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UN names Ebola chief to tackle world's 2nd largest outbreak: 'We have no time to lose'

United Nations officials on Thursday named an emergency Ebola response coordinator to help bolster efforts to contain the growing outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo that has killed more than 1,200 people in 10 months. David Gressly, the U.N. deputy special representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been appointed to the new position, in which he "will oversee the coordination of international support for the Ebola response and work to ensure that an enabl...
Tags: Ebola, Science, United Nations, World Health Organization, Un, Democratic Republic of the Congo, U N, David Gressly, Gressly


Google trains AI to identify lung cancer

Resulting in more deaths than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined, lung cancer has become the deadliest cancer across the world according to the World Health Organization. This disease has one of the worst survival rates due to difficulties in detecting malignant tissue until it's evolved into late stage cancer.
Tags: Google, Science, World Health Organization


World Health Organization issues new tips for fighting dementia

As our bodies age, we have to accept new limitations. We lose muscle, joints can become painful or need replacement, and our brains can experience similar declines. Dementia, a cognitive decline often associated with age, has been linked to certain genetic quirks, but a family history of dementia doesn't mean there's nothing a person can do to fight it off.New guidance from the World Health Organization focuses on lifestyle changes that researchers believe can help delay the onset of dem...
Tags: Science, Who, World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


Wellcome Trust investing £80m in snakebite treatment

Scientists say antivenom exists for only 60% of all the snakes in the worldNew drugs for snakebite are desperately needed, say scientists, to replace the current 100-year-old treatment made by injecting snake’s venom into a horse and harvesting antibodies – which is very expensive, may not work and can cause lethal allergic reactions.Snakebite, says the Wellcome Trust, is the cause of the world’s biggest hidden health crisis – and it is investing £80m in the hope of solving it. The World Health ...
Tags: Science, World news, Snakes, World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières, Wellcome Trust


Second Worst Ebola Outbreak in History Is Now Killing 66 Percent of People Who Become Infected

The current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has infected 1,720 and killed 1,136, giving the viral disease a whopping 66 percent fatality rate. And the situation is making public health experts on the ground increasingly nervous.Read more...
Tags: Isis, Ebola, Science, Africa, Public Health, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Outbreak, Vaccines, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Allied Democratic Forces, Central Africa Province Of The Caliphate


With dementia cases set to triple, WHO issues guide to cut risk

With dementia cases set to soar, the World Health Organization presented Tuesday its first-ever guidelines for reducing the risk, including healthy eating, regular exercise and cutting out tobacco use. The number of people living with dementia is expected to explode from approximately 50 million today to 152 million by 2050, the WHO said in its report. The UN agency said that a healthy lifestyle appeared to help keep cognitive decline at bay.
Tags: Science, Who, World Health Organization, Un


‘Nothing short of terrifying’: Ebola death toll hits 1,000 as lethal virus spreads

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has surpassed 1,000, raising concerns the outbreak is escalating and could yet spiral out of control.  It is already the second worst Ebola outbreak in history, although some way behind the 2014 West Africa epidemic which killed 11,000 people. According to the DRC Ministry of Health, 1,008 people have died from the deadly virus, including 942 confirmed deaths and 66 probable. There have been 1,529 cases since the outbreak...
Tags: Science, US, Uganda, Cameroon, West Africa, Who, World Health Organization, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières, Drc, Farrar, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, North Kivu, DR Congo, Yao


‘Nothing short of terrifying’: Ebola death toll to hit 1,000 as lethal virus spreads

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo will hit 1,000 later today, raising concerns the outbreak is escalating and could yet spiral out of control.  It is already the second worst Ebola outbreak in history, although some way behind the 2014 West Africa epidemic which killed 11,000 people. As of Thursday evening, 994 people had died from the deadly disease. But according to the World Health Organization, this figure will surpass 1,000 when the DRC's Ministr...
Tags: Science, US, Uganda, Cameroon, West Africa, Who, World Health Organization, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Médecins Sans Frontières, Drc, Farrar, Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Trust, North Kivu, DR Congo, Yao


World has ‘limited window of opportunity’ to eradicate polio, experts warn

There is a “limited window of opportunity” for the world to consign polio to the history books, experts launching a new five-year eradication plan have warned.  The Polio Endgame Strategy, published on Tuesday, says that efforts to eradicate the final cases of the disease are proving difficult due to war, mass migration and weak health systems – meaning many children miss out and do not receive vital vaccinations. The highly infectious childhood disease has been the target of a concerted elimina...
Tags: Science, Nigeria, Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, World Health Organization, Unicef, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Afghanistan Pakistan, GPEI, Polio Endgame Strategy, Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Michel Zaffran, Jalaa Abdelwahab, Zaffman, Nigeria Niger Somalia


