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Montevideo, November 14th 2018 - 20:44 UTC

Tag: diseases

  • Saturday, September 29th 2018 - 09:11 UTC

    WHO-led initiative to reduce the use of alcohol by 10% by 2025

    Alcohol consumption contributes to more than 3 million deaths globally every year and over 5% of the global burden of disease and injury, according to WHO

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday released SAFER, a new initiative and technical package outlining five high-impact strategies that can help governments reduce the harmful use of alcohol and related health, social and economic consequences.

  • Thursday, September 13th 2018 - 10:29 UTC

    Cancer burden rises to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million cancer deaths in 2018

    One in 5 men and one in 6 women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in 8 men and one in 11 women die from the disease

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released on Wednesday the latest estimates on the global burden of cancer. The GLOBOCAN 2018 database, accessible online as part of the IARC Global Cancer Observatory, provides estimates of incidence and mortality in 185 countries for 36 types of cancer and for all cancer sites combined. An analysis of these results, published today in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, highlights the large geographical diversity in cancer occurrence and the variations in the magnitude and profile of the disease between and within world regions.

  • Tuesday, April 10th 2018 - 09:02 UTC

    Plastic crisis: divert foreign aid to dumpsites in developing countries

    Some 38 out of 50 of the world’s largest uncontrolled dump sites are in coastal areas and many of them spill waste directly into the sea.

    By Christine Cole (*) - Plastic pollution in the oceans is a major problem that is finally getting the attention it deserves, thanks to Blue Plan II. It makes headline news almost every week – and famous figures such as the Pope, Prince Charles, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir David Attenborough have all joined the debate.

  • Wednesday, March 28th 2018 - 14:18 UTC

    Measles spreads again in the Americas

    The region had finally been declared free of the disease by an International Committee of Experts in 2016 after 22 years of mass vaccination.

    After being the first continent in the world declared free of measles in 2016, nine countries in the region have registered cases last year. With almost 900 cases, Venezuela was the most affected. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns that the countries of the region should intensify their efforts to immunize the population and stop the spread of the disease.