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WHO: Basic Hygiene Can Help Prevent MERS Spread

July 10, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

A World Health Organization official on Thursday urged millions of Muslims making the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to exercise basic hygiene as mass gatherings pose risks of spreading the Middle East respiratory syndrome.    

UN: 50 New Ebola Cases in Two African Nations

July 9, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since...

Ghana: Quarantined US Citizen Tested for Ebola

July 7, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Tony Goodman, a spokesman for Ghana's Department of Health, said Monday that lab tests were...

WHO Reduces Ebola Death Toll in Sierra Leone

June 26, 2014 8:34 am | by PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization on Wednesday announced it was changing the way it reports...

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Saudi Review Finds Over 100 More MERS Infections

June 3, 2014 3:47 pm | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia, which is grappling to contain the spread of a frequently deadly respiratory virus, announced Tuesday that a review of the illness led authorities to sharply revise upward the number of confirmed infections and deaths from the disease.

Thirty Percent of World is Now Fat, No Country Immune

May 29, 2014 8:23 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Researchers found more than 2 billion people worldwide are now overweight or obese. The highest rates were in the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 60 percent of men and 65 percent of women are heavy. The U.S. has about 13 percent of the world's fat population, a greater percentage than any other country.

Two New Ebola Deaths Confirmed in West Africa

May 27, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Two new deaths from the deadly Ebola disease were announced Monday by health authorities in Guinea and Sierra Leone, raising fears that the first outbreak in West Africa is not yet under control. The new fatalities are far from where the outbreak began.

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World Health Organization: MERS Isn't an Emergency

May 14, 2014 8:19 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The spread of a puzzling respiratory virus in the Middle East and beyond is not a global health emergency despite a recent spike in cases, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The decision was made after a meeting of WHO's expert group on the Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS.

Pakistan: Polio Vaccine a Must for Exit Travelers

May 13, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

Pakistan will require all travelers leaving the country to obtain a polio vaccination from June 1, 2014, the health ministry said Tuesday. A statement from the ministry said the restrictions comply with a decision by the World Health Organization advising travelers of all ages to be vaccinated by next month.

High-Tech Hearing Aids

May 7, 2014 8:45 am | Videos | Comments

More than a third of senior citizens are hard of hearing, according to the World Health Organization. Three new digital devices that are helping people tune back in to what’s being said.           

First American MERS Patient May Leave Hospital Soon

May 6, 2014 8:24 am | by TOM COYNE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first American citizen diagnosed with a mysterious virus from the Middle East is improving daily and could be released soon from an Indiana hospital, although he will be isolated at home, health officials said Monday.     

UN: Spread of Polio Now a World Health Emergency

May 5, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

In an announcement Monday, the World Health Organization described the ongoing polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an "extraordinary" situation requiring a coordinated international response.       

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Drug Resistance Found Worldwide, New Drugs Needed

April 30, 2014 8:15 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.      

Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Rises to 147

April 24, 2014 8:28 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says 147 people have died from the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In a statement posted on its website, the organization said more than 240 cases of the virus have been recorded in Guinea and Liberia.   

Ebola Virus in Africa Outbreak is a New Strain

April 17, 2014 8:27 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.         

Iraq Scrambles to Fight Polio Surge Amid Conflict

April 14, 2014 8:14 am | by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the country's turmoil.   

Saudi Arabia Reports Two More Deaths from MERS

April 10, 2014 8:38 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saudi health authorities said Wednesday that 11 people in the western city of Jiddah have contracted the Middle East respiratory syndrome, resulting in two recent deaths and prompting officials to temporarily shutter the emergency unit at one of the city's biggest hospitals.

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WHO Recommends Only 5% of Calories From Sugar

March 5, 2014 11:22 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.       

Study: MERS Virus Infecting Camels Since 1992

February 25, 2014 8:59 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists say the mysterious MERS virus has been infecting camels in Saudi Arabia for at least two decades, and early human cases probably went undiagnosed. Since the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus was first identified in 2012, doctors have struggled to explain how many patients have fallen sick.

Cancer Cases Worldwide to Jump to 22 million

February 3, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization's cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades.                   

WHO: Pakistani City Becomes Top Reservoir of Polio

January 17, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar has become the world's largest poliovirus reservoir. The organization said in a news release on Friday that 90 percent of the current polio cases in the country are genetically linked to Peshawar.

India Ready to Declare the Elimination of Polio

January 13, 2014 8:47 am | Videos | Comments

The World Health Organization is set to announce today that India has officially eliminated polio.                         

Fight Against Malaria Slows, Fewer Nets Given Out

December 12, 2013 9:54 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Global efforts to curb malaria are stalling after a drop in funds to buy bed nets, according to the latest report Wednesday from the World Health Organization. For the second year in a row, WHO noted a dramatic decline in the number of bed nets given out to protect people from the mosquitoes that spread malaria.

UN: 21 Nations Take Up Polio 'Emergency'

November 13, 2013 8:19 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says 21 nations in the Middle East and nearby regions are jointly declaring the eradication of polio as an emergency priority, and are singling out Pakistan as a key part of the problem.     

WHO: TB Numbers Fall, But 3 Million Undiagnosed

October 23, 2013 8:40 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says the number of people diagnosed with tuberculosis fell slightly last year but 3 million people are going undiagnosed and untreated. WHO estimated 8.6 million people were diagnosed with TB and 1.3 million died in 2012. TB most often attacks the lungs and can usually be treated with antibiotics.

WHO Agency: Air Pollution Causes Cancer

October 17, 2013 8:20 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The International Agency for Research on Cancer declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation. The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, which is based in Lyon, France.

Plan to Stop TB in Kids Overdue but Problematic

October 2, 2013 8:22 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials are embarking on an ambitious plan to wipe out tuberculosis in children worldwide, even though they don't know exactly how many cases there are. Experts say tuberculosis in children — defined as people under the age of 15 — has often been overlooked because there isn't a reliable diagnostic test and its symptoms are similar to many other childhood illnesses.

WHO: Treat People with HIV Early to Stop Spread

July 1, 2013 8:43 am | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be started on medicines as soon as they are diagnosed, the World Health Organization says in new guidelines that also recommend earlier treatment for adults. The advice will have the most impact in Africa, where nearly 70 percent of people with HIV live.

Latest Bird Flu Strain 'Kills More Than a Third'

June 24, 2013 8:20 am | News | Comments

More than a third of patients infected with a new strain of bird flu died after being admitted to the hospital earlier this year, Chinese researchers report in a new study. Since the new H7N9 bird flu first broke out in China in late March, the strain has sickened more than 130 people and killed 37.

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