Scientific Advances

The “tomato pill” contains lycopene which is one of the main ingredients of the Mediterranean diet, which is a well know diet proven to prevent heart disease. Lycopene is an antioxidant found in tomato skin, but in its natural form it is poorly absorbed. During a study, the scientists mixed lycopene with milk and soya […]

A group of cosmetic surgery doctors in Great Britain carried out the first transplant of eyelashes. The patient was a 19-year-old girl that suffers from tricotilomia, a recurrent compulsive behavior that consists of ripping the hair of the head and in some cases from different parts of the body. The operation had a duration of […]

An Amazon plant would be able to constitute the base of a medicine to fight the fever of the dengue, according to Brazilian investigators. Uncaria tomentosa, this plant has antiviral properties and of regulation of the immune system, by its anti-inflammatory effects. The infection of the fever causes fever, queasiness, headache and abdominal pain. As […]

El Salvador, thanks to its favorable climate, can produce biofuels from the sugarcane, according to a study coordinated by the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS). For the ecologists “the environmental impact and the social consequences” of the production and massive commercialization of biofuels “generate increase of the deforestation of […]

The climate change debate offers a way to integrate forest management into development policy, but strategies must be informed by good science. Conservationists have long recognised the role of forests in supporting indigenous people’s livelihoods in developing countries. In addition to fuel and building material, forests often provide critical supplies of food and medicine. They […]

The Chinese Ministry of Health banned the use of electroshocks “(low voltage electrical impulses) as a treatment for addiction to the Internet, a controversial practice that had taken many Chinese clinics. The Health Ministry announced the ban after discovering this treatment at a clinic in the coastal province of Shandong, after finding “some dangerous factors […]

A tsetse fly that transmits sleeping sickness has a penchant for lizard and pig odour – a preference that could be used to produce traps to control fly populations. Sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis, affects around 300,000 people a year in Africa and can be treated only with toxic and hard-to-administer drugs. Scientists are investigating […]

The new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) continues giving bad informs of chilling not only on inequalities in life expectancy, but in many areas of basic character such as access to drinking water or medical care. WHO stresses that the global health situation is improving but, in view of similar data, there seems […]

The media can help in the global fight against disease, both as a watchdog for poor practices, and a champion for successful research. Significant progress has been made in recent years by, for example, using bednets to control malaria, or antiretrovirals for HIV/AIDS. Yet many of the challenges remain as daunting as they were in […]

Old-growth forests are falling victim to rubber plantations in China – and scientists have calculated the environmental consequences. Rubber prices have tripled in the past decade and China plans that by 2010 it will be producing a third more rubber than it was in 2007 in order to feed its booming automobile and tyre industries. […]

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