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Paragonix Tech wins CE Mark for heart transport devices
Paragonix Technologies said today it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its SherpaPak and SherpaPerfusion cardiac transport systems. The SherpaPak system consists of a single-use, disposable device designed for the hypothermic static preservation and transportation of the donor hearts, while the SherpaPerfusion system is a single-use, disposable device designed for hypothermic oxygenated perfusion preservation and transport of donor hearts. “Having followed the extensive research and product development activities at Paragonix Technologies over the past few years, I am impressed by the intuitive designs o...
Source: Mass Device - February 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Cardiovascular Regulatory/Compliance Surgical Transplants Paragonix Technologies Source Type: news

Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace
VIENNA (Reuters) - More than 200,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, campaign organisers said - using one of the new right-wing government's signature policies to undermine another. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Helping in spite of risk: Ants perform risk-averse sanitary care of infectious nest mates
(Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Ants care for their sick nest mates in different ways, depending on their own immune status. When they themselves are susceptible to dangerous superinfections, they use a different method to care for sick colony members compared to ants that are not susceptible, thus protecting themselves from infection. This is the result of a study of Professor Sylvia Cremer's research group at IST Austria, with first authors Matthias Konrad and Christopher Pull published today in PNAS. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 20, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

European Geosciences Union meeting: Program online, press conferences
(European Geosciences Union) The program for the 2018 EGU General Assembly is now online. At the meeting, with over 14,000 scientists, journalists can hear about the latest research in the Earth and space sciences. The conference (8-13 April in Vienna, Austria) features debates on low-risk geoengineering and on threats for life on Earth. Press conference topics include: new results from ESA and NASA missions, what's at risk from coastal hazards, and the 2017 wildfire season. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 20, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

SwitchPoint Is about Health, Technology, Partnerships —and Love
February 13, 2018We love it for the inspiration we feel there, the connections we make, the performances that move us.  How do you mark time passing?My days tend to run together —a hamster wheel of wake up, go to work, come home, make dinner, play “Fast Dogs” (don’t ask) with my four-year-old, go to bed, repeat.What stands out are the extraordinary things. My wedding day, or the night my son was born, or climbing the Austrian Alps.It's about making time to show up and stand up.But then there are the unexpected moments, like the time in college when I skipped film class to see Tori Amos with my ...
Source: IntraHealth International - February 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Wiley, the Austrian Academic Library Consortium and the Austrian Science Fund announce combined open access and subscription agreement
(Wiley) John Wiley and Sons Inc. (NYSE:JWa) (NYSE:JWb), the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEM Ö ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) today announced a three-year combined open access publication and subscription agreement. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Alcohol consumption and physical activity in Austrian college students-a cross-sectional study - Niedermeier M, Fr ühauf A, Kopp-Wilfling P, Rumpold G, Kopp M.
BACKGROUND: The age of college students is considered as crucial for developing health-related behaviors, e.g., alcohol consumption or a physically active lifestyle. Previous research reported a positive relationship between alcohol consumption and physica... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Why Skiing Is a Ridiculously Good Workout
The bracing air on your face and the rush of snow beneath your skis: Not many activities intuitively feel as healthful and invigorating as downhill skiing. But is it actually any good for you? The answer, unequivocally, is “yes”—although how good skiing is for you depends in part on your skill level, how hard you push yourself and the types of terrain you tackle on the slopes. “Alpine skiing is a mix of endurance and resistance training,” says Dr. Josef Niebauer, a professor of sports medicine and cardiology and director of the Institute for Molecular Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine at Para...
Source: TIME: Health - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized alpine skiing cross country cross-country skiing downhill skiing Exercise/Fitness is skiing a good workout is skiing dangerous Slalom skiing snow skiing Source Type: news

Starving cancer cells of sugar -- does it work?
(Duke-NUS Medical School) Researchers from the Duke-NUS Medical School and collaborators from Austria have demonstrated for the first time a novel cell death pathway that describes how depletion of sugar causes cancer cell death. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 25, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

