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MOSCOW, February 4 (RIA Novosti) – Some 300,000 Russians die from cancer every year – ten times more than in traffic accidents across the country, the head of an anti-cancer non-profit organization said on Monday, which marks World Cancer Day.
“Almost two percent of the population are oncology patients,” said Dmitry Borisov, who heads the Equal Rights to Life NGO. “Unfortunately, cancer is still not the priority for our state leaders,” he said at the opening ceremony of the Movement Against Cancer forum.
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“Bloomberg” appreciates development of innovative technologies in Russia

The Bloomberg Agency has included Russia in the top 20 in the rating list of countries from the point of view of development of innovative technologies.

The reasons why “Bloomberg” “awarded” Russia with such a high rating were the patent activity, the concentration of high technologies and the level of education in Russia.

In this list, Russia stands in front of all the other former Soviet countries and all the BRICS countries (BRICS is an economic alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – hence the abbreviation).

“Bloomberg’s” evaluation took into account 7 factors, some of which are the number of scientists and engineers per 1 mln people in a country, the level of productivity of labor and the intensity of scientific and research work.

The leader in this list is the US – mainly, because of the achievements of scientists and engineers from the “City of Science” in the Silicon Valley.

Nikita Maslennikov from the Russian Institute of Contemporary Development comments on Russia’s position in this list:

“In fact, the situation with innovative technologies in Russia is better than it may seem. Within the last few years, Russia has considerably moved forward in the development of the Internet and information communications. A lot a medium-size companies have appeared in Russia, which quite worthily represent the country on the world market.”

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Russian Cancer Patients Are Too Late to Consult Doctors

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Published: February 6, 2013 (Issue # 1745)

MOSCOW — More than 40 percent of Russian cancer patients turn to doctors only in the last stages of the disease, Russia’s top oncologist, Valery Chissov, told RIA-Novosti on Monday in an interview to mark World Cancer Day.

More than 20 percent of Russian cancer patients are diagnosed in the fourth stage, and more than 40 percent in the third or fourth stage.

The statistics speak to the poor qualifications of general practitioners, the reluctance of patients to be examined regularly and a badly organized treatment system in Russia, Chissov said.

In 2011, there were 231 cancer patients per 100,000 people in Russia, the latest data available show, and the figure for 2012 is expected to be similar.
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Published: February 6, 2013 (Issue # 1745)

A group of scientists from St. Petersburg State University has bred a number of transgenic plants that are able to boost the human immune system, including the cells responsible for fighting viruses, the university’s press service announced, Interfax reported.

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It's interesting how this relates to Finland. As finnish companies get more and more interested in Russian markets, and invest there, so raises the interest for staff that can speak finnish and russian. Especially in Karelia. This in turn raises discussions of removing mandatory swedish in school, and replacing it with other languages such as russian.
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It's interesting how this relates to Finland. As finnish companies get more and more interested in Russian markets, and invest there, so raises the interest for staff that can speak finnish and russian. Especially in Karelia. This in turn raises discussions of removing mandatory swedish in school, and replacing it with other languages such as russian.
Yes I heard about that, I didn´t even know it was mandatory in Finland. It´s a sensible idea to consider. And Sweden should allow students to study Chinese and Russian and not only German, Spanish and French.
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SIMFEROPOL, February 12 (RIA Novosti) – A Ukrainian paleontological expedition has discovered a 50,000 year old bison skull in a cave in the Crimea, a senior speleologist said on Tuesday.

“Skull fragments have been found. The paleontologists hope to discover the remains of the bison’s stomach contents to get more information about the Crimean flora at that time [50,000 years ago],” Igor Timokhin said.
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Russian chemist Nadezhda Bokach has been awarded a 2.5 million ruble presidential prize for developing a method of organic synthesis of platinum, which can effectively be used to treat tumors.

In an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia, she said her team was not developing a tumor killer but, instead, was synthesizing substances which are then tested by medics and biologists for use against cancer.
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Copenhagen and St Petersburg, 15 February 2013

Data published by WHO/Europe show a significant fall in alcohol and tobacco use by young people in the Russian Federation. The latest report from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study shows a decline in the number of 13-year-old girls who smoke at least once a week. Weekly smoking among 15-year-old boys and girls is also decreasing.

Similarly, alcohol consumption, which had grown steadily from 1998 to 2006, showed a marked decrease for both boys and girls.

While alcohol and tobacco consumption remains high in comparison to many of the 39 countries and regions participating in the HBSC study, the Russian Federation shows the lowest rates of any of the countries that were formerly part of the USSR.

“It’s welcome news that Russian teenagers appear to be making healthy choices in their lives and setting a good example to their parents,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “However, this report also highlights areas where policies could be adjusted – for example, to encourage more physical activity – to ensure good health outcomes in the future.”

Oleg Churganov, of the Research Institute of Physical Culture in St Petersburg, led the team of Russian researchers: “The state has recently taken steps to regulate tobacco and alcohol consumption among teenagers and this has led to positive changes in young people’s health behaviour. We are also seeing the benefits of comprehensive health promotion programmes in the Russian Federation’s educational institutions and a sport development strategy that has yielded an increase in physical activity in the general population. We hope to be able to achieve the same in the group aged 11–15 years in the near future.”
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Researchers in southern Russia have unearthed a rare mammoth species, suspecting that there might be a whole cemetery of prehistoric animals on the site.

"A mammoth tusk that was buried as a result of a landslide was preserved whole, thanks to the clay shell. A part of the other tusk - more than one meter in length - fell apart into many small pieces due to poor conservation conditions. We only managed to photograph the bone before it fell apart," said researcher Viktor Kotlyarov, who studied the remains.
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YAKUTSK, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – Russian scientists have started potentially groundbreaking work to study a well-preserved mammoth brain, in the hope of understanding more about the extinct animal’s behavior, Albert Protopopov from Yakutia’s Academy of Sciences has told RIA Novosti.

“This discovery holds great scientific significance. This is the first time scientists have gotten their hands on the brain of an animal that lived tens of thousands of years ago, and one that’s in such good condition” Protopopov said.

The baby mammoth, nicknamed Yuka, was found in 2010 in Yakutia. It is believed to have lived around 39,000 years ago, and is thought to have been around 10 or 11 years old at the time of death. Scientists say the brain is in excellent condition.
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