Health

WHO recommends life-saving interleukin-6 receptor blockers for COVID-19 and urges producers to join efforts to rapidly increase access

The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its patient care guidelines to include interleukin-6 receptor blockers, a class of medicines that are lifesaving in patients who are severely or critically ill with COVID-19, especially when administered...

WHO pledges extensive commitments towards women’s empowerment and health

The World Health Organization announced multiple commitments to drive change for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in all their diversity at the Generation Equality Forum, held last week in Paris. The WHO commitments focused on...

Sri Lanka Gets First Batch of World Bank-financed COVID-19 Vaccines

A consignment of Pfizer vaccines on July 5, 2021 arrived in Colombo, the first batch of 800,000 doses to be delivered in the next few weeks. A total of five million vaccines financed through the World Bank's Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and...

WHO supporting South African consortium to establish first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub

The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to...

Prototype device may diagnose common pregnancy complications by monitoring placental oxygen

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The prototype oxygen sensor next to a diagram of a fetus with forward-facing placenta...

NIH-funded study shows children recycle brain regions when acquiring new skills

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Sample images used for testing brain responses in children. To understand how the brain reacts to...

Soaring e-waste affects the health of millions of children, WHO warns

Effective and binding action is urgently required to protect the millions of children, adolescents and expectant mothers worldwide whose health is jeopardized by the informal processing of discarded electrical or electronic devices according to a new...

WHO steps up action to improve food safety and protect people from disease

Every year 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses are reported. In 2010, 420 000 people died due to such diseases as salmonella and E.coli infection, a third of them children under five years of age. It is estimated that this figure is increasing...

Global Launch: Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report

According to the new Energy Progress Report, close to 3 billion people have no access to clean cooking solutions, mainly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Without urgent attention to this issue, only 72% of the global population will have access to...

WHO supports people quitting tobacco to reduce their risk of severe COVID-19

he World Health Organization’s 'Commit to Quit’ tobacco campaign has made resources from its Quitting Toolkit freely available to more than a billion tobacco users, less than 5 months into the year-long campaign.