AngioDynamics wins Round 5 against Biolitec
The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied Biolitec‘s fifth appeal of a $70 million contempt order, saying that the company essentially copied-and-pasted arguments from a previous appeal. The ruling is part of a long-running spat with AngioDynamics (NSDQ:ANGO). In 2014, Judge Michael Ponsor of the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts slapped Biolitec with a contempt ruling after finding that it went through with an enjoined merger with an Austrian subsidiary, despite being told not to by the courts. Ponsor trebled the $23.2 million awarded to AngioDynamics by a New York court in 2012, adding escalating ...
Source: Mass Device - January 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Legal News AngioDynamics Biolitec Source Type: news

Reducing car dependence in the heart of Europe: lessons from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland - Buehler R, Pucher J, Gerike R, Gotschi T.
Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, and Zurich - the largest cities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland - have significantly reduced the car share of trips over the past 25 years in spite of high motorisation rates. The key to their success has been a coordi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Hunting dogs as possible vectors for the infectious disease tularaemia
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) The zoonosis Tularaemia is life-threatening for rodents, rabbits and hares, but which can also infect humans and dogs. While contact with contaminated blood or meat makes hunters a high-risk group, the frequency of infections among hunting dogs has not been much studied. Researchers from Vetmeduni Vienna now confirmed a relevant prevalence of infections in Austrian hunting dogs. This could intensify the debate whether the often asymptomatic animals represent an additional risk of infection for people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 19, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Avalanche accidents and fatalities in Austria since 1946/47 with special regard to tourist avalanches in the period 1981/82 to 2015/16 - H öller P.
Avalanches are one of the principal natural hazards in alpine regions, frequently resulting in property damage and fatalities. This paper indicates and analyses avalanche accidents and particularly avalanche fatalities within the last 70years in Austria. W... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

National transport policy in Austria - from its beginning till today - Emberger G.
The objective of the paper is to research the historic development of the Austrian transport policy. It explores when a transport strategy was made for the first time, from whom, and which purpose was pursuit. It shows how the objectives of the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Deadly disinfection in ant colonies
(Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Ants kill colony mates infected with deadly diseases when they are unable to prevent them from falling sick in the first place. In doing so, the ants protect their colony from the outbreak of an epidemic. This is the result of a study carried out by researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) along with collaborators at Royal Holloway, University of London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 9, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Interactions between simple molecular mechanisms give rise to complex infection dynamics
(Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Bacteria can themselves be infected -- by viruses. Not all viruses are harmful to bacteria and some can even benefit them. Can bacteria tell good and bad viruses apart? Scientists now studied how infections with potentially beneficial viruses play out in bacteria that carry a certain type of anti-viral immune mechanism called restriction-modification. They show that population-level interactions between viruses and bacteria influence how the infection proceeds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 8, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Miracor closes $30m Series D
Miracor Medical Systems said today it closed a $30.2 million (EU €25 million) round of funding as part of Series D financing round with funds slated to support further development and commercialization of its PiCSO impulse system, and announced it is moving its headquarters from Austria to Belgium. The company’s PiCSO therapy is designed to be used during stenting procedures for patients affected by acute myocardial infarcts to improve pressure in the coronary venous system to improve microcirculatory flow and improve perfusion in the infarcted area. The round was led by Shenzhen, China-based Ming Capital and co...
Source: Mass Device - January 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular Miracor Source Type: news

Researchers detect a loophole in chronic lymphocytic leukemia treatment
(Rockefeller University Press) A team of researchers in Italy and Austria has determined that a drug approved to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) may be less effective in a particular subset of patients. The study, which will be published Jan. 4 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, reveals that ibrutinib has a diminished capacity to delocalize and kill tumor cells expressing an adhesive protein called CD49d, but combining ibrutinib treatment with drugs that block CD49d activation could prevent the tumor cells from sheltering in lymphoid organs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fall-related accidents among hikers in the Austrian Alps: a 9-year retrospective study - Faulhaber M, Pocecco E, Niedermeier M, Ruedl G, Walter D, Sterr R, Ebner H, Schobersberger W, Burtscher M.
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the circumstances of fatal and non-fatal mountain hiking accidents caused by falls. METHODS: The study was designed as a retrospective analysis. Mountain hiking accidents caused by falls were documented during a 9-year period ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

