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Statement by Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health & Family Welfare on 22nd December, 2014 in Lok Sabha in response to the call attention motion regarding the situation arising out of spread of “Encephalitis’’ in Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country and steps taken by the Government in this regard 22.12.2014 Govt of india: PIB
Hon’ble Members will recall that my predecessor in office and esteemed colleague had on 4th August, 2014 apprised the Hon’ble Members regarding the situation arising out of spread of Encephalitis in Eastern Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country and steps being taken by the Government for the same.
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Use of Modern Agricultural Techniques 19.12.2014 Govt of india: PIB
Government has introduced and is supporting various techniques to sustain growth of agriculture under various Missions/ Schemes,
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I don’t want an A for anorexia 18.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
A grim spell in the eating disorder wing of a psychiatric hospital has only raised more questions about ignorance of the disease “You haven’t scooped all the butter out. Finish it all.” The nurse’s stare invaded from across the table, and her words continued the assault. She had finished supervising my breakfast, but was hell-bent on discovering any trace of leftovers, any hint of my illness now showing its mark in the almost empty flora pat beside my sticky fingers. They were sticky because – bowl of full-fat milk-soaked cereal, cup of tea, glass of water, glass of orange juice, two pieces of toast with butter and jam down – I had not been allowed to wipe my hands. Or my face for that matter, which was now sopping wet with tears. “You’ll just try to secrete your food in the napkin. You can clean yourself later.” Good bloody morning to you too, Nurse Ratched II. As far as life ambitions go, this wasn’t one I had ever had in mind. Achieve highly at school, get that much-toiled-for degree from Cambridge. ...
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Water Quality 18.12.2014 Govt of india: PIB
Uniform Protocol on Water Quality Monitoring (UPWQM, order 2005) notified by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change specifies periodic monitoring of surface water and ground water.
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Hu tieu, a Vietnamese dish spiced with prosperity and climate change 14.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The rice noodle soup, a specialty of the Mekong Delta, tells the tale of the changing economy and environment in the region. Is Vietnam becoming a victim of our appetites?

On a visit last month to the town of My Tho, the capital of the Tien Giang province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, I found a riverside restaurant that served the local specialty, a dish called hu tieu. It’s a delicious soup, dense with stretchy rice noodles and topped with succulent locally farmed shrimp.

These two ingredients of hu tieu have set the delta on a remarkable path to prosperity. In provinces like Tien Giang and neighboring Ben Tre, as one drives east toward the South China Sea, the landscape is stitched together with fertile rice paddies and brackish ponds teeming with shrimp. This transformation has taken place in just one generation.

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'Short-duration crop varieties can help fight agriculture stress' 14.12.2014 ET: Agriculture
Farm scientists need to direct their research towards challenges like water scarcity, soil degradation and bio-diversity loss, say experts.
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How long can Ebola virus survive? 11.12.2014 TOI: The United States
No one really knows whether the deadly Ebola virus can survive on glass surfaces or countertops and cause infection or how long it remains active in water, wastewater, or sludge, say ...
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Scientists still working to find lifespan of Ebola virus 11.12.2014 DNA: Mumbai
Scientists have been trying to figure out how long the deadly Ebola virus can survive, however they haven't been able to many answers so far. The Ebola virus travels from person to person through direct contact with infected body fluids, but how long can it live in wastewater when liquid wastes from a patient end up in the sewage system? Reviewing the latest research, Kyle Bibby at the University of Pittsburgh said that the World Health Organization has been saying you can put (human waste) in pit latrines or ordinary sanitary sewers and that the virus then dies. But the literature lacks evidence that it does. They may be right, but the evidence isn't there. The researchers explain that knowing how long the deadly pathogen survives on surfaces, in water, or in liquid droplets is critical to developing effective disinfection practices to prevent the spread of the disease. Currently, the WHO guidelines recommend to hospitals and health clinics that liquid wastes from patients be flushed down the toilet or ...
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Tsunami, 10 years on: the sea nomads who survived the devastation 11.12.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Thailand’s indigenous sea gypsies predicted the waves that swept their villages away in 2004, and most of them escaped unharmed. Now they are facing a new threat to their centuries-old way of life: tourism and the encroaching modern world

