cloning animals for food supply was not ethically justified.

To learn more, please visist http://www.sott.net/articles/show/166099-European-Parliament-urges-commission

Scientists in Washington Univesity have revealed cancer genetic blueprint

According to the BBC News on November 6, 2008 a Washing ton University team, using a gene sequencing technique, was able to pull out the mutations that contributed to a patient's cancer (Acute Myeloid Leukemia). The sequencing technique could be applied to other cancers and aid the design of targeted drugs.

Geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, a former director of the United States National Human Genome Research Institute, called the study a "true landmark in cancer research. Lead researcher Dr. Richard Wilson said: "We are only looking at the tip of the iceberg in terms of identifying the combinations of genetic mutations that can lead to AML.

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http://news.bbc.co.um/2/hi/health/7706487.stm

Action call over maternal deaths

According to the BBC health news on October 24, 2008:

"Urgent global action is needed to reduce maternal deaths during pregnancy and childbirth"

Dr. Franciso Songanem, of the World Health Organization said that 99% of maternal deaths occur in the poorest communities of the world, which most could be prevented as solutions exist, but are not available to those who need them most. He added that the solution lay in more investment and directing funds to local projects that could make a difference.

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Hong Kong widens China food tests

The food safety agency in Hong Kong is sepping up its tests of mainland Chineses food products:

According to the BBC news on the 27th of October 2008, Hong Kong scientists found excessive levels of melamine (nearly twice the legal limit) in one brankd of mainland eggs. Mr. Chow, of the foodsafety agency suggested that the contamination may have come from animal feeds. The agency will begin testing Chinese pork and farmed fish. Also testing of animal feed, chicken meat and eggs will also be introduced.

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US Controls bird flu vaccines over bioweapon fears

United States export regulations bar exports of vaccines for avian bird flu and dozens of other viruses to five countries designated "state sponsors of terrorism". The regulations have raised concern within the mdical and scientific communities because of recent concerns about bird flu which has killed more than 240 people across the world since 2003, nearly half of them in Indonesia. Bioethicists say limiting vaccines could raise moral questions of whether some countries should be denied because of decisions based on foreign policy.
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Private clinics in United Arabic Emirates are banned rom offering IVF to couples:

An official for the Dubai Health Authority explains that from the ethical point of view, there are special precautions which could not be easily controlled by private clinics, as the emirates are multinational.

Private clinics are limited to treating women who find it difficult to conceive with fertility drugs and surgery. Click to read more ..... or visit:

According to the BBC health news on October 24, 2008:
"Urgent global action is needed to reduce maternal deaths during pregnancy and childbirth"

Dr. Franciso Songanem of the World Health Organization said that 99% of maternal deaths occur in the poorest communities of the world, which most could be prevented as solutions exist, but are not available to those who need them most.

He added that the solution lay in more investment and directing funds to local projects that could make a difference. To read more, click here...

UN General assembly ban on all human cloning to be reconsidered by UN Ethics Panel

The International bioethics Committee (IBC) of the United Nations Eductional, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will debate the permissibility of therapeutic cloning at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on October 28, 2008. An IBC working group calls for human reproductive cloning to be banned at the international level by a legally binding convention, while guidelines for regulating human embryo and stem cell research in countries where it is legal should be developed at the international level.

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Chinese Imports Banned Amid Tainted Milk Scandals

China tainted milk scandal fans fear of imports; 12 countries as far as Colombia ban dairy
- By Jeremiah Marquez,
The Associated Press, Hong Kong.

According to the ABC News, more than a dozen countries have banned or recalled Chinese dairy products, after the tainted milk scandal. Among those countries are Bangladesh, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia and Kenya.

As a measure of precaution, France haulted imports of Chinese biscuits.

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http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=5874924

. Vigilance needed to ensure safe Infant Food - WHO and FAO alert countries to possible spread of melamine-contaminated dairy products

GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY

In the fight to save children's lives, today October 15, 2008 marks the first Global Handwashing Day

Dear parents and colleagues,
Do you know that diarrheal diseases and pneumonia are responsible for approximately 3.5 million child deaths every year, and that diarrheal diseases alone kill more than 5,000 children under the age of five everyday? A recent study done by the scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have showed that more than one in four commuters has bacteria from faces on their hands. This suggested that people were not washing their hands properly after using the toilet. Do you know that washing hands with soap, families and communities can help reduce child morbidity rates from diarrheal diseases by almost 50%? Handwashing with soap is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_45956.html?q=printme.
October 15, 2008
http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/
news.bbc.co.uk/2hi/health/766749..

Published 2008/10/14 23:56:45 GMT

The Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health to be held at Bamako, Mali from 17 to 19 November 2008. It is co-organized by the following partners:

COHRED - Council of Health Research for Development
Global Forum for Health Research
The Republic of Mali
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The World Bank
The World Health Organization.

For more information, please visit http://www.globalforumhealth.org

Hospital cleaning chemical fears

Hospitals have been warned not to over-dilute cleaning chemicals amid fears that this could boost antibiotic resistance in bacteria. ... click for more

 

 
   

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