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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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WHO backs Sanofi's vaccine in areas with high dengue rates

The World Health Organization's expert group on immunisation said it recommended that countries consider introducing Sanofi's dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in areas where prevalence of the virus was 50 per cent or higher.  

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Diabetes rates quadruple as poorer countries hit

The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in under four decades to 422 million, and the condition is fast becoming a major problem in poorer countries, a World Health Organization study showed. In one of the larg

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WHO sees scientific consensus on Zika as cause for disorders

Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, the World Health Organization said.

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WHO backs genetic modification trials in Zika fight

The World Health Organization (WHO) called on Friday for pilot projects to test two experimental ways to curb Zika-carrying mosquitoes, including testing the release of genetically modified insects and bacteria that stop their eggs hatching.

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Technology 'becomes commonplace to deliver health services'

The use of technology has become commonplace to deliver health services and public health improvements, such as electronic health records, in the member states in the WHO European region, according to a report.  

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Zika outbreak ‘will worsen before it gets better’

The head of the World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before nations besieged by the mosquito-borne virus linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil see relief. Director-General

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WHO issues $56m plan to combat Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that $56 million is needed to combat the Zika virus through June, including fast-tracking vaccines and diagnostics. The funds, including $25 million for the WHO itself, would also be used t

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