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Been in a Zika zone? Be sure to practice safe sex, U.N. agency says
WASHINGTON — The World Health Organization on Tuesday expanded its guidance on preventing Zika, warning that everyone who visits a Zika-infected zone should practice safe sex for six months, even if they show no symptoms of the disease.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | AIDS Human sexual behavior HIV Sexual intercourse Safe sex Aedes aegypti World Health Organization Birth control
Living in fear of the world's most infectious killer
The roads are bright orange and unpaved through the agricultural district of Memot in Cambodia. Along the sides lie miles of maize fields and a few farmers tending to them.
142 points by CNN | Tuberculosis Infectious disease Medicine Health care Clinic Healthcare World Health Organization Health economics
Bill Gates Urges Sharper Military Focus on Bioterror
The Microsoft founder, who leads a foundation focused on global health, wants the U.S. military to focus more training on preparing to fight a global pandemic or bioterror attack.
26 points by The Wall Street Journal | Nuclear weapon World Health Organization Tsar Bomba Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Cold War Microsoft
‘Largest pandemic in 100 years’ threatens China as bird flu spreads
China could be facing the worst bout of bird flu to hit the country in a century, with Avian Influenza A(H7N9) accounting for the deaths of 79 people in January from the 192 human cases reported so far. Read Full Article at RT.com
1417 points by Russia Today | Infectious disease Epidemiology Infection 2017 Disease World Health Organization Pandemic 2016
China closes live poultry markets amid deadly flu outbreak
BEIJING (AP) - China is ordering the closure of live poultry markets in its south-central regions where the worst outbreak of bird flu in years has killed at least 87 people. State media reported Friday that the National Health and Family Planning Commission ordered closures anywhere that cases of the ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Hong Kong China Severe acute respiratory syndrome Influenza Xinhua News Agency World Health Organization People's Republic of China Yangtze River
WHO declares end to yellow fever outbreak in Congo, Angola
DAKAR, Senegal — The World Health Organization has declared an end to the yellow fever outbreak that killed about 400 people in Congo and Angola, calling it "one of the largest and most challenging" in recent years.The outbreak, first detected in Angola in late 2015, caused 965 confirmed cases and thousands of suspected cases in both countries, the WHO said in a statement Tuesday. Neither country has reported a new confirmed case in the past six months.Angola in late December declared an end to its outbreak, and Congo made its announcement Tuesday.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Malaria Influenza World Health Organization Vaccine Smallpox Public health Vaccination Yellow fever
Italy's Vaccination Rates Raise Concern
Italy is the latest front in Europe’s growing antivaccine trend, fueled in part by groups that oppose mandatory injections and raise doubts over their safety.
550 points by The Wall Street Journal | World Health Organization United States World Europe Democracy Asia Pandemic
Cut in secret: Doctors who work on girls after hours
When 13-year-old Malika from a dusty village outside Cairo, Egypt turned eleven, her mother took her to the doctor late at night. It was not until she saw the blood and heard the cries from the other girls that it dawned on her -- she was about to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).
3883 points by CNN | Medicine Physician Female genital cutting Medical school Doctor Ancient Egypt World Health Organization Middle East
Homeopathy is ‘pseudoscience’ - Russia’s top science body
The Russian Academy of Sciences has called homeopathy a “pseudoscience” with no scientific basis, saying that its methods contradict chemical, physical and biological laws. The academy also stressed that homeopathy is not to be confused with phytotherapy. Read Full Article at RT.com
1418 points by Russia Today | Medicine Pseudoscience Homeopathy Scientific method Science Samuel Hahnemann World Health Organization Alternative medicine
Health clinics already hit by 'catastrophic' global gag rule on abortion
Hannah McNeish, Women & GirlsFeb. 3 (UPI) -- Global health organizations that rely on U.S. funding will have to choose between shutting up about abortion or shutting down other aid-funded programs.
24 points by UPI | Abortion Reproductive health Pregnancy Birth control Family planning World Health Organization Reproductive rights Mexico City Policy
WHO says Zika no longer a global health emergency
The World Health Organization declared an end to its global health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus Friday, prompting dismay from some public health experts confronting the epidemic.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | World Health Organization Epidemiology Infectious disease Infection Aedes aegypti Malaria Aedes Mosquito
UN agency lifts Zika emergency, prepares for long-term fight
Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the United Nations health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe neurological defects in newborns whose mothers were infected.
2 points by The Denver Post | Infection Epidemiology World Health Organization Infectious disease Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pandemic United States Declaration of Independence United Nations
Zika is no longer considered an emergency
GENEVA — Acknowledging Zika is here to stay, the United Nations health agency is lifting a 9-month-old emergency declaration against the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected. The World Health Organization is instead shifting to a longer-term approach against a virus that has spread across Latin America,...
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Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO
Health agency says mosquito-borne still poses a significant public health challenge requiring intense action.
57 points by Al Jazeera English | World Health Organization AIDS Sexual intercourse Human sexual behavior Chlamydia infection Pregnancy Infection Public health
Zika is no longer global emergency, WHO says
The World Health Organization declared an end to its global health emergency over the spread of the Zika virus Friday, prompting dismay from some public health experts still wrestling with the epidemic.
5 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Infectious disease Malaria Epidemiology World Health Organization Infection Pandemic Vaccination Disease
WHO: Zika no longer a world health emergency
Nearly 30 countries have reported birth defects linked to the virus.       
