21 Feb 2017

Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

“Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.” Source: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

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20 Feb 2017

Famine declared in South Sudan

“Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.” Source: Famine declared in South Sudan | Global development | The Guardian

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16 Feb 2017

Injecting live malaria parasites into people safely immunizes them from the disease

“A malaria vaccine approach that might strike some as radical has had stunning success in a small human trial. Its developers contend the unusual strategy could serve as a backbone of campaigns that attempt to eliminate the devastating disease.” Source: Injecting live malaria parasites into people safely immunizes them from

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14 Feb 2017

Disease ‘superspreaders’ accounted for nearly two-thirds of Ebola cases, study finds

“They are called superspreaders, the minority of people who are responsible for infecting many others during epidemics of infectious diseases. Perhaps the most famous superspreader was Typhoid Mary, presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, between 1900 and 1907.” Source: Disease ‘superspreaders’ accounted for nearly two-thirds of

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13 Feb 2017

Greek WW2 bomb forces huge Thessaloniki evacuation

“At least 70,000 people in the Greek city of Thessaloniki are being evacuated so that a 500lb World War Two bomb can be defused, officials say. It is thought to be one of the largest wartime bombs to be found in urban Greece in addition to being one of the

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09 Feb 2017

Aid ship to help Rohingyas arrives in Myanmar, greeted by protest

“A small group of protesters greeted a ship from Malaysia when it docked in Myanmar on Thursday carrying aid bound for the troubled state of Rakhine, where many members of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority live.” Source: Aid ship to help Rohingyas arrives in Myanmar, greeted by protest | Reuters

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09 Feb 2017

French nuclear power plant explosion

“Several people are being treated for smoke inhalation after an explosion at a nuclear power plant in France. Authorities said there was ‘no nuclear risk’ following the blast in Flamanville around 10am local time (9am GMT) on Thursday. ‘It is a significant technical issue but does not constitute a nuclear

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08 Feb 2017

CDC Issues Level 2 Travel Alert for Brazil Due to Yellow Fever Outbreak

“As if the Zika virus did not result in enough damage in Brazil this past year, residents are now being plagued with an additional mosquito-borne virus ‘of mass destruction:’ yellow fever.” Source: CDC Issues Level 2 Travel Alert for Brazil Due to Yellow Fever Outbreak

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08 Feb 2017

Need for Clearance of Landmines and Other Explosive Hazards Remains Acute

“The United Nations Mine Action Service is appealing for more than half-a-billion dollars, a 50 percent increase from last year’s appeal, to clear landmines and other explosive hazards in 22 countries and territories.” Source: Need for Clearance of Landmines and Other Explosive Hazards Remains Acute

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06 Feb 2017

Radiation In Fukushima Is Now At ‘Unimaginable’ Levels

“Radiation levels have been detected at the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant that are being described by some experts as ‘unimaginable’. According to the Japan Times Tepco, the company that ran Fukushima, detected atmospheric radiation levels of 530 sieverts an hour.” Source: Radiation In Fukushima Is Now At ‘Unimaginable’ Levels

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