Africa: This is How Universal Health Coverage Led to Algeria Being Malaria-Free
[allAfrica] Johannesburg -Algeria is now the second African country after Mauritius to be officially recognized by the World Health Organisation as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years. Morocco was declared malaria-free in 2010 which would have made the country the second African country to be certified malaria-free but it falls within WHO's "Eastern Mediterrean" region. Dr Akpaka Kalu, WHO Representative in E (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Algeria and Argentina are officially malaria-free, says World Health Organization
Malaria has been eliminated from Algeria and Argentina, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, an important milestone in fighting the mosquito-borne disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Strategies Need Adjusting in Congo
[VOA] A panel of World Health Organization experts says strategies must be strengthened to combat the worsening Ebola epidemic in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The WHO's latest report counted 1,738 cases of Ebola in Congo, including 1,218 deaths. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 22, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Preventing Antibiotic Resistance: Look to the Livestock Industry
Among the major drivers of the Antimicrobial Resistance crisis is the misuse and overuse of antibiotics in livestock and feed. Credit: Germán Miranda/IPS. By Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, May 21 2019 (IPS) Antimicrobial resistance is quickly becoming a global crisis and risks reversing a century of progress in health. Some organisations have already geared up and are tackling the issue from its roots. In a new report, the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance estimates that antibiotic resistance could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050. Already, drug-resistan...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse North America Regional Categories Sustainability TerraViva United Nations Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) WHO Source Type: news

Dengue fever numbers soar on La Reunion: WHO
Tens of thousands of people are thought to have caught dengue fever in an unprecedented outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease on the French overseas territory of La Reunion, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Sierra Leone: New WHO Representative in Sierra Leone Presents Credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
[WHO] The newly appointed Representative of the World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone, Mr Evans Majani Liyosi, today 15 May 2019 presented his credentials to the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Nimatulai Bah Chang , in Freetown. This engagement now gives Mr Liyosi the official recognition by the government to represent the Organization in Sierra Leone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Kenya: Kenya's UHC Commended as World Health Assembly Kicks Off in Geneva
[Capital FM] Geneva -The ongoing roll out of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), now in the pilot phase, has received global recognition at the World Health Organization's (WHO) 72nd World Health Assembly meeting which kicked off in Geneva, Switzerland Monday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO chief calls for political solution to Ebola outbreak in Congo
Government and opposition leaders of Congo must strive to find a bipartisan solution to the Ebola outbreak as ongoing violence in the country gives "the virus an advantage," the chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Kenya: First Lady Kenyatta Handed Award By WHO
[Capital FM] Geneva, Switzerland -First lady Margaret Kenyatta was on Sunday presented with the 2019 Health Leaders award by World Health organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom in recognition of her outstanding advocacy on global health matters. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Causes Macrocephaly?
Discussion “Macrocephaly is defined as [an occipitofrontal circumference or head circumference, OFC ] of> 2 standard deviations above the mean or above the 97th percentage for a given age, and gender, or when serial measurement shows progressive enlargement, crossing of one or more major percentiles, or when there is an increase in OFC> 2 cm/month in the first 6 months of life.” Megalencephaly is enlargement of the brain parenchyma. The OFC should be measured using a non-elastic tape which surrounds the head along the line of the glabella and posterior occipital protrusion. There are ethnic differences f...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 20, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What the world needs now: a prescriptive measure of alcohol outcomes. Commentary on Witkiewitz et  al., "Maintenance of World Health Organization risk drinking level reductions and post-treatment functioning following a large alcohol use disorder clinical trial" - Litt MD.
The determination of what constitutes a good choice of drinking outcome measure in treatments for alcohol problems has long presented a problem for the field (e.g., Allen, 2003). People pretty much agree that the primary treatment endpoint should probably ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

New Guidelines for Preventing Dementia
World Health Organization report says exercise, good diet and staying social is better than popping pills ... You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. ... The prov... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - May 17, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

