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Sitting in traffic jams is officially bad for you

Pollution levels inside cars were found to be up to 40% higher while in traffic jams or at a red traffic light compared to free-flowing traffic conditions, new research indicates. The World Health Organization has placed outdoor air pollution among the top ten health risks faced by humans, linking with seven million premature deaths a year.

7 Reasons To Share Our Brelfies

It's not every day that the United Nations urges moms to post more breastfeeding pictures to social media, yet that day has arrived. At a recent briefing in Geneva, World Health Organization spokeswoman Fadela Chaib spoke out in favor...Show More Summary

WHO emergency committee on yellow fever to meet on August 30

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization's (WHO) emergency committee on deadly yellow fever will meet on Aug. 30 to review outbreaks in Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, a spokesman said on Tuesday, as a major vaccination campaigns continues.

WHO to Implement New Plan to Fight Malaria in Africa

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) members agreed implementation of a new plan to fight malaria that include gaps in access to available methods, the limited number of interventions available and increasing resistance to medicines and insecticides.

Dr. Donald A. Henderson, Who Helped End Smallpox, Dies at 87

6 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Starting in 1966, Dr. Henderson, known as D.A., led the World Health Organization’s war on the smallpox virus, and achieved success astonishingly quickly.

Donald Henderson, who led effort to eradicate smallpox, dies at 87

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Donald A. Henderson, who headed the World Health Organization vaccination effort that wiped out smallpox in 1977 and later became a U.S. bioterrorism expert, has died from complications following a hip fracture, officials said on Sunday. He was 87. The 1966-1977 smallpox program at first was given...

Where Does U.S. Health Care Rank Among Other Major Nations?

last weekNews : Newsweek: US

This article was originally published on Medical Daily. In 2000, the World Health Organization embarked on an exhaustive mission to rank the health care systems of 191 countries, with the African nation Sierra Leone ranking dead last and the United States ranking 37th at the time. Show More Summary

As the maternal mortality rate falls worldwide, it's rising in the planet's richest nation: Ours

The World Health Organization defines maternal death as  "the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy,  irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated...Show More Summary

The Haunting of CVS - by the Ghosts of Its, Caremark's, MedPartners' and HealthSouth's Past

In our brave new neoliberal world of commercialized health care, many US health care organizations are products of numerous mergers, acquisitions, and other excercises in financial engineering. This makes it easier to obscure these organizations' history, especially their past sins. Show More Summary

5 major countries with the worst health care

last weekNews : The Raw Story

In 2000, the World Health Organization embarked on an exhaustive mission to rank the health care systems of 191 countries, with the African nation Sierra Leone ranking dead last and the United States ranking 37th at the time. Since then, however, the WHO has declined to update its rankings. In its...

Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has today named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

WHO appoints former NY mayor Bloomberg as global health ambassador

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday appointed the philanthropist and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg as a global health ambassador to help governments tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease. Bloomberg, who has a track record in public...

Video: What’s in a Label? Pros and Cons of the DSM

A recent proposal to remove transgender identity from the ICD, the World Health Organization’s manual of medical conditions, has reignited the debate over what should and shouldn’t be a mental health diagnosis. Many feel that classifying transgender identity as a disorder is unnecessarily stigmatizing. Others […]


The world as we know it has changed-- and it changed on February 1-2016 when the World Health Organization declared ZIKA a public health emergency of international proportions. Overnight, it seemed that the emergence of one obscure virus...Show More Summary

Brits Want Bacon and Sausage at Breakfast Even If It Kills Them

Just a few months after the release of a World Health Organization report declaring bacon and sausage to be carcinogenic, it seems like the British have had enough of the whole “healthy eating” thing.

Africa Launches Massive Vaccine Campaign To Curb Yellow Fever Outbreak

KINSHASA, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola began one of the biggest ever emergency vaccination campaigns in Africa this week, working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to curb a yellow fever epidemicShow More Summary

Desperate Venezuelans Turn to Mines, Find Malaria

More than a half-century ago, the World Health Organization recognized Venezuela as the first nation to wipe out malaria in its populated areas. It was even ahead of the US on that count. Today, though, the disease is making a ferocious comeback in the nation, even if the government fails...

The Global Fight Against Polio Just Suffered a Major Setback and Boko Haram Is to Blame

Two new cases of polio were confirmed to have paralyzed a 15-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl in Nigeria, the World Health Organization announced on Thursday. The cases were the first reported in the region in two years. They came...Show More Summary

Two Cases of Polio Registered in Nigeria

Two cases of infantile paralysis, also known as polio have been registered in Nigeria, two years after last case of polio was reported in Africa, the World Health Organization said in a statement Thursday.

Two years ago, Ebola became a public health emergency. Here are 5 lessons for fighting Zika

Two years ago, on Aug. 8, 2014, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for Ebola. Public health experts have written about the WHO’s slow reaction to Ebola and the weakness of health systems in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the centers of the outbreaks. But there’s a story […]

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