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Health

Afghanistan: UN moves quickly to immunize 1.5 million children from polio

The United Nations is moving swiftly to vaccinate 1.5 million children after a polio case was detected in an area of north-eastern Afghanistan which had been free of the disease for more than a decade.

Association between elevated levels of lead, cadmium and delayed puberty in girls

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions have found that exposure to lead in childhood may delay the onset of puberty in young girls, with higher doses increasing the chance for later maturation.

Falls represent a deadly public health problem, UN warns

Falls are a major public health problem across the world with an estimated 424,000 fatalities occurring each year, making it the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death after road traffic accidents, according to the United Nations...

UN-civil society forum issues call to action to improve health of millions worldwide

Civil society representatives from more than 70 countries wrapped up a United Nations forum today with an urgent call to action to improve the health of millions of men, women and children worldwide and step up efforts to achieve the globally agreed...

AFRICA: A teabag that could save millions

A cheap and effective filtering device developed by a South African university could provide safe drinking water to millions of people, drastically reducing the incidence of waterborne illnesses such as cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases.

Coaxing the Body’s Cells to Repair Damaged Joints

Scientists have developed a technique that leads to the successful regrowth of damaged leg joints in rabbits. The accomplishment shows that it’s possible to lure the body's own cells to injured regions and generate new tissues, such as cartilage and...

Dozens of Genetic Variants Linked to Blood Lipid Levels

Scientists have uncovered the largest set of genetic variants linked to blood lipid levels, which can contribute to heart disease. The findings could lead to more targeted therapies and a better understanding of how heredity can affect cardiovascular...

SRI LANKA: Dengue prevention becomes household chore

Sri Lanka has launched a massive community prevention campaign targeting dengue fever using billboards, TV spots and even schoolchildren.

Keep Young Kids Away From Pet Food To Cut Salmonella Risks

Researchers have tied a multistate salmonella outbreak over three years with dry dog and cat food. The study, published by the journal Pediatrics, finds about half the 79 people sickened by an uncommon salmonella strain were kids 2 years or younger....

FDA: Consumers Should Spurn Some Fresh Express Veggie Lover's Salad

Hold the pickles. Hold the lettuce. Special orders don't upset us.