archives : December 2010


Zambia’s most famous coup-plotter, who assembled 54 soldiers to forcible remove former leader Frederick Chiluba from power in 1997 has been set free by that country’s Home Affairs department on humanitarian grounds. - Friday 31 December 2010

A clamp down on members of the Boko Haram extreme Muslim group after a series of violent attacks in Northern Nigeria has been hailed as imperative given the growing civil unrest ahead of forthcoming national elections. 92 suspected extremists have been arrested. - Friday 31 December 2010

Women in Uganda have protested against their breasts being checked for bombs at entry points to public places. - Thursday 30 December 2010

Panafrica - Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast has been placed under red alert following reports that houses have been marked according to the residents’ tribal background, and after the group, Young Patriots- supporters of democracy-resisting Ivory Coast President Mr. Laurent Gbagbo threatened to march into the hotel of President Elect Mr. Alassane Ouattara. - Thursday 30 December 2010

One in every two women will, at least once in their life, suffer from a urinary infection—a far from pleasant experience. And though it can be successfully treated with antibiotics, most would prefer to avoid it altogether. Now there seems to be a promising vaccine that may do just that. - Wednesday 29 December 2010

Beware of verrucas.

These small, benign tumours, usually caused by a virus belonging to the extensive human papillomavirus family (HPVs), are extremely contagious. They spread very easily in warm, humid atmospheres, such as the areas around swimming pools, changing rooms in sports centers and school premises.

- Wednesday 29 December 2010

Efforts to provide children with better access to HIV/AIDS treatment are beginning to bear fruit. In 2009, more than 355,000 children benefited from such treatment, compared with only 276,000 in 2008. But according to the World Health Organization (WHO), many more lives could be saved. However, treatment needs to be introduced earlier, as early as the first few weeks of life, in fact. - Wednesday 29 December 2010

What could be more natural than breathing? Yet this apparently simple mechanism conceals an entire process on which life depends. With each breath we take, air enters our body via the mouth or the nose, and heads in the direction of the lungs, where oxygen passes into the blood. - Wednesday 29 December 2010

When you give up smoking, seize the opportunity to take up some form of exercise. This is an excellent idea for a number of reasons, including weight regulation and personal motivation. However, to avoid problems occurring, it is best to adapt your exercise regime to your physical condition. And if running, rowing or tennis seem too difficult, simply start with walking. - Wednesday 29 December 2010


Researchers in the US have found grains of cooked plant material in their teeth.

The study is the first to confirm that the Neanderthal diet was not confined to meat and was more sophisticated than previously thought. The research has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The popular image of Neanderthals as great meat eaters is one that has up until now been backed by some circumstantial evidence. Chemical analysis of their bones suggested they ate little or no vegetables.

- Wednesday 29 December 2010

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