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Cholera outbreak claiming lives

The cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen has claimed more than 1,300 lives, according to the World Health Organization and UNICEF. The two organizations have issued a joint statement saying, "We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world." Cholera is an infectious diseases usually spread through food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. […]

WHO hopes Yemeni cholera outbreak is half done at 218,000 cases

20 hours agoHealth : Reuters: Health

GENEVA (Reuters) - A major cholera outbreak in Yemen may have reached the halfway mark at 218,798 cases as a massive emergency response has begun to curb its spread two months into the epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

What Leads To Suicide?

According the the World Health Organization, over 800,000 people die by suicide each year. Those who attempt suicide do so

Taxing Tobacco

Tim Taylor has an excellent post on taxing tobacco in developing nations with lots of links including this one that includes a discussion on revenue potential. I want to highlight a World Health Organization on the administration of tobacco taxes. Show More Summary

Improving detection and initial management of gestational diabetes through the primary level of care in Morocco: protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

Morocco is facing a growing prevalence of diabetes and according to latest figures of the World Health Organization, already 12.4% of the population are affected. A similar prevalence has been reported for ges...

Cholera Outbreak Kills Hundreds of Children in Yemen

The UN health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children, the AP reports. UNICEF director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said in a statement Saturday, "We are now facing the...

UN: 1,310 dead in Yemen cholera epidemic

UN's World Health Organization also warns that as many as 300,000 people could be infected by the end of August.

A Hot Dog Alternative So Simple, You'll Wonder Why You Didn't Think of It

If you haven't heard the news, the stuff inside hot dogs is super scary. In fact, the World Health Organization deemed them just as carcinogenic as tobacco, asbestos, and alcohol. The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine likewise...Show More Summary

"At least 17 children in eastern Syria have been paralyzed from a recently confirmed outbreak of polio, the World Health Organization said Tuesday..."

The NYT reports.The polio virus, once thought to verge on eradication, is one of the most contagious diseases in inadequately protected areas... [There is] an urgent need to vaccinate more than 400,000 children under the age of 5 inShow More Summary

The World Health Organization spends more on travel than on key diseases. That’s actually okay.

A recent AP article (carried by The Washington Post) grabbed widespread attention with the charge that the “World Health Organization [WHO] routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel — far more than what it doles out to fight … AIDS, tuberculosis [TB] or malaria.” At face value, this is an alarming statistic. As the […]

Big Solutions to Tiny Particles: Innovative Solutions Can Help Tackle Air-Quality Challenges for the U.S and our Neighbors

Air pollution is the fourth leading risk factor in premature death worldwide according to the World Health Organization, leading to about 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 alone.

Yemen cholera death toll passes 1,100: WHO

Cholera has killed 1,170 people in war-ravaged Yemen and the number of suspected cases is now at nearly 2,000 a day, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. And the devastation wrought by the conflict there made coping with the outbreak that much more difficult, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva. Show More Summary

WHO says child from Raqqa among 15 new polio cases in Syria

GENEVA (Reuters) - Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

DNA delivery technology joins battle against drug-resistant bacteria

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, affecting anyone, at any age, in any country, according to the World Health Organization. Currently, 700,000 deaths each year are attributed to antimicrobial resistance, a figure which could increase to 10 million a year by 2050 save further intervention.

Georgetown Global Health Expert to Testify on U.S. Support of the World Health Organization

Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH, co-director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center, will testify before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations examining the role of U.S. support for the World Health Organization.

Can a Smart Headband Cure Depression?

As of 2015, South Korea had the fourth-highest suicide rate globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). But social stigmas associated with depression and mental illness—the leading causes of self-inflicted death—often keep […] The post Can a Smart Headband Cure Depression? appeared first on

The World Health Organization just picked a new leader. These are the challenges he faces.

On May 23, the World Health Organization elected a new director-general (DG): Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, known as Tedros. The first DG from an African nation, he is also the first nonmedical doctor to lead the organization. With a doctorate in public health, he served as Ethiopia’s health minister from 2005 to 2012 and foreign minister […]

WHO confirms Congo polio outbreaks in new eradication setback

2 weeks agoHealth : Reuters: Health

GENEVA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease that the world is trying to eradicate, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Mosquito-killing fungi engineered with spider and scorpion toxins could help fight malaria

Malaria kills nearly half a million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In some of the hardest-hit areas in sub-Saharan Africa, the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite have become resistant to traditional chemical insecticides, complicating efforts to fight the disease.

PLOS Medicine Announces a Call for Research Papers, on the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Guest editors Nicola Low of the University of Bern, Switzerland and Nathalie Broutet of the World Health Organization, along with PLOS Medicine Senior Editor Richard Turner, discuss the rationale for a call for papers on sexually

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