My Husband Became a Poster Child of the Post-Antibiotic Era

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty/Science Photo LibraryAs an infectious disease epidemiologist, you’d think that I would have known that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a more immediate threat to global health than climate change. But it took a superbug that was resistant to all antibiotics to attack my husband, who nearly died after seven cases of septic shock and nine months of hospitalization, to give me the biggest wake-up call of my life. In November 2015, Tom and I were ...
Tags: Europe, Texas, Science, California, Cdc, China, Germany, US, Egypt, Paris, Middle East, World Health Organization, Fda, Tom, Soviet Union, US Food and Drug Administration


No Screen Time for Kids Under 2, WHO Says

The World Health Organization is coming out strong against letting young kids watch TV or play with smartphones, and is pushing parents to help their kids stay active and get enough sleep. Read more...
Tags: Science, Kids, Sleep, Who, World Health Organization, Screen Time


A New Frontier for CRISPR Stocks: Gene Therapy Cures 10 Babies

Imagine being able to cure diseases the same way you fix a typo.That's a bit of an oversimplification because the process is more involved than a "delete" button on a keyboard. But it helps make clear the breakthrough possibilities of gene editing.Last week was big for the industry. Scientists from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital announced the cures of 10 newborn babies with the rare "bubble boy" disease.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, St...
Tags: Science, United States, World Health Organization, John Travolta, Crispr, Matt, HUNTINGTON, St Jude Children s Research Hospital, UCSF Benioff Children s Hospital, Matt McCall, Ulta Beauty Ulta, Matthew McCall, Penn Financial Group, Tesla TSLA 611, Bitcoin Services BTSC


US records 695 measles cases, most since elimination in 2000

The United States recorded 695 cases of measles in 2019, the most of any year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, health authorities said Wednesday. "The high number of cases in 2019 is primarily the result of a few large outbreaks -- one in Washington State and two large outbreaks in New York that started in late 2018," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. The resurgence of the once-eradicated, highly-contagious disease is linked to a growing anti...
Tags: New York, Science, US, United States, World Health Organization, Washington State, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention


Historic moment as world's first ever malaria vaccine campaign launched

Malawi has become the first country in the world to launch a landmark malaria vaccine in what the World Health Organization is hailing as a historic moment in the fight against the disease. The vaccine, called RTS,S, has been in development for 30 years and is being made available as part of a pilot programme funded by three organisations: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Unitaid. The pilot programme will also be launched in Ghana and Kenya ...
Tags: UK, Science, India, Africa, Who, Kenya, World Health Organization, Malawi, Ghana, Rwanda, Gavi, Alonso, GSK, UNITAID, Thomas Breuer, Pedro Alonso


Ebola worker shot dead at hospital in eastern DR Congo

A health worker fighting an Ebola outbreak in DR Congo was shot dead Friday in an attack on a hospital in the eastern city of Butembo, the World Health Organization said. The WHO said that Dr. Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, an epidemiologist it had deployed to help rein in the Ebola outbreak, was killed in the attack on Butembo University Hospital.
Tags: Science, Who, World Health Organization, DR Congo, Butembo, Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung


Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus.
Tags: Science, World Health Organization, Congo, BENI Congo AP


As Death Toll Rises In Ebola Outbreak, WHO Declines to Declare Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has decided not to declare a global health emergency in response to the Ebola outbreak that’s currently taking place in Africa, despite large numbers of people dying every day.Read more...
Tags: Ebola, Science, Africa, Merck, Public Health, Who, World Health Organization, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Vaccines, Ebola Vaccine, World Health Organization WHO, Drc, Global Health Emergency, PHEIC, Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Doctors without Borders


Congo's Ebola outbreak might be declared global emergency

GENEVA (AP) — A top Red Cross official said Friday he's "more concerned than I have ever been" about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus after a new spike in cases, as the World Health Organization met on whether to declare the outbreak in Congo an international health emergency.
Tags: Science, Ap, World Health Organization, Congo, Geneva, Red Cross


C-section complication risk rises with mother's age

Rates of cesarean deliveries, or C-sections, have risen in the developed world to more than 20 percent of births, even though the World Health Organization recommends this surgery only for the roughly 10 to 15 percent of cases when the health of the mother or baby is in danger. While C-sections can be life-saving, the procedures carry risks like infection, excessive bleeding, damage to reproductive organs and blood clots. For the current study, researchers wanted to get a clearer picture of ho...
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Additive in fried food and frozen fish makes flu worse, scientists say

An additive in many common foods may worsen people’s flu, scientists have found.The little-known antioxidant, which is found in products such as frozen meat \- especially fish – butter, fried food and crackers, suppresses the body’s immune response to infection, the experts say.The additive, tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), also known as E319, not only increases the severity of flu symptoms, but may also reduce the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, according to the US researchers.They believe ...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, US, World Health Organization, Michigan State University, Freeborn, Robert Freeborn


Benefits of landmark HIV drug outweigh risks of birth defects, study shows

A landmark treatment for HIV can be taken by women who wish to conceive despite the risk it may lead to birth defects in their unborn children, researchers have said. The antiretroviral drug dolutegravir, taken in conjunction with other drugs to suppress an HIV patient’s viral load and to stop them passing the virus to others, is considered one of the best HIV drugs available and has become the cornerstone of treatment in many richer countries since it was first introduced in the United States i...
Tags: Science, United States, South Africa, World Health Organization, Botswana, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Cape Town, Internal Medicine, Linda Gail Bekker, Caitlin Dugdale


