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1bn teenagers at risk of hearing loss due to loud music

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and s

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Watch out for nasty global flu surprises, WHO warns

The world remains highly vulnerable to a possible severe flu pandemic and governments should increase surveillance, vigilance and preparedness, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. "Nothing about influenza is predi

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WHO calls for worldwide use of ‘smart’ syringes

Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases, said a top official of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “This sh

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WHO approves breakthrough 15-minute Ebola test

The World Health Organization has approved the first rapid test for Ebola in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa, it said. The test, developed by US firm Corgenix Med

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WHO still concerned about spread of Saudi Mers virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it remained worried about the spread of Mers, a respiratory disease that has infected and killed hundreds of people, overwhelmingly in Saudi Arabia. In an update issued after a meeting of i

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Egypt records third bird flu death in 2015

An Egyptian woman has died of H5N1 bird flu in southern Egypt, the third person in the country to die of the illness this year, a health ministry official said on Friday. The woman, 43, lived in a village in Assiut and had direct

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Ebola spreads in W Africa as global cases top 20,000

The Ebola virus is still spreading in West Africa, especially in Sierra Leone, and the number of known cases globally has now exceeded 20,000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. The death toll from the outbreak, which has b

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Tenth Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu

A five-year-old Egyptian child died from bird flu on Wednesday, the tenth death from the virus in the country out of 22 identified cases this year, the Health Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Dr Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said the boy

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Death toll in Ebola outbreak surpasses 7,500: WHO

The global death toll from Ebola has risen to 7,588 out of 19,497 confirmed cases recorded in the year-old epidemic raging in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. The virus is still spreading intense

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Unchecked superbugs could kill 10 million a year

Drug-resistant superbugs could kill an extra 10 million people a year and cost up to $100 trillion by 2050 if their rampant global spread is not halted, according to a British government-commissioned review. Such infections alread

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