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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, »


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 »

Health, International, Society

WHO calls for global action on diabetes

The UN’s’ World Health Organization says the number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million, with most living in developing countries. But diabetes is growing fast in Canada too, and it’s estimated that by »

Health, Society

E-cigarettes: going up in smoke?

Sales of electronic cigarettes, or E-cigarettes, has been growing by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, with sales in the billions of dollars. However, even as their popularity grows, so too do the questions surrounding their safety »