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WHO Declares Polio ‘Public Health Emergency’

The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has re-emerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries such as Syria and Pakistan.

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Halve Your Sugar Intake to Prevent Diabetes and Obesity, World Health Organization Says

The World Health Organisation Wednesday said the recommended amount of sugar consumed daily should be halved as it stepped up its battle against public health problems like obesity and tooth decay.

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Cancer Planet Is Upon Us

Cancer cases are predicted to increase worldwide by 70 percent over the next two decades, “from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to the World Health Organisation,” The Guardian reports.

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Diesel Smoke Causes Cancer, Researchers Confirm

After a week of considering the evidence, a working group of the World Health Organization determined that diesel exhaust is carcinogenic in human lungs. Underground miners, bus drivers and railroad workers are especially vulnerable, but the risks from traffic exhaust extend to the general population.

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Gonorrhea ‘Superbugs’ Tearing Path Across the Globe

Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, including one reported in Japan in 2008, have spread to countries around the world, infecting more than 100 million people a year, in part because symptoms have become harder to detect, the World Health Organization says.

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Thank You for Not Smoking

In the first worldwide study of the effects of “passive smoking,” researchers at the World Health Organization have discovered that 600,000 people—a third of them children—die each year from secondhand smoke.

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WHO Accused of Overstating Swine Flu Threat

Two reports released Friday are critical of the World Health Organization’s handling of the H1N1 flu pandemic—which was dubbed “exaggeration on stilts”—as well as the fact that some WHO scientists had previously been on the payroll of big drug companies.

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Overstatement of the Porcine-tury

Remember the H1N1 panic that erupted only last year that sent public health bodies into a frenzy as we braced for worldwide catastrophe? Well, it turns out everything may have been a bit overstated, and that the credibility lost by health organizations could actually endanger lives.

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Harsh Methods Help China Keep Swine Flu at Bay

China’s authoritarianism has apparently helped the country keep a lid on the global H1N1 pandemic. Similarly populated India has experienced nearly 17 times as many deaths from the disease. The United States, with less than a quarter of China’s population, has recorded about 133 times as many deaths. (continued)

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Swine Flu Reaches Pandemic

It’s been 40 years since we’ve had a flu pandemic on our hands, but after roughly 30,000 swine flu cases spread across multiple regions of the world, the WHO held an emergency meeting and took the plunge. Try not to feel alarmed.

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Napolitano ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Swine Flu

This will come as no surprise to Ron Paul (remember him?), but it looks like swine flu may be no worse than your garden-variety influenza virus, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

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Swine Flu on the Verge of Pandemic

With news of the first swine flu death outside of Mexico (U.S.) and the first infection of a patient with no connection to Mexico (Spain), the World Health Organization has reclassified the health scare one level short of a full pandemic and has urged governments to initiate emergency measures.

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New Hope in the Fight Against AIDS

World AIDS Day turns 20 today, and while we still don’t have a vaccine, researchers continue to make lifesaving breakthroughs. A team at the World Health Organization in Geneva recently came up with a “thought experiment” that, according to a mathematical model, could end the AIDS epidemic in Africa in only a decade.

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AIDS Still an Uphill Battle

Every year about a million HIV patients globally are given potentially life-saving treatments, while about 2 1/2 times that number are infected. On top of that, the vast majority of HIV-positive people around the world don’t know they’re infected.

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Another Take on Death Toll Among Iraqis

The tragic task of tallying the number of Iraqis who have been killed in the war has been attempted by various parties with vastly different results, largely because of built-in logistical issues, and now the WHO’s health ministry has released its own figures while acknowledging the impossibility of precision.

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Who Killed the Electric Car

The Next Must-See Documentary

Check out the new movie that The New York Times calls “a prosecutorial examination of the role of oil companies, the automobile industry and the Bush administration (them again) in stymieing the development of emission-free electric vehicles.”

 

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