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Zika no longer public health emergency: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Zika virus is no longer an international emergency but stressed the need for a long-term effort to address the disease linked to birth defects and neurological complications.

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Don't shave, but shower before surgery: WHO

People preparing for surgery should always have a bath or shower but not be shaved, and antibiotics should only be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, not afterwards, according to new guidelines from the World Health Organizati

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Ageist attitudes 'affect older people's health'

New analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people are widespread. They also negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health.   Fully 60 per cent

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Ageist attitudes 'affect older people's health'

New analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people are widespread. They also negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health.   Fully 60 per cent

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Can coffee cause cancer? Only if it's very hot: WHO

There is no conclusive evidence that drinking coffee causes cancer, the World Health Organization's cancer agency will say as it downgrades its warning, but it will also say all "very hot" drinks are probably carcinogenic.

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Zika: WHO advises 8 weeks of safe sex

People returning from areas with transmission of the Zika virus should follow safer sex practices or abstain from sex for at least eight weeks, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, doubling the four weeks it had previously recommended.

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WHO rejects call for Olympics to be moved over Zika

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday rejected a call for the Rio Olympic Games to be moved or postponed due to the threat posed by a large outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil. Responding to a call from more than 100 leadin

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Global life expectancy increases by 5 years

Global life expectancy has increased by five years since 2000, touted as the fastest increase since the 1960s. The increase was greatest in Africa where it rose by 9.4 years.    The gains reverse declines du

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WHO recommends rapid detection and treatment for MDR-T patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a new rapid detection and a cheaper treatment regime for tackling multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), which should significantly improve treatment outcomes for patients. “

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Iranian, Indian cities ranked worst for air pollution

India is home to four of the five cities in the world with the worst air pollution, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. But while WHO experts acknowledge India faces a "huge challenge", many countries are so

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