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WHO Advises Proper Washing, No Shaving in Fight Against Hospital Superbugs

By Kate Kelland LONDON  – Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. In new guidelines aimed at halting the spread of potentially deadly

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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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India’s Tobacco Industry, Government Face Off Ahead of WHO Conference

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI, Oct 27  – India’s $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a World Health Organization conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to “pressure tactics”. Delegates from about 180 countries

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Sedentary Risks

The Middle East tops the world’s obese and diabetic regions BY Dr. Ala Alwan Even with the challenge of declining oil prices, the economies of many countries in the Middle East have grown steadily over the last few decades. And it is worth noting that the waistlines of people living in these countries have been increasing

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WHO Issues Yellow Fever Warning as Deadly Outbreak Grows

By Kate Kelland and Stephanie Nebehay LONDON/GENEVA, April 26 – Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travellers to the African country to heed its warnings and get vaccinated. At least 258 people have been killed and there have been around 1,975

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On World Water Day, 650 Million People Can’t Get a Safe Drink

LONDON, March 16 – Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrhoeal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world, according to

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Google Says its Engineers Working with UNICEF to Map Zika

SAO PAULO, March 3 – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday that its engineers were working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyse data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil. Google said in a statement it was providing a $1

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Mobile Clinics, Medical Teams Needed in Madaya – WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Jan 12 – The World Health Organization has asked the Syrian government for permission to send mobile clinics and medical teams to the besieged town of Madaya to assess the extent of malnutrition and evacuate the worst cases, its representative said on Tuesday. An aid convoy on Monday brought the first

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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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