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Video Game Addiction To Be Recognized As Mental Disorder: Here's What To Do If You Think You Have It

The World Health Organization will soon classify video game addiction as a mental health condition. Here is how to determine if you have gaming disorder and what you should do next if you think you have it.

Public Health December 27, 2017

WHO Urges Farmers To Stop Feeding Antibiotics To Healthy Animals To Prevent Rise Of Superbugs

The World Health Organization has asked farmers to stop using antibiotics on healthy animals. The practice of exposing animals to the unnecessary use of antibiotics is leading to the rise of drug-resistant superbugs.

November 8, 2017

The Obesity Problem Worsens: There Were 10 Times More Obese Children And Teens In 2016 Than 40 Years Ago

There were 10 times more obese children and teens in 2016 compared to 40 years ago, according to a joint study between the Imperial College London and the World Health Organization. The worldwide obesity problem is indeed getting worse.

Public Health October 11, 2017

Spread Of ‘Superbug’ Gonorrhea Is Now Imminent, WHO Warns

Health officials warn about the spread of super gonorrhea, one that is antibiotic resistant. Gonorrhea spreads due to a number of factors, including a decline in condom use and oral sex.

Public Health July 7, 2017

WHO Confirms 3 Cases Of Zika In India

WHO confirmed reports of three separate cases of Zika virus disease in Gujarat State in India. Several agencies are currently working to prevent an outbreak of the disease.

Public Health May 28, 2017

WHO Confirms At Least One Ebola Death In Congo: Another Outbreak At Hand

Another Ebola outbreak has been reported out of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The World Health Organization was quick to respond to DRC’s eighth Ebola outbreak since 1976.

Public Health May 13, 2017

Brazil’s Zika Emergency Is Over With Drop In Cases Of Mosquito-Borne Virus

Brazil has lifted its public health emergency over the mosquito-borne illness Zika virus. This occurs 18 months after its worst outbreak, which causes severe birth defects like microcephaly in newborns.

Public Health May 12, 2017

WHO Celebrates Ebola Vaccine Success And Extends Gratitude To Guinea Citizens

The director-general of the World Health Organization has expressed her gratitude to the leaders and citizens of African countries who supported the Ebola vaccine trials. The president of Guinea wants the vaccine to be produced in Africa.

Feature | Health May 6, 2017

Mystery Illness Kills 11, Sickens At Least 5 Others In Liberia

The World Health Organization is investigating 11 cases of unexplained deaths resulting from a mystery illness in Liberia. The incidents come almost a year after WHO announced the end of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

Public Health April 29, 2017

Ghana, Kenya, And Malawi Get World's First Malaria Vaccine

The WHO announced the start of a pilot program to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, Mosquirix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline. The real-life trial will begin in 2018 in three African countries with a high prevalence of the mosquito-borne disease.

Public Health April 24, 2017

WHO Hails Major Progress In Fight Against Tropical Diseases, But Challenges Remain

The World Health Organization is on track in achieving its goals to eradicate and control neglected tropical diseases, but challenges with treatment distribution remain. Officials urge drug companies to take action.

Public Health April 19, 2017

WHO Names Depression As Leading Cause Of Sickness And Disability, Calls For Urgent Action

The World Health Organization named depression as the world’s leading cause of sickness and disability. Their program “Depression: let’s talk” aims to urge people with depression all around the world to seek for help.

Public Health April 1, 2017

Discovery Of 'Immortalized' Stem Cells To Mass Produce Artificial Blood Matters: How This Can Help Save Lives

Mass production of artificial blood may hold the key to address the need for a reliable supply of safe blood for patients in more than half of the world’s countries. It can be achieved by “immortalizing” stem cells at an early stage.

Medicine March 29, 2017

Bird Flu Strain Detected In Tennessee Farm Under Tyson Foods Contract

A Tennessee poultry farm under contract with Tyson Foods Inc. is now placed under quarantine by the U.S. Department of Agriculture officials afrer it was found infected with H7 strain of pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

Public Health March 6, 2017

Improvements In Malaria Control Evident In Africa But Global Efforts Still Lacking, Says WHO Report

It is revealed in the World Malaria Report 2016 released on Dec. 13 that there is great progress in malarial intervention and control in sub-Saharan Africa. However, there is a shortfall in malaria control measures in many African countries, which are attributed to insufficient funding and weak healthcare systems, noted the report.

