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EU ministers link GM crops approval to future elections

Source : RT / 14 Feb 2014

Leading EU agricultural nations remain steadfast in their battle against GM crops. Dozen national European ministers warn against approving GM maize and forebode protest voting during the next EU parliamentary elections in May.


Belgium grants euthanasia right to terminally ill kids

Source : RT / 14 Feb 2014

Belgium has become the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children after the lower house of parliament passed the law by a large majority Thursday.

86 lawmakers in the Chamber of Representatives voted in favor with 44 against and 12 abstentions. The governing socialists, the liberals and most of the opposition parties supported it, while the Christian Democrats voted against.


First case of polio discovered in Kabul since 2001

Source : Reuters / 13 Feb 2014

A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with the first case of polio since 2001 in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday.

The child, called Sakhina, was a member of the Kuchi nomadic tribe that moves freely across most provinces in Afghanistan and her family was living in the Kasaba district in eastern Kabul.


Study links steroid-dependent asthma to depression

Source : Reuters / 11 Feb 2014 

People with severe asthma who rely on prednisone are more than three times more likely to be depressed than those with severe cases who don't use prednisone and those with mild to moderate asthma, according to a new study from The Netherlands.

Prednisone-dependent asthma patients "deserve" screening for depression and anxiety, the authors say, both to alleviate their suffering and possibly improve their physical health through mental health treatment.


50,000 children in Mali face death from malnutrition

Source : World Bulletin / 10 Feb 2014 

The United Nations has warned that thousands of children in Mali could potentially die if they do not receive the appropriate treatment in time.

"The malnutrition problem throughout the country has continued and we want it to be addressed in 2014," UN resident coordinator in Mali, David Gressly, said in a press conference in Geneva on Thursday.


Measles deaths fall to record low, but rebound in Syria

Source : AFP / 07 Feb 2014

The number of people dying from measles has fallen to a record low, driven down by mass vaccination campaigns, but outbreaks in crisis zones such as Syria remain a threat, the U.N. said Thursday.

"We have reached a record low in measles cases, with a 77 percent decline from 2000 to 2012, which has led to a record drop in the number of estimated deaths, by 78 percent," said Robert Perry of the World Health Organization's immunization department.


Jordan hookah ban

Source : AFP / 06 Feb 2014

There’s no smoke without ire: A ban on water pipes in restaurants and cafes has caused uproar in Jordan where $1 billion worth of tobacco goes up in smoke every year.

Under a decision based on a 2008 law that was not previously enforced, the government has announced that by the end of 2014 the licences of more than 5,000 establishments that serve hookahs will be revoked.


UN report urges govt food regulation to tackle global obesity epidemic

Source : RT / 4 Feb 2014

A study by the UN health body finds that deregulated food markets result in more people eating fast food and an increase in the obesity epidemic. Governments could slow and even reverse the epidemic by tighter control of the fast food market.


Study finds feeling short makes people prone to paranoia

Source : Reuters / 3 Feb 2014

People who experience social situations from a lower height - in other words short people - are more prone to feelings of paranoia, inferiority and excessive mistrust, according to research published on Wednesday.

In a study in the journal Psychiatry Research, scientists showed that making a person's virtual height lower than it actually is can make them feel worse about themselves and more fearful that others are trying to harm them.


Better data, analysis are key to protecting children -UNICEF

By Maria Caspani / / 1 Feb 2014

Over the last two decades, improvements in health, water and sanitation services and immunisation campaigns have saved the lives of 90 million children, UNICEF said in its flagship report.


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