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New Ebola outbreak kills dozens in Democratic Republic of Congo

Mbandaka - A new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus has infected 100 people as of Friiday, and killed 43 of them in a western province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The rapid spread of the virus has health officials concerned.

WHO chief warns of 'no silver bullet' amid vaccine search

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned at a media briefing on Monday that there may never be a "silver bullet" for defeating COVID-19.

WHO warns of global medical equipment shortage over coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday warned of a global shortage and price gouging for protective equipment to fight the fast-spreading coronavirus and asked companies and governments to increase production as the death toll mounts.

WHO pledges to support digital health expansion

Digital health initiatives have been given a boost by the World Health Organization, which has pledged to help with the development of new technology while also working on a governance structure.

WHO outlines antimicrobial strategy (update)

At an audio briefing held on June 18, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced key goals to prevent antimicrobial resistance in countries around the world using a new tool, named AWaRe.

World Health Organization seeks to end hepatitis

Geneva - The World Health Organization has called upon the nations of the world to come together and to work towards the global eliminate of hepatitis.

WHO on 'high alert' over spread of bird flu to humans

The World Health Organization (WHO) is on "high alert" over the number of outbreaks of avian influenza in birds and poultry worldwide. There is real concern the virus could spread to humans, signaling the start of a flu pandemic.

World Suicide Prevention Day: Male suicide rate 3.5 times higher

September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day and at last the epidemic rate of male suicides is being noted. Men are three to four times more likely to take their own lives, a stat that holds true in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and other countries.

UN handling of yellow fever outbreak in Africa another failure

The World Health Organization and its partners sent over six million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Angola in February, but one month later, over one million of those doses had disappeared.

Agencies collaborate for improved public health

A number of major health agencies are coming together to improve public health on the global scale. The only downside is the pubic won't get to see the outcome of the information exchange.

Call to 'free up' information from drug trials

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for greater transparency with the reporting of clinical trials. This has been welcomed by advocates of open science.

World faces a cancer tidal wave

Geneva - The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting that cancer rates globally are set to increase. At the same time the health agency calls for restrictions on the levels of sugar and alcohol made available to the world's population.

WHO reveals high risk TB countries

The estimated rate of tuberculosis (TB) per 100,000 people, compiled from World Health Organisation (WHO) data for each country (2013), shows a rise. There are some interesting geographical findings.

Document shows WHO officials admit to 'botching' Ebola response

Geneva - An internal document from the World Health Organization (WHO) admits that the organization "botched" efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

Ebola, experimental drugs, and human ethics

Geneva - The administration of an experimental serum to two U.S. healthcare workers treated for Ebola raises questions of safety, efficacy, access, and ethics, according to the World Health Organization.

WHO decides today to call Ebola an international emergency

An emergency committee of international health experts at the World Health Organization in Geneva has announced its decision to declare a global health emergency because of the four-country Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Ebola: BA suspends flights to Sierra Leone in wake of virus

London - On Wednesday British Airways (BA) announced it was suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until end August in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has struck a number of countries in West Africa.

World Health Organization's $100 million offensive against Ebola

Conakry - As the worst ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus unfolds across a swathe of countries in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to reveal a $100 million package of measures to combat the virus.

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.

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.

Leading scientist calls for smallpox stock destruction

London - Gareth Williams, a medical doctor, has said that the smallpox virus is no longer necessary for research purposes and could pose a significant threat were it to escape the confines of the lab. He has called for all remaining stocks to be destroyed.

WHO: Alcohol kills millions per year

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants global governments to crack down after study shows that alcohol kills millions per year.

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.

Do industrial solvents help antibiotic resistance?

Tianjin - Chinese researchers have reported that some industrial solvents may help bacteria share an antibiotic resistance gene. This means that some solvents might be leading to a rise in certain bacterial diseases.

Antibiotic resistance: Not a new problem, an out of control one

The world is facing what appears to be a cataclysm in the global health care arena. “Superbugs” - bacteria that use nature’s micro-evolutionary mechanisms to develop antibiotic resistance have become a major threat to public health.

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.

WHO: Can’t treat our way out of cancer problem

Lyons - The World Health Organization (WHO) says cancer is growing at an alarming pace and cannot be cured by today’s treatments, adding that it expects 22 million cancer cases worldwide by 2030.

Study suggests governments can - and should - control obesity

A team of Irish and American researchers say governments can — and should — impose measures they believe can control the epidemic of obesity, reducing such long-term health effects as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Study: Worldwide dementia cases will triple by 2050

London - The numbers of worldwide dementia sufferers increased by 22 percent over the last three years according to a new study published Thursday. By 2050, there could be almost 150 million sufferers globally.

First case of rabies in France for 12 years prompts alert

Argenteuil - France’s Ministries of Agriculture and Health issued an alert Thursday, Oct. 31 after a kitten was found to be suffering from rabies in a suburb of Paris.
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