What doesn't kill them doesn't make them stronger: questioning our current notions of resilience - Kassis W, Artz S, Maurovic I, Sim ões C.
This study expands on earlier analyses of the data generated by a cross-sectional study involving a random sample of 5149 middle-school students with a mean age of 14.5 years from four EU-countries (Austria, Germany, Slovenia, and Spain), in which every fo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based monitoring of a landslide: Gallenzerkogel landslide (Ybbs-Lower Austria) case study - Eker R, Aydin A, H übl J.
In the present study, UAV-based monitoring of the Gallenzerkogel landslide (Ybbs, Lower Austria) was carried out by three flight missions. High-resolution digital elevation models (DEMs), orthophotos, and density point clouds were generated from UAV-based ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Unifying the theories of neural information encoding
(Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Our eyes are flooded with visual information, but the neurons in our eyes have certain constraints. Thus, how do neurons select what to extract and send on to the brain? Until now neuroscientists have used several different theories to predict what neurons will do. Now, scientists have developed a framework that unites the previous theories as special cases, and enables them to make predictions about types of neurons not previously described by any theory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 20, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How a virus becomes chronic
(CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) is an important model system for chronic viral infections; two Nobel prizes were awarded for its exploration. However, the molecular interactions during the LCMV life cycle were hitherto poorly understood. In a new study, CeMM scientists revealed the comprehensive set of cellular proteins physically interacting with LCMV polymerase -- a key enzyme for the development of a chronic infection. The results are a valuable contribution for the development of future antiviral therapeutics. (Source: EurekAler...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 20, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

4 Winter Solstice Rituals From Around the World
Thousands of people around the globe will herald the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, with centuries-old rituals like soaking in fruit-filled baths and dressing up as a devilish folklore legend that punishes naughty children around Christmas. The solstice, which falls on Dec. 21 this year, marks the first day of winter. It starts the moment the Northern Hemisphere is pointed at its farthest distance from the sun. The winter solstice is considered a turning point in the year in many cultures. The sacred day is also called Yule to pagans celebrating the birth of the new solar year, ac...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - December 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Chan Tags: Uncategorized onetime winter solstice Source Type: news

Austria to Drop Planned Smoking Ban, Bucking Western Trend Austria to Drop Planned Smoking Ban, Bucking Western Trend
While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria's planned ban has gone up in smoke.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Austria to drop impending smoking ban, bucking Western trend
VIENNA (Reuters) - While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria's impending ban is set to be stubbed out. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Location, location, location: How your health-care coverage is linked to where you live in Canada
A hearing-impaired Calgary man is travelling to Austria to get a life-changing medical device surgically implanted that will help him hear clearly for the first time. Because the Alberta government won't pay for the surgery, his retired parents are footing the $50,000 bill. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Some patients pay thousands while others nothing at all in 'medical postal code lottery'
A hearing-impaired Calgary man is travelling to Austria to get a life-changing medical device surgically implanted that will help him hear clearly for the first time. Because the Alberta government won't pay for the surgery, his retired parents are footing the $50,000 bill. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

New project to investigate the role of novel protein in cancer metastasis
(Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Metastasis, the process in which a tumor spreads to other parts of the body, is responsible for 90 percent of deaths from tumors. In their new project, the lab of Daria Siekhaus, professor at IST Austria, will investigate the role of a novel protein in metastasis. The group previously identified a protein in the fruit fly Drosophila that could play a role in metastasis. Now they will seek to understand its role in mice and human tissue. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Iceman the movie: stone age survivor Ötzi is brought back to life
The world ’s oldest mummy has been a boon to scientists, the Tyrolean tourist trade and now to filmmakersNo corpse has ever been examined so thoroughly, attracted so many admirers, or spawned such an array of relics and souvenirs. The mummified Neolithic male known as Ötzi, whose shrivelled body was discovered with his tools and clothing in a glacier 26 years ago, is now set to experience a further wave of popularity with the release of a biopic offering a fictional account of his life.Ötzi’s remains were stumbled across by a German couple, Erika and Helmut Simon, during a summer hike in 1991 in the &...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kate Connolly Berlin Tags: Science Austria Archaeology Anthropology Evolution Dolomites holidays World news Italy Source Type: news

