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Montevideo, November 16th 2018 - 11:48 UTC

Tag: health

  • Thursday, October 25th 2018 - 06:35 UTC

    Microplastics found in the human track and stools, says medical forum in Vienna

    The authors estimate “more than 50% of the world population might have microplastics in their stools”, though they stressed the need for larger-scale studies

    Microplastics have been found in human stools for the first time, suggesting the tiny particles may be widespread in food. The study by researchers in Austria examined eight participants (from the UK, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Japan and Russia). All of their stool samples were found to contain microplastic particles.

  • Thursday, October 18th 2018 - 08:46 UTC

    Global health organizations commit to new ways of working together for greater impact

    The commitment follows a request from Angela Merkel, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway

    Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations signed in Berlin a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
    Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the initiative unites the work of 11 organizations, with others set to join in the next phase.

  • Thursday, October 18th 2018 - 08:31 UTC

    Beware of Chinese manufactured vaccines: this time human rabies

    The company's pharmaceutical production license has also been revoked and its illegally produced vaccines have been confiscated

    A Chinese vaccination firm has been fined US$ 1.3bn after it was found to have illegally produced the human rabies vaccine. Changchun Changsheng had blended different batches of vaccine fluid and used expired fluid to produce some of the batches, according to state news agency Xinhua.

  • Tuesday, October 2nd 2018 - 08:43 UTC

    Nobel Medicine Prize for harnessing immune system to fight cancer

    “Allison and Honjo showed how different strategies for inhibiting the brakes on the immune system can be used in the treatment of cancer”

    James Allison from the United States and Japanese Tasuku Honjo won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine for discoveries leading to new approaches in harnessing the immune system to fight cancer, the award-giving body said on Monday.

  • Saturday, September 29th 2018 - 09:18 UTC

    World Heart Day will emphasize awareness on air pollution risk

    Poor air quality is ranked as the 4th cause of Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY), one lost year of ‘healthy life’, says latest Global Burden of Disease study

    This year the World Heart Federation (WHF) is raising awareness of an increasingly important CVD risk factor: air pollution. World Heart Day takes place this Saturday. The latest scientific evidence by Nature warns that exposure to nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter air pollution is clearly linked to CVD mortality. Poor air quality is also ranked as the 4th cause of Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) – one lost year of ‘healthy life’ – according to latest Global Burden of Disease study .

  • 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 27th 2018 - 08:50 UTC

    Life expectancy growth in UK has halted: baby girls can reach 82.9 years and baby boys, 79.2

    Life expectancy in some parts of the UK has decreased: for males and females in Scotland and Wales it has declined by 0.1 years

    Growth in life expectancy in the UK has come to a halt, new figures show. A girl born between 2015 and 2017 is expected to live until 82.9 years old – no change on the previous figure for 2014-16, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The figure for baby boys born in 2015-17 is also unchanged, at 79.2 years.

  • Saturday, September 22nd 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    WHO publishes “Coming of Age” on better health for adolescents

    The world has more young people than ever before: of the 7.2 billion people worldwide, over 3bn are younger than 25 years and around 1.2bn 10-19 years

    The World Health Organization has published “Coming of age”, an in-depth online feature to advocate for better health for adolescents. The package includes video, gifs, visuals, and features on a range of topics on adolescent health, spanning mental health, sexuality education, as well as violence against and among youth, which remains a leading cause of adolescent deaths world-wide.

  • Thursday, May 17th 2018 - 08:13 UTC

    New evidence from genetic data links obesity with increased risk of smoking

    The study was based on genetic markers of obesity using UK Biobank data with genetic information on nearly 450 000 participants.

    A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides new evidence that increased weight and obesity may result in increased smoking. The study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), found that increased body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and waist circumference were associated both with a higher risk of being a smoker and with greater smoking intensity, measured by the number of cigarettes smoked per day. These results were consistent in both men and women.

  • Wednesday, May 2nd 2018 - 08:18 UTC

    Trump's 2015 “Super” health report was dictated by the president, claims doctor

    Mr Bornstein also said that government officials had carried out a “raid” on his offices in February 2017, removing all of Mr. Trump's medical records

    Donald Trump's former doctor has said he did not write a 2015 letter declaring the then-Republican presidential candidate's “astonishingly excellent” health, US media report. “[Trump] dictated that whole letter,” Harold Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday.