Category: Health

New tomato virus, crops, France, Finistere, ministry

Government in action as new ‘tomato virus’ spreads in French region

Story by AFP Tomato plants in France´s far-west Finistere region have been contaminated with a destructive virus that can lead to whole crops being wasted, the...

Air pollution, cost, world, fossil fuels

Air pollution costs the world US$8 billion a day: report

Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is generating economic losses of US$8 billion (S$11.09 billion) a day, according to a Greenpeace report. That’s about 3.3 per...

Coronavirus, China, cases, Wuhan

Coronavirus death toll crosses 1,500 after more cases reported

Story by AFP The death toll from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped past 1,500 on Saturday but new infections fell following a mid-week surge caused by a...

Jellyfish, sting, touch, venom

Here’s how a jellyfish can sting you without even a single touch

Story by AFP Scientists have found that a species of the jellyfish throw venom grenades to create stinging water to snare their preys.  The Cassiopea xamachana...

Sleep, difficulties, babies, study, Newborn sleep

Sleep difficulties are perfectly normal for babies, study confirms

New parents who struggle to get babies to sleep through the night may not be doing anything wrong, according to new research suggesting that many apparent sleep problems...

Taiwan, coronavirus, economy

Taiwan plans $2 billion package to soften coronavirus hit to economy

Story by Reuters Taiwan plans to spend T$60 billion ($2 billion) to help cushion the impact on the export-reliant economy from the new coronavirus, offering loans to...

China, $43 billion, 300 billion yuan, coronavirus

China pledges $43bn to firms fighting coronavirus

Story by AFP China’s central bank said on Feb 9 it will offer a 300 billion yuan ($43 billion) boost next week to help businesses involved in fighting the virus...

Pangolin, coronavirus, spread, China, pangolin coronavirus

Pangolin identified as potential link for coronavirus spread

The endangered pangolin may be the link that facilitated the spread of the novel coronavirus across China, Chinese scientists said. At least 31,000 people have been...

HIV drugs, weapon, coronavirus, China, Wuhan, HIV coronavirus

HIV drugs touted as weapon in war on coronavirus

Story by AFP As doctors scramble to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs has emerged as a possible defence against the...

Chinese doctor, China, punished, warning, coronavirus dies

Chinese doctor who was punished for warning about coronavirus dies

Story by AFP The coronavirus crisis in China is deepening as the number of people infected by the virus has reached 31,000 and a doctor who was punished after raising...