Virtual Reality for Bacteria
Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to a computer. The interdisciplinary team including experimental biologist Remy Chait and mathematician Jakob Ruess (now at the Institut Pasteur and Inria Saclay in France) as first authors of the study, as well as Professors Calin Guet and Gasper Tkacik used the setup to build a genetic circuit that is partly living and partly digital. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - December 1, 2017 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Virtual reality for bacteria
(Institute of Science and Technology Austria) Scientists at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have managed to control the behavior of individual bacteria by connecting them to a computer. A potential application of such bio-digital hybrid technology could make it possible to 'debug' complex biological systems in the same way complex computer codes are debugged: by testing each part individually while simulating its surroundings in a form of virtual reality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 1, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

On the spot: Stress does a number on your ability to recall details of situations, according to research
(Natural News) New research has delved into the effects of stress on our ability to retain memories or recall details of situations. It emphasizes that challenging situations affect our perception of where we are and what’s happening in our surroundings. The researchers from the University of Innsbruck, Austria presented the participants with video clips of different situations.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes drug helps repair UV-damaged DNA in cells of 'Moon children'
(CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) The severe and debilitating genetic disease Xeroderma pigmentosum impedes cells to repair UV-induced DNA damage. Scientists from CeMM found a drug approved for diabetes treatment to alleviate the impact of the gene defect in cell culture, which led to the discovery of a previously unknown DNA repair mechanism. The study was published in Molecular Cell. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 20, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Dentsply Sirona reintroduces the CEREC ® MC Milling Unit to the U.S. market
The entry-level milling solution is available again as part of the U.S. CEREC product portfolio, offering an attractive and affordable path to digital dentistry and single-visit restorations CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14, 2017- Dentsply Sirona announced today the reintroduction of the CEREC MC Milling Unit to the U.S. dental market.CEREC MC is ideal for practitioners who are interested in single- visit chairside inlays, onlays, and single-unit veneers and crowns. With the ability to wet grind and dry mill, dentists can use a vast array of chairside materials to produce single-unit restorations in one office visit.Used in c...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - November 17, 2017 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Pharmacoscopy improves therapy for relapsed blood cancer in a first clinical trial
(CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences) 88.2 percent of patients receiving pharmacoscopy-guided treatment achieved partial or complete remission, compared to 23.5 percent to their own previous treatment. Further, the median progression-free survival increased four-fold. Retrospectively, pharmacoscopy also predicted the response of AML patients to first-line treatment with 90 percent accuracy. These results show that pharmacoscopy can assist decision-making of the responsible clinicians effectively and thus represent a powerful tool for practical precise and personalized medicine. (...
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 15, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

UK researchers report breakthrough in fighting killer superbug
Treatment for the antibiotic resistant bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae could lie within the bodies ’ natural defences, according to researchers from the UK and Austria. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 14, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Participants from across Russia and beyond gather for the third Cochrane Workshop in Kazan
Cochrane Austria,Cochrane Russia, andCochrane Sweden joined forces to  deliver a truly International Cochrane event on evidence-based medicine, held in Kazan at the end of October. The successful workshop took place over two days and focused on review production software. It marked the third Cochrane workshop held in Russia to date.The Vice Rector for Innovation, Andrey Artemyev, officially opened the workshop and gave a warm welcome to participants on behalf of the Rector of Kazan Federal University, Ilshat Gafurov.The theme of the workshop was   'Cochrane systematic reviews: from protocol to review - logistics ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 6, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

West Pharma reveals new wearable SmartDose injectors
Credit: West West Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE:WST) unveiled two new wearable injectors today from its SmartDose drug delivery platform as part of the annual PDA Universe of Pre-filled Syringes and Injection Devices meeting in Vienna, Austria. West’s first-gen SmartDose device is a user-loaded injector designed to deliver high volumes of viscous drug products. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post West Pharma reveals new wearable SmartDose injectors appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)
Source: Mass Device - November 6, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. Source Type: news

