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Lancashire water warning lifted for 80,000 homes 28.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

‘Boil water notice’ is lifted for 80,000 homes but warning over cryptosporidium bug remains in place for another 220,000 households

A warning issued to more than 300,000 households in Lancashire to boil their drinking water has been partially lifted, the water company United Utilities has said.

Residents have been forced to avoid drinking tap water for three weeks, following the discovery of a parasitic bug outbreak.

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Knut the polar bear died of autoimmune illness usually found in humans 27.8.2015 Guardian: Science

Knut died suddenly at Berlin zoo in 2011, but the cause of the illness was a mystery until a researcher noticed similar symptoms in human patients

When a four-year-old celebrity polar bear named Knut died suddenly at Berlin zoo in 2011, vets were at a loss to explain the death.

Knut rose to fame as bear cub when he was rejected by his mother at birth, along with his twin brother who died within days.

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Docs back awareness, prevention to tackle dengue 26.8.2015 Allahabad - City - The Times of India
Dengue is slowly spreading its tentacles in the city with the number of positive cases touching 23 by Monday evening. Following the outbreak, even patients suffering from mild fever are queuing at diagnostic centres and hospitals to get their blood sample tested for the disease. Now, the doctors are advocating a mass awareness programme on preventive measures and risk factors.
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Bushfires, heatwaves and early deaths: the climate is changing before our eyes | Tim Flannery 26.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

In an exclusive extract from his new book, Atmosphere of Hope, Tim Flannery argues that recent events in Australia and around the world show how global warming is much more than a debate about scientific projections

When I wrote The Weather Makers, I laid out the state of climate science as it was understood in 2005. The book received much acclaim, but it was also criticised by climate-change sceptics as extremist and alarmist.

Since the book was published, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has completed two major summaries, in the form of its fourth and fifth assessment reports, and thousands of scientific publications have added to our understanding of how Earth’s climate system responds to carbon pollution.

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Fighting FGM, Sierra Leone – Ebola free? And World Humanitarian Day 25.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
A young girl stands up to female genital mutilation, Sierra Leone hopes to see end of Ebola, and dispatches from the humanitarian frontline Meet “Mariatu” , the 16-year-old girl who is bravely standing up to female genital mutilation in Sierra Leone. Mariatu fled her village to avoid being initiated into its all-female secret society, in which FGM is considered a rite of passage. Watch her story and hear from two soweis , the highest ranking figures in secret societies, who speak about the role of FGM in their community. Also in Sierra Leone, teams fighting Ebola say they may have seen the last cases of the disease . Guardian journalist Lisa O’Carroll reports on the release of the last patient from the country’s treatment centres, which started a 42-day countdown to Ebola-free ...
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Jains walk to protest ban on fast-to-death ritual 25.8.2015 Telegraph: Calcutta
About 5,000 Jains marched from Burrabazar to Esplanade on Monday afternoon protesting a Rajasthan High Court verdict banning Santhara, a centuries-old Jain practice of starving oneself to death to attain salvation.
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Lancashire residents still have to boil tap water two weeks after outbreak 21.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

United Utilities says it is ‘step closer’ to lifting notice for 300,000 affected homes as potential compensation bill mounts following cryptosporidium outbreak

Concern and anger are rising in Lancashire more than two weeks after 300,000 homes were warned to boil tap water following an outbreak of a parasitic bug.

Facing a compensation bill of at least £15m, the water company United Utilities has announced new measures to kill off cryptosporidium after first finding the organism in a water treatment plant on 6 August.

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Dengue cases on rise in Gurgaon, one dead 21.8.2015 Gurgaon - City - The Times of India
The number of patients suffering from dengue fever is on the rise here, with one person having already succumbed to the viral disease, Gurgaon authorities said on Friday.
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The protein problem: why eating too much chicken might not help your diet 20.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

A favourite of health-conscious eaters as well as junk food fans, chicken is taking over our diets in the US and Europe – but at what cost?

When it comes to diet, many health-conscious consumers have come to the conclusion that protein is king. Specifically: chicken. Diet trends, such as the recently debunked Paleo diet, have overstated the importance of eating a lot of meat. At the same time, consumers have been put off red meat by its associated health and environmental concerns. This has led to consumers increasingly eating more chicken instead.

