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Universal Breast-Feeding Goals Blocked By Industry, UN Report Says

Dulcie Leimbach | Posted 06.20.2016 | Women
Dulcie Leimbach

Although more countries have been passing laws to promote and to protect breast-feeding, the breast-milk substitutes industry continues to present a formidable challenge to achieving universal breast-feeding goals, a new report by United Nations agencies and a large advocacy group reveals.

WHO Emergency Panel To Meet In June On Zika And Olympics

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living

With debate growing over the safety of holding the Olympics in Brazil amid the ongoing Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization's Emergency ...

Ebola, Zika and the Weakness of the Global Health Regime

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

When it first began at the end of December 2013 in a rural village in Guinea, the Ebola virus had been restricted to a few neighboring villages. By Ma...

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get Ready for Plain Packaging

Margaret Chan | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Chan

While plain packaging represents a power tool for tobacco control, it also builds upon other measures that governments have at their disposal to curb tobacco use. It is recommended that plain packaging be used as part of a comprehensive multisectoral approach to tobacco control.

Malaria Deaths Rising In Angola As Health Crisis Spreads

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living

Deaths from malaria in Angola this year look set to outstrip 2015 as a health crisis that includes one of the country's worst yellow fever outbreaks i...

WHO Issues Yellow Fever Warning As Deadly Outbreak Grows

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.26.2016 | Healthy Living

Amid rising concern over a deadly outbreak of yellow fever spreading from Angola, the World Health Organization on Tuesday urged travelers to the Afri...

A Race Against Time to Check Malaria Resistance

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 04.22.2016 | World
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Insecticide-treated bed nets and spraying of homes have proved formidable tools to fight malaria. Concern is growing, however, that hard-fought gains over the past decade could be undermined by insecticide resistance.

It's Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living

Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. While ...

Not Treating Depression And Anxiety Costs The World $1 Trillion A Year

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 04.13.2016 | Healthy Living

Ineffective treatment for anxiety disorders and depression is leading to significant economic problems and hinders human development, suggests new res...

The Zika Freaka Is Teaching Some Great Lessons About Risk Perception

David Ropeik | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Choices about risk based on emotion as much as cold hard reason are not automatically wrong/dumb/irrational. In fact, they usually help protect us. What's the harm in being careful?

World Health Day 2016: Let's Beat Diabetes

Margaret Chan | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Chan

Together, we can halt the rise in diabetes and provide care to improve quality of life for the millions of people living with the disease.

Why You Need To Pay Attention To Angola's Yellow Fever Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living

The world may be fixated on Zika virus, but in Angola, there's a more pressing infectious disease spread by mosquitos to worry about. A yellow fever ...

Scientists Confirm Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living

By Stephanie Nebehay and Julie Steenhuysen GENEVA/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birt...

Happy IWD from Geneva !

Caitlin Kraft Buchman | Posted 03.10.2016 | Good News
Caitlin Kraft Buchman

Happy IWD from Geneva! Where we are stepping it up and working towards #Planet 5050 seeking to make everyday a positive fight for gender parity throughout our Geneva Gender Champions initiative.

If You Don't Like The Idea Of Abortion, Don't Get One

Gleyma Lima | Posted 03.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Gleyma Lima

Legalizing abortion is not a question of beliefs, taboos or religion -- all that should not even be part of the conversation. Abortion is a question of public health, and it must be dealt with as such.

The Latest On Zika Virus: Colombia's First 'Probable' Microcephaly Case

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living

The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babie...

WHO: $56 Million Needed To Combat Zika Virus Through June

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.17.2016 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that $56 million were needed to combat the Zika virus until June, including f...

Dare to Be 100: Leadership Vacuum

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Churchill, FDR, and Joseph Stalin are the consensus picks of my cocktail party survey to fill the vacuum of leadership that is apparent in our misshap...

Reproductive Rights and Zika: Why the Pro-Choice Movement Needs to Seize This Opportunity

Vijoleta Gordeljevic | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Vijoleta Gordeljevic

Latin American governments need to stop criminalizing women's preferences for how to live their lives and acknowledge that a woman's reproductive choices are part of the right to health many leaders so proudly advocate for all its citizens.

5 Things Pregnant Women Should Know About Zika Virus

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living

On Monday, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" due to the cluster of birth defects potentially...

World Health Organization Warns Against Travel, Trade Bans For Zika Virus

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

The World Health Organization on Monday cautioned against instituting travel or trade bans in response to the Zika virus, even as it declared the outb...

WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Around Zika Virus

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.03.2016 | Healthy Living

The World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" on Monday morning due to the clusters of microcephaly and ...

WHO Declares Recent Ebola Outbreak Over

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living

GENEVA, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation on Thursday announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a mileston...

Finally, The Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Is Almost Over

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 12.30.2015 | World

The worst outbreak of Ebola on record that killed thousands and caused global panic in 2014 was largely brought under control this year. Sierra Leone ...

After 2 Years And 2,500 Deaths, Guinea Is Ebola-Free

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.05.2016 | World

Guinea, one of the countries hit by the worst outbreak of Ebola, has been declared free of any cases of the deadly virus. Because Guinea hasn't seen ...