Health

India says It Is Committed to Global Tobacco-Control Treaty

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI  – India reaffirmed on Tuesday its commitment to a World Health Organization (WHO) tobacco-control treaty, despite lobbying from its $11 billion industry that opposes some measures in the treaty that will be discussed at a conference next week. Delegates from about 180 countries will attend the Nov. 7-12 conference near

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Smog Chokes Indian Capital as Pollution Hits Hazardous Levels

By Tommy Wilkes NEW DELHI, Oct 31 – Residents of New Delhi woke up to a blanket of smog on Monday as air quality deteriorated sharply overnight in India’s capital, triggering warnings that even healthy people were at risk of respiratory problems. New Delhi ranks among the world’s most polluted cities, with air quality usually

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One in Seven Children Suffer High Air Pollution: UNICEF

OSLO, Oct 31 – Almost one in seven children worldwide live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution, mostly in South Asia, and their growing bodies are most vulnerable to damage, the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said on Monday. UNICEF called on almost 200 governments, which will meet in Morocco from Nov. 7-18

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Yemen’s Suspected Cholera Cases Soar to 1,410 Within Weeks: WHO

GENEVA – The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has ballooned to 1,410 within three weeks of the outbreak being declared, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as 18 months of war has destroyed most health facilities and clean water supplies. Yemen’s Health Ministry announced the outbreak on Oct. 6 in Sanaa city,

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Polio Vaccine Makers Failing to Make Enough Doses: WHO Experts

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Oct 23 – Two companies making vaccines to help the world eradicate polio are failing to produce enough, so many countries should prepare to give lower doses to make stocks last, a group of experts has advised the World Health Organization. With polio on the brink of eradication globally, the WHO

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PepsiCo Sets Global Target for Sugar Reduction

By Martinne Geller LONDON – PepsiCo Inc has set a target for reducing the amount of sugar in its soft drinks around the world as part of a suite of goals aimed at tackling problems ranging from obesity to climate change. The New York-based company will announce on Monday that by 2025 at least two

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Tax Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity, U.N. Health Agency Urges Governments

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 11 – Governments should tax sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. A 20 percent price increase could reduce consumption of sweet drinks by the same proportion, the WHO said in “Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable

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Japanese Scientist Wins Nobel Medicine Prize for Work on “Self-Eating” Cell Mechanism

By Niklas Pollard and Kate Kelland STOCKHOLM/LONDON, Oct 3  – Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine for ground-breaking experiments with yeast which exposed a key mechanism in the body’s defences where cells degrade and recycle their components. Understanding the science behind the process, called “autophagy” or “self-eating”, has led to a

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