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HIV research and action in light of tragedy

At least six top AIDS experts were killed in the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crash. The International AIDS Conference is taking place regardless - DW reviews the key topics being discussed. They were on their way to the 20th annual International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia: outstanding AIDS experts, scientists and assistants. The international community was shocked by the news of the Malay ...

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UK: On TTIP and the NHS, they are trying to bamboozle us

By John Hilary 14 July 2014, for Open Democracy The TTIP trade treaty talks re-open in Brussels this week. We should not be reassured by the convenient 'leak' of a private letter between key TTIP advocates claiming the treaty poses no threat to the NHS. The NHS [National Helath Service]has become a key battleground for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the controversial treaty curre ...

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This is thrilling life-extension news – for dictators and the ultra-rich

Longevity science may divide us into treated and untreated: the first living ever longer, the second dying even younger than now George Monbiot, The Guardian, Monday 7 July 2014 19.15 BST Once it was a myth. Now it's a dream. And soon it will be an expectation. Suddenly the science of life extension is producing remarkable results. New papers hint at the possibility of treatments that could radically increa ...

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UK: Cameron is wrecking our world-beating health system

By James Lazou, researcher on health for Unite the Union for Open Democracy A Commonwealth Fund survey found the UK health system topped the poll on just about every criteria - so why are the Tories wrecking it? After all the negative headlines over the last few years you would be forgiven for thinking that the NHS  [National Health Service] was a mediocre, failing, bureaucratic service destined to collapse ...

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People Have Never Consumed So Much Fish As They Do Today

People have never consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being as they do today, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 9 Jun 2014 reported*. Did you know?  Fish is one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide, worth almost US$130 billion in 2012 – a figure that will probably continue to increase. World per capita apparent fish consumption increased from an averag ...

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In Developing World, Pollution Kills More Than Disease

By Stephen Leahy UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jun 13 2014 (IPS) - Pollution, not disease, is the biggest killer in the developing world, taking the lives of more than 8.4 million people each year, a new analysis shows. That’s almost three times the deaths caused by malaria and fourteen times those caused by HIV/AIDs. However, pollution receives a fraction of the interest from the global community. “Toxic sites along w ...

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“Advergames”: new tricks to sell junk food to children

Channel 4 News, UK, reports on the new trend to circumvent legislation brought in to limit the typo of advertising that can be directed to children. “Companies including McDonald's and Coca-Cola should be stopped from designing apps and online games that advertise their products directly to children, according to a leading marketing academic. Channel 4 Dispatches has found that junk food companies are explo ...

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A Third of Our Food Depend on Bees and Other Insects — Don’t Kill Them!

By Matthias Wüthrich, Greenpeace* A third of our food, including some of our most delicious produce such as apples, tomatoes and coffee, along with most of the flowering plants on earth, depend on honeybees, wild bees and other insects for pollination. The situation, however, doesn’t look good for either bees or our food. Toxic pesticides used on crops and flowers are contaminating pollen and nectar sought ...

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WHO Discuss on Climate Change”s Impact on Health

Geneva, May 20 (Prensa Latina) Climate change and its consequences were at the center of the plenary of the World Health Organization Assembly, which continues today its meetings in the Palais des Nations, chaired by Cuba. Several ministers and other representatives noted the need to include the item on the development agenda beyond 2015. The environmental worsening and global warming are having an undeniab ...

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Centenarians Meet at International Longevity Event

Havana, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) The 12th International Seminar on Active and Satisfactory Longevity is taking place here today, with a swimming exhibition performed by elderly people, and other expressions of physical culture and Cuban traditional dances. Experts from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Chile and Venezuela are participating in this event, to run until tomorrow at Havana ...

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