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Attention, Parents: Keep Track Of The Sweet Stuff

Nancy Brown | Posted 08.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Editor's note: The American Heart Association released on Monday its first-ever scientific statement on added sugar for children. It's part of an aggr...

What Immunization Programs Can Learn From Trees in NYC

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 08.04.2016 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Dr. Kebede Worku, health minister of Ethiopia, inspects the immunization records at the Feedho Health Post. How can annual reporting of district-level...

Jill Stein: The Liberal Pseudo-Scientific Demagogue

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Despite her medical education, Stein has chosen to go down the mendacious road of identity politics.

Rio Air Fails To Meet World Health Organization Standards Ahead Of Olympics

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 08.02.2016 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro’s air is dirtier and deadlier than portrayed by authorities and the Olympics’ promised legacy of cleaner...

Blessing The Sex Trade In South Africa: A Sex Trafficking And Prostitution Survivor Testifies

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

Grizelda Grootboom recently published "Exit," a book about her violence-ridden and homeless childhood, sex trafficking, her escape from prostitution and her transformation into one of the most vocal survivor leaders in South Africa committed to ending the sex trade.

New WHO Diagnostic Labels Perpetuate Transgender Stigma

Ethics & Society | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
Ethics & Society

The movement of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declassify transgender identity as a mental disorder is simultaneously a step forward in affirming the personhood of gender minority individuals, and a step backward in diagnoses that adequately reflect their health needs.

Early childhood development begins with a mother's breast

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 07.29.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

Exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to give your child a great start in life. We all need to do everything in our power to support women who want ...

Making The Economic Case For Age-Friendly Communities

John Feather, PhD | Posted 07.22.2016 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

Follow the money. That is my advice to anyone seeking support for livable and age-friendly communities -- great places to grow up and grow old.

The 2 Most Fascinating New Books About Aging In The 21st Century

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.14.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Just last month, the World Health Organization passed its first official strategy focused on aging and health, and last year, a new book from McKinsey identified aging as one of four new mega-trends shaping our world. Even the OECD has turned its focus to the silver economy.

INSPIRE: Breaking The Cycle Of Violence

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Three seminal studies the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has done with partners have revealed both the shocking frequency of violence against children, and the devastating, pervasive, life-long health impacts of violence.

Beat the Pollution with the Plume Air App

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.11.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Extreme heat waves are happening with alarming regularity. Summer used to be the time for kids to be outside non-stop. Now, both children and adults n...

From Cannoli in South Philly to Brain Mapping in Geneva

Kevin S. Weiner | Posted 06.28.2016 | Science
Kevin S. Weiner

As a scientific conference approaches, I always think back to my first science fair: I stood next to my homemade presentation of graphs and tables glu...

Economist Editorial Claims 'Minor Forms' Of Female Genital Mutilation OK

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact

Activists are up in arms over an article suggesting “minor forms of genital cutting” should be permitted. An editorial published in the Economist ...

How To Pay For Healthy Longevity

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.30.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The pharmaceutical industry has become the object of derision over the past couple decades. Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign marked a high-water moment in this swelling critique, as Mr. Gore juxtaposed 'Big Pharma' alongside 'Big Tobacco' as a central part of his populist message.

Let 5-year-old Sherry tell you how handwashing with soap saves lives

Myriam Sidibe | Posted 06.24.2016 | Impact
Myriam Sidibe

Eunice, an expectant mother in Migori County, Kenya For twenty-six year old Eunice from Migori County,Kenya, celebrating her daughter Sherry's fifth ...

Zika Virus: The Race To Develop A Vaccine

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Aiko Stevenson

But, according to the WHO, the Olympics will "not significantly alter" the spread of Zika as it will be held during the winter months when the mosquito responsible for spreading the virus is less active:

The right to health for everyone, no matter where people live or travel

Flavia Bustreo | Posted 06.20.2016 | Impact
Flavia Bustreo

World Refugee Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on what are some of the most pressing and basic issues that refugees and displaced people fac...

This Congress Is Undivided On Violence Against Women

Patricia M. Davidson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Women
Patricia M. Davidson

ICOWHI is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting health and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research.

WHO Has Great News For Coffee Drinkers -- With One Caveat

Reuters | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.15.2016 | Healthy Living

LONDON -- There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency will say as it downgrades ...

Is Antimicrobial Resistance On Your Radar Yet?

Michael Møller | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Møller

Antibiotics revolutionized medicine. Professor Alexander Fleming's accidental discovery of Penicillin granted him a Nobel Prize and unleashed the era ...

Thank You, World Health Organization!

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The WHO has long been a leader in matters of public health, from its successes against such dreaded diseases as smallpox to its campaign to control tobacco. Its new Health and Ageing Strategy, passed recently in Geneva, follows in this admirable tradition.

Stepping up the fight to end cholera and chikungunya outbreaks in Mandera County, Kenya

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

"An MSF assisted cholera treatment center in Mandera, Kenya". June 03, 2016 - Photo credit : @unfpaken Mandera's double whammy, the concurrent outb...

A to Z at the World Health Assembly: Discussions Range from Antimicrobial Resistance to the Zika Virus

John E. Lange | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
John E. Lange

The 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva demonstrated once again the central role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in global health. Wheth...

The First Zika Baby Born in the US: Do We Underestimate the Impact of Zika on Women?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Elena Ulansky

Zika is affecting people in the US, and it is just the beginning of a global crisis that is here to stay. It is more then just a virus, Zika is affect...

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...