17 Jan 2012

La Nina ‘linked’ to flu pandemics

“La Nina events may make flu pandemics more likely, research suggests. US-based scientists found that the last four pandemics all occurred after La Nina events, which bring cool waters to the surface of the eastern Pacific.” (Source: BBC News – La Nina ‘linked’ to flu pandemics.)

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14 Jan 2012

UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas

“Compelling new scientific evidence suggests United Nations peacekeepers have carried a virulent strain of cholera — a super bug — into the Western Hemisphere for the first time. “ (Scientists: UN Soldiers Brought Deadly Superbug to Americas – Yahoo! News)

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13 Jan 2012

Australia ranks highest for nuclear materials’ safety, North Korea takes last place

“Australia takes first place in nuclear materials’ safety, while North Korea lags in last, a new study by the Nuclear Threat Initiative has found.  The study, released on Wednesday, tracks the 32 nations that have materials for nuclear weapons and rates the precautions each country has in place from best

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12 Jan 2012

12 Infected With New Swine Flu Strain

“The days of medical masks at airports and widespread panic may be coming back—that’s because at least 12 humans are believed to have been infected with a new strain of swine flu that’s not covered by this season’s vaccine. The new swine flu strain, H3N2v, has shown at least some

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01 Jan 2012

L.A. arson wave grows to about 40 fires; most since 1992 riots

“With about 40 arson fires across Los Angeles in the last three days, the wave of intentional blazes that started in Hollywood on Friday is the worst since the 1992 riots, officials said. Authorities said they remained unsure whether the fires were the work of one arsonist or several people,

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01 Jan 2012

Chinese man dies of bird flu

“A 39-year-old man in southern China died Saturday from what appears to be a contagious strain of avian flu, state media reported Saturday. The man — identified by Xinhua as a bus driver with the surname Chen — was hospitalized in Shenzhen on December 21 as he battled a fever.

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19 Dec 2011

Alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu

“A deadly strain of bird flu with the potential to infect and kill millions of people has been created in a laboratory by European scientists – who now want to publish full details of how they did it. The discovery has prompted fears within the US Government that the knowledge

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06 Dec 2011

Cesium in Baby Milk Powder Shows Nuclear Risk for Japan’s Food

“Radioactive cesium was found in milk powder made by a Meiji Holdings Co. unit, causing the shares to fall the most in eight months and raising concern that nuclear radiation is contaminating baby food.” Source: Cesium in Baby Milk Powder Shows Nuclear Risk for Japan’s Food – Businessweek

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18 Nov 2011

Antibiotic-resistant infections spread through Europe

“Reports are increasing across Europe of patients with infections that are nearly impossible to treat. The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) said yesterday that in some countries up to 50 per cent of cases of blood poisoning caused by one bug – K. pneumoniae, a common cause

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04 Nov 2011

15 People Quarantined After Package Explodes in W.Va.

“Authorities have evacuated a West Virginia post office after a package exploded and sprayed an unidentified white powder.” Source: 15 People Quarantined After Package Explodes in W.Va. | Firehouse.com

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