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WHO: Stagnant funding threaten global fight against malaria

December 14, 2016
WHO: Stagnant funding threaten global fight against malaria

Insufficient funds and fragile health systems are threatening efforts to achieve globally agreed targets on the way to eventual elimination of malaria, according to the annual report published by the World Health Organization (WHO). Talking about how the world is tackling the often deadly mosquito-borne disease, the WHO said achieving sustained and sufficient funding for [...]

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US CDC warns of worsening opioid, heroin epidemic in the US

December 12, 2016
US CDC warns of worsening opioid, heroin epidemic in the US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that the number of deaths due to overdoses of illicit opioids rose sharply again in 2015 and the epidemic of death due to opioids continues to worsen. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said, “Prescription opioid misuse and use of heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl [...]

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WHO: Zika no longer an international emergency, still a global health threat

November 21, 2016
WHO: Zika no longer an international emergency, still a global health threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared that Zika virus is no longer an international emergency. However, the organization stressed that it still remains as a global public health threat and so a long-term effort to address the virus is still needed. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee warned the virus, which has been found [...]

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Sixty percent of under-five deaths found in 10 Asian, African countries

November 14, 2016
Sixty percent of under-five deaths found in 10 Asian, African countries

Sixty percent of the 5.9 million children under five years old who died last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, according to a recently published study, which prompted calls for action to reduce the mortality rate. The inequality in children’s death among the 194 countries studied was highlighted in the study’s data, [...]

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People with health anxiety more likely to suffer from heart diseases

November 4, 2016
People with health anxiety more likely to suffer from heart diseases

Those who worry too much about their health have a higher risk of developing heart diseases, according to a new study in Norway. A nationwide cardiovascular research project was conducted in Norway where researchers analyzed data from over 7,000 Norwegians who did not have any heart disease prior to the study. Over the next 12 [...]

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600,000 child deaths every year is caused by high air pollution, UNICEF says

October 31, 2016
600,000 child deaths every year is caused by high air pollution, UNICEF says

Around 300 million children worldwide, or almost one in seven kids, live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution and they are the most vulnerable to the damage, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the children’s agency under the United Nations (UN). Areas where outdoor pollution was highest, mostly in South [...]

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WHO IARC asked panel not to release weedkiller review documents

October 28, 2016
WHO IARC asked panel not to release weedkiller review documents

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency under the World Health Organization (WHO), advised its academic experts on one of its review panels not to release documents regarding a 2015 review of the weedkiller glyphosate. The agency said the request was made to protect its work from external interference and [...]

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Asian countries intensify anti-smoking, tobacco regulations

October 19, 2016
Asian countries intensify anti-smoking, tobacco regulations

Stepping up their game in the war against cigarettes, four countries in Asia (Japan, China, the Philippines and Indonesia) have launched new measures to regulate smoking and tobacco products, in the interest of public health. Limits on passive smoking which includes a complete ban on indoor smoking in restaurants, hotels and airports in Japan have [...]

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Watch out for these 6 warning signs of a heart attack one month before

September 23, 2016
Watch out for these 6 warning signs of a heart attack one month before

Cardiovascular diseases or heart diseases have been the leading cause of death for both men and women all over the world for many years now. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 17.5 million people died from CVDs in 2012, representing 31% of all global deaths. People with cardiovascular disease or who are [...]

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Safer, non-addictive alternatives for opioid may be on the way

September 21, 2016
Safer, non-addictive alternatives for opioid may be on the way

One of the problems being faced by the healthcare system today is the growing number of deaths caused by drug overdose, specifically opioids which are morphine-derived painkillers like heroin, Vicodin, or Oxycontin. According to estimates by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of fatalities in the US from opioid abuse [...]

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