How to care for a wound in an emergency
  When accidents happen, first aid is a critical first step. But for open wounds and similar emergencies, it’s always a good idea to follow up with a health care professional. According to the World Health Organization, tens of millions of people suffer injuries that lead to hospitalization, emergency department visits, general practitioner treatment or treatment that does not involve formal medical care. As common as these injuries are, it’s important to deal with them immediately to prevent infection and minimize complications later, when you seek care from a medical professional. Here’s a helpful ...
Source: Advanced Tissue - May 17, 2019 Category: Dermatology Authors: AdvancedTissue Tags: Wound Care Wound care products Wound Infection Source Type: news

Nigeria: Burden of TB in Nigeria Weighs Heavier, New Data Shows
[Africa Check] In its April 2019 article "The tuberculosis enigma", Nigeria's the Nation newspaper quotes the World Health Organization as saying the country is "first in Africa" for the burden of the disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis)
Source: AllAfrica News: Tuberculosis - May 17, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Door-to-Door Hypertension Care in Dakar Brings a Pervasive Public Health Problem to Light
By Margarite Nathe, Principal Editor/Writer, IntraHealth InternationalMay 16, 2019Many health workers in Senegal didn ’t know what hypertension was or how to treat it—until now.Fatima* felt terrible. She was having headaches and dizziness, and she was so tired.This went on for months. When she went to the local health facility in Podor —her tiny hometown in northern Senegal—they found that her blood pressure was high.“Stop eating so much,” the health worker told Fatima. “And don’t eat late in the day.”Fatima followed this erroneous advice. She ate all her usual foods,...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 16, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Tags: Better Hearts Better Cities - Dakar Noncommunicable Diseases Community Engagement Health Workforce & Systems Primary Health Care Community Health Workers Senegal Source Type: news

Africa: Africa Advances On Goal of Cervical Cancer Elimination Across the Continent
[WHO] Brazzaville, 15 May 2019 - The cervical cancer burden falls unequally on Africa, with 19 of the 20 most affected countries on this continent. The disease kills 311 000 women a year worldwide and is the second most common cancer among women in the African region. Yet, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and curable forms of cancers, through vaccination, early detection and treatment. Bringing cervical cancer to an end is now a priority for the World Health Organization (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New WHO Dementia Guidelines Released New WHO Dementia Guidelines Released
New guidelines issued by the World Health Organization recommend lifestyle change as the primary way to reduce the risk for cognitive decline and dementia.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - May 16, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Snakebites: Like having my hand smashed by a hammer'
The bites are a "hidden" health crisis causing a death every four minutes, says World Health Organization (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wellcome Trust investing £80m in snakebite treatment
Scientists say antivenom exists for only 60% of all the snakes in the worldNew drugs for snakebite are desperately needed, say scientists, to replace the current 100-year-old treatment made by injecting snake ’s venom into a horse and harvesting antibodies – which is very expensive, may not work and can cause lethal allergic reactions.Snakebite, says the Wellcome Trust, is the cause of the world ’s biggest hidden health crisis – and it is investing £80m in the hope of solving it. The World Health Organization will this month also launch a snakebite strategy aiming to halve deaths by 2030. Ever...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 16, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Science Snakes World Health Organization M édecins Sans Frontières World news Source Type: news

A Resource For Global Health Innovators
Innovations are critical to tackle some of the biggest challenges in global health. The World Health Organization has just launched the Health Product Profile Directory, a free-to-use online, searchable database of target product profiles for various health products global health. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Madhukar Pai, Contributor Source Type: news

Healthy Lifestyle Recommended for Reducing Dementia Risk
WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 -- Guidelines emphasizing adoption of a healthy lifestyle for reducing the risk for cognitive decline and dementia have been developed by the World Health Organization. Noting that dementia is a rapidly growing global public... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

