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Martes 22 / marzo / 2016

Bolivia Presents New Anti-inflammatory Drug to the World

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 22nd, 2016 — 0:22

La Paz, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) The University of San Andrés ( UMSA) will, today, officially present to the world an anti-inflammatory ointment called Chillkaflam.

The phytotherapeutic drug, created from the plant Baccharis latifolia, commonly known as Chilca, was developed together with the university’s laboratories and a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

The anti-inflammatory cream has undergone the scientific and clinical tests needed to ensure its quality, safety, efficiency and sustainable development.

The drug is the result of the joint work of research institutes at the Faculty of Pure and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Biochemistry of the UMSA.

The Agency of International Cooperation for Development of Spain, the Swedish International Agency of International Cooperation for Development and the Organization of American States also participated in the program.

The multidisciplinary team already has presented the results of the research in a book entitled ‘From the Plant to the Drug’.

This book includes a description of the plant, the traditional uses, the botanical characteristics of Chilca, its biotechnological applications, chemical studies, soil studies, of genotoxicity, pre-clinical toxicity, and the importance of natural products for the Bolivian industry.

The creation of Chillkaflam was a work of almost a decade. In the first five years, biologists, chemists and pharmacists were able to extract the active components of Chilca.

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Martes 22 / marzo / 2016

Deforestation Worsens Drought in Panama

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 22nd, 2016 — 0:13

Panama, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Panamanians will remember for years the intense drought that is currently affecting the country, with an impact on human consumption and food security, which is accentuated in some areas due to deforestation, Agriculture Minister Jorge Arango said.

The irresponsible practice of burning stockyards causes soil degradation and salinization, which accelerates evaporation and avoids water use in agricultural production; it also becomes more difficult to get underground supply sources for the population, he added.

In this sense, National Institute of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation executive advisor Rodrigo Barragán called on the community to make a better use of water and supported Arango’s opinion about the need to avoid burnings, waste mismanagement and misuse of water to improve with the situation.

El Niño weather phenomena, the main cause of the current drought in Panama, could lessen its intensity before the regular wet season in Panama between April and May, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) said.

After the prolonged drought since May last year, the usual heavy rains of Panama’s spring should be back, restoring the local weather, Juan Maté, STRI operations manager told La Estrella Journal.

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Martes 22 / marzo / 2016

Influenza Kills 277 People in Mexico

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 22nd, 2016 — 0:12

Mexico, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Influenza affected 7,236 people and killed 277 patients during the winter season in Mexico, according to a report published by the Secretariat of Health on Saturday.

For the second week in a row, the AH1N1 stem infected 3,115 patients, accounting for 43 percent of the total number of cases, the secretariat added.

Mexico City reported most cases, followed by the states of Mexico and Jalisco.

Adults over 65 years of age, babies aged 1-4, and young people between 30 and 34 years old are the most vulnerable groups.

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Martes 22 / marzo / 2016

Cuba Reports Fifth Imported Zika Case

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 22nd, 2016 — 0:12

Havana, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuban health authorities on Saturday confirmed the fifth imported Zika case in the country.

The patient is a 27-year-old woman who arrived in Cuba on March 9 from Brazil, where she traveled for personal reasons.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), in the night of March 11, the patient had a fever. She was attended to at the Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK) on the 13th.

In that institution, she was treated by the doctor on duty, who decided to admit her after detecting a rash in her neck, which spread to the thorax and arms. She was also tired and suffered from lumbar pain, so she was tested for the Zika virus.

At the same time, adds the press release, all epidemiological actions and vector control measures were taken.

On March 17, the IPK reported that the test for Zika was positive.

At present, the patient is still in the hospital and her general state is good.

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Martes 22 / marzo / 2016

WHO Confirmed Two New Cases of Ebola in Guinea

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 22nd, 2016 — 0:11

United Nations, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today two new cases of Ebola in a rural town in southern Guinea, so it demanded the authorities to remain vigilant against possible additional infections.

In a press release the UN specialized agency stated that Guinean officials informed on Wednesday about three unexplained deaths in the village of Koropara and suspected symptoms of Ebola in other members of the same family.

According to WHO, laboratory tests performed to a five-year-old boy and his mother tested positive for the virus, which has killed 11,300 people in an epidemic that broke out in late 2013 in West Africa, with devastating impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Experts of the organization and other entities work on the ground along with the local Ministry of Health, in surveillance, epidemiology, and social mobilization activities, he said.

It is expected to arrive in the coming days more specialists, with the main objective to investigate the source of new infections.

The two cases were confirmed in Guinea the same day the WHO declared the end of Ebola outbreak in neighboring Sierra Leone.

According to the UN agency, once again it is demonstrated the importance for the three West African countries hit by the virus to remain vigilant against possible flare-ups.

They must preserve their ability to prevent, detect and confront the Ebola because the risk has not totally disappeared, he said.

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Martes 22 / marzo / 2016

Extreme Mongolia Weather Kills 350,000 Animals

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 22nd, 2016 — 0:10

Ulán Bator, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) Hundreds of thousands of animals have died in Mongolia”s extreme weather this year the crisis has gone almost unnoticed by the world.

More than 350,000 goats, sheep and cows have been killed by a natural phenomenon called “dzud”, a hot summer drought followed by a severe winter.

The combination means that animals can’t graze enough during the warmer months to build up the reserves they need to survive winter temperatures that regularly plunge to -50C.