Air pollution hotspots in Europe

Big cities beset with gridlocked traffic, major regions producing coal, pockets of heavy industry encased by mountains -- Europe's air pollution hotspots are clearly visible from space on most sunny weekdays. All across the continent, tens of millions of people live and work in areas where average air pollution levels are well above the maximum limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). On maps prepared by the European Environment Agency (EEA), Italy's Po Valley is covered with...
Tags: Europe, Science, Italy, World Health Organization, Alps, Adriatic, Po Valley, Ligurian Sea


One in four people in Ebola-affected areas believe disease is fake

A quarter of people surveyed in cities at the epicentre of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola outbreak have said that they do not believe the disease is real. The survey, in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, underlines how much public mistrust authorities such as the World Health Organization and the DRC ministry of health are up against in their efforts to control the disease. Experts have been struggling to bring the epidemic in the North Kivu region of DRC to a close since it emerged ...
Tags: Ebola, Science, Harvard University, World Health Organization, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Drc, North Kivu, Beni, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Joanne Liu, Butembo


Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic. A California court earlier this month found that Roundup was a "substantial factor" in Edwin Hardeman, 70, getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after spraying the weedkiller on his garden for decades.
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, World Health Organization, Monsanto, Sri Lanka, Hodgkin, Edwin Hardeman


Monsanto found liable for California man's cancer and ordered to pay $80m in damages

Agrochemical corporation found responsible for Roundup weedkiller’s health risks in ‘bellwether’ federal trial The second phase of the trial focused on claims that Monsanto quietly worked to control research and sway regulators about Roundup’s safety. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images A federal jury ruled that Monsanto was liable for a California man’s cancer and ordered the Roundup manufacturer to pay $80m in damages. The ruling on Wednesday, which holds the company responsible for t...
Tags: Science, California, US, San Francisco, World Health Organization, Monsanto, Epa, NHL, Johnson, Bayer, Santa Rosa, IARC, Hodgkin, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, HARDEMAN, Josh Edelson


Monsanto found liable for California man's cancer and ordered to pay $80m in damages

Agrochemical corporation found responsible for Roundup weedkiller’s health risks in ‘bellwether’ federal trialThe second phase of the trial focused on claims that Monsanto quietly worked to control research and sway regulators about Roundup’s safety. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesA federal jury ruled that Monsanto was liable for a California man’s cancer and ordered the Roundup manufacturer to pay $80m in damages.The ruling on Wednesday, which holds the company responsible for the can...
Tags: Science, California, US, San Francisco, World Health Organization, Monsanto, Epa, NHL, Johnson, Bayer, Santa Rosa, IARC, Hodgkin, Environmental Protection Agency EPA, HARDEMAN, Josh Edelson


Scientists develop new weapons in the battle to defeat an ancient disease

It is a disease that has been with us since time immemorial but – despite the fact that is treatable, preventable and curable – tuberculosis is still the world’s biggest infectious killer, taking the lives of 1.6million people in 2017. Last year, world leaders met at the United Nations and made a series of ambitious pledges to wipe out the disease – including treating 40 million people and preventing 30 million new cases between 2018-2022. But none of these pledges will be met using existing too...
Tags: UK, Science, South Africa, Oxford, United Nations, World Health Organization, Oxford University, Montreal, Madrid, South East Asia, Pai, Tb, McGill University, Walker, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, GSK


World Health Organization joins fight against lax genetic editing standards

It's now been several months since Chinese scientist He Jiankui revealed that he had successfully edited the genes of human embryos, which were then carried to term, resulting in the first genetically modified humans. His work was quickly shunned by all corners of the scientific community, and his fate remains unknown.Last week, a large group of geneticists and researchers called for a moratorium on genetic editing until a robust regulatory framework could be established. Now, the World Heal...
Tags: Science, Who, World Health Organization, Gene, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, He Jiankui, Expert Advisory Committee


Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic. A California court on Tuesday found that Roundup was a "substantial factor" in Edwin Hardeman, 70, getting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after spraying the weedkiller on his garden for decades.
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, World Health Organization, Monsanto, Sri Lanka, Hodgkin, Edwin Hardeman


'Designer baby' shock sparks WHO call for global genetics research register

An expert panel convened by the World Health Organization has stopped short of calling for a ban on the gene-editing of embryos and instead has said a global registry should be set up to track all research being conducted in the area.  Following a two-day meeting in Geneva, the committee said an "open and transparent" international registry should be set up "immediately" to track all research into human gene-editing.  Although it did not propose a ban on the genetic manipulation of embryos it di...
Tags: Science, Stephen Hawking, Who, World Health Organization, Geneva, Hamburg, George, Harvard Medical School, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, He Jiankui, Dr Margaret Ann Hamburg, Telegraph George Church



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