Health & Medicine
The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The Havana Reporter. Your news source in Cuba
The Cuban Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industry institution, BioCubaFarma, is developing new vaccines to increase the effectiveness and security indicators of pre-clinical trials conducted on the population.
Following a massive accident caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant of Japan on March 11, 2011, the Cuban government adopted a number of measures to confront and manage the possible consequences of a similar situation on the island.
Rafael Cuestas, International Coordinator of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Cuba has said that the Island “is a focal point for range social issues, particularly regarding responses to the needs of an ageing population and the development of youth programs.”
The United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) has praised Cuba’s work on the care and conservation of its biodiversity, especially in the north-central Sabana-Camaguey ecosystem, that encompasses 35 protected sites.Myrtha Kaular, the resident UNPD representative in Cuba highlighted work to preserve its flora, fauna and ecosystems.
Cuba is implementing an ongoing series of scientific engineering interventions to protect the ecosystems on some 430 beaches at risk from rising temperatures on the planet.
Wilson Lopez, the permanent secretary of the Ibero- American Psychology ederation, has said that Colombian psychologists will work on the creation of new cultural identity models once peace has been attained.
Some 700 delegates from Latin America, Europe, the CARICOM member countries and the United States will attend the first Cuban Congress on Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Aesthetic Medicine, scheduled to run from July 1-3 at Havana’s Convention Center.
April was the month of the heart in Cuba and the arrival of Spring also saw the arrival of renowned interventionist and nuclear cardiology specialists to the Island.
The second International Congress on Health Promotion was held in March in Havana, with debates focused on strategies and projects for preventing diseases like the zika virus and HIV/ AIDS from spreading further in Latin America, as well as debates on food sustainability and nicotine poisoning in the region.
Almost thirty years after its inauguration, the biosphere Reserve of the Guanacahabibes Peninsula showcases Cuba’s endemic wildlife and also offers ways to conserve it.
BRASILIA.- The third Meeting of Cities and Universities will take place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from April 11 to 13, with debates focused on local and cultural development, social inclusion, territorial planning and environment.
The XVI edition of the International Computerization Convention 2016, concluded successfully in Havana, with workshops, conferences, a trade fair and exchanges between experts having taken place, allowing Cuba to display the manner in which the process the computerization of society is unfolding.
The process of the computerization of the Cuban society, multimedia, free software and social networks are some of the main topics of the 16th International Information Technology Convention and Fair, 2016, which welcomes specialists from more than 20 countries.
Sections of the canoeing expedition from the Amazon to the Caribbean will be covered again as part of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of that journey, the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Man announced in Havana.
A group of Russian companies belonging to the Skolkovo Foundation and Cuba’s Heber Biotec S.A company signed four memorandums of understanding intended to strengthen strategic cooperation in biomedicine.
The need to preserve and improve animal, plant and human health was the main objective for the creation in Cuba of a scientific center coping with this task.
Doctors from the Neurology department at the Children‘s Hospital in Miami expressed their interest in coming to Cuba as part of solidarity efforts with Caribbean countries, press sources reported in the eastern Cuban province of Camagüey.
HAVANA.- A new investigation has revealed that the Havana Bay was populated by flamingos, Cuban trogons, parrots, macaws and other birds that arenot currently seen in the capital of Cuba.
After almost six decades involved in research, the Cuban scientific community recently celebrated its day with different contributions for improving environmental preservation, human health, agricultural, livestock and technical development, among others.
Disaster risk reduction and the effects of the climatological phenomenon El Niño were among the principal topics for discussion at the Oxfam sponsored regional III Humanitarian Forum in Havana, an international confederation working on such issues in more than 90 countries.
The actions carried out all over the world for improving human beings’ quality of life include debates among scholars on the need to provide timely information with views to prevent some diseases.
HAVANA._ The tenth Congress of Marine Sciences, MARCUBA 2015, laid the foundations for closer work between scientific communities from Cuba and the United States, according to its organizers.
