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Small bite, Big threat

Mosquitoes, flies, ticks and bugs may be a threat to your health -- and that of your family - at home and when travelling. This is the message of this year's World Health Day, on 7 April.  
Nicole Chalmers
over 4 years ago
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WHO | World Health Day 2014: Preventing vector-borne diseases

More than half the world’s population is at risk from diseases such as malaria, dengue, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, schistosomiasis, and yellow fever, carried by mosquitoes, flies, ticks, water snails and other vectors. Every year, more than 1 billion people are infected and more than 1 million die from vector-borne diseases. This World Health Day – 7 April – WHO is highlighting the serious and increasing threat of vector-borne diseases, with the slogan “Small bite, big threat”.  
www.who.int
over 4 years ago
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Mers virus: World health chiefs mull emergency warning - BBC News

The World Health Organization has been meeting to decide whether to declare a public health emergency after a sudden spike in cases of a deadly virus known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or Mers.  
BBC News
over 4 years ago
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WHO | World Health Statistics 2014

People everywhere are living longer, according to the World Health Statistics 2014 published today by WHO. Based on global averages, a girl who was born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is six years longer than the average global life expectancy for a child born in 1990.  
who.int
over 4 years ago
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WHO | Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

WHO’s annual assembly opens in Geneva today, as a new global survey reveals that WHO is one of the world’s 2 most highly rated international organizations.  
who.int
over 4 years ago
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WHO | World Health Assembly progress on noncommunicable diseases and traditional medicine

The 67th Health Assembly approved plans to better incorporate palliative care, expand inclusion of the needs of those affected by autism, improve access to health care for those with disabilities, better integrate the use of traditional medicine and raise awareness of psoriasis.  
who.int
over 4 years ago
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WHO | World Health Assembly closes

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly closed today (24 May 2014), after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.  
who.int
over 4 years ago
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WHO | World Health Assembly approves resolution on hepatitis and mechanism to coordinate noncommunicable disease response

The World Health Assembly approved a resolution to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and proposals to improve global coordination of efforts to address noncommunicable diseases like diabetes, cancers, heart disease and stroke.  
who.int
over 4 years ago
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WHO | World Health Assembly approves monitoring framework for maternal and child nutrition

At the 67th Health Assembly, Member States approved a global monitoring framework on maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The WHO Secretariat was asked to develop recommendations on how to address the inappropriate marketing of complementary foods.  
who.int
over 4 years ago
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WHO | World Health Assembly guest speakers focus on gender-based violence and newborn health

67th Health Assembly guest speakers – First Lady of Zambia (WHO Goodwill Ambassador against gender-based violence) and Melinda Gates, co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – deplore the prevalence of violence against women and girls.  
who.int
over 4 years ago
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Itraconazole Toxicity and Cardiac Health Problems

Itraconazole is an antifungal drug used widely to treat fungal infections and is active against Aspergillus, Candida and Cryptococcus. It is effective and now much cheaper as it has passed out of the period of time granted to its inventor to exclusively sell it - there are now several competing manufacturers. It seems to be an increasingly useful and used drug now it has become more accessible which is a good thing in the main but this makes it increasingly important that this drug is properly understood and its very severe potential side effects appreciated and guarded against. These are the warnings published by the World Health Organisation Risk of congestive heart failure The agency says that while the available evidence suggests that the risk of heart failure with short courses of itraconazole is low in healthy, young patients, prescribers should exercise caution when prescribing the drug to at-risk patients. Amendments to the product information of all itraconazole formulations have been made to reflect this information. Risk to pregnant women By April 2000 the UMC had received 43 case reports from 5 countries regarding the use of itraconazole by pregnant women. 25 of these pregnancies ended in embryonic or foetal death. The remaining 19 reports described a variety of congenital malformation or neonatal disorders. In the 38 reports in which the route of administration was specified the drug was taken orally. The data suggested that: inspite of the approved recommendations and warnings itraconazole is being taken by pregnant women for minor indications, reported human experience seems to lend support to the experimental evidence that itraconazole is teratogenic, there is a predominance of abortion, and more firm warnings may be needed in the product information.Although not apparent from the UMC reports, a further question of interest was if itraconazole might decrease the reliability of oral contraceptives and so lead to unintended exposure in pregnancy. Care thus needs to be taken about which patients are prescribed itraconazole, adequate monitoring needs to be put in place if needed and sufficient advice given with the drug to ensure the patient is aware of the risks involved and the signs & symptoms to look out for.  
Graham Atherton
over 5 years ago
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WHO | World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate, make food safe

World Health Day will be celebrated on 7 April 2015, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.”  
who.int
over 3 years ago
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Death toll for 2009 pandemic flu much higher than official worldwide estimates

A research team consisting of more than 60 collaborators in 26 countries has estimated the global death toll from the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus to be 10 times higher than the World Health...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 3 years ago
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Report reveals alarming lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities

WHO and UNICEF call for immediate action on improving sanitation in low- and middle-income countries; UNC-Chapel Hill researchers author reportThe World Health...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 3 years ago
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Curbing Tobacco Use – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back | Inter Press Service

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there will be between 1.5 and 1.9 billion smokers worldwide in 2025. Credit: Marius Mellebye/CC-BY-2.0  
ipsnews.net
over 3 years ago
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WHO | World Health Statistics reports on global health goals for 194 countries

13 May 2015 | GENEVA - 2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – goals set by governments in 2000 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s "World Health Statistics" – published today by WHO – assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed.  
who.int
over 3 years ago
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India makes strides in some, but not all, health goals, finds WHO

India has successfully met targets to reduce the spread of HIV and improve the availability of drinking water but has a long way to go in improving sanitation facilities and providing universal access to reproductive healthcare, the latest World Health Statistics report has found.  
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over 3 years ago
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India makes strides in some, but not all, health goals, finds WHO

India has successfully met targets to reduce the spread of HIV and improve the availability of drinking water but has a long way to go in improving sanitation facilities and providing universal access to reproductive healthcare, the latest World Health Statistics report has found.  
feeds.bmj.com
over 3 years ago
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World Health Assembly hears warnings over WHO’s relationship with industry

Delegates at the World Health Assembly have failed to agree on how the World Health Organization should collaborate with industry and other bodies.  
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over 3 years ago
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WHO backs 'treat-all' HIV drug plan - BBC News

Everyone who has HIV should be offered antiretroviral drugs as soon as possible after diagnosis, the World Health Organisation says.  
bbc.co.uk
about 3 years ago