Health

Ukraine Health System in Danger of Collapse as Reforms Stall

By Alessandra Prentice STAIKY, Ukraine, Dec 23 – Paint is flaking on the damp walls and cracked ceilings of the small hospital in the Ukrainian village of Staiky and much of the equipment is over 30 years old. Running hot water is not guaranteed and the hospital, serving about 2,800 people in Staiky and other

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Squeezed by Budget and Daesh, Iraq’s Health System Struggles

BAGHDAD, Dec 15 – Iraq’s prime minister responded to protests this summer over failing public services by launching a campaign against corruption and mismanagement, yet more than four months later there is little sign of improvement in one key sector: healthcare. With Iraqis fleeing Daesh in ever greater numbers, the country’s growing population of internal

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The Brunt of Climate Change

By Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 5 – Small islands affected by the rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact. Hundreds of thousands more people will die every year from heat

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British Lawmakers Call for Sugar Tax to Tackle Childhood Obesity

LONDON, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – British lawmakers urged the government on Monday to introduce tough measures, including a tax on sugary drinks and controls on price promotions for “unhealthy food and drink”, to try to tackle childhood obesity. Parliament’s Health Committee said there was “clear evidence that measures to improve the food environment” must be

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Boy Dies of Ebola in Liberia, First Such Fatality in Months

MONROVIA, Nov 24 – A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first such fatality for months in a country declared free of the disease in September, chief medical officer Francis Kateh said on Tuesday. Nathan Gbotoe tested positive last week and died late on Monday in hospital in Paynesville near the capital,

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U.N. Report Shows Worsening U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Nov 12: Women are twice as likely to die from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth in the United States than in Canada, a new global survey of maternal mortality published by the United Nations and the World Bank showed on Thursday. The United States was also one of only 13

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Sierra Leone Celebrates End of Ebola Epidemic

FREETOWN (Reuters) Residents of Sierra Leone’s capital held a candlelit vigil and celebrations overnight to mark the end of an Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people including more than 200 health workers since it began last year. Following 42 days with no new cases, the West African nation’s epidemic will be declared officially

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The Cost Of War

Health needs in conflict zones must be addressed BY Dr. Ala Alwan www.twitter.com/WHOEMRO Prior to the current conflict in Syria, immunization rates in the country were among the highest in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. More than 90 percent of Syrian children were vaccinated against diseases like measles and polio and there was no incident of

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#FreeBacon Topic Sizzles on Social Media after WHO Meat Report

NEW YORK (Reuters) Bacon lovers took to social media on Tuesday to express disdain over a World Health Organization report that said processed meat is likely to cause cancer. The hashtags #FreeBacon, #Bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon were among the top-trending topics worldwide on Twitter for a second straight day. Celebrities, politicians and ordinary consumers were reacting

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Clinical Racism

Why some of the world’s most important medications don’t work for minorities BY Lindsey Konkel   Minutes separated Are’Yana Hill from death as she struggled to breathe in the hallway of her San Francisco high school. The 18-year-old had lived with asthma attacks since before she could talk, and on that day, in April 2014, she

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