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Doctor at forefront of fight against Ebola contracts the disease

Virologist Sheik Umar Khan, 39, has been hailed as a National Hero by Sierra Leone's Health Minister. After working so hard to control the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in his country, the doctor has now caught the disease.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

West Africa Ebola toll hits 603

Geneva - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO)) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said.
In the Media by AFP

Regional Ebola response centre to be set up in Guinea

Dakar - A regional centre is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in west Africa, the World Health Organisation said Friday.
In the Media by AFP

Death toll in W. African Ebola outbreak rises to 518

Geneva - The number of people believed to have died from Ebola in west Africa has jumped to 518, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

WHO urges 'drastic action' on Ebola, calls 11-nation meeting

Geneva - The World Health Organization on Thursday called for "drastic action" to fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, as it announced an 11-nation meeting to address the growing crisis.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP)

Smallpox decision postponed

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) has again postponed its decision whether to destroy the world’s remaining stocks of smallpox virus.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Will e-cigarettes be classified like cigarettes?

A group of scientists has warned the WHO not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash deaths caused by smoking. E-cigarettes are considered methods of quitting.
In the Media by Ryan Hite - 2 comments

WHO says that MERS is not currently a global threat

Geneva - A World Health Organization committee finds no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the deadly MERS coronavirus. However, WHO recommends immediate action to prevent further spread.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

WHO declares polio 'public health emergency'

Geneva - The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has reemerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries like Syria and Pakistan.
In the Media by Nina Larson (AFP) - 2 comments

First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed - CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working to educate and not alarm the public amid the first confirmed case of MERS in the United States.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson - 2 comments

Senator pushes further on antibiotic resistance threat Special

Washington - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has expanded on his plan to combat antimicrobial resistance and call for greater federal attention to the increase in antibiotic-resistant infections.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

WHO starts emergency polio talks

Geneva - The World Health Organization announced on Monday that it had convened emergency talks amid rising concern over polio after cases were discovered in Afghanistan, Iraq and Equatorial Guinea.
In the Media by AFP

WHO unveils emergency moves against Ebola onslaught in Guinea

Conakry - The World Health Organization launched a raft of emergency measures in the Guinean capital Conakry Thursday to control an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has so far killed a hundred people across the country.
In the Media by AFP

WHO urges global push to treat hepatitis C

Geneva - The World Health Organization called Wednesday for a dramatic increase in screening and treatment of hepatitis C, saying higher demand would help drive down the cost of drugs for the disease.
In the Media by AFP

Senegal has 'well-oiled system' to stop Ebola

Dakar - Senegal vowed Tuesday it is prepared for any spread of the deadly Ebola virus, as the suspected death toll in an outbreak raging in Guinea and Liberia rose to 111.
In the Media by AFP

West Africa Ebola outbreak among 'most challenging' ever: WHO

Geneva - West Africa's Ebola outbreak is among the "most challenging" ever to strike since the disease emerged four decades ago, the WHO said Tuesday, as the suspected death toll from the virus hit 111.
In the Media by Jonathan Fowler (AFP)

April 7 is World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

A single can of pop per day exceeds the WHO sugar guidelines

Consumption of a single can of pop per day exceeds the WHO sugar guidelines for an adult. According to the BC Dairy Association (BCDA), other drink alternatives should be considered.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Aid groups fill health care gaps in failed states

Washington - Humanitarian workers are scrambling to fill a void left by the collapse of governments in three of the world's hotspots amid an unprecedented demand for help in the past year.In Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, the World Health Orga...
In the Media by AFP

WHO recommends halving daily sugar in fight against obesity

Geneva - The World Health Organisation Wednesday said the recommended amount of sugar consumed daily should be halved as it stepped up its battle against public health problems like obesity and tooth decay.The UN health agency said it was maintaining its 2002 g...
In the Media by AFP

Measles deaths fall to record low, but rebound in Syria

Geneva - The number of people dying from measles has fallen to a record low, driven down by mass vaccination campaigns, but outbreaks in crisis zones such as Syria remain a threat, the UN said Thursday.
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: WHO refuses to release reports on DU and cancer in Iraq

Baghdad - The issue of cancer and the use of Depleted Uranium in munitions during the Iraq war dates back to 2004. In 2013 WHO still refuses to release reports and relevant information about the incidence of cancer in effected areas of Iraq.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 3 comments

Colombia first country in the world to banish ‘river blindness’

The World Health Organization has confirmed Colombia as the first country in the world having eliminated Onchocerciasis (river blindness), a neglected tropical disease which infects approximately 37 million people in 35 countries worldwide.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 7 comments

2 million deaths per year caused by air pollution

Sydney - A new study has found that an estimated 2.1 million deaths per year are caused by fine particulate matter. These materials are released into the atmosphere as a direct result of air pollution.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 5 comments

WHO emergency committee meets to discuss MERS coronavirus threat

A panel of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting emergently to discuss the threat of MERS coronavirus and come to an agreement as to whether the virus is an international threat for pandemic that should mandate travel restriction.
In the Media by Kathleen Blanchard - 2 comments

WHO: New SARS-like virus, 'a threat to the entire world'

While addressing the closing of the 66th session of the World Health Assembly, the D-G of the WHO, Dr. Chan, raised an alarm about the new virus, "Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus," or MERS-CoV, describing it as a "threat to the entire world."
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus

H7N9 bird flu confirmed in Taiwan, first case outside China

Taipei - With 6,000 Chinese travelers arriving in Taiwan every day, the inevitable has happened. After a visit to Shanghai, a Taiwanese business man was found to be infected on his return. Taiwan has upped surveillance of flights from several Chinese provinces.
In the Media by R. C. Camphausen

ASEAN launches new disease network

A group of influential healthcare professionals from around Southeast Asia are teaming together to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.
In the Media by Jody-Lan Castle - 1 comment

Frazer Hines wants full-time return to Doctor Who

Frazer Hines has signalled his desire to reprise the Doctor Who-companion role he first played in the BBC’s flagship science-fiction drama series 47 years ago.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck
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