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  • U.S. measles outbreak hits 107 cases in 21 states, D.C.
    on August 19, 2018 at 8:30 am

    (HealthDay)—A measles outbreak that's so far affected 21 states and the District of Columbia is being investigated by U.S. health officials. […]

  • Psych screening beneficial in pediatric abdominal pain
    on August 19, 2018 at 8:20 am

    (HealthDay)—Systematic screening for anxiety, disability, and pain can increase psychological referral rates among pediatric patients with abdominal pain, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics. […]

  • EHR review can measure diagnostic uncertainty
    on August 19, 2018 at 8:10 am

    (HealthDay)—Retrospective review of clinician documentation in the electronic health record (EHR) can help identify diagnostic uncertainty with moderate reliability, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. […]

  • A wilderness expert's keys to safety in the great outdoors
    on August 19, 2018 at 8:07 am

    (HealthDay)—Some simple steps can reduce danger when you venture into the great outdoors, an expert says. […]

  • Students more likely to eat school breakfast when given extra time, new study finds
    on August 18, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Primary school students are more likely to eat a nutritional breakfast when given 10 extra minutes to do so, according to a new study by researchers at Virginia Tech and Georgia Southern University. […]

  • Perinatal hypoxia associated with long-term cerebellar learning deficits and Purkinje cell misfiring
    on August 18, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Oxygen deprivation associated with preterm birth leaves telltale signs on the brains of newborns in the form of alterations to cerebellar white matter at the cellular and the physiological levels. Now, an experimental model of this chronic hypoxia reveals that those cellular alterations have behavioral consequences. […]

  • Experiences at first sexual encounter impact risk of HIV and violence for women in Kenya
    on August 18, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Adolescent girls and young women in Mombasa, Kenya are more likely to experience higher risks of HIV and gender-based violence when they are involved with sex work venues or have sexual experiences at a young age, suggests a study co-led by St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Manitoba in Canada. […]

  • New hepatitis C drugs mean diseased organs can be used for transplants
    on August 17, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Unthinkable until a few years ago, the practice of putting hepatitis C-infected organs into uninfected patients has been embraced by the transplant world as a way to whittle long waiting lists for life-saving kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs. […]

  • Researchers find pathways that uncover insight into development of lung cancer
    on August 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of preventable cancer death. A disease of complex origin, lung cancer is usually considered to result from effects of smoking and from multiple genetic variants. One of these genetic components, a chromosome named 15q25.1, has been previously identified as a leading influencer of susceptibility to lung cancer, smoking behavior, and nicotine addiction. However, no previous study has investigated the mechanisms of […]

  • HIV and a tale of a few cities
    on August 17, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    While global incidence rates of HIV have declined notably in recent years, the virus that causes AIDS remains a major and, in some ways largely unmitigated, public health threat in some countries and regions. […]

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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 […]

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