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Drug regimen may shorten, improve tuberculosis treatment

A TB patient

A new tuberculosis (TB) drug regimen designed to improve options for TB therapy eliminated more bacteria from sputum than standard therapy and did so at a faster rate, according to data from a phase 2b clinical trial published recently in The Lancet. These results are published just as the global phase 3 clinical trial, designed to bring this regimen through the ...

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How Americans perceive global warming’s health consequences


The George Mason University’s Centre for Climate Change Communication has released a new report, Global Warming’s Six Americas, October 2014: Perceptions of the Health Consequences of Global Warming and Update on Key Beliefs, by Connie Roser-Renouf, Edward Maibach, and Jennifer Kreslake of George Mason University, and Geoff Feinberg, Seth Rosenthal, and Anthony Leiserowitz at Yale. The report is the seventh issued by ...

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EU accused of patronising goods from illegally deforested land


Almost a quarter of the world trade in agricultural goods produced on land illegally cleared of forest is destined for the EU; the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, France and the UK dominate these imports   During 2000-12, an average of one football pitch of forest was illegally cleared every two minutes to supply the EU with beef, leather, palm oil and soy used ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (11)


The COP21/CMP11 are being seen as the avenue for providing solutions to the Climate Agreement. France as the host country will be presiding at the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21). It is expected to be a crucial gathering of countries as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate applicable to all countries with ...

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Polio: 3 million under-fives undergo immunisation


Over three million children of between ages zero to five years are being immunised against polio during the Immunisation Plus Days (IPDs) that commenced March 13 and ends March 18, 2015 in Kaduna State. Secretary of Journalists Against Polio (JAP), Kaduna State Chapter, Alhaji Lawal A. Dogara, said 86 health camps in 16 local government areas (LGAs) have been set up ...

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Kaduna teachers given free eye screening


The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has provided  free eye screening exercise for its members in the Jaba Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. NUT state chairman, Titus Amba, commended the union branch office in the LGA for its foresight. NUT State Public Relations Officer, Dauda Bahago, represented the chairman at the event held in Kwoi town. He said ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (10)

Prince Lekan Fadina

This piece will look at some issues and actions that are moving the tempo as we move towards COP 21 in Paris, France in December 2015. The negotiation text is now available in all the six official languages of the United Nations. The consolidated versions of the convention text including amendments to Annex I and II in all the UN languages have ...

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Activists: Miners perpetrate ‘environmental injustices’ in Africa

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

As speakers and participants gather at Chatham House in central London for a two-day conference entitled ‘Extractive Industries in Africa’, individuals, organisations and coalitions from across Africa and beyond have signed an open letter challenging the conference organisers and attendees. The letter asks that delegates consider an alternative set of questions and discussion points which, rather than paying ‘mere lip service’ to ...

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Nigeria plans big for Paris, inaugurates COP committee

Nigeria has constituted a national preparatory committee to participate effectively at the Twenty-first Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding this year in Paris, France in December. Tagged the National Technical Committee for Paris 2015, the eight-man team will articulate and develop the country’s negotiating position at ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (9)

Prince Lekan Fadina

I have been asked a couple of times to explain the terms and terminology in the UNFCCC procedure. I hope some of these terms will assist in the knowledge of following up in the process towards Paris COP 21.   Annex I & Annex II Parties There are two distinct groupings that are involved in the UNFCCC process. These are Annex I ...

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