Tag: World Health Organization

Ebola Containment Efforts In The Congo Starting To Run Out Of Funding

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is currently experiencing the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. However, the World Health Organization has not received the funding it needs to control the further spread of the deadly disease.

Public Health June 26, 2019

Over 200 People Die From Snakebites Every Day

Public health officials have called snakebites a 'hidden health crisis' affecting thousands every year. The Wellcome Trust UK and the World Health Organization have stepped up to address the problem and prevent thousands from dying from snakebites around the world.

Public Health May 24, 2019

WHO Says Children Below 2 Should Not Have Sedentary Screen Time

WHO released a new guideline, saying that children under 2 should not have any screen time. The panel said childhood health is best achieved through physical activity and good sleep.

Public Health April 25, 2019

Doctors Are Calling For More Taxes And Policy Changes For High-Sugar Drinks

In a policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics wants more strategic approaches to decrease the excessive consumption of high-sugar drinks among children. These include higher excise tax on the beverages and decreased marketing efforts targeting the young ones.

Public Health March 27, 2019

Polio Outbreak Hits Papua New Guinea For The First Time In 18 Years

Papua New Guinea recently confirmed its first polio outbreak in 18 years, with the case of a 6-year-old boy from Morobe province. Polio vaccine campaigns and better surveillance were initiated to contain the outbreak.

Public Health June 27, 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

World Health Organization Says Being Transgender Is Not A Mental Illness But A Sexual Health Condition

The World Health Organization revealed that being transgender would no longer be considered a mental illness. Instead, it will classify being transgender as a sexual health condition.

Public Health June 19, 2018

4,000 Ebola Vaccines Arrive In The Democratic Republic Of Congo, Officials Say

The World Health Organization sent the Democratic Republic of Congo 4,000 vaccines in hopes that it would contain the country’s latest Ebola outbreak. The current Ebola outbreak was announced on May 8.

Public Health May 16, 2018

World Health Organization Sets Deadline For Eliminating Trans Fats From Food

The World Health Organization announced a solution to decrease the amount of trans fat consumption. It believes that trans fats play an important role in cardiovascular disease-related deaths.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 14, 2018

Gaming Disorder Soon To Be Classified As Mental Health Condition

Gaming disorder will be included in the upcoming edition of the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization. What are the symptoms of a gaming disorder, and is it even legitimate?

December 25, 2017

Main Ingredient In Medical Marijuana Not Toxic Or Addicting: WHO Report

A WHO report states that CBD, one of the main compounds in the cannabis plant, as non-addictive and non-toxic. As such, a more comprehensive review of cannabis is expected to be made in May 2018.

Public Health December 15, 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

Were India’s First Few Zika Cases Hidden From The Public After They Were Detected?

Did the government deliberately hide the first few confirmed cases of Zika virus in India? Today, national guidelines are spread to prevent a Zika outbreak in the country already hit by other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Public Health May 30, 2017

WHO Controversy: Is The Cash-Strapped UN Health Agency Splurging On Travel?

The World Health Organization (WHO) annual spend on travel may be greater than those on major public health initiatives such as AIDS or malaria, according to internal documents. Find out more about this AP exclusive on shocking WHO travel costs.

Public Health May 22, 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

Depression Is Leading Cause Of Ill Health Worldwide: How To Combat The Scourge

The upcoming World Health Day is themed around depression and the importance of recognizing symptoms and offering support to people living with this mental health condition. As such, WHO promotes talking therapy and calls for bigger investments in depression treatments.

Public Health April 3, 2017

Amid Antibiotic Resistance And Current Treatments, How Are We Faring In The Fight Against Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is not yet a relic of the past as it continues to kill millions every year, especially in low-income countries and Africa. How is the battle going in the face of antibiotic resistance and new bacterial strains?

Public Health March 26, 2017

‘Priority Pathogens’: WHO Sounds Alarm On These 12 Superbugs

The WHO has published its first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens,” which details the 12 superbugs believed to pose the greatest threat to human health. Find out what these drug-resistant bacteria are.

Public Health February 28, 2017

Depression Leading Cause Of Disability, More Likely To Affect Women, WHO Reports

The World Health Organization has released new figures stating that depression can cause mental and physical disabilities. The statistics were released in a report on Feb. 23 and share that women are more likely to be affected vis-a-vis men.

Public Health February 24, 2017

Bill Gates: World Is Vulnerable To Deadly Flu Epidemic In Next Decade

In an interview with the BBC, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates expressed his concern about the world's inability to handle deadly epidemics in the future. He said global emergency response systems need to be strengthened and better treatments developed.

Public Health December 31, 2016

New Yellow Fever Case In Congo Linked To Local Mosquito

The new confirmed case of yellow fever in Congo was from a local carrier mosquito and not from the existing outbreak in neighboring Angola, pointing to the likelihood of a wider outbreak in the country.

Public Health June 11, 2016

Yellow Fever Outbreaks In Africa Serious But Not An Emergency: WHO

WHO said on May 19 that the outbreak of yellow fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a cause of great concern. However, the situation does not constitute a declaration of a public health emergency internationally.

Public Health May 20, 2016

Farmers Sue Monsanto Over Alleged Link Of Herbicide Roundup To Cancer

Farmers in Nebraska are suing Monsanto for misleading consumers about the dangers of using its popular herbicide Roundup, which includes a chemical known as glyphosate. The WHO identified glyphosate as a potential carcinogen in 2015.

Public Health May 16, 2016

WHO Releases New Recommendation To Test, Treat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

The WHO released on Thursday a speedier and more affordable treatment plan for curbing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, which affects about 480,000 globally. The TB treatment could be completed in a year and costs less than $1,000 per patient.

