New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer diseaseCopenhagen: Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.

The discovery could give a new target for developing drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer's, the most common form of dementia. It also might help explain why many people have plaques and tangles in their brain yet show no symptoms of the disease. Autopsies on 342 brains revealed that people who had the new protein were 10 times more likely to have been mentally impaired when they died than those without it.

India-born politician keeps powerful portfolios in new Danish cabinet

Manu-SareenCopenhagen, Feb 5 : India-born Danish politician Manu Sareen, 46, continues to hold some of the most powerful and sensitive portfolios in the new Danish cabinet announced by incumbent Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

Just 30 minutes workout to stay healthy

workout-For-30-mintuesCopenhagen, Sep 19 : Exercising for 30 minutes on a daily basis boosts energy and encourages people to maintain a healthy lifestyle, says a recent study.

Interdisciplinary research at the University of Copenhagen explains why moderate exercising is more motivating than hard training. The findings have been published in Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.

The obesity epidemic has massive socio-economic consequences, and decades of health campaigns have not made significant headway, reports Science Daily.

Stay positive for a healthy heart

healthy-heartCopenhagen, Sep 12 : Having a positive attitude encourages heart disease patients to exercise more which in turn increases longevity, says a study.

Researchers used a questionnaire to assess the moods of 600 heart disease patients in a Denmark hospital.

Five years later, researchers found the most positive patients exercised more and had a 42 percent less chance of dying for any reason during the follow-up period. Deaths were less than 10 percent.

Among patients with less positive attitudes, 50 deaths occurred (16.5 percent).

Soccer can improve heart function of diabetics: Study

Playing-soccerCopenhagen, May 31 : Playing soccer can alleviate blood pressure problems and improve heart function in patients with type 2 diabetes, says a study.

The study, published recently in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, investigated the effects of soccer training on 21 men, aged 37-60 years, who had type 2 diabetes.

"We discovered that soccer training significantly improved the flexibility of the heart, and the cardiac muscle tissue was able to work 29 percent faster," said study co-author Jakob Friis Schmidt, reports Science Daily.

Danish cycling Olympic medallist admits to doping

Rolf-SoerensenCopenhagen, March 19 : Danish cyclist Rolf Soerensen has admitted that he had used blood-boosting EPO and cortisone in the 1990s.

Sorensen won a silver medal in the road race at the 1996 Olympic Games but admitted Monday that he had used performance enhancing drugs during this time, reports Xinhua.

"I used EPO periodically in the 90s," said the 47-year-old Soerensen in a statement.

"I have also in some cases used the substance cortisone.  There is no other excuse than I did what I felt compelled to do to be an equal among peers," he added.

Bendtner fined $150,000 for drunk-driving

Nicklas-BendtnerCopenhagen, March 6 : Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner was Tuesday fined 842,000 Danish kroner (about $150,000) by a local court for drunk-driving in downtown Copenhagen.

Bendtner was put on trial in Copenhagen district court Tuesday and according to the indictment his blood alcohol count was as high as 1.75, reports Xinghua.

Furthermore he did not have a valid driver's license as his English license expired September 1, 2012.

The district court fined Bendtner and also deprived him of the right to drive a motor vehicle for three years.

New rules adopted in rowing

International-Rowing-FederatioCopenhagen, Feb 19 : Several new rules for rowing were adopted at the Extraordinary Congress of the International Rowing Federation (FISA) here.

At this year's Congress, 87 delegates from 51 member federations discussed and debated over Feb 15-17 the proposed changes to the statutes and rules that can better reflect the core values of the sport, reports Xinhua.

Horse meat found in pasta of German supermarket chain

Horse meat found in pasta of German supermarket chainCopenhagen, Feb 19 - German supermarket chain Lidl in Denmark has found traces of horse meat in a pasta dish, the supermarket has announced.

A pasta dish called Combino Penne Bolognese from the manufacturer Copack has been found containing horse meat, reported Xinhua citing Lidl.

Lidl said late Monday that the product is now being withdrawn from the market, and customers who still have the product can get a refund. But the chain emphasised that there is no health risk in connection with the product.

Joergensen retains Copenhagen Masters title

/Jan-Oe-Joergensen.jpCopenhagen, Dec 29 : Denmark's Jan Oe Joergensen beat Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-11 to retain the men's singles title at the Copenhagen Masters badminton tournament here.

The 24-year old Dane played his semi-final Thursday night while Hu had been through a hard-fought three sets match against Joergensen's compatriot Viktor Axelsen earlier Friday to reach the final, reports Xinhua.

That strain had clearly taken its toll on the 31-year-old Hu, who was powerless to stop Joergensen having his way to another Copenhagen Masters crown.