Public Health December 14, 2016

WHO Releases New HIV Self-Testing Guidelines Ahead Of World AIDS Day

The WHO has released new guidelines for HIV self-testing ahead of World AIDS Day. People can use finger-prick tests or their oral fluid to check their HIV status in private settings.

Public Health November 30, 2016

Efforts To End Global Tuberculosis Epidemic Falling Short, Says WHO

According to a WHO report, efforts to curb tuberculosis cases around the world are there but countries are not doing enough to meet targets necessary to end the epidemic once and for all.

Public Health October 15, 2016

Raising Tax On Sugary Drinks Will Address Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes: WHO

A new WHO report presents the possibility of lowering sugary drinks consumption through their taxation, contributing to the reduction of type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Public Health October 11, 2016

Endemic Measles Now Eliminated In The Americas: WHO

Americas, from Canada to Chile, have become measles free. This was announced by the World Health Organization, which said the Americas is the first region in the world to achieve that feat.

Public Health September 28, 2016

HIV Testing Shortfalls Could Limit Attainment Of Global Targets: WHO

Shortfalls in testing capacity could seriously undermine efforts to attain global targets against HIV/AIDS, a new WHO report revealed. Researchers suggest the improvement of both national and international measures.

Public Health August 24, 2016

Polio Makes A Return In Nigeria, 2 Years After The Virus Was Thought To Be Eradicated

In an unfortunate turn of events, Nigeria, which had been poised to announce that it was polio-free next summer, has announced two new cases of the paralytic virus. The country had gone two years without reporting a case.

Public Health August 12, 2016

Here Are The Top Most Polluted Cities In The World

Surprise, Delhi is no longer the world's most polluted city in the world! Based on the new WHO data, cities in Southeast Asia, Western Pacific and the Middle East still showed increasingly high levels of air pollution.

Earth/Environment May 14, 2016

Better Mental Health Treatment Can Help Global Economy: WHO

According to the WHO, better investment in depression treatment and mental health will translate to four-fold returns for the world's economy. Paying attention to mental care will increase work productivity as well as provide billions of gains through enhanced wellness.

Life April 13, 2016

Five-Year Old Boy Tests Positive In Latest Ebola Flare-Up In Liberia

Two new cases of Ebola virus emerged in Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that flare-ups are expected that is why countries should remain vigilant and prepared.

Life April 4, 2016

WHO Sees Scientific Consensus On Zika Link To Microcephaly, Neurological Disorders

The link between Zika virus and microcephaly and other neurological disorders has reached a strong scientific consensus, according to the World Health Organization. These neurological disorders include the Guillain-Barre Syndrome that can cause temporary paralysis.

Life April 1, 2016

WHO Declared End Of Ebola International Public Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Ebola epidemic is no longer an international public health emergency. It stressed that countries should remain vigilant and prepared for clusters of new infections.

Life March 31, 2016

Is The Japanese Diet The Way To Go If You Want To Live Longer?

Can what you eat make you live longer? An extensive 15-year study on the Japanese diet finally reveals astounding information that those who followed the diet had a lower mortality rate by 15 percent compared to those who did not.

Life March 26, 2016

Tuberculosis Cases Rise In US After 23-Year Decline

Tuberculosis rates in the United States surged in 2015 after a 23-year decline. In terms of per capita rate, three in every 100,000 people now have TB, with more than half of cases clustered in Florida, Texas, New York and California.

Life March 25, 2016

The Full English Breakfast Is Under Threat From Health Conscious Youngsters

You might assume that with the ever-changing lifestyles and the next generation of nonchalant youngsters, healthy food choices might be going a downward spiral. Surprisingly, it’s the other way around!

Life March 25, 2016

WHO Efforts To Fight Zika Virus Hampered By Lack Of Cash

The United Nations health agency is in need of $4 million funds for its efforts to curb the Zika virus outbreak. The increasing number of microcephaly cases across affected countries have increased in the past week.