Speaking in Havana, the French ambassador in Cuba, Jean-Marie Bruno, highlighted Cuba’s contribution to the advancement of the next United Nations Climate Conference, COP21, to be held soon in Paris.
The economic exchange between Cuba and the United States is taking small steps forward, but taking into consideration the body of laws that have governed it for more than fifty years, these steps could be compared to miles.
In Cuba, stem cell therapy; the use of bioactive proteins with the capacity to regenerate damaged tissues and perform in vivo tissue engineering (practiced directly on individuals) are methods that Cuba has included in regenerative medicine.
With a view of the protection of the population, nature and the environment, priority is being given in Cuba to a program for the development of renewable energy sources for the generation of electricity.
Cuba’s achievements in sexual rights issues were recognized during the seventh Cuban Congress on Sexual Education, Orientation and Therapy recently held at Havana’s Convention Center, as highlighted in an interview between The Havana Reporter and the leftwing representative of the German Bundestag, Harald Petzold, who is also the speaker on sexuality issues.
British ambassador in Cuba, Tim Cole, praised the participation of the Cuban medical brigade in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa.
With the objective of exchanging information from a professional point of view and bringing scientific results up to date, the Cuban capital hosted the 9th International Symposium on Criminology Technique, Tecnicrim 2015, from September 23 to 25.
Experts in Cuba have undertaken the initialization of a new plant based on Japanese technology to deal with the destruction of substances that cause Ozone Layer depletion.
Nanotechnology science and its application to the life sciences in particular, could become, in conjunction with other scientific sectors, one of Cuba’s development bases in the not too distant future.
In 2015, Cuba has shown a worrying lack of rain as in the first seven months of the year only 70% of the usual average rainfall for the country during this period was reported.
In the favelas, the indigenous districts and the poorest places in Brazil where a doctor has never checked in, Cuban health collaborators are present who are integrating the More Doctors program into this enormous South American country.
HeberNasvac®, the new Cuban vaccine for the treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B created by scientists from the Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB in Spanish), is going through the process of clinical evaluation in eight Asian countries in alliance with the French company Abivax.
The Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK in Spanish) in Havana celebrated once again the International Dengue Course, a meet created to give updates and debates concerning the epidemic situation of this illness and its regional and world control.
The prestigious New York Natural History Museum is interested in establishing closer ties with Cuba through research, educational and museological programs on the extraordinary biodiversity of the Caribbean island.
The Marine Bio-Products Center of Cuba (CEBIMAR in Spanish) has presented a new range of natural products of biomedical and industrial interest which will soon be available on the domestic market.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called on all the sector‘s personnel in member countries to familiarize themselves and remain up to date on infection management for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
With new products being researched and developed at the Finlay Institute, the renowned scientific institute in East Havana, Cuba will increase its production of vaccines against a number of infectious diseases over the course of the coming decade.
With the aim of having 20 organ donors per million inhabitants by 2017, Cuban health authorities aim to resolve all transplant related necessities in order to accomplish this social commitment.
With the intention of creating awareness among the population through the medium of art in order to live in greater harmony with the earth and its ecosystems, Osmel Francis Turner is promoting the International Mother Earth Festival throughout all of Cuba.
To date, life expectancy in Cuba is 78.5 years, a demographic reality that requires the strengthening of legal protection for the elderly as a means to ensure their quality of life.
Cuba is a nation highly vulnerable to the effects of human-induced climate change and risks facing hotter and more extreme climatic conditions due to its geographical location and its large number of coastal settlements.
A Cuban vaccine against cholera is in the advanced second clinical trial phase, according to Dr. Rafael Fando, of the National Center for Scientific Research (CENIC for its Spanish initials).
Every year between four and five million people, 50 percent of which reported some type of heart condition, are victims of sudden cardiac death (SCD).
With the declaration of 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa, the millenary grain has attracted great interest around the world, and will continue to do so with the announcement of the construction in Bolivia of the first quinoa milk plant.