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Investigation into shutdown of Canada’s respected pandemic early warning agency

In the late 1990’s  Canada created an agency in collaboration with the World Health Organisation to act as an early warning system for pandemics and other major health outbreaks. With a multilingual staff, it monitored a variety of sources to »

Health, International

WHO halts certain COVID-19 drug trials

After initial hopes, the World Health Organisation has discontinued trials of two drugs in the effort against SARS CoV-2. Trials with the malaria drug  hydroxychloroquine along with other trials of the HIV combination lopinavir/ritonavir have been ended after early results showed they »

Environment & Animal Life, International

WHO: The spread of COVID-19 by asymptomatic people is ‘rare’

In a statement yesterday, an official of the World Health Organisation said there’s low-risk for asymptomatic people to be spreading the SARS-Cov-2 virus. These are people who test positive for the virus but have demonstrated no symptoms. Maria Van Kerkhove »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, Immigration & Refugees, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Call to WHO to ban wild animal markets to save lives

Saying  that these wild animal markets in Asia and Africa have been the source of deadly pandemics, some  200 organisations have joined in an open letter to call for an end to the sale of wild animals in markets for »

Environment & Animal Life, Health, Immigration & Refugees, International

Wuhan virus: Another WHO emergency meeting, evacuations, travel ban

The World Health Organisation is meeting today in another emergency session to discuss whether to declare the Wuhan corona virus a public health emergency. Recent figures show some 7,800 infection cases, 170 deaths.  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, »

Health

Stave off dementia with a healthy lifestyle, advises WHO

New guidelines from the United Nations’ World Health Organization suggest that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting a healthy lifestyle. The advice is to get regular exercise, not smoke, avoid harmful use of alcohol, control weight, »

Health, International, Society

Smoking destroys the environment, says WHO

The UN’s World Health Organization says tobacco use is not only killing about seven million people a year, it also has a devastating impact on the environment and on sustainable development. A report issued today says production of six trillion »

Health, International

Reducing the toll of medical accidents

We in Canada pride ourselves on a first-class medical system, but statistics show a surprising fact. Tragically, many Canadians who enter hospitals or get home treatment, will suffer injuries, serious complications or even death as a result of medical errors »

Health, Society

Canadians drink sugary drinks, suffer health consequences

Canadians would back a tax on sugary drinks if the proceeds were used to fund health initiatives, according to public opinion research. The World Health Organization (WHO) today said countries should use tax policy to increase the price of sodas, »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology

World Health Organization: Concern over resistant sex diseases

Every year millions are treated for sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STD- STI), but every year it’s becoming more difficult to cure them. That’s because the various strains are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. Health officials say continued »