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Global Treaty Set to Fight Illicit Tobacco Trade

Posted November 12th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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More than 170 countries have agreed on a new international treaty cracking down on the illegal tobacco trade. Representatives of governments and international organizations meeting Monday in Seoul, South Korea, unanimously approved the pact. The protocol creates a new global system requiring non-removable tracking codes on each pack of cigarettes. That is meant to make […]

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WHO: New Virus Not Easily Transmitted

Posted September 28th, 2012 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says a new virus that has killed one person and has left another person in critical condition does not appear to spread easily from person to person. The United Nations agency said Friday it is working with its international partners to better understand the public health risk. WHO says the origin […]

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WHO: SARS-Like Illness Surfaces in Qatari Man

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says a Qatari man is critically ill in a London hospital after displaying symptoms similar to the deadly SARS virus. In a statement Monday, WHO representatives said the 49-year-old unnamed patient was suffering from acute respiratory infection and kidney failure. A 60-year-old Saudi national died from a similar virus earlier this […]

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Gunmen Attack WHO Team in Pakistan’s Karachi

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have opened fire on a World Health Organization team working on a polio immunization campaign in southern Pakistan, wounding two people. WHO says a staff member and an international consultant are in stable condition at a hospital, after Tuesday’s attack in the port city of Karachi. Pakistani police had earlier identified the two as […]

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Immunization Doctor Shot in Karachi

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 8:35 am (UTC-5)
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A doctor taking part in a widely-publicized polio immunization campaign is in a Pakistani hospital after being wounded when his vehicle came under heavy gunfire in the southern port city of Karachi. Police say the foreign doctor and his driver were on their way to an immunization camp Tuesday when two men began shooting. The […]

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U.N.: Maternal Deaths Cut By Half in Last 20 Years

Posted May 16th, 2012 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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A U.N. report says the global mortality rate for women giving birth has been cut in nearly half over the past two decades. The report released Wednesday by the Geneva-based World Health Organization said maternal deaths declined from 540,000 in 1990 to 287,000 in 2010. However, the report showed that one woman still dies from […]

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WHO: Number Tuberculosis Cases Drops for First Time

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says the number of people with tuberculosis is declining, and that the number of TB deaths is at a 10-year low. A new WHO report says 8.8 million people were infected with the lung disease last year — down from a peak of 9 million in 2005. The WHO attributes the […]

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WHO: Number of Tuberculosis Cases Drops

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The World Health Organization says the number of people contracting tuberculosis is declining, and that the number of TB deaths is at a 10-year low. A new WHO report says 8.8 million people were infected with the lung disease last year — down from a peak of 9 million in 2005. The WHO attributes the […]

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WHO Report: Treatment for Mentally Ill Extremely Inadequate

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 8:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A new report by the World Health Organization calls proper treatment of those suffering from mental illnesses extremely inadequate in some parts of the world. The report issued Monday, World Mental Health Day, says one in four people around the globe need mental health care at some point in their lives. But it says as […]

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WHO Summit Tackles Noninfectious Diseases

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations holds a high-level two-day meeting beginning Monday in New York intended on tackling non-communicable diseases such as heart and lung disease, cancer and diabetes. The World Health Organization says developing nations can prevent and treat millions of cases of these non-communicable diseases for as little as $1.20 per person per year. The […]

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