March 25, 2014 |
Air pollution kills about 7 million people a year and is linked to 1 in 8 deaths worldwide, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Health Organization. The finding more than doubles previous estimates “and confirms that air pollution is now the world's largest single environmental health risk,” the agency said. An estimated 4.3 million people died in 2012 as a result of indoor air pollution, mostly from cooking inside with coal or wood stoves in developing countries, according to the report by the public health agency of the United Nations.
December 13, 2013 |
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Two policemen and a polio worker were killed by gunmen in separate incidents in restive northwest Pakistan on Friday, officials said. In the first case, suspected militants fired at two policemen reportedly on their way to guard polio vaccination workers in the Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, police said. One of the policemen, Ijaz Ali, was killed immediately, while the second, Iftikhar Ali, died a few hours later at a hospital. Both were shot in the head, said an officer who saw their bodies.
December 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Although malaria deaths have fallen worldwide over the last decade, health leaders warned Wednesday of a small but rising threat in parts of Southeast Asia, where anti-malaria drug resistance is confounding experts. Four countries - Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam - make up an "epicenter to malarial drug resistance," said Robert Newman, the director of the World Health Organization's Global Malaria Program. Researchers have found that people in the Southeast Asia region have surprisingly high rates of resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapies, which are considered the best ways to treat the most deadly of the four types of parasites that cause malaria in humans.
November 27, 2013 |
From the folks who brought the world the 24-karat gold iPad, the tallest skyscraper and the first government program that pays citizens to lose weight will come the 2020 World Expo. Dubai was selected Wednesday by the 168-nation International Expositions Bureau in Paris to host the event, the first Middle Eastern state to stage the world's fair in its 150-year history. Jubilant rulers and residents of the tiny Arab emirate set off fireworks, illuminated the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa tower and promised to stage an expo that would "astonish the world.
November 8, 2013 |
BEIRUT - An outbreak of polio among children in war-torn Syria has prompted a mass immunization campaign that aims to vaccinate 20 million children in seven Middle Eastern nations and territories, the United Nations and the World Health Organization said Friday. An emergency drive to prevent the transmission of the crippling ailment and other preventable diseases has already resulted in the vaccination of 650,000 children in Syria, including 116,000 in the northeastern province of Dair Alzour, where the polio outbreak was confirmed a week ago, the international agencies said in a statement.
October 17, 2013 |
It's official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer. The World Health Organization on Thursday declared air pollution a human carcinogen like tobacco smoke, asbestos and arsenic, calling it a leading cause of cancer deaths globally. Health experts have known for years that air pollution increases the risk of a wide range of ailments, including respiratory problems and heart disease. Some compounds in the air we breathe, such as diesel exhaust, have already been deemed cancer-causing.