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  • Sepsis common in terminal hospitalizations, discharges
    on February 17, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    (HealthDay)—More than half of hospitalized patients who die or are terminally discharged have sepsis, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in JAMA Network Open. […]

  • Drug combination may become new standard treatment for advanced kidney cancer
    on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    A combination of two drugs—one of them an immunotherapy agent—could become a new standard, first-line treatment for patients with metastatic kidney cancer, says an investigator from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, reporting results from a phase 3 clinical trial. […]

  • Drinking contexts associated with early onset of alcohol intoxication among adolescents
    on February 17, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Early onset drinking, drinking and intoxication at an early age among adolescents, has been identified as a primary risk for later heavy drinking, alcohol problems, and alcohol dependence among youth and young adults. To prevent or delay early onset drinking, we must know more about the modifiable circumstances that enable these behaviors. […]

  • No smoke without fire: Tobacco companies in quiet return to Formula One
    on February 17, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Tobacco giants Philip Morris and British American Tobacco have formed partnerships with their scientific research subsidiaries and Formula 1 teams Ferrari and McLaren more than a decade after cigarette advertising was banned from the sport. […]

  • PET/CT imaging agent shows promise for better diagnosis of acute venous thromboembolism
    on February 17, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    A first-in-human study featured in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine reports that the novel positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) tracer 18F-GP1 showed excellent image quality and a high detection rate for the diagnosis of acute venous thromboembolism (VTE). Well-tolerated in patients, 18F-GP1 PET/CT also identified blood clots in distal veins of the leg below the knee, where conventional imaging has […]

  • Children carry evidence of toxins from home flooring and furniture
    on February 17, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Children living in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in their blood or urine than children from homes where these materials are not present, according to a new Duke University-led study. […]

  • Germany seeks ban on gay conversion therapies
    on February 16, 2019 at 7:53 am

    German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday he will seek to ban conversion therapies that claim to change sexual orientation. […]

  • Researchers develop drug to rejuvenate muscle cells
    on February 15, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed a promising drug that has proven to significantly increase muscle size, strength and metabolic state in aged mice, according to a study just published in Biochemical Pharmacology. […]

  • Novel app uses AI to guide, support cancer patients
    on February 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Artificial Intelligence is helping to guide and support some 50 breast cancer patients in rural Georgia through a novel mobile application that gives them personalized recommendations on everything from side effects to insurance. […]

  • Open-science model for drug discovery expands to neurodegenerative diseases
    on February 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Parkinson's disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis are the newest frontiers for open science drug discovery, a global movement led by academic scientists in Toronto that puts knowledge sharing and medication affordability ahead of patents and profits. […]

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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 […]

  • Merck, Pfizer drug combo extends kidney cancer survival: study
    on February 16, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    A combination of Merck & Co's immunotherapy Keytruda and Pfizer Inc's Inlyta helped patients with advanced kidney cancer live longer than those receiving and older Pfizer standalone therapy, according to data from a late-stage study presented on Saturday. […]

  • France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned
    on February 16, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Only half of France's farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country's farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. […]

  • Indonesia to postpone halal label deadline amid industry concerns
    on February 16, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Indonesia will push back by as much as seven years an October deadline for halal labels on food, drugs and cosmetics, after industry voiced fears the move could bring chaos and threaten supplies of life-saving vaccines and other products. […]

  • U.S. Medicare plans to track CAR-T cancer therapy outcomes
    on February 15, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday proposed coverage of expensive CAR-T cell therapies at cancer centers that meet criteria including a registry or clinical study to monitor how well patients fare for at least two years after treatment. […]

  • Nektar, Bristol combo drug shows signs of tumor reduction in bladder cancer patients
    on February 15, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Nektar Therapeutics said on Friday some patients with advanced bladder cancer treated with a combination of its experimental treatment and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's immunotherapy, Opdivo, showed signs of tumor reduction in an early-stage study. […]

  • Asthma classes in school may help reduce attacks
    on February 15, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    (Reuters Health) - School-age children with asthma who receive education on managing the condition may have fewer attacks, emergency room visits and hospitalizations than those who don't get such classes, a recent study suggests. […]

  • Leaving the hospital early can double the odds of going back
    on February 15, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    (Reuters Health) - Patients who discharge themselves from the hospital against medical advice are twice as likely to be back within 30 days as those who leave when doctors say they're ready, a large U.S. study finds. […]

  • Push-up capacity may predict men's heart disease risk
    on February 15, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    (Reuters Health) - The number of push-ups a man can do in the doctor's office may be a good predictor of his risk of developing heart disease in the coming years, new research suggests. […]

  • Money troubles tied to higher risk of heart disease for African-Americans
    on February 15, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    (Reuters Health) - African-American adults who often struggle to pay bills may be more than twice as likely to develop heart disease than their counterparts who don't have much financial stress, a U.S. study suggests. […]

  • Nearly 1,000 Madagascar children dead of measles since October: WHO
    on February 15, 2019 at 11:50 am

    At least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. […]

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