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The Cost & Solutions to Stress and Mental Illness in the Workplace: An Interview with Graeme Cowan

The direct cost of depression to the United States in terms of lost time at work is estimated at 172 million days yearly. According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. Australian Graeme Cowan, who experienced a horrific five-year mental breakdown, published a report […]

North Korea reports two cases of H5N1

H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has struck two poultry producing farms in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, killing more than 46,000 birds, according to a report posted by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

5 Reasons American Women Won’t Breastfeed

Despite proven health benefits for both mother and child, as well as a slew of breastfeeding campaigns by world and national health organizations to increase breastfeeding rates, only 16.4% of American mothers exclusively breastfeed as long as recommended. Here are some reasons why.

Walmart Goes Granola?

The big-box behemoth plans to start selling a line of organic foods: The world’s largest retailer announced Thursday that it would be partnering with Wild Oats, a prominent health food label, to expand the organic offerings in its grocery section and drive down the price of organic foods across the country. … Starting later this month, the Wild Oats […]

Death Toll in Ebola Outbreak Rises to 121

(DAKAR, Senegal) — The World Health Organization says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people. As of Monday, the organization recorded a total of 200 suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola, which is normally found in central or eastern Africa, in…

Ending Stigma by All Memes Necessary

Some 35 million American adults struggle with depression. The World Health Organization projects that by 2030, the amount of disability and life lost due to depression will be greater than that of any other condition, including accidents, war, suicide, cancer, and stroke. Show More Summary

Ebola Outbreak Spreading: How To Protect Yourself

The Ebola outbreak that has hit Guinea and neighboring Liberia has reached dire levels and is continuing to claim lives. According to the World Health Organization, more than 100 people have succumbed to the disease in Guinea, along with another 10 in Liberia. Dozens of others have been infected and are fighting the disease since

WHO pushes for grotesque warnings on cigarettes, probably won't dissuade China's smokers

If you haven't noticed, the current warning labels on cigarettes aren't exactly dissuading China's tobacco fiends. So the World Health Organization is pushing for Chinese cigarette warnings to depict graphic images like black lungs.Show More Summary

‘This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced’

last weekNews : BlogPost

Doctors with the World Health Organization are calling the situation in West Africa "one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced." The death toll has topped 100, WHO officials say, with 157 confirmed and suspected cases and 101 deaths in Guinea, and 23 suspected cases and seven deaths in Liberia. Three things […]

Air Pollution Now Responsible for 1 in 8 Deaths Worldwide, Study Shows

Air pollution is now the world’s single greatest environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new findings that show poor air quality is responsible for 7 million deaths a year – one in eight total deaths worldwide. Show More Summary

Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries

last weekHealth : NYT: Health

Although Iraq has only one confirmed case, the World Health Organization said dozens could be afflicted, primarily under-inoculated young children.

The African Ebola outbreak that keeps getting worse

last weekHealth : The Checkup

It began early this year in the forested villages of southeast Guinea. For months, the infected went undiagnosed. It wasn’t until March 23 that the news finally hit the World Health Organization. And by then, Ebola had already claimed 29 lives, the organization reported in a one-paragraph press release. Read full article >>

New WHO Report Provides Road Map for Effective Vaccine Introductions

In the mid-1990s, when I started working with the World Health Organization (and at that time, the Children's Vaccine Initiative, a pre-cursor to the current GAVI Alliance) on trying to accelerate the uptake of the Hib meningitis vaccine, there were a lot of barriers and concerns. Show More Summary

Interactive: India’s Journey to Polio Eradication

In March, the World Health Organization officially certified India as polio-free — one of history’s great public health achievements. Just five years ago, India accounted for half of polio cases worldwide. This interactive timeline explains how India won the battle against the dreaded disease. Polio is highly infectious and especially prevalent in areas where inadequate […]

Air Pollution Killed 7 Million in 2012, According to WHO

Air pollution claimed 7 million lives in 2012, according to a report just released by the World Health Organization, with the vast majority of deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. One out of every eight premature deaths...Show More Summary

Thanks to Pakistan – Polio Spreads to Syria in “Most Challenging Outbreak in History”

Syrian refugee Mohammed Sammor is vaccinated against polio at a clinic in Lebanon. The UN fears the disease could spread. (Photograph: Bilal Hussein/AP) The World Health Organization reported an eruption of polio cases in Syria this past year. At least … Continue reading ?

‘Food Security’ of Birds & Animals

Recently Indian government passed “National Food Security Act” which aims to provide food grains guarantee to all of the India's 1.2 billion people. Similarly World Health Organization (WHO) in its World Food Summit has defined “Food Security” as existing “when all people on this earth, at all... [[ This is a content summary only. Show More Summary

Death toll rises in Africa Ebola outbreak

String-like ebola virus particles shed from an infected cell in this electron micrograph. Credit: NIAID The deadly Ebola outbreak in Western Africa has now killed more than 80 people, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO...Show More Summary

Using New Media to Make Effective Impact

The issue of mental health is at crisis point, with the World Health Organization stating that "mental disorders (are) among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide." There are more than 450 million globally affected individuals, 75 percent of whom live in developing countries. Show More Summary

Cheap Mobile Eye Exams For Rural Poor Made Possible With Smartphones

The World Health Organization estimates some 90% of the world’s visually impaired folks live in the developing world. Most suffer from correctible but undiagnosed refractive errors like cataracts. Opthalmic equipment is big, heavy, expensive and immobile. It can be difficult or even impossible for people living in rural areas of […]

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