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· August, 2010

Stories about Health from August, 2010

India: Oil Spill Near Mumbai Threatens Beaches And Mangrove Forests

On 7th of August 2010, the container carrier MSC Chitra collided with MV Khalijia-III near Mumbai shore causing a massive oil spill. Bloggers fear that this will severely damage nearby...

Global: e-Waste – Recycle or Reuse?

Today, numerous households and businesses are constantly creating great amounts of e-waste (discarded electronic devices), and this presents environmental and health threats. Elena Ignatova reviews recommendations on recycling and reuse...

Paraguay: Speculation on Succession

After Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo announced that he has cancer, blogger Enrique Ramón Galeano observed that many local newspapers were already speculating on presidential succession [es].

Taiwan: Dear Premier Wu, Please Stop Calling People “Idiot”

Enable talks about the recent case[zht] of Premier Wu Den Yih, who was sued by pro-independence group for publicly claiming that “only idiots would support Taiwan independence“. By citing the...

Bangladesh: Even No Water To Wash My Teeth

“On the fifth day, today, 10 August, I discover I don't have any water to brush my teeth, not to talk about other purposes;” thus Ekram Kabir at Kotha Chhilo...

Russia: Do Authorities Conceal Rate of Death Caused by Smog?

Blogger molitva-i-post writes [RUS] that Moscow medical services failed to evacuate the body of  her grandfather who died of heat and smog. Hospitals and morgues are filled with the dead,...

Barbados: On Governance

“Barbadians have been amazed that a stalwart of the Democratic Labour Party…has come out in public to lambaste Minister Michael Lashley for operating in breach of the law when it...

Taiwan: The market for medical tourism

Michael Turton looks at the development of medical tourism in Taiwan.

Paraguay: Salvador Cabañas Using Guaraní To Express Himself

Paraguayan footballer Salvador Cabañas continues to recover from the bullet that is lodged in his brain after an altercation in a Mexico City bar. Carlos Rodríguez of Rescatar [es] notes...

Haiti: Saying “No” to Monsanto

Monsanto has been a controversial company for some years now, mainly because it is a major producer of genetically modified seed (reportedly selling as much as 90% of the genetically...

Jamaica: Managing Dengue says that the government “is urging the public to co-operate with…health workers involved in vector control and other activities associated with the elimination of Dengue Fever.”

Pakistan: Gang Rape Of Nurse Causes Outrage

The gang rape of a trainee nurse by a medical officer at a government hospital has caused outrage in Pakistan. Bloggers discuss the need for better implementation of the work...

Haiti: Preparing for Hurricanes

Wadner Pierre reports that “Gonaives, the third largest city in Haiti, is rushing to prepare for an expected highly active hurricane season.”

Bahrain: Fools and Doctors

Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif feels ‘flutters’ in his chest and does the right thing when he goes through a series of tests. “only a fool becomes one’s own doctor, and...

Japan: Second oldest man actually not alive

Discovery that the second oldest man in Japan, at 111 years of age, has actually been dead for around 30 years has been fodder for many incredulous and humorous responses...

Lebanon: Condom for a mascot

“When I first saw this picture of a person wearing a condom costume roaming the Beirut streets I thought to myself: Wow! The Lebanese ministry of health is finally taking...

Honduras: Fines for Not Destroying Mosquito Breeding Grounds

Dengue fever continues to be a serious health issue in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. David Morán of the blog El Catracho [es] criticizes the decision of the local government to places fines...

Puerto Rico: Lebrón Passes On

Both Repeating Islands and The Voice of the Taino People Online mark the passing of Puerto Rican nationalist and independence activist, Lolita Lebrón.

China: Sex workers demand legalization, organizer detained

If prostitution doesn't violate contemporary cultural norms, sex activists argue, then why doesn't the law reflect as much? Just a few days after a group in central China took to...

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