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  • Time-related deployment factors predict suicide attempt risk
    on April 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    (HealthDay)—For soldiers who have been deployed twice, suicide attempt (SA) risk is associated with timing of first deployment and dwell time (DT; i.e., length between deployments), according to a study published online April 18 in JAMA Psychiatry. […]

  • Dementia diagnosis linked to unnecessary medication use
    on April 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    A new international study led by University of Sydney has found that medication use increases in newly diagnosed dementia patients, particularly unnecessary or inappropriate medications. […]

  • Hearing aids may mitigate cognitive decline, memory loss
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    (HealthDay)—Using hearing aids may slow cognitive decline in later life, according to a study published online April 10 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. […]

  • Less pain post TKA with addition of peripheral nerve blocks
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    (HealthDay)—Addition of an interspace between the popliteal artery and capsule of the posterior knee (IPACK) block and adductor canal block (ACB) to periarticular injection (PAI) is associated with less pain after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), according to a study presented at the 2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, held from April 19 to 21 in New York City. […]

  • Delayed coronary obstruction rare after TAVR
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    (HealthDay)—Delayed coronary obstruction (DCO) after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a rare phenomenon but is associated with a high in-hospital mortality rate, according to a study published in the April 10 issue the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. […]

  • Meditation: different approaches, different benefits
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    (HealthDay)—Deep breathing is a great stress reliever, and the technique called mindfulness meditation is a helpful way to use breathing to get more in touch with your inner self. […]

  • Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see age-related vascular changes reverse by the equivalent of 15 to 20 years within six weeks, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. […]

  • More cases in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    (HealthDay)—The outbreak of E. coli illness tied to tainted Arizona romaine lettuce continues to expand, federal health officials said Wednesday. […]

  • 3-D human 'mini-brains' shed new light on genetic underpinnings of major mental illness
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, severe depression and bipolar disorder share a common genetic link. Studies of specific families with a history of these types of illnesses have revealed that affected family members share a mutation in the gene DISC1. While researchers have been able to study how DISC1 mutations alter the brain during development in animal models, it has been difficult to find the right tools to study changes in […]

  • Drinking may worsen hearing loss at loud concerts
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    (HealthDay)—High-decibel music blasting at big concert venues is a known cause of short-term hearing loss. But new research suggests drinking doesn't help matters, with drunk concertgoers actually moving closer to loudspeakers. […]

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  • WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities globally
    on April 11, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    WHO and UNICEF today issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually. The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding underpin the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, which both organizations launched in 1991. The practical guidance encourages new […]

  • WHO concerned about suspected chemical attacks in Syria
    on April 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    WHO is deeply alarmed by reports of the suspected use of toxic chemicals in Douma city, East Ghouta. According to reports from Health Cluster partners, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. In particular, there were signs of severe irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory failure and disruption to central […]

  • Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against yellow fever by 2026
    on April 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners. The commitment is part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) in Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health and […]

  • WHO at 70 - working for better health for everyone, everywhere
    on April 5, 2018 at 9:00 am

    On 7 April, World Health Day, the World Health Organization marks its 70th anniversary. Over the past 7 decades, WHO has spearheaded efforts to rid the world of killer diseases like smallpox and to fight against deadly habits like tobacco use. This year, World Health Day is dedicated to one of WHO’s founding principles: “The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being […]

  • Donors pledge over US$ 15 million to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies
    on March 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Donors have pledged an additional US$15.3 million to support quick action by the World Health Organization to tackle disease outbreaks and humanitarian health crises through its emergency response fund in 2018, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE). Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland announced contributions […]

  • Promote health, keep the world safe, serve the vulnerable
    on March 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    A warm welcome to all meeting participants! I sincerely regret not being able to join you this week to take part in your discussions. However, I know that several members of my senior leadership team will be joining some sessions. I have asked them to brief me on your deliberations and meeting outcomes. […]

  • Seven years of Syria’s health tragedy
    on March 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

    After seven years of conflict in Syria, WHO has renewed its call for the protection of health workers and for immediate access to besieged populations. Attacks on the health sector have continued at an alarming level in the past year. The 67 verified attacks on health facilities, workers, and infrastructure recorded during the first two months of 2018 amount to more than 50% of verified attacks in all of 2017. […]

  • Working together for the health and welfare of humankind
    on March 12, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    1. We, the Heads of the International Narcotics Control Board, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization are committed to support our Member States to effectively address and counter the world drug problem. We agree that if we are to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, including its health targets, we need to vigorously address the world drug problem with a greater focus on the health and […]

  • Gender equality must be at the core of 'Health for All'
    on March 7, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    On this International Women's Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is the “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s […]

  • World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases
    on March 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

    WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes. The WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs is co-chaired by President […]

  • GW Pharma gets FDA panel nod, first cannabis-based drug nearing approval
    on April 19, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    (Reuters) - An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday unanimously voted in favor of approving the first cannabis-derived medicine in the country, a childhood epilepsy treatment developed by GW Pharma. […]

  • WHO recommends testing before use of Sanofi's dengue vaccine
    on April 19, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    PARIS/CHICAGO (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday Sanofi's vaccine against dengue should only be used after testing on individuals to assess whether they have ever been exposed to the infection. […]

  • Large spleen helps explain deep-diving skills of Southeast Asian 'sea nomads'
    on April 19, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    (Reuters Health) - An age-old nomadic community of Southeast Asian boat-dwellers who get their food from the sea appear to have evolved enlarged spleens that may help explain their extreme diving prowess, a new study suggests. […]

  • Concussion raises Parkinson's disease risk in large U.S. study
    on April 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    (Reuters Health) - A new study of hundreds of thousands of U.S. armed forces veterans concludes that banging your head severely enough to lose consciousness can dramatically increase the risk of Parkinson's, the brain disease marked by tremors, slow movements, balance problems and difficulty walking. […]

  • FDA staff raises safety concerns over Lilly/Incyte arthritis drug
    on April 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    (Reuters) - An experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug developed by Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp poses serious risks of deadly blood clots at higher doses, U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff said on Thursday, the latest setback to a treatment regulators declined to approve last year. […]

  • Novartis CEO feels heat on U.S. generics, Cosentyx drop
    on April 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis' first quarterly results under new CEO Vas Narasimhan have been marred by a prized psoriasis treatment that disappointed and a sharp slump in sales by its U.S. generics unit. […]

  • AstraZeneca wins U.S. approval for 1st-line use of lung cancer drug
    on April 19, 2018 at 12:56 am

    (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have expanded use of AstraZeneca's lung cancer drug Tagrisso to include initial treatment of patients with a specific genetic mutation, the company said on Wednesday. […]

  • Gates backs gene technologies in fight to end malaria
    on April 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    LONDON, April 18 (Reuters) - Gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes' DNA could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates said on Wednesday, and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. […]

  • U.S. appeals court says Ohio cannot block Planned Parenthood funds
    on April 18, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked an Ohio law that would cut federal taxpayer funding to 28 Planned Parenthood clinics, holding that conditions it imposed that denied funds to abortion providers were unconstitutional. […]

  • Industry fears disruption as EU excludes UK from drug approvals
    on April 18, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    LONDON (Reuters) - A European decision to exclude Britain from the EU's drug approval system from March 30 2019 - the day after Brexit - has raised alarm among drugmakers, who fear the abrupt change could disrupt medicine supplies to patients. […]

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