Asbestos traces in two SNCB trains

Monday, 10 December 2018 17:16
Traces of asbestos have recently been detected in a closed technical space aboard two out of twenty examined trains of the "Sprinter" type series stock, put into service between 1986 and 1989, SNCB said Sunday.
Brussels Airlines is among the most polluting airlines in a ranking made by the German environmental association Atmosfair, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad reported Monday.
Surgeons of the Women's Clinic and the Transplantation Centre of the UZ Gent recently performed the first uterine transplant in Belgium.
The government of Brussels-Capital Region is to spend five million euros in 2019 toward the creation of a huge centre for drug addicts, to open in 2023 in the vicinity of Tours & Taxis (photo) in the port of Brussels.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of internet giant Facebook, has made a donation of one million dollars (€879,000) to research into Parkinson’s Disease being carried out at the university of Leuven (KULeuven).

Belgian chocolate 100% sustainable by 2025

Thursday, 06 December 2018 17:12
Dozens of companies, NGO’s, as well as civil society organizations and political representatives, signed a commitment charter in Antwerp, Wednesday, for chocolate production to be 100% sustainable by 2025.
More and more people worldwide are exposed to heat waves.
Using satellite data, ULB researchers have been able to identify over 200 major sources of ammonia around the world, two thirds of which never identified before.

Women more vulnerable to drugs

Monday, 03 December 2018 15:45
Women are in majority (63%) of the persons admitted to a hospital for psychotropic intoxication, according to Minister of Health Maggie De Block (Open VLD), in response to a question from CD&V MP Els Van Hoof, quoted by DH and Het Laatste Nieuws.
Persons 70 and over now represent 13% of the total Belgian population, and yet, each year, approximately half of new cancer cases (46% or 31,053) are diagnosed within this age group, the Cancer Registry Foundation reveals in the new publication, "Cancer in an Ageing Population in Belgium 2004-2016."