FDA takes unprecedented step toward more efficient global pharmaceutical manufacturing inspections
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined the agency will recognize eight European drug regulatory authorities as capable of conducting inspections of manufacturing facilities that meet FDA requirements. The eight regulatory authorities found to be capable are those located in: Austria, Croatia, France, Italy, Malta, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - October 31, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Bacterial toxins made in the gut
(Wiley) You get an infection, you are given penicillin--and then you could get hemorrhagic diarrhea. This rare but extremely unpleasant side reaction can be related to the enterotoxin tilivalline produced by a regular intestinal bacterium. Austrian scientists have now scrutinized the toxin's biosynthetic pathway and presented the results in the journal Angewandte Chemie. Their findings give important insights in the pathobiology of antibiotic side reactions and unveil the multifunctionality of bacterial toxins. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 25, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

One in four women over 65 will be disabled by 2047
Researchers from the Wittgenstein Centre International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria found projected handicaps will be sufficiently severe to restrict daily activities. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Not just one node among many' - plural policing in a state-dominated context: the case of Austria - Terpstra J.
One of the most influential approaches in the study of plural policing is the concept of nodal governance of security. This approach is presented as an alternative to the dominant, state-centred model of policing. This paper tries to understand the plurali... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Boost for lipid research: Austrian researchers facilitate lipid data analysis
(Graz University of Technology) Illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis may also be associated with lipids. Disorders are difficult to assess due to the diversity of lipids. Austrian scientists from Graz present a new tool for the analysis of lipids in Nature Methods. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 23, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body
A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPSBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2017 (IPS)The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO). A letter signed by nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups worldwide is calling on the Governing Body of the Geneva-based UN agency to expel tobacco companies from its subsidiary membership.“Tobacco companies victimize fa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

‘Einstein of the Ocean’ Who Helped Surfers Catch the Perfect Waves Turns 100
This article originally appeared on TheConversation.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paul Spence and Shane Keating / The Conversation Tags: Uncategorized birthdays History Oceans onetime Science Surfing World War II Source Type: news

Flood of radioactivity in Europe may be coming from Russia, according to experts
(Natural News) Since the end of September, experts claim that there has been a spike in radioactivity detected in the air over Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France. Although scientists are still unaware of what is responsible for this increase, new calculations suggest that it originally came from somewhere within the southern Ural Mountains. Specifically,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Austria is on the verge of electing a 31-year-old. Does his age matter? | Stefan Stern
World leaders seem to be getting younger. But whether youthful energy and verve can ever make up for lack of experience remains a vexed questionGrey power this is not. Sebastian Kurz, the 31-year-old leader of the conservative Austrian People ’s Party (ÖVP),looks set to become the world ’s youngest head of government after Sunday’s elections. The country of elegantly dressed, respectably middle-aged ladies and gentlemen has handed the keys of the Mercedes to a fresh-faced kid.Kurz may look young but he is not a new figure on the Austrian political scene. Four years ago he was madeforeign minister. Cl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 16, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Stefan Stern Tags: Austria Europe World news Young people Society Politics UK news Ageing Science Source Type: news

Germ-free hatching eggs: An alternative to formaldehyde application
(Graz University of Technology) Hatching eggs in large-scale hatcheries are currently treated with formaldehyde to eliminate germs. Austrian researchers from TU Graz, acib and Roombiotic have now developed a natural alternative. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 16, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Usutu virus is back -- not only in blackbirds but also in humans
(University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna) During 10 subsequent years no Usutu virus associated bird mortality was observed in Austria - contrary to neighboring Hungary. Last year Usutu virus was identified again in two blackbirds - and in 2017 already in sixteen songbirds. A research team of the Vetmeduni Vienna investigated the virus strains involved. In another study Usutu virus was demonstrated in seven human blood donations from eastern Austria, suggesting that human infections seem to be more frequent than previously thought. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 13, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news