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Geography & Geology : The trouble with sea cucumbers

FAO report says overfishing putting sea cukes at risk
Under pressure: sea cucumbers around the world are overfished.

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Medicine : Who - immunization could have prevented fatal measles outbreak
Posted by niccosan on 2009/4/2 19:20:00 (3005 reads)

GENEVA – A recent measles outbreak in Germany has highlighted the need for vaccination reminders and better information for parents, according to research published today in the international public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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Medicine : More people dying from TB are HIV-infected than previously recognized
Posted by niccosan on 2009/3/25 11:50:00 (3047 reads)

Press Release for World TB Day and the launch of the WHO Global TB Control Report

24 March 2009 - Rio De Janeiro - The total number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases remained stable in 2007, and the percentage of the world's population becoming ill with TB has continued the slow decline that was first observed in 2004, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.

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Posted by niccosan on 2009/3/17 12:30:00 (3010 reads)

In the framework of ‘Love and Relationships’ film festival, UNESCO, in cooperation with the French Cultural Centre (CCF), is screening this month in selected Cambodian provinces the Khmer movie Palace of Dreams. This drama, produced in 2008 by BBC World Service Trust, aims at reducing the risk of HIV infection among young people.

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Medicine : New hope in Liberia pest outbreak?
Posted by niccosan on 2009/2/4 12:40:00 (1853 reads)

4 February 2009, Rome – Findings made during a field verification and evaluation visit by an international team of scientists led by experts from FAO and the Government of Liberia suggest that the potential threats of current and future outbreaks in the ongoing Liberian caterpillar plague could be contained more easily than previously thought.

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Medicine : Tolerable levels for melamine established at a WHO meeting
Posted by niccosan on 2008/12/5 12:00:00 (1861 reads)

GENEVA- International experts have established a tolerable daily intake (TDI) for melamine, the implicated chemical found recently in contaminated milk products. The TDI is the outcome of a meeting organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) held this week in Ottawa, Canada to address the issue. The TDI is lower than previous TDIs suggested for melamine by some national food safety authorities.

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Medicine : WHO/Bulletin - Young people with HIV taking big risks
Posted by niccosan on 2008/11/28 12:00:00 (1883 reads)

GENEVA – Adolescents and young adults with HIV are at high risk of treatment failure and of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners, according to research published today in the international public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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Medicine : Voluntary universal annual testing and immediate treatment might have major impact on widespread HIV epidemics
Posted by niccosan on 2008/11/26 12:00:00 (1779 reads)

26 November 2008, Geneva — A group of specialists in the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a mathematical model and published findings in the Lancet today to stimulate discussion, debate and further research. The model suggests that using annual, universal voluntary HIV testing followed by immediate ART (irrespective of clinical stage or CD4 count) reduces new cases by 95% within ten years.

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Medicine : Who and health partners lead Massive cholera response in eastern drc
Posted by niccosan on 2008/11/13 12:00:00 (1741 reads)

13 November 2008 - GOMA/GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners have launched an intensive operation to prevent and control the increase in the number of cholera cases, which have tripled in some areas to 150 a week, amid the recent escalation of violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Medicine : Millions with mental disorders in the developing world are deprived of necessary treatment and care
Posted by niccosan on 2008/10/9 12:10:00 (1698 reads)

WHO calls for urgent scaling up of services for mental disorders

9 October/Geneva: More than 75% of people suffering from mental disorders in the developing world receive no treatment or care. A new WHO programme launched today, on World Mental Health Day 2008 highlights the huge treatment gap for a number of mental, neurological and substance use disorders. Across Africa for example, nine out of ten people suffering from epilepsy go untreated, unable to access simple and inexpensive anticonvulsant drugs which cost less than US$5 a year per person.

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Medicine : Marketers of electronic cigarettes Should halt unproved therapy claims
Posted by niccosan on 2008/9/19 12:10:00 (1791 reads)

GENEVA -- Contrary to what some marketers of the electronic cigarette imply in their advertisements, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider it to be a legitimate therapy for smokers trying to quit.

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