For a country where a third of the population rely on livestock to survive, many families are quickly going from affluence to poverty due to the slow-moving disaster.

Most of these people would be forced to move to tent districts on the outskirts of Mongolia’s urban areas, living without even the basics and with little or no income.

Around 25 thousand people lost their cattle in a country where a one third of the population deppends on cattle rising.

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Martes 22 / marzo / 2016

Chile’s Earthquake Last September Reaches Almost 3,000 Aftershocks

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 22nd, 2016 — 0:09

Santiago de Chile, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) At least 2,647 aftershocks have shaken central and northern Chile since the powerful 8.4 earthquake in the Coquimbo region that rocked the country last September 16th.

Data have been collected by the University of Chileâ?Ös National Seismological Center, adding that the earthquake caused a 7-meter movement in the Nazca plate.

According to scientists, the earth tremors over the last months, respond to the earthâ?Ös readjustment process in the affected areas, a process that could last for years, although the number of aftershocks are likely to decrease.

Head of the Seismological Centre Seismological Centre warned that strong earthquakes can be expected, although it is unlikely there is an earthquake in the same area, at least for now.

The earthquake left a death toll of 16 and affected tens of thousands of people.

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Domingo 20 / marzo / 2016

Scientists Discovered Mysterious Fairy Circles in Australia

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 20th, 2016 — 23:18

Canberra, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Mysterious circular patches of dry, barren land have been spotted scattered across the Australian outbreak.

Known as ‘fairy circles’, these round patterns had previously only been seen in the dry grasslands of Namibia, and were thought to be the only example anywhere in the world.

But an aerial image of the Australian outbreak has revealed that the circles appear there too, and their distribution provides further insight into how the structures form, which, despite appearances, that has more to do with water than aliens.

Fairy circles are incredibly rare, but they’ve been spotted in the grasslands of Namibia in southwest Africa for years. Ranging in diameter anywhere from 2 to 15 metres (7 to 50 feet), these dry patches of land form mysteriously in the middle of an otherwise uniform sea of grass.

It was generally assumed that this was the only place the patterns occurred, but recently a photo was sent to Stephan Getzin, an ecologist with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, of what looked a lot like fairy circles near Newman in Western Australia.

The circles were already well-known to the locals, but they can only be properly seen from the air, and no one had taken the time to study them properly until recently.

With further research,they demonstrated that the structures in Australia are the same as the mysterious patterns in Namibia, despite being located more than 10,000 kilometres away.

So what causes these circles? One of the leading hypotheses suggests that fairy circles are caused by carbon monoxide rising up from the earth. Another idea is that termites or ants could be nibbling away at plant roots in the circular pattern.

But now they came up with a third hypothesis back in 2014, proposing that fairy circles form naturally as plants organise themselves to get the most amount of water available – and this new discovery supports that idea.

The results have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Domingo 20 / marzo / 2016

Drought Affects 90 Percent of Venezuela

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 20th, 2016 — 23:15

Caracas, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) During the period 2013-2015, more than 90 percent of Venezuelan territory has presented a deficit in rainfall, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology reported in a statement today.

The National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology stated that in the northern coastal region of Venezuel, 50 percent less rainfall than average has been recorded, while in the southern part of the country close to 25 percent.

According to the report, the situation is exacerbated by El Niño. The weather phenomenon has also affected other countries in the region, such as Colombia and Peru, leading these governments to carry out action to preserve water reserves.

According to the institute, the situation is a result of imbalance in the atmosphere and oceans, due to the large amount of greenhouse gases which are causing climate change on the planet.

In Venezuela, the long drought and El Niño have generated low levels in water reservoirs and has also affected the generation of electricity. Increased forest fires and losses in agricultural, livestock and fish production in the country have also been reported.

The government is taking action to preserve vital stocks.

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Domingo 20 / marzo / 2016

Preparation Exercise for Tsumanis Held in the Caribbean

Filed under: a-noticias-ingles — Carlos Alberto — marzo 20th, 2016 — 22:50

Bridgetown, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Nearly 40 countries in the Caribbean Sea will participate today in a test exercise for tsunamis and other coastal threats, in order to measure their preparedness for such events.

The test is called Caribe Wave 16 and is being sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco); it is the second of its kind conducted since 2011.

The main objective will be to check the effectiveness of warning devices in the area and the level of coordination among those responsible for managing emergencies including: meteorological services, coastguards and rescue teams, among others.

The test will likely stage the simulation of a strong earthquake facing the coast of Venezuela and the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

The idea is to issue test messages from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The exercise will involve 70,000 people in Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Granada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico.

It will also include the citizens of Nicaragua, Panama, Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, Curacao, St. Eustatius, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Suriname and Venezuela.

Statistics indicate that there have been 75 tsunamis in the Caribbean over the past 500 years – that is 10 percent of the total recorded worldwide in the same period.

Unesco has identified earthquakes, landslides and volcanic activity among the main causes of these tsunamis, which have left at least 2,500 dead and caused significant economic losses.

The concern is that due to population increases in recent years as well as a large influx of tourists in coastal areas, the region is now even more vulnerable.

For years experts have warned of the high possibility of strong earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis hitting the Caribbean due to the existence in the area of major tectonic activity.

One of the earth’s main fault lines is located near Dominica and is this area is considered the point with the largest number of active volcanoes in the world.

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