World Health Organization (WHO) issues guideline on prevention of dementia
The WHO has published its first guideline on the prevention and management of dementia, recommending the adoption of specific lifestyle interventions such as encouraging physical activity and smoking cessation for reducing the risk of cognitive decline and dementia. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study advocates using hand rub with three steps for 15 seconds
Applying hand rub with three steps for 15 seconds is as effective at reducing bacteria as the six steps for 30 seconds recommended by the World Health Organization, according to Swiss researchers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Builds Capacity of Priority Countries to Use Early Warning, Alert and Response Tools
[WHO] Entebbe -The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a five-day orientation training to build the capacity of participants from priority countries through theoretical and practical training on two WHO supported tools for epidemiological surveillance and response activities, EWARS-in-a-box and Go.Data. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 15, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Dementia: What you can do to reduce your risk of developing the disease
DEMENTIA symptoms can be combated through a lifestyle overhaul and taking better care of yourself, according to the World Health Organisation. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To reduce dementia risk, eating well and exercising do more than puzzles and pills
If you want to save your brain from the ravages of dementia, keep the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than relying on vitamins or other pills, according to new guidelines from the World Health Organization.About 50 million people around the world haveAlzheimer's... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - May 14, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Source Type: news

Political Games Hinder Efforts to End Ebola Outbreak in Congo: WHO Political Games Hinder Efforts to End Ebola Outbreak in Congo: WHO
Attempts to end the second worst Ebola outbreak on record are being hampered by"political games" and distrust of outsiders in two towns in Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior World Health Organization official said on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

WHO recommends exercising, not smoking, healthy diet to prevent dementia
To reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, new guidelines released by the World Health Organization recommend people eliminate risk factors that bring on the deadly disease. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2018 a Year of Dangerous Attacks on Health Workers, Facilities
May 14, 2019 WashingtonThere were at least 973 attacks on health workers, health facilities, health transports, and patients in 23 countries in conflict in 2018, the  Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition reported today. At least 167 health workers died and at least 710 were injured. This marks an increase in the number of documented attacks compared to 2017, when the coalition reported 701 such instances.The coalition ’s sixth annual report documents attacks on vaccination workers, paramedics, nurses, doctors, midwives, community volunteers, drivers, and guards, in violation of international norms an...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Tags: Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Policy & Advocacy Source Type: news

Eat well, exercise more: New global guidelines to reduce risk of dementia
There's no effective treatment for dementia, which affects 50 million people worldwide, but the World Health Organization says there's much can be done to delay or slow the onset and progression of the disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exercise more, eat a healthy diet and stop smoking to slash your risk of deadly dementia
The World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, today released its report which it hopes will help countries deal with a dementia burden expected to triple. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do To Prevent Dementia
The best defense against cognitive decline can start with moving your feet, according to the World Health Organization. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Congo's Ebola Outbreak 'Unlikely' to Be Contained Unless Violence Stops
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola outbreak is unlikely to be contained unless violence stops, said the World Health Organization, after attacks halted work for almost five days. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Chad: Measles Threatens All of Chad As Children Go Unvaccinated
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Chad's worst measles outbreak in years will soon spread to all parts of the country as vaccination rates are too low to stop an epidemic that has already hit thousands, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 14, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO issues first advice on dementia: exercise and don't smoke
The World Health Organization published its first guidelines on the prevention and management of dementia on Tuesday, putting physical activity at the top of its list of recommendations for preventing cognitive decline. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Political games hinder efforts to end Ebola outbreak in Congo: WHO
Attempts to end the second worst Ebola outbreak on record are being hampered by "political games" and distrust of outsiders in two towns in Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior World Health Organization official said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Ebola Outbreak Could Spiral Beyond DRCongo, WHO Warns
[VOA] Armed attacks, misinformation and a growing funding gap continue to impede the response to the Ebola outbreak in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with the World Health Organization warning that the situation could spiral out of control. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Winning hearts and minds over vaccines
The World Health Organization listed vaccine hesitancy - when parents delay or withhold vaccines for their children - as one of the Top 10 health risks for 2019. Now, with more than 700 confirmed cases of measles in 23 states, public health officials are scrambling to put a stop to it. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on health experts using science as an antidote to misinformation about vaccines. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Editorial patterns in bicyclist and pedestrian crash reporting - Ralph K, Iacobucci E, Thigpen CG, Goddard T.
The World Health Organization characterizes traffic deaths as a preventable health epidemic. Despite the scale of the problem, this issue has not led to a concerted call to action. Why not? The field of media studies offers potential insight. Not only does... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Pedestrians and Bicycles Source Type: news