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Benzene: one family's long fight to prove link to leukemia in children 8.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
As Jarrett McElheney’s story shows, powerful petrochemical industrial interests have resisted every step towards recognition of a lethal problem Inside the petrochemical industry’s $36m ‘research strategy’ on benzene It was 29 December 1998, six years after Jill McElheney and her family had moved next to a cluster of 12 petroleum storage tanks. Jill was escorting her son Jarrett, then 4, to the doctor again. He had spent the day slumped in a stroller, looking so pale and fatigued that a stranger stopped her to ask if he was all right. It was an encounter Jill couldn’t shake. For the previous three months, she had noticed her once-energetic preschooler deteriorating. He complained of pain in his knee, which grew excruciating. It migrated to his shoulder and then his leg. His shins swelled, as did his temples. At night, Jarrett awoke drenched in sweat, screaming from spasms. Jill took him to a pediatrician and an infectious-disease specialist. A rheumatologist diagnosed him with anemia. It’s in the ...
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Bubonic plague? That's old news 3.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Fieldpost: Bubonic plague has killed 40 people in Madagascar, but ignorance is the deadliest threat, says Christophe Vogt

There are two forms of plague: the first is the common bubonic form which is transmitted from fleas to humans. In some cases, however, the human can also become a transmitter, and then the disease becomes the pneumatic plague, which can kill within 24 hours.

Roughly one case in 50 turns into pneumatic plague. The affected person then becomes a serious health risk in his environment and this is when in a densely-populated city, such as the poor districts or prisons of Madagascar, a plague may mean disaster.

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From Dallas to London to Sydney, the 35 new resilient cities – in pictures 3.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The 100 Resilient Cities programme has revealed a new set of cities it will help prepare for, and bounce back from, the shocks and stresses of modern urban existence

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Brain imaging helps detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease 1.12.2014 Sify News
A new study has observed the changes in brain connections visible on MRI that represents an imaging biomarker of Alzheimer's disease.
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8 goals India must achieve to fulfil its commitment to the UN 1.12.2014 Rediff: Columns
Time is running out: Will India manage to attain goals set by the UN.
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Red Bull-drinking jihadists, crucifixions and air strikes: inside Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital 30.11.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest
Activists tell of the Isis elite living in relative luxury as civilians face poverty, hunger, inflation and power shortages
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The 20 photographs of the week 29.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The reaction to the Michael Brown verdict, the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, the ongoing crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border - the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

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New anti-malaria compound causes mosquito parasite's gut to explode 26.11.2014 Sify News
The scientists have recently found a new anti-malaria compound that causes mosquito parasite's gut to swell up and explode.
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New anti-malaria compound causes mosquito parasite's gut to explode 26.11.2014 DNA: Popular News
The scientists have recently found a new anti-malaria compound that causes mosquito parasite's gut to swell up and explode. The international team led by Drexel University's Akhil Vaidya stated that they have discovered a new class of drug compounds that inhibits the malaria parasites' ability to maintain adequate levels of sodium within their cells, leading to excessive water intake, CBS News reported. Malaria is the world's deadliest parasitic disease. It is caused by Plasmodium parasites that spread to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes, causing symptoms including chills, fever, vomiting, seizures and sweating. Every year, there are 300 million cases of malaria and 600,000 people die annually. It long has been a scourge among developing countries Africa, Asia and Latin America but in recent years it is turning up in places like the United States, thanks in part to climate change. One of the biggest challenges for treating malaria is drug-resistance. Vaidya also acknowledged that it will ...
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How safe are contact lenses? 23.11.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Nearly a million visits to the doctor are related to eye infections caused by contact lenses, says a US study. Is everyone who uses lenses at risk? The biggest problem with contact lenses is not the devices themselves, but the people who wear them. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US found that nearly a million visits to the doctor each year relate to eye infections from lenses . The most serious eye infection is keratitis, caused by bacteria and other organisms that affect the cornea – the transparent dome-shaped structure at the front of the eye. Studies suggest that infections occur because people ignore their opticians’ advice. Considering that eyes are so precious, it is surprising that 45% of people don’t wash their hands before putting in or taking out their lenses . Other studies show that monthly contact lenses are used for one and a half times longer than recommended. Two-weekly disposable lenses are used for more than two and half times as long as they should ...
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Buchan trap, blind siphon or Bristol interceptor – whatever you call it, it’s playing havoc with my drains | Ian Jack 22.11.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
A Victorian house is a fragile and aging thing, filled with potential hazards and parts as unnecessary as tonsils or the appendix Of all the divisions in the world, one of the most telltale (almost as dependable as a litmus test) must be that between those who know what a Buchan trap is and those who don’t . The knowledgable will almost certainly live in a particular age of house, built most probably between the 1870s and the 1930s, where they’ve been exposed to a particular kind of distress, one consequence of which is that the householder develops a lasting disbelief in the reality of the sewer scenes in The Third Man and Les Misérables. Too clean! But that’s the least of it. A Victorian house is such a fragile thing. This has been a bad year for ours. The gutter sprang a leak, a bedroom ceiling collapsed, crushing the bed beneath with surprisingly heavy chunks of Victorian plaster, and in August the drains backed up and flooded the cellar with stinking grey slime. We weren’t there when it happened, ...
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