100 points by USA Today | United States World Health Organization Aedes Vaccination Aedes aegypti Public health Miami Mosquito
WHO lifts Zika emergency, but prepares for a long-term fight
Acknowledging that Zika is here to stay, the United Nations health agency is lifting a 9-month-old emergency declaration against the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected. The World Health Organization is instead shifting to a long-term approach...
13 points by Los Angeles Times | United States World Health Organization United Nations Malaria Brazil Childbirth Americas Haiti
WHO revises sex guidelines for Zika prevention
If you've traveled to any country with a current outbreak of Zika, you should wait a full eight weeks to have unprotected sex or attempt to conceive a baby, even if you have no symptoms of the disease, the World Health Organization said today. Previous guidance suggested taking precautions or abstaining for only four weeks.
1052 points by CNN | World Health Organization Epidemiology AIDS World
Want a Zika Test? It's Not Easy
Even people like Palmeroni-Lavis, who have compelling reasons to be tested for a virus known to cause devastating brain defects in the fetus, cannot walk into a local health department and get tested on-demand. [...] public health officials in Florida say they face a backlog of tests for pregnant women, some of whom may be waiting to make decisions about whether to have abortions if they test positive. The restrictions are aimed at preventing an onslaught of requests for Zika tests that could clog the system and prevent public health officials from identifying new cases quickly. Public health experts say the restrictions are necessary to ensure that people most at risk have access to Zika testing. Laboratories and public health agencies say they are inundated with requests for tests, but declined to provide specifics. There are limitations to the best available tests, said Dr. Jay K. Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control at New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
-1 points by The Houston Chronicle | World Health Organization Public health Pregnancy Medicine Infectious disease New York City Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fertility
U.N. Suspends Convoys to Syria After Attack on Aid Trucks
A top official at the organization said the airstrike would amount to a war crime if found to have targeted humanitarian workers.
-1 points by The New York Times | United Nations Geneva Syria Human rights Humanitarian aid International Committee of the Red Cross World Health Organization Lebanon
Want a Zika Test? It’s Not Easy
Men and women who want to be sure they are Zika free before trying to conceive are being told they aren’t eligible for Zika testing.
795 points by The New York Times | Health care World Health Organization Public health Pregnancy Health Medicine Antibody
Kerry: Syria truce 'holding but fragile' despite violence
Secretary of State John Kerry says the week-old truce in Syria brokered by the U.S. and Russia is "holding but fragile" despite persistent violence and a lack of aid deliveries to besieged communities. Speaking Monday on the sidelines of ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Vietnam War Russia United Nations Democratic Party Massachusetts New York United Nations General Assembly World Health Organization
How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat
Newly discovered documents show that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to shape the debate around heart disease, sugar and fat.
-1 points by The New York Times | Nutrition Research Saturated fat Scientific method Fat World Health Organization Heart disease Health
Gunmen kill anti-polio physician in northwestern Pakistan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani police say gunmen have killed a physician who was instrumental in an anti-polio drive in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Police said Monday that Dr. Zaka Ullah was gunned down over the weekend, when he was returning home after evening prayers. It is unclear whether ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Pakistan United States Islam South Asia Indus River Taliban World Health Organization Punjab region
Thai authorities downplay Zika risk, worried by tourism impact
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Health and city officials in Thailand downplayed risks from rising infections from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to serious birth defects, and expressed concern that disclosing information would damage its tourism industry.
141 points by Reuters | Southeast Asia Bangkok Public health World Health Organization Thailand Epidemiology Infectious disease Infection
Mosquito officials want wind tunnel to attract bugs, funding
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) - Mosquito control officials in northeast Florida have proposed building a wind tunnel, among other investments, to help attract researchers and grant funding. The St. Augustine Record reports (http://bit.ly/2cofhbN ) $80,000 for 800-square-foot wind tunnel is included in a proposed $4.6 million budget for the Anastasia ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Malaria World Health Organization Mosquito Florida West Nile virus Wind Mosquito control Transport
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina goes to Bangabhaban to meet President Md Abdul Hamid
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has gone to the Bangabhaban to meet President Md Abdul Hamid prior to her 12-day tour of Canada and the USA.
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Felling suicidal? There's help — there's hope. Read this
If you are concerned about someone dear to you, you aren't alone.         
6806 points by Arizona Republic | Suicide World Health Organization Public health Universal health care Meaning of life American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Suicide prevention Death
Texas’ maternal death rates top most industrialized countries
Women in the Texas are dying of pregnancy-related ailments at a higher rate than the rest of the country and even most other industrialized ...       
2067 points by USA Today | Abortion Childbirth Obstetrics Health care Pregnancy World Health Organization Medicine Public health
Texas struggles with rising maternal death rate
Women in the Texas are dying of pregnancy-related ailments at a higher rate than the rest of the country and even most other industrialized ...       
2067 points by USA Today | Abortion Childbirth Obstetrics Health care Pregnancy World Health Organization Medicine Public health
5 things you need to know this weekend
The biggest news to start your weekend.       
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Kerry discusses cease-fire deal
The United States and Russia announced a new multi-step plan intended to bring Syria closer to a negotiated peace deal and to allow humanitarian aid to reach those in need in the war-torn country.
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World Suicide Prevention Day sends message of hope
If you are concerned about someone dear to you who is at risk of taking their own life, you aren't alone.       
-1 points by USA Today | Suicide World Health Organization Suicide prevention Crisis hotline Public health Universal health care Meaning of life