Life March 23, 2016

Ebola Is Back In Guinea: Authorities Confirm 2 New Cases

Two persons in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus, marking the comeback of the disease that has killed 11,300 since 2013. These are the first confirmed cases after the African country was declared Ebola-free on Dec. 29.

Life March 18, 2016

Unhealthy Environments Responsible For 12.6 Million Deaths Each Year

A new report by the World Health Organization revealed that unhealthy environment factors have contributed to about 12.6 million deaths each year. Southeast Asia is the most affected region, researchers said.

Life March 16, 2016

Spraying To Eliminate Mosquitoes May Not Stop Spread Of Zika Virus: WHO

WHO Assistant Director-General Marie-Paule Kieny said using traditional methods to eliminate mosquitoes has had no impact in fighting off dengue. The same issues might apply to Zika virus, she said.

Life March 10, 2016

BioCryst Zika Virus Drug Shows Promise In Mice Study

A Zika virus drug being developed by BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is yielding promising results, new research revealed. Scientists tested the drug in a preclinical mice study.

Life March 9, 2016

WHO Seeks $56 Million To Fight Zika As Mosquito-Borne Virus Spreads To 39 Countries

Zika virus is now present in 39 countries, which is why the World Health Organization will implement a strategic program to thwart the further spread of the disease. The agency estimates that it will need about $56 million to execute the entire plan.

Life February 17, 2016

Zika Virus Vaccine 18 Months Away From Trials: WHO

WHO said 15 companies and groups are currently in the hunt for Zika vaccines. Scientists in both Colombia and Brazil are conducting separate studies to confirm the link between the virus and microcephaly.

Life February 13, 2016

Zika Link To Birth Defects Microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome Could Be Confirmed Within Weeks: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said the link between Zika virus and two neurological diseases could be confirmed within weeks. This followed the sudden increase of microcephaly cases among infants born to mothers infected with the virus.

Life February 13, 2016

World's Top Scientists Pledge To Share Zika Virus Research Findings

Research bodies across the globe joined forces to battle the growing outbreak of Zika virus. The statement, signed by organizations, aims to make all data freely available to the public.

Life February 11, 2016

Zika Virus May Strain Blood Supply As Blood Banks Turn Away Potential Donors

A shortage of blood supply could be looming, as blood banks turn away those who have traveled to areas that are at-risk for the Zika virus. Experts estimate, for instance, a 2 percent reduction in eligible donors in the country - how will this affect the overall supply?

Life February 10, 2016

Exceptionally Hot And Dry Temperature In Northeast Brazil May Have Set Off Zika Outbreak

Extreme weather conditions in Northeast Brazil may have possibly driven the sudden surge in Zika virus cases in the country. They may have also caused the rise of the population of aedes mosquitoes, researchers said.

Life February 5, 2016

Zika Virus Around For Decades, But Why Is Microcephaly Only Showing Up Now?

The Zika Virus has been around for 69 years but health experts only agreed that it may be linked to microcephaly Monday. What is microcephaly and why is the virus suddenly a high-level threat just by being associated with it?

Life February 3, 2016

WHO Declares Zika An International Emergency

Experts agree that the "strongly suspected" link between the virus and a severe birth defect suggests a causal link.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 1, 2016

WHO To Decide If Zika Virus Should Be Declared An International Emergency

World Health Organization (WHO) officers plans to meet in Geneva for an emergency meeting. The meeting will tackle ways to curb the outbreak that was linked to birth defects among infants born to mothers infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

Life February 1, 2016

Asia Accounts For Half Of Overweight And Obese Children In World: Childhood Obesity Causes And Prevention

About half of the world's obese children, 48 percent, live in Asia. It's a result of environmental changes and will require societal changes to fix, according to the World Health Organization.

Life February 1, 2016

Forty-One Million Preschoolers Worldwide Are Obese Or Overweight: WHO Panel Calls For Sugar Tax To Fight Childhood Obesity

A WHO-commissioned report revealed that that the number of obese or overweight kids under age 5 around the world has risen to 41 million. Its authors also backed levying sugar tax for fizzy drinks and high-sugar food products.

Life January 26, 2016

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