The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on June 18 a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country.
A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for Tuesday after the counsel appearing for the petitioner, advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, sought urgent hearing.
The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against assault on their colleagues allegedly by the relatives of a patient, who died on June 10 at a Kolkata hospital.
Source: SC to hear on Tuesday plea for safety, security of doctors at government hospitals – The Economic Times
About 800,000 doctors across India went on strike on Monday to demand better working conditions, following years of complaints about violent attacks from patients’ families.
A brutal assault on a junior doctor in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, appears to have been the final straw. Paribaha Mukhopadhyay was walking down a corridor at NRS hospital with a colleague when a group of men attacked them.
Source: Doctors in India strike over violent attacks by patients’ families | World news | The Guardian
Climate change is warming ocean waters around the globe, which affects what can thrive in various parts of the seas. Now, bacteria that can cause a flesh-eating infection are showing up in waters once too cold to harbor them.
“We were all very surprised and puzzled that there were a significant number of cases of this infection that we hadn’t seen before,” says Dr. Katherine Doktor, co-author of the report and an infectious disease specialist at Cooper University Hospital in New Jersey. In the eight years before 2017, the hospital had only seen one case of the infection, but in 2017 and 2018, it saw five total.
Source: Climate Change May Be Spreading Flesh-Eating Bacteria to Unexpected Waters | Time
France’s Dassault Systemes moved to build up its life sciences presence with a $5.8 billion cash deal to buy Medidata Solutions, a U.S. firm focused on clinical trials.
Dassault Systemes has been doing deals to diversify its technology and software businesses further and its agreed acquisition of Medidata, its largest, follows its purchases of companies including Trace Software and Argosim.
Medidata has a market capitalization of around $5.9 billion, Refinitiv Eikon data shows, while Dassault has a stock market value of around 36 billion euros ($41 billion).
Source: Dassault Systemes targets life sciences with $5.8 billion Medidata deal – Reuters
600,000 tonnes of plastic are being dumped by 22 countries in the Mediterranean Sea every year, EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
If humanity continues dumping plastics into nature at the current rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s seas by 2050.
On Friday (7 June), the day before World Ocean Day, a new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reinforced this claim. Focused on the Mediterranean, it reveals that 600,000 tons of plastic end up in the waters of the ancient cradle of Western civilization every year.
Source: France dumps 11,200 tonnes of plastic in the Mediterranean every year – EURACTIV.com
Shipping, oil and gas exploration, military sonar, and underwater construction are all creating an enormous amount of noise that reduces the ability of whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife to feed, breed, communicate and ultimately, survive, writes Eleonora Panella.
Our seas and oceans are at risk. There is no longer any doubt that between climate crisis and plastic pollution, marine wildlife is facing unprecedented challenges.
However, another source of marine pollution barely goes noticed despite its destructive if not deadly consequences: underwater noise.
Shipping, oil and gas exploration, military sonar, and underwater construction are all creating an enormous amount of noise that can conceal the ocean’s natural sounds, reducing the ability of whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife to feed, breed, communicate and ultimately, survive.
Source: Silence please! Marine mammals are dying – EURACTIV.com
The importance of nature to human life is often forgotten, even though we depend on it for fresh water, productive agriculture and many more economic activities. Encouragingly, it seems that there is a growing awareness of the importance of conserving biodiversity amongst the general public, writes Janice Weatherley-Singh.
It’s no exaggeration to say that global biodiversity is now in crisis. A report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on 6 May, which received significant media attention, announced that a million species worldwide are now threatened with extinction, a staggering figure.
It also concluded that this rate of loss is “undermining nature’s ability to sustain life on Earth,” a sobering thought indeed.
Source: Will the newly elected MEPs tackle one of the most serious threats to our planet? – EURACTIV.com
What’s the last thing you ate? Chances are you took a big bite of plastic.
A new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found that the average person swallows about 50,000 pieces of plastic per year and inhales about the same amount. Microplastics — bits of plastic invisible to the human eye — are in our food, drinks, air, and increasingly in our stomachs and lungs.
But if eating 50,000 pieces of plastic per year isn’t alarming enough, the true number is likely much higher. The researchers only looked at a small number of foods and drinks. And, drinking bottled water drastically increases the amount of microplastics you consume, The Guardian reports.
Source: People Eat 50,000+ Microplastics Every Year, New Study Finds – EcoWatch
Now new research is calling the usefulness of the 10,000-step standard into question—and with it, the way many Americans think about their daily activities. While basic guidelines can be helpful when they’re accurate, human health is far too complicated to be reduced to a long chain of numerical imperatives. For some people, these rules can even do more harm than good.
I-Min Lee, a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the lead author of a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, began looking into the step rule because she was curious about where it came from.
“It turns out the original basis for this 10,000-step guideline was really a marketing strategy,” she explains. “In 1965, a Japanese company was selling pedometers, and they gave it a name that, in Japanese, means ‘the 10,000-step meter.’”
Based on conversations she’s had with Japanese researchers, Lee believes that name was chosen for the product because the character for “10,000” looks sort of like a man walking.
As far as she knows, the actual health merits of that number have never been validated by research.
Source: What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You – Nextgov
An additional 2.2 million French people living close to nuclear power plants will receive iodine tablets and information on how to proceed in the event of an accident. This was announced by the French Nuclear Safety Authority on Monday (3 June). EURACTIV’s partner le Journal de l’Environnement reports.
Nuclear power plants operated by EDF have special intervention plans that determine what actions and emergency measures need to be taken in the event of an accident.
By 2016, the radius of the special intervention plan had been extended to 20 km around the power plants, compared to 10 km previously.
Source: Iodine tablets to be distributed to 2.2 million French people living near nuclear plants – EURACTIV.com