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Friday, January 9th 2015 - 06:51 UTC

A new family of antibiotics to kill serious infections, discovered by US, UK and German scientists

Teixobactin has yet to be trialed in humans, but could one day be used to treat drug-resistant infections caused by the superbug MSRA, as well as tuberculosis

Scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics, teixobactin that can kill serious infections in mice without encountering any detectable resistance offering a potential new way to get ahead of dangerous evolving superbugs.

Wednesday, December 31st 2014 - 03:17 UTC

Venezuela has world's second highest homicide rate: 24.980 killings in the year

The Venezuelan government disputes figures produced by independent groups and for last year estimated a homicide rate of 39 per 100.000

Venezuela has the second highest homicide rate in the world, according to a report released by the NGO Venezuelan Violence Observatory. The country's homicide rate for 2014 stood at 82 per 100,000, with a total of 24,980 killings recorded for the year. The figure marked an uptick from the group’s estimate for the year prior, which stood at 79 per 100,000.

Saturday, September 20th 2014 - 00:04 UTC

Why China's insatiable appetite for coal has likely peaked

“We will resolutely declare war against pollution as we declared war against poverty,” Premier Li Keqiang said in March.

A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year and new Chinese government data suggests that the country's coal imports have dropped. Estimates indicate that by the end of the year, China's coal imports could be 8 percent below 2013 levels.

Tuesday, March 11th 2014 - 18:25 UTC

World Salt Awareness Week: “read the label, choose less salt”

More than 5 grams of salt per day increases the risk of high blood pressure, and  leading risk factor for death from heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on consumers to “Stop, look, choose…the lower salt option” during this year’s World Salt Awareness Week, March 10–16.

Friday, May 17th 2013 - 17:49 UTC

World Hypertension Day: WHO says avoid processed, canned and ready-to-eat-foods

The logo of the Day, and think twice before having snacks such as French fries

At least 30% of people in the Americas suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure, for which excessive dietary salt is the main risk factor. For 1 of 3 people who have hypertension, cutting sodium intake can reduce their blood pressure to normal levels. Reducing dietary salt could also prevent an estimated 25% of heart attacks and strokes worldwide.

Monday, March 18th 2013 - 20:26 UTC

In 2010 there were 1.24 million road traffic related deaths worldwide, says WHO report

Almost 60% of those who are killed in road traffic crashes are between the ages of 15 and 44 years, and 77% are male.

Only 28 countries, covering 7% of the world’s population, have comprehensive road safety laws on all five key risk factors: drinking and driving, speeding, and failing to use motorcycle helmets, seat-belts, and child restraints.

Thursday, February 14th 2013 - 21:00 UTC

Beijing's pollution alarms neighbours

The non breathable air of Beijing reached nearly 35 times what the World Health Organization considers safe

The good news for the Chinese leadership is that their fiscal policies have paid off, producing both the world's second largest economy and the globe's leading creditor nation in less than a generation.

Monday, January 14th 2013 - 06:38 UTC

Major victory for President Morales: UN accepts “coca leaf chewing” in Bolivia

President Morales in one of his many trips abroad chewing a coca leaf

Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the treaty’s requirement that “coca leaf chewing must be banned” was successful Friday. Opponents needed one-third of the 184 signatory countries to object, but fell far, far short despite objections by the US and the International Narcotics Control Board.

Wednesday, December 5th 2012 - 18:32 UTC

WHO sponsored research helps identify heavy lead contaminated areas in Peru

High levels of lead in the Cerro de Pasco soil, a historic mining town in the Andes

Countries – especially those with a long mining history -- can substantially reduce lead poisoning in children by mapping contamination levels in the soil to identify high-risk areas and by taking measures to keep children away from those areas, according to a study published this month in the public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Tuesday, October 30th 2012 - 07:25 UTC

‘Atlas of Health and Climate’ to understand the challenges of extreme conditions

Dr. Chan, Director-General of WHO: “climate has a profound impact on the lives, and survival, of people”.

As the world’s climate continues to change, hazards to human health are increasing. The Atlas of Health and Climate, published jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), illustrates some of the most pressing current and emerging challenges.

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