Pachauri defends govt on accord

Pachauri defends govt on accordR. K. Pachauri, head of the United Nations panel on climate change, on Wednesday said international “consultation” and “analysis” of unsupported domestic mitigation action in the Copenhagen accord would not challenge India’s sovereignty.

His statement came a day after Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh’s claims that India’s interests have been protected in Copenhagen.

EU blames India, China for fiasco

EU blames India, China for fiascoAs climate scientists described the Copenhagen climate accord as a disappointment, Europe — which drafted the accord — blamed India, China and US for the ‘weak’ document.

Terming the summit a “disaster”, the European Union said the accord does not match the climate needs.

“It ( Copenhagen accord) is a disappointment,” said Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgen in Brussels after a meeting of European environment ministers. Sweden heads the European Union.

Copenhagen leaves rich nations untouched

Climate talks still stuck on key issues: IndiaNobody is ever responsible for anything, it seems, after Copenhagen. The rich countries, primary contributors to this mess, have got away scott free. It’s as if we don’t live on the same planet anymore. The most disturbing aspect of this is the historic reflection it casts once more.

From the fifteenth century onwards, colonizers have sailed to other countries and used technological and other advantages to plunder them. The amassed riches helped the colonizers develop.

The landscape after Copenhagen is not that different-we haven’t even caused the problem.

How the climate deal was struck

Desperate attempt to rescue climate summitThe deadlock at Copenhagen climate summit was broken on Friday night when US President Barack Obama told a select group of world leaders that the agreement would be “political in nature” and “legally non-binding”.

India was first to react.

It called backed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to return back to Bella Center from on his way to airport.

At 9.30 p. m. here (1 a. m. India time), half an hour after Obama’s statement, Singh met leaders from China, Brazil and South Africa (Basic countries) to discuss the nature of the Copenhagen accord.

Climate pact in place, but falls short

International talks underway on Iran sanctions: ObamaAbout 16 hours after US President Barack Obama brokered a “non-binding political” accord at Copenhagen, agreed to by India and China, the climate conference decided to take note of the accord but refused to adopt it fully.

Many poor nations refused to sign the accord as they believed it would eventually kill the Kyoto Protocol, which had obligatory emission reduction commitments for rich countries. The Copenhagen accord would be a voluntary agreement for countries to adopt, not a United Nations (UN) document like the Kyoto Protocol.

U.S.-BASIC group reach a non-legal binding deal at Copenhagen

U.S.-BASIC group reach a non-legal binding deal at CopenhagenCopenhagen, Dec. 19 : United States reached a non-legal binding climate deal with the group of Brazil, South Africa, India, and China (BASIC) here on Saturday.

The accord includes a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C and promises to deliver 30bn dollars of aid for developing nations over the next three years. It outlines a goal of providing 100bn dollars a year by 2020 to help poor countries cope with the impacts of climate change, a B. B. C. report stated.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes U.S. backed climate deal as an “essential beginning”

Ban Ki-moon welcomes U.S. backed climate deal as an “essential beginning”Copenhagen, Dec. 19 : United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has hailed a United States-supported climate deal here and described it as an "essential beginning".

Moon, however, said the accord, reached with key nations including China and Brazil, must be made legally binding next year.

It could be possible after intense wrangling, when delegates passed a motion simply taking note of the deal, without formally adopting it.

We are moving in the direction of a significant accord, says Obama

We are moving in the direction of a significant accord, says ObamaCopenhagen, Dec. 19 : Just as a climate deal was reached between the United States and BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) group, it is being described as a "meaningful agreement" at the Copenhagen climate summit.

According to US President Barack Obama, the deal would be a foundation for global action but there was "much further to go".

BASIC group vindicated by watered down Copenhagen climate change deal

BASIC group vindicated by watered down Copenhagen climate change dealCopenhagen (Denmark), Dec. 18-19 : With world leaders at the Copenhagen climate conference reportedly agreeing to a last-minute deal to combat global warming, but conceding that the watered-down accord has not gone far enough, developing countries like India, China, Brazil and South Africa, and the Group of 77 countries appear to have been vindicated.

The two-week summit limped to a conclusion late on Friday night with warnings that not enough is being done to prevent potentially dangerous rises in global temperatures.

Climate summit passes Copenhagen accord

Climate summit passes Copenhagen accordopenhagen, Dec 19 : Surprising delegates and observers, the climate summit passed the Copenhagen accord within 30 seconds of reconvening its final plenary session Saturday.

The only concession given to countries that had objected to the accord was that names of countries that had agreed with the accord would be listed. (IANS)  

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