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War-torn Yemen on brink of famine as coalition bombs port: UN 20.8.2015 DNA: Urban Tales
War-torn Yemen is on the brink of famine, with millions of women and children most at risk of starvation as fighting around major ports stalls imports of food and other humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations. Some 13 million people in the impoverished Arab state, half the population, are hungry, while 6 million face starvation and urgently need food aid, the World Food Programme said. Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition earlier this week hit the port of Hodeida, controlled by Iranian-allied Houthi forces, which has become the main access point for aid to the north. The war has killed more than 4,300 people, many of them civilians, and spread disease and hunger throughout Yemen. The lack of basic foodstuffs, shortage of clean water, and diminished fuel supply have created "the dawn of a perfect storm for the most vulnerable Yemeni people", according to WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. The warning signs of looming famine "are in fact developing in front of our eyes," Cousin said in a ...
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PM's interaction with eminent scientists 19.8.2015 Govt of india: PIB
PM's interaction with eminent scientists
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Typhoid breaks out in Syria's Yarmouk camp, situation desperate: UN 19.8.2015 DNA: Money
Typhoid has broken out among residents of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, the United Nations said on Wednesday, warning of further disease outbreaks because of the appalling conditions there unless aid reaches the camp. Six cases of typhoid were confirmed by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), which gained access to residents from the Yarmouk camp for the first time since June in nearby Yalda, where it carried out more than 200 medical consultations. Typhoid is contracted by drinking or eating contaminated matter and symptoms include nausea, fever, and abdominal pain. Untreated, the disease can lead to complications in the gut and head which can kill up to one in five patients. "Our concern is that these typhoid cases only represent the tip of the iceberg, because the erosion of health services and appalling public health standards create a massive, massive risk of diseases breaking out," said UNWRA spokesman Chris Gunness. "The situation is desperate, and suffering may be far ...
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How to protect yourself from Dengue 18.8.2015 DNA: Top News
With monsoon reaching its peak, various diseases are on the rise. Dengue  and malaria mark their presence every year, and this time too, the situation seems to be going out of hand. The number of cases in the capital is on a steep rise.  According to the latest report in the Times of India, 158 cases have been recorded in the last week out of which 22 have been confirmed to be positive, whereas one life has been lost. Out of the total 277 cases, 118 have been reported in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, which is worst hit and is followed by South Delhi with 82 cases and East Delhi with 19 cases. The number of malaria cases although not high has reached 21 this season. Dengue follows a cyclic trend, and the number of cases rises every 3 – 5 years. It is a vector-borne disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes caused by four different types of viruses. The number of cases increase as the season changes and becomes more apt for the breeding of mosquitoes. Accumulated water in drains and other ...
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Mothers facing C-sections look to vaginal 'seeding' to boost their babies' health 17.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Early studies show that swabbing a mother’s vagina and transferring it to her baby’s mouth, eyes and skin may stimulate microbiome development similarly to babies born naturally – and protect it from health issues later in life

Carolyn Weiss has a very peculiar birth plan.

An hour before Weiss, who is 37 and lives in Brooklyn, gives birth this January via C-section, she will insert a piece of saline-soaked gauze into her vagina. Right before the surgery, she’ll remove the gauze and place it in a sealed container. Seconds after the birth, Carolyn’s husband will take the gauze and swab it inside the baby’s mouth, around her eyes, and on her skin. The practice, called “seeding”, is beginning to attract some attention.

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Rise in Dengue cases: Congress holds AAP govt responsible 17.8.2015 DNA: Money
The Congress on Monday blamed AAP-led Delhi Government and BJP-headed civic bodies for water-logging and rising dengue cases in the National capital saying "utter lack of preparedness" of the agencies has caused woes to citizens. "Dengue could have been tackled easily had the AAP Government spent even one tenth of the amount earmarked for its publicity for taking preventive steps against the disease. AAP-BJP ego clash has caused administrative paralysis and untold suffering of people," Congress' Delhi unit chief spokesperson Sharmistha Mukherjee told reporters. Taking jibe at the AAP Government, Congress said the ruling party has "no guilt" in earmarking Rs 526 crore for self-publicity at a time when it has no plan to tackle perennial monsoon problems. This, she said, has resulted in 158 dengue cases. Comparing AAP Government with the previous led by Congress, Mukherjee said the Sheila Dixit dispensation had taken effective steps to bring down number of dengue cases after epidemic situation was witnessed ...
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English rendering of PM’s address to the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 69th Independence Day 15.8.2015 Govt of india: PIB
English rendering of PM’s address to the Nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 69th Independence Day
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Sub-standard food posing threat to life 13.8.2015 The Assam Tribune
Sub-standard food posing threat to life
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Animal faeces or carcass likely cause of water contamination scare 12.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

More than 300,000 households in Lancashire still facing water restrictions as water watchdog investigates cause of cryptosporidium bug

The water contamination incident affecting more than 300,000 households in Lancashire could lead to criminal prosecutions according to a government watchdog, as experts said animal faeces or a dead carcass was most likely to blame.

Investigations are continuing into how traces of the Cryptosporidium bug found its way into a water treatment plant near Garstang, run by United Utilities.

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2016 Olympics: 13 US rowers fall ill after competing at polluted venue 11.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
  • Venues have recorded high levels of bacteria from sewage
  • Team doctor suspects water is to blame for vomiting

Thirteen rowers on the 40-member US team came down with stomach illness at the world junior rowing championships in Rio de Janeiro – a trial run for next summer’s Olympics – and the team doctor said she suspected it was due to pollution in the lake where the competition took place.

The event took place amid rising concerns about the water quality at venues for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, now less than a year away.

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Lancashire residents told to keep boiling tap water 10.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

United Utilities advises homes around Preston, Chorley and Blackpool to carry on with precautions after small levels of cryptosporidium bug found in supply

Hundreds of thousands of people in Lancashire have been warned to continue boiling tap water.

United Utilities first issued the advice last Thursday, after tests at one of its water treatment plants discovered traces of the microscopic bug cryptosporidium, which can cause sickness and diarrhoea.

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