WHO warns Ebola could spread elsewhere if attacks on health workers don't stop
The World Health Organization warned Friday that it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams continue. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Intergenerational transmission of emotion dysregulation: Part I. Psychopathology, self-injury, and parasympathetic responsivity among pregnant women - Lin B, Kaliush PR, Conradt E, Terrell S, Neff D, Allen AK, Smid MC, Monk C, Crowell SE.
The World Health Organization recently reported that maternal mental health is a major public health concern. As many as one in four women suffer from psychiatric disorders at some point during pregnancy or the first postpartum year. Furthermore, self-inju... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 10, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Mozambique: Fostering Partnerships for Health - WHO and Key Partners Conduct a Joint Field Visit to Beira
[WHO] Following the invitation from the World Health Organization representative in Mozambique, Dra Djamila Cabral, key partners arrived in Beira in a joint field mission to assess the health situation in Beira and follow up on the progress made so far in responding to the health needs of people affected by Cyclone Idai. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 9, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WHO Issues Warning as Measles Infects 34,000 in Europe This Year WHO Issues Warning as Measles Infects 34,000 in Europe This Year
More than 34,000 people across Europe caught measles in the first two months of 2019, with the vast majority of cases in Ukraine, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday as it urged authorities to ensure vulnerable people get vaccinated.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - May 9, 2019 Category: Primary Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Genetic therapy heals damage caused by heart attack
Researchers from King's College London have found that therapy that can induce heart cells to regenerate after a heart attack. Myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, caused by the sudden blocking of one of the cardiac coronary arteries, is the main cause of heart failure, a condition that now affects over 23 million population in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - May 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Measles and the canonical path to elimination
All World Health Organization regions have set measles elimination goals. We find that as countries progress toward these goals, they undergo predictable changes in the size and frequency of measles outbreaks. A country’s position on this "canonical path" is driven by both measles control activities and demographic factors, which combine to change the effective size of the measles-susceptible population, thereby driving the country through theoretically established dynamic regimes. Further, position on the path to elimination provides critical information for guiding vaccination efforts, such as the age pro...
Source: ScienceNOW - May 9, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Graham, M., Winter, A. K., Ferrari, M., Grenfell, B., Moss, W. J., Azman, A. S., Metcalf, C. J. E., Lessler, J. Tags: Epidemiology reports Source Type: news

Global Health: A New Ebola Vaccine Strategy in Africa: Smaller Doses
As violence makes it harder to reach stricken villages in Congo, experts plan to stretch supplies and to give the vaccine to everyone, not just contacts of victims. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Ebola Virus Vaccination and Immunization Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Epidemics World Health Organization Johnson & Merck Company Inc Source Type: news

Cholera, more civilian casualties feared in Libya: WHO
A month-old battle for Libya's capital Tripoli risks causing an "exponential" rise in civilian casualties as well as outbreaks of deadly diseases including cholera, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO experts recommend ramping up Ebola vaccine after Congo cases surge
World Health Organization experts recommended on Tuesday a dramatic expansion of vaccination against Ebola in Congo after a surge in cases showed that the strategy of vaccinating those known to be exposed to the disease was no longer sufficient. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

IntraHealth International CEO Pape Gaye to Transition to President Emeritus in 2020
May 08, 2019 Chapel Hill, NCPape Gaye is preparing to take on a new role as global recruitment for a new CEO is underway. Under Gaye ’s leadership, IntraHealth has:Grown its annual revenue from $20 million in 2004 to over $100 million in 2018.Expanded its workforce to 800+ in 2019.Improved health care and systems in more than 80 countries.Led global and regional coalitions and partnerships, including the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Safeguarding Health in Conflict, and the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit.Spearheaded innovations in health workforce training and performance, digital health, integrate...
Source: IntraHealth International - May 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: intrahealth Source Type: news

WHO warns over spread of measles in Europe as 34,000 cases reported in 2 months
Measles outbreaks will continue to spread in Europe without a robust response, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned as it urged countries in the region to vaccinate vulnerable populations. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news