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Polluted environment kills 1.7 million children every year: WHO

Polluted environment kills 1.7 million children every year: WHO

A shocking report by World Health Organisation reveals that each year, environmental pollutants cost an estimated 1.7 million lives among children under five.

The causes include unsafe water, lack of sanitation, poor hygiene practices and indoor and outdoor pollution, as well as injuries.

The new numbers equate to these pollutants being the cause of one in four deaths of children 1 month to 5 years old.

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Malaria remains acute public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa: WHO report

Malaria remains acute public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa: WHO report

Despite major progress in the fight against malaria, the mosquito-borne disease remains an acute public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, home to 90 per cent of the world's malaria cases, according to an annual flagship report by the World Health Organization (WHO).

"We are definitely seeing progress," said Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Global Malaria Programme, in a news release on the World Malaria Report 2016.

"But the world is still struggling to achieve the high levels of programme coverage that are needed to beat this disease," he added.

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Targeted digital marketing alluring kids to unhealthy foods: report

Targeted digital marketing alluring kids to unhealthy foods: report

A new report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on authorities to take immediate action to address the growing issue of targeted marketing to kids through digital media.

The newly released WHO report pointed out that targeted digital marketing is being used to allure kids to foods containing high amounts of salt, sugar and fats.

WHO advises against accepting blood donations from Zika affected nations

WHO advises against accepting blood donations from Zika affected nations

The World Health Organisation has advised all the nations against accepting blood donation from countries affected by Zika virus.

According to The Guardian, Spain announced Europe's first known case of the disease in a pregnant woman.

The announcement came as authorities in Brazil disclosed two cases of transmission tied to blood transfusions, adding a new dimension to efforts to limit Zika's impact.

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Cancer second biggest killer after heart disease in India

Cancer second biggest killer after heart disease in India

Cancer is the second biggest killer after heart disease in India, with 3.5 lakh people succumbing to the disease every year, a research body said.

Referring to the WHO World Cancer Report 2015, the Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) said seven lakh new cancer cases emerge every year in the country, killing over 3.5 lakh people and is expected to rise in the next 10-15 years.

Too Less to Treat Pandemics! The Disease Costs Less than $1 per Person Every Year

Too Less to Treat Pandemics! The Disease Costs Less than $1 per Person Every Year

It seems good to know for people suffering with pandemics as the new report states that preparing for pandemics could cost less than $1 each year for a person. According to a global health expert group convened in the wake of the Ebola crisis, costing less than $0.72 a year for each person would make the world far more resilient to potentially devastating pandemics. Every year, people across the world spend total of more than 40 billion pounds for the disease.

Guinea Declared Free from Ebola, Liberia Still Battling Disease

Guinea Declared Free from Ebola, Liberia Still Battling Disease

After claiming about 2,500 lives, Ebola has left Guinea, according to reports, which means Liberia remains the only nation still fighting the deadly disease. Before Guinea, Sierre Leone was declared Ebola-free in November.

The WHO earlier reported that it has not seen any new case of Ebola in last about 42 days, a time period in two incubation cycles for the disease. The organization concerned with international public health declared Guinea as Ebola-free country on Tuesday. The last reported Ebola patient in the country was a kid, WHO said.

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