May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. The e-cigarette was pushed centre stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts urging the UN's health agency to embrace the gadget as a life saver. With tobacco smoke claiming a life every six seconds, the tar-free, electronic alternative could help prevent much of the cancer, heart and lung disease and strokes caused by the toxins in …
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Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed an improved chemical analysis method that is more efficient and faster in detecting counterfeit medicines, which are available in the market. The method was developed and tested in a study by Philippe Lebel, Alexandra Furtos and Karen Waldron of the university’s Department of Chemistry. It identifies and quantifies the various compounds …
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After a WHO report highlighted that use of antibiotics in animal farms poses a danger to the health of humans, an animal rights group launched a campaign to stop the proliferation of animal farms. The campaign was launched by the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) Friday due to the way poultry, sheep, goats, pigs and other animals are reared for commercial purposes, …
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The World Health Assembly of World Health Organisation (WHO) passed a Bangladesh-pushed resolution on autism in Geneva. Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim has hailed it 'a great success' for Bangladesh, bdnews24.com reported. Bangladesh placed the resolution last year that received immediate board approval. The annual assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the WHO that …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed deep concern over the worldwide increase in childhood obesity. At the 67th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, the concern was highlighted by WHO's Director-General Margaret Chan, Xinhua reported.  The WHO annual assembly grouped more than 3,000 delegates from 194 member states at the UN headquarters here, to discuss the key global health …
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Pakistan will put into effect from June an international recommendation that requires all travellers from this south Asian country to carry a polio vaccination certificate. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the measure due to the alarming increase in the number of polio cases in the country (61 so far compared to the total of 91 in 2013). The statistics serve as evidence …
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The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond does not yet constitute a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today. The decision was made after a meeting of WHO's expert group on the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Since 2012, MERS has sickened more than 500 people and killed 145, mostly in the Middle …
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The bubbly flows freely among Canadians and Americans. In a latest survey released by the WHO, Canadians are drinking more alcohol than most of the rest of the world - followed by Americans. Drinking is also going up in India. 'The amount of drinking around the world is going up, especially in India and China, where incomes are rising and alcohol marketing is active,' the report noted. Americans …
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Do you enjoy your weekend drink? Well ponder over this the next time you’re letting your hair down and having a drink, alcohol kills approximately six people every minute around the world! Shocking isn’t it, what the world’s most popular legal drug can do to you? According to a new report launched by WHO, alcohol consumption took 3.3 million lives in 2012. Alcohol kills by creating …
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Pakistan's tribal province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa faces an acute shortage of oral polio vaccine (OPV) and has sought a two-week 'grace period' from the WHO to put its mechanisms in place before the restrictions laid down by the global health agency are enforced on the country's travellers. The province still requires 50,000 OPV doses to cater to travellers through Peshawar's Bacha Khan International …
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Millions of people living in urban areas around the world are exposed to excessive air pollution and are at a risk of serious, long-term health problems, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at risk of respiratory diseases and other health problems, a …
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday imposed strict travel restrictions on Pakistan due to the increasing number of polio cases in the country. WHO has made it mandatory for Pakistanis to travel with a polio vaccination certificate which will determine that they have been vaccinated for the virus, Dawn online reported.  WHO's Emergency Committee has confirmed three countries where the …
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Independent online reported a call for action on antibiotic resistance released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday (May 2, 2014). As per the report published by WHO, every part of the world has reported resistance to antibiotics. WHO’s assistant director-general for health security Dr Keiji Fukuda emphasized that the urgent need for a co-ordinated action to stop heading towards …
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A new report by the WHO shows how antibiotic resistance has become a serious threat around the world and has the potential to affect anyone irrespective of region or age. Antibiotic resistance–when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections–is now a major threat to public health. ‘Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the …
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