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Keep a Strong FENSA: Safeguard WHO's Independence From Private Interests

Kavitha Kolappa M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Kavitha Kolappa M.D., M.P.H.

Co-authored by KM Gopa Kumar (Third World Network), Sandeep Kishore (Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network), Tim Reed (Health Action Internation...

White House Congratulates Liberia On Being Free Of Ebola

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

The White House congratulated the Republic of Liberia Saturday after the World Health Organization declared that the country was free of the Ebola vir...

Anna Almendrala

More Than Half Of C-Sections Performed In U.S. Aren't 'Medically Necessary' | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents

Pregnant American women give birth via caesarean section at more than double the rate the World Health Organization recommends. Outcomes for both m...

World Health Day 2015: From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe

Keiji Fukuda | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Keiji Fukuda

Creating more sustained awareness is one of the keys to better public health. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children aged under five years and much of this is preventable. This is one reason why World Health Day this year is focused on food safety.

Is This the Beginning of the End of Glyphosate?

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

With the recent news that the World Health Organization's (WHO's) International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled glyphosate -- the active ing...

WHO: Boosting Vaccination Coverage 'Very Pressing' In Ebola-Stricken Countries: WHO

Reuters | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact

* Outbreak has disrupted normal healthcare in region * Vaccination program hit, increasing disease risks (Adds quote, measles cases...

Damon Beres

How To Listen To Music Without Destroying Your Hearing | Damon Beres | Posted 03.06.2015 | Technology

Here are a few simple things you can do to protect yourself from permanent, noise-induced hearing loss:

International Women's Day: 10 Top Health Problems for Women

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Women still face many health problems and we must re-commit to addressing them. Here are ten of the main issues that keep me awake at night.

Breakthrough 15-Minute Ebola Test Approved

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2015 | Healthy Living

(Adds detail, quotes) By Tom Miles GENEVA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has approved the first rapi...

Less Than Half Of The Money Pledged To Fight Ebola Reached Affected Countries

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.09.2015 | Home

Nearly $2.9 billion has been pledged to help fight the Ebola outbreak since it swept West Africa last year, but a new study found a large discrepancy ...

WHO: New Ebola Cases Lowest Since June 2014

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2015 | Home

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The number of new confirmed Ebola cases totalled 99 in the week to Jan. ...

WHO Launches Emergency Ebola Fund To Prevent Future Response Blunders

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact

* Executive Board agrees contingency fund, rapid response * $100 million contingency fund "good starting point" - Chan *...

Ohio Bridal Shop Going Out Of Business After Visit By Nurse Who Had Ebola

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business

Jan 8 (Reuters) - An Ohio bridal shop that temporarily closed after it was visited by an Ebola-affected Texas nurse announced on social media this w...

The World Health Organization's Annual World Malaria Report

Martin Edlund | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
Martin Edlund

The holidays came early this year for the global health community, with news that malaria deaths globally are at an all-time low. According to the World Health Organization's annual World Malaria Report, mortality rates from the disease have fallen dramatically to 584,000 annually -- including a 58 percent decline in child deaths in Africa.

Ebola, the News Cycle, and the Affliction of Short Attention Spans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Real problems, in the real world, are rarely solved by either the excessively afflicted or the unduly comfortable. Real problems, like Ebola, tend to populate the space between cause for panic and allowance for apathy. Real solutions, whatever the headlines, tend to reside there as well.

Battling Breast Cancer in Resource-Poor Countries

Oleg Chestnov | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Oleg Chestnov

Recent years have seen great public health successes for women, such as the halving of deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. But these gains are threatened by breast cancer.

Lessons from Multidrug-Resistant TB on How Evidence can Catalyse Policy Change

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

We need to increase financial commitment by both the public and the private sectors and strengthen the provision of high-quality TB care by all providers to accelerate TB control today.

Ebola: Learning From Past Mistakes

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Home
Philippe Douste-Blazy

The importance of a rigorous, normative approach to the implementation of primary health systems and the building of a cadre of trained public health professionals cannot be overstated. The industrialized countries have an obligation to assist with expertise, crisis management and funding.

Ebola: Cutting-Edge Science Offers Hope for Containing the Most Severe Acute Health Emergency in Modern Times

Dr. Margaret Chan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Margaret Chan

While many difficult scientific issues remain to be resolved, one thing is clear: WHO and its scientific and industry partners are making sure that no stone is left unturned, that no international standards for safety and quality are compromised.

Fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Claire Fordham | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Claire Fordham

Back home in the United States after three weeks helping fight the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, Dr. Suzanne Donovan is flying to Nairobi this weekend -- at the invitation of the United Nations -- to speak about Ebola management to representatives from seven African countries.

WHO: More Cases Of Ebola In Europe Unavoidable

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2014 | Home

By Inmaculada Sanz and Kate Kelland MADRID/LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that Europe would almost certain...

The Fight Against Ebola Is a Fight Against Inequality

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 12.06.2014 | Home
Jim Yong Kim

The knowledge and infrastructure to treat the sick and contain the virus exists in high- and middle-income counties. So now thousands of people in these countries are dying because, in the lottery of birth, they were born in the wrong place.

Ebola: A Warning That We Need to Vaccinate Ourselves...From Excessive Fear.

David Ropeik | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Even just worrying too much, for too long, can be a risk, a BIG one. Worrying, biologically, is stress, and chronic stress (lasting more than several days) raises our blood pressure and heart rate, weakens our immune system, and interferes with normal neurotransmitter production.

Ebola Aid Workers Shocked By WHO's 'Amateurism'

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact

* Calls for reform of U.N. health agency after mishandling Ebola * Hit by cuts, WHO rebuffed calls to play more active role ...

Through Ebola's Eyes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Predictably, this one case diagnosed here in the U.S. has resulted in a media feeding frenzy, rumination, recrimination, and the familiar blend of hyberbole and hysteria that tends to populate those infamous 15 minutes during which any given crisis holds our attention.