World Health Organisation

  • Sinful to discriminate against leprosy patients: Dalai Lama 20-03-2014 04:28 PM

    New Delhi: Even though India has achieved the World Health Organisation's (WHO) elimination level for leprosy, the social stigma associated with the disease is still prevalent, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said. "This is a physical condition like any other and people should not look down upon others. All...
  • Need to shed stigma attached to Leprosy 25-09-2013 06:51 PM

    Kolkata: Higlighting the discrimination against the leprosy-affected in India, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Elimination of Leprosy Yohei Sasakawa has called for extension of support to the patients to overcome the stigma associated with the disease. "Many parts of India still face the problems of discrimination and a major social stigma...
  • Tamil Nadu govt to feed kids nutritious nuggets 21-09-2013 01:37 PM

    The Tamil Nadu government has decided to offer nutritional supplementation to malnourished children in schools, in addition to the mid-day meal programme, to improve their body mass index, an official said on Saturday. The scheme, to be introduced soon in Perambalur district, around 275 km from the state capital, will...
  • Life expectancy gap growing between rich, poor women, says WHO 02-09-2013 01:37 PM

    Geneva: Life expectancy for women at 50 has improved, but the gap between poor and rich countries is growing and could worsen without better detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. A WHO study, one of the first to analyse the...
  • WHO had asked India to ban toxin that killed children in Bihar 22-07-2013 10:24 PM

    New Delhi/London: The pesticide that killed 23 schoolchildren last week is a nerve poison banned by many countries because of what the World Health Organisation (WHO) describes as its "high acute toxicity". As early as 2009, the United Nations health agency urged India to consider a ban on the pesticide...
  • MERS: The next big threat? 17-07-2013 01:52 PM

    If you've seen the movie 'Contagion' , you'll know how fast a virus can spread and how deadly it can be, but will this be true for the newly emerging virus, Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) as well? The World Health Organisation has warned that this novel virus is...
  • Newly discovered virus kills 45 worldwide 17-07-2013 10:55 AM

    Mumbai: A newly discovered SARS like virus has killed 45 people worldwide. The virus, which has been discovered around Gulf countries, is worrying scientists as they are not able to ascertain the origin and nature of the virus. After swine flu and avian flu, Mers - a new mutated strain...
  • Pak: Gunmen kill woman polio worker, WHO suspends campaign 29-05-2013 10:23 AM

    Islamabad: Suspected militants shot and killed a woman polio vaccinator and injured another in an attack in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, prompting the World Health Organisation to suspend its vaccination campaign. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired at the vaccinators at Badabher area on the outskirts of...
  • Drug resistant tuberculosis on the rise 24-03-2013 08:52 AM

    ...
  • Tougher anti-tobacco rules for TV, films 12-11-2011 11:47 AM

    New Delhi: Henceforth, every time an actor is seen taking a puff on screen, a prominent scroll warning that smoking is injurious to health will run at the bottom. What's more, the actor will personally read out the ill-effects of smoking, say the new health ministry rules to be effective...
  • Malaria vaccine trial in its final stages 25-10-2011 09:07 AM

    Mumbai: The world's first malaria vaccine is in its final stages of clinical trials. It's proving to be 56 per cent effective, which means it will reduce the risk of the disease by more than half. After 30 years of research, this is the best shot for a malaria vaccine....
  • Going into hospital far riskier than flying: WHO 22-07-2011 11:58 AM

    Geneva: Millions of people die each year from medical errors and infections linked to health care and going into hospital is far riskier than flying, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. "If you were admitted to hospital tomorrow in any country... your chances of being subjected to an error...
  • Evidence 'increasingly against' phone cancer risk 04-07-2011 12:53 PM

    London: Despite a recent move to classify mobile phones as possibly carcinogenic, the scientific evidence increasingly points away from a link between their use and brain tumours, according to a new study on Saturday. A major review of previously published research by a committee of experts from Britain, the United...
  • E coli outbreak: death toll rises to 47 in German 28-06-2011 01:07 AM

    Berlin: The death toll in Europe's E coli outbreak has risen by three to at least 47, German authorities said on Monday, even as new infections continue to tail off. Germany's disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said 46 deaths have now been reported in the country. One person...
  • Germany: more than 3000 infected with E coli 17-06-2011 08:45 PM

    Berlin: New sicknesses are still being reported in the European E coli outbreak that has killed 39, but Germany's national disease control centre said on Friday indications are that the crisis is tapering off. The number of reported infections in Germany, the epicenter of the outbreak, is now up to...
  • Killer E Coli strain described as deadliest yet 03-06-2011 07:03 AM

    London: A virulent new strain of E Coli bacteria that has killed at least 17 people in Europe may be the deadliest yet in human history, health experts said. Germany is at the centre of the outbreak, with more than 1,500 people ill from eating contaminated vegetables and salads, but...
  • Mobile phones may cause cancer: WHO 01-06-2011 07:32 AM

    London: Using a mobile phone might increase the risk of developing certain types of brain tumors and consumers should consider ways of reducing their exposure, World Health Organisation (WHO) cancer experts said on Tuesday. A working group of 31 scientists from 14 countries meeting at the WHO's International Agency for...
  • New tuberculosis test that cuts diagnosis time 24-03-2011 09:10 AM

    New Delhi: With 1.8 million new cases of tuberculosis every year, India desperately needs more efficient prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The World Health Organisation has been endorsing a medical test called XPERT MTB. Dr Nata Manabde, WHO India Director said, "It's faster, quicker. The WHO believes that this can change...
  • Now, a contraceptive jab for men! 07-02-2011 10:12 AM

    London: Women have been awaiting it for years -- a contraceptive option for men to help them share the family planning burden. And, now scientists at Edinburgh University have confirmed that such a contraceptive jab has proved successful in preventing unplanned pregnancies after tests in Scotland, 'The Scotsman' reported. The...
  • New diabetes detection test to cost more 19-01-2011 09:44 AM

    WHO is pushing for a new test for diabetes detection which was earlier used only for monitoring. ...
  • Poor sanitation costs India multi-billion losses 23-12-2010 09:58 AM

    Poor sanitation in India is costing annual losses of $54 billion. ...
  • 'Malaria kills over 2 lakh Indians every year' 18-12-2010 07:43 PM

    Aligarh: Malaria kills around 205,000 people in India every year, more than 13 times the estimate by the World Health Organisation (WHO), an official said in Aligarh on Saturday. India also accounted for 70 per cent of malaria cases in the southeast Asian region, said Prof M Ashraf Malik, principal...
  • WHO maps world's deadliest roads 10-09-2009 09:50 AM

    ...
  • WHO issues new guidelines on swine flu 22-08-2009 01:04 PM

    ...