Tag: WHO

1 Million New STD Infections Are Diagnosed Every Day, According To WHO

The four sexually transmitted infections continue to spread globally at alarming rates with a million new cases daily on adults and children. While treatable, STDs could have grave effects, including stillbirths and a higher risk of HIV.

Public Health June 7, 2019

WHO Stops Classifying Transgender People As Mentally Ill

Transgender people are no longer classified as having a mental health disorder in the updated manual of the World Health Organization. Now, 'gender incongruence' is listed under sexual health in a move that’s hoped to benefit transgender people worldwide.

Public Health May 29, 2019

Burnout Is Now A Legitimate Medical Condition: WHO

A good chunk of employees feel burnout from work and now, WHO is recognizing it as a real medical condition. Burnout is included in the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 28, 2019

Ebola Outbreak: Health Workers In Congo Fear Violent Attacks

Ebola responders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are struggling to deal with the outbreak amid recent violent attacks by armed groups. Efforts to curb the spread of the disease have been hampered by threats to health workers.

Public Health May 23, 2019

Ebola Responders Considering Strike If More Effective Protection Measures Not Implemented

Congolese health workers marched to demand increased protection against armed militiamen. Dozens of doctors and nurses who are at the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak threatened to go on strike if their demands are not met by the government.

Public Health April 26, 2019

Testing Novel Anti-Malaria Vaccine To Begin In Malawi

An anti-Malaria vaccine has finally been developed after three decades of study. It has the most extensive clinical study to date with a $1 million budget.

Medicine April 24, 2019

Ebola Outbreak In Congo Spreading At Its Fastest Rate, WHO Says

The Ebola virus has spread and infected over a thousand people in Congo. The World Health Organization has called on the international community to help in the efforts to end the outbreak.

Public Health April 3, 2019

Ebola Spreads To High-Security Risk Area, WHO Says

The World Health Organization recently said that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has made its way to another area, Kayina. The strife-torn area has reported five cases.

Public Health January 26, 2019

WHO Considering Panel On Gene Editing Ethics

The World Health Organization expressed the need to regulate gene editing after a Chinese scientist had admitted to manipulating human embryo. A panel will be created to talk about the issue.

December 4, 2018

Measles Cases Increase By 31 Percent In 2017, Parents Partly To Blame

In 2017, 173,330 cases of measles were recorded, a 31-percent increase from 2016. Health organizations partially pointed at parental neglect as a reason for the uptick.

Public Health November 30, 2018

Tuberculosis Affecting The World Today Was Spread By European Colonizers Says Study

A study found that the emergence of the most widespread strain of tuberculosis coincided with the arrival of European explorers. It suggested that the introduction of Lineage 4 TB in Asia, Africa, and the Americas was caused by colonizers.

Public Health October 20, 2018

Number Of Yemen Cholera Cases Increasing At Alarming Pace, According To WHO Report

The World Health Organization reported that the cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen continues to worsen. In September, an average of 10,000 new suspected cases of cholera was recorded every week.

October 3, 2018

WHO Says Ebola May Spread From Congo To Neighboring Uganda

Because of internal conflicts, WHO reassessed the alert level for the risk of Ebola outbreak in Congo as "very high." Health workers fear that the disease might also spill into Uganda and other neighboring countries.

Public Health September 30, 2018

UN Leaders Pledge To End TB For Good

The United Nations announced the effort to eliminate tuberculosis, which kills over 1 million people, worldwide. The UN General Assembly committed to provide 40 million people with the care they need within five years.

Public Health September 29, 2018

Alcohol Use Responsible For 3 Million Deaths Each Year: WHO Report

According to WHO's latest report, 3 million deaths worldwide can be attributed to harmful alcohol use. Apart from the health consequences, it also brings social and economic costs to both the individual and the society.

Public Health September 22, 2018

Europeans Are Living Longer But Certain Health Issues Can Reverse The Trend, Says WHO

Europeans can expect to live up to 77 years thanks to the ongoing health initiative overseen by the World Health Organization. However, certain lifestyle factors like drinking and smoking are prohibiting progress.

Public Health September 13, 2018

US Delegates Oppose WHO Resolution Encouraging Breastfeeding

A report said U.S. delegates tried to block a breastfeeding decree discussed during a World Health Organization assembly. The delegates allegedly wanted to omit a particular language of the resolution that highly encourages breastfeeding over formula milk.

Public Health July 10, 2018

Video Game Addiction Officially Classified As A Mental Disorder: Here’s Why This Is Important

The World Health Organization recently classified 'video game addiction' as a mental health disorder. The decision to classify it is believed by many to be a very important step forward. Here's why they believe this is so.

Public Health June 19, 2018

WHO Wants Trans Fat Out Of Food Supply: Types Of Food To Avoid To Cut Back On Trans Fats

World Health Organization recently released a plan to help countries wipe out trans fats from the global food supply in the next five years. Here's how one can restrict the consumption of the artery-clogging fat.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 16, 2018

HTLV-1 Virus Threatens Australian Aborigines: International Coalition Calls On WHO To Eradicate HIV’s Distant Cousin

An international coalition of medical virologists urged the WHO to implement strategies to eradicate the HTLV-1 virus. HTLV-1 is a distant relative of HIV, which can also be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse.

Public Health May 11, 2018

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

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