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Tag: health

  • Tuesday, June 18th 2019 - 08:45 UTC

    Billions suffer from poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene, says Unicef and WHO report

    The report reveals that 1.8 billion people have gained access to basic drinking water services since 2000, but there are vast inequalities in the accessibility

    Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely managed* drinking water services, 4.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services, and 3 billion lack basic** hand-washing facilities.

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  • Friday, May 31st 2019 - 09:39 UTC

    World No Tobacco Day: the damage tobacco causes to lung health

    WHO is calling on countries and partners to increase action to protect people from exposure to tobacco.

    On World No Tobacco Day (31 May), the World Health Organization is highlighting the damage tobacco causes to lung health: over 40% of all tobacco-related deaths are from lung diseases like cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. WHO is calling on countries and partners to increase action to protect people from exposure to tobacco.

  • Thursday, May 9th 2019 - 08:46 UTC

    WHO welcomes Food & Beverage lobby commitment to eliminate trans fat by 2023

    WHO Director-General Dr Tedros met with IFBA representatives to discuss actions to eliminate industrial trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in foods

    The World Health Organization has welcomed the commitment by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to align with the WHO target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

  • Wednesday, May 8th 2019 - 08:25 UTC

    “Eat, smoke, drink and be merry” recommends Norwegian health minister

    Sylvi Listhaug said smokers were made to feel like pariahs. A populist politician with anti-immigration views, she was appointed as new health minister on Friday

    Norway's newly appointed health minister has caused controversy by saying people should be allowed to eat, smoke and drink “as much as they want”. Sylvi Listhaug also said smokers were made to feel like pariahs.

  • Tuesday, April 30th 2019 - 08:45 UTC

    US measles cases increasing among unvaccinated children and adults

    Officials said the increase in cases is the largest since 1994, including 78 reported in the past week. There have been no deaths reported as as result of the outbreak.

    American health officials report that more than 700 people have been infected by measles this year, marking a 25-year high for the infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that cases had been recorded in 22 states and were mostly affecting unvaccinated children.

  • Friday, April 26th 2019 - 09:03 UTC

    Two Los Angeles universities on quarantine following measles outbreaks

    
The quarantine affects the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA)

    
A United States nationwide measles outbreak has led health officials to quarantine dozens of people at two Los Angeles universities, officials said on Thursday. The quarantine affects the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) and comes as the United States battles the highest number of measles cases since the country declared the virus eliminated in 2000.

  • Friday, April 12th 2019 - 18:03 UTC

    Doctor finds four live small sweat bees living in a woman's eye lid

     ”I looked into the gap with a microscope and saw something black that looked like an insect leg,” Dr. Hong, an ophthalmology professor at the hospital stated at a news conference

    A Taiwanese doctor removed four small sweat bees living inside a woman’s eye lid, and they were all still alive. The woman, who was reportedly identified as Ms. He, was apparently doing some work outside when the minuscule insects flew into her eyes. The bugs caused agony in He’s eye for hours until she finally received medical attention at a hospital in southern Taiwan.

  • Wednesday, April 10th 2019 - 09:43 UTC

    New York declares a public measles health emergency

    There have been 285 cases in the area since 30 September. Of those infected, 246 were children, New York health commissioner Oxiris Barbot said.

    New York's mayor has declared a public health emergency following a measles outbreak. The emergency warning covers certain postcodes in Brooklyn. All residents in the affected areas have been told to get vaccinated or face a fine.

  • Wednesday, March 20th 2019 - 10:11 UTC

    US jury considers glyphosate “a substantial factor” in causing human cancer

    Pharmaceutical group Bayer had strongly rejected claims that its glyphosate-based Roundup product was carcinogenic

    A US jury has found that one of the world's most widely-used weed-killers was a “substantial factor” in causing a man's cancer. Pharmaceutical group Bayer had strongly rejected claims that its glyphosate-based Roundup product was carcinogenic. But the jury in San Francisco ruled unanimously that it contributed to causing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in California resident Edwin Hardeman.

  • Wednesday, January 16th 2019 - 09:31 UTC

    Hanta virus outbreak in a Patagonia Chubut province town

    In Epuyen where an epidemiologic contingency has been declared, ten people have died and some 85 residents out of a total population of 3.000 are in quarantine

    Argentina's northern province of Jujuy has reported a first case of a patient suffering of the hanta virus contagion. The report is considered very serious since in the Patagonian province of Chubut there have been several deaths and some 85 residents of a town are in quarantine to stop the spread of the virus contagion.

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