Medicine May 15, 2016

Yellow Fever Could Be The Next Global Health Emergency

Is the world on the brink of a yellow fever epidemic? The WHO announced that outbreaks in Angola, Congo and Uganda are now under control, but urged vigilance in case the disease turns into a global emergency.

Public Health May 12, 2016

Zika Infographics By CDC And WHO: Everything You Need To Know About The Deadly Virus

To help raise public awareness on the dreaded Zika virus, the WHO and the CDC have each published infographics to present what experts know about the disease so far. These diagrams also contain steps on how people can prevent the spread of the virus in their own way.

Public Health April 25, 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

Clip-On Device Provides Protection Against Mosquitoes That Transmit Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue, And Yellow Fever

A team of researchers lauded a clip-on repellent that could actually kill or knock the Aedes aegypti mosquito down. This mosquito is the primary vector for the Zika virus, already declared by the WHO as an international emergency.

Life February 3, 2016

Sanofi Kicks Off Search For Zika Virus Vaccine

Sanofi Pasteur said it has launched a vaccine research and development project for Zika virus. This is considered the first considerable commitment from a major vaccine firm to fight the disease already declared an international emergency by WHO.

Life February 2, 2016

Breastfeeding Could Save More Than 800,000 Lives Every Year: Study

A new report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF found that breastfeeding provided a number of benefits to both mothers and children. Researchers discovered that the practice can help prevent 800,000 child deaths and 20,000 breast cancer deaths annually.

Life January 29, 2016

Zika Virus Could Infect Four Million People By End Of 2016 As Scientists Warn Vaccine Is 10 Years Away

Zika virus continues to plague certain parts of the world. Experts are worried, however, that a vaccine and diagnostic tests for the disease may still be 10 years away from now.

Life January 29, 2016

WHO Announces Ebola Re-Emergence In Sierra Leone

According to recent reports, while it was recently reported that the spread of Ebola had been halted in West Africa, the virus has re-emerged in Sierra Leone.

Life January 25, 2016

Protein From Breast Milk May Take Down Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

The increasing incidence of global antibiotic resistance has spurred scientists to find ways to take down superbugs. Now, a new study discovered that a certain protein from breast milk may just be the key to combating drug-resistant viruses and bacteria.

Life January 25, 2016

More Than 100 People Placed In Quarantine Following New Ebola Death In Sierra Leone

Health officials placed more than 100 people under quarantine after a new case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone. Authorities urged the public not to panic and to stay alert to prevent further disease spread.

Life January 17, 2016

WHO Declares Liberia Ebola-Free, Marks End Of Worst Outbreak Of Disease

No new case of Ebola infection has been detected in Liberia for at least 42 days since the last confirmed case, according to the World Health Organization. This marks the end of the Ebola outbreak in the West African region.

Life January 14, 2016

The 10 Best And Weirdest Science Stories Of 2015

UFOs, kittens, cancer and climate change. This year has brought some exciting developments and some weird stories.

January 4, 2016

A $1 Stove Insert Could Save Thousands Of Lives

Toxic stove fumes from indoor household air pollution are the leading cause of death for children under five.

Life December 14, 2015

Flesh Eating Disease Leishmaniasis Spreads In War-Torn Syria

Currently spreading in ISIS-controlled areas in Syria, leishmaniasis is primarily transferred by bugs feeding on rotting corpses on the streets. A recent WHO report on Syria said that aid agencies are scrambling to help over 13 million Syrians immediately.

Life December 13, 2015

Scientists Hired By Monsanto Say Weed Killer Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer

A scientific panel hired by Monsanto revealed that the ingredient glyphosate commonly used in Roundup pesticide does not cause cancer. The panel’s assessment contradicts the previous report by WHO.

Life December 8, 2015

Mosquito-Borne Zika Virus Causes Birth Defects In Babies In Latin America

The Pan American Health Organization alerted the public about the Zika virus making rounds in Brazil and eight other surrounding countries. The virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes had been implicated in a sharp rise in microcephaly cases.

Life December 8, 2015

Bacon, Sausage Sales Plummet After WHO Cancer Report

In the United Kingdom, supermarkets saw a £3 million (over $4 million) drop in the sales of bacon and sausages over the last two weeks. An analyst group said that the "scare" from the WHO report on processed meats results in an incremental drop of 10 percent in sales.

Life November 23, 2015

Experts Slam WHO Over Delayed Response To Ebola Outbreak

Global health experts slam the World Health Organization for its failure to effectively prevent Ebola outbreaks. A panel of experts said WHO should be stripped off of its role in Ebola management as it obviously exudes great inadequacies.

Life November 23, 2015

WHO Warns Of Dangerously High Levels Of Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide: What Drives Surge Of Superbugs?

WHO has identified antibiotic resistance as a global health crisis, releasing the results of a survey that reflects people's poor understanding of the problem. Superbugs that had developed from drug resistance have been killing hundreds of thousands every year globally.

Life November 17, 2015

Spike In Flu Cases Prompts Australia To Add Another Strain To Vaccine For 2016 Season

Instead of the three typical flu strains, the new vaccine in Australia will comprise four strains - two influenza A and two influenza B strains - based on WHO recommendations. Influenza B strains are believed to have caused about 62 percent of flu cases in Australia during the winter.

Life November 7, 2015

Tuberculosis Surpasses HIV/AIDS As Leading Cause Of Global Death: WHO

WHO has announced that tuberculosis has exceeded HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death worldwide. Gaps in treatment and diagnosis was found to be a major culprit and one of the main hindrances to WHO's goal to eliminate TB for good.

Life October 29, 2015

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