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China halts GMO production

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In a surprise U-turn, China’s Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn. Some environmentalists say public concerns about GM crops played a key role in the decision. On August 17, when these permits were up for renewal, the Ministry of Agriculture decided not to extend them. In 2009, the ministry’s Biosafety Committee... 

US Congressman stonewalled by the CDC

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As I get ready to post this article, I have a reply to a request I made to Florida Congressman Bill Posey. I asked for a statement regarding the growing charge that the CDC is covering up an autism-vaccine connection. Here is what Congressman Posey has to say on this subject: “When it comes to our children, we must make sure that any intervention is as safe as possible, including vaccinations. Scientific... 

Clashes erupt in Liberia as government instates Ebola quarantine

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Liberian security forces stand in front of protesters after clashes at West Point neighbourhood in Monrovia August 20, 2014. Four people were injured in clashes when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on demonstrators in the quarantine zone in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. It’s as the world tries to contain the fatal outbreak and to find a cure for the deadly disease. The death toll from the... 

Russian Government Approves Fines for Improper GMO Labeling

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The Russian cabinet has approved the bill introducing heavy fines for businessmen who violate the rules on obligatory marking of foodstuffs containing genetically-modified products. The bill has been drafted by the state consumer rights agency Rospotrebnadzor and concerns all food and beverage products containing genetically-modified organisms or their parts, or which are made using such organisms.... 

Morning After Pills Affects Eyesight

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More than half of teens use the morning-after pill indiscriminately. The habit can increase the risk of glaucoma and other serious eye diseases, an expert warns. How many girls aged fifteen to nineteen years of age use this pill without realizing the dangers? Studies point towards a shocking trend among this age group. Brazilian girls 15-19 years old may not know how the morning-after pill works,... 

Ebola death toll rises to 1229 in West Africa

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the number of deaths from the Ebola outbreak in four West African nations has climbed to 1,229. The UN health agency said on Tuesday that death toll jumped between August 14 and 16, the period which registered 113 new cases. Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola epidemic is moving faster than authorities can... 

Ebola epidemic to take six months to control: MSF

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Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) medical workers disinfect the body bag of an Ebola victim at the MSF facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, on August 14, 2014. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola epidemic is moving faster than authorities can handle and it could take six months to bring under control. “It is…moving faster than we can respond to,”... 

Millions of Americans suffering just like Robin Williams

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Comedian Robin Williams was found early this morning of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. He struggled with addiction and depression for most of his life and recently checked into rehab as part of his constant battle. But if the statistics are correct, he was one of 9.2 million people in the United States who suffer from what’s known as “dual diagnosis” of substance abuse and mental... 

Canada will donate up to 1000 experimental Ebola vaccines to WHO

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​Canada has offered to donate its experimental Ebola virus vaccine to West African States after the WHO said it would be ethical to use untested vaccines to try and contain the outbreak that has already claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHA) the country sees the vaccine as a global resource and is in talks with the US and the World Health... 

WHO sanctions unproven medicine against Ebola virus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the use of unproven drugs against deadly and highly contagious Ebola virus in West Africa “ethical” as long as the provision satisfied certain criteria. “The panelists said ethical criteria must always guide the provision of such intervention,” Assistant Director-General of the WHO Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny told journalists in Geneva,... 

In Ebola Outbreak, Who Should Get Experimental Drug?

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Some have said it is wrong that with hundreds of Africans dying from the outbreak of Ebola, extremely scarce supplies of an experimental drug went to two white American aid workers. But what if the first doses of the drug, which had never been used in people and had not even finished the typical animal safety testing, had been given to African patients instead? “It would have been the front-page... 

Dozens forced to circumize in Kenya

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A dozen men were seized and stripped naked before they were forced to undergo circumcisions in western Kenya as part of a ‘ceremony’, it has been reported. The 12 men, from the Luo, Turkana, Iteso and Luhyia communities, were reportedly subjected to the procedure after their wives revealed they had not had it done previously. A number of women in the town of Moi’s Bridge, in western... 

Chikungunya: New disease hits the Americas

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Chikingunya, meaning “writhing around in pain”, has hit the American continent for the first time, with 1,200 cases reported in El Salvador and 57 imported cases in the United States of America. This viral disease, carried by the mosquito, was found in the Americas for the first time last December. There is one new case every two minutes in some areas. The number of cases of Chikingunya... 

UK faces possible Ebola outbreak, Hammond warns

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The Ebola virus poses “a serious threat” to Britain, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned. The statement came as the foreign secretary was to chair an emergency COBRA meeting on Wednesday to discuss the crisis. Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, Hammond said that COBRA would assess the situation and “look at any measures that we need to take either in the UK, or in our diplomatic posts... 

Sierra Leone top Ebola doctor killed by virus

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Sheik Umar Khan, head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone. Sheik Umar Khan, the doctor who was leading Sierra Leone’s battle against the worst Ebola outbreak on record, has died from the virus. The West African country’s chief medical officer Brima Kargbo said the 39-year-old Khan passed away on Tuesday. Khan, who treated over 100 patients, died after dozens of local... 
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