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April 26, 1989 | From Reuters
The World Health Organization has given Vietnam $60,000 worth of equipment for detecting AIDS, Radio Hanoi reported.
December 13, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
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.
November 9, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Dr. Szeming Sze, who helped set up the United Nations' World Health Organization and served as the U.N.'s medical director for 20 years, has died. He was 90. Sze died Oct. 27 at a nursing home in Oakmont, near Pittsburgh, after fighting Parkinson's disease for 10 years. Born in Tientsin, China, and raised in England, Sze earned a degree in internal medicine at Cambridge University. His medical residency at St. Thomas Hospital in a London slum helped chart his career path.
December 11, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
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.
January 5, 1990 | Reuters
The reported number of AIDS cases worldwide rose by more than 50% in 1989, to over 200,000, despite a global prevention campaign. Reports to the World Health Organization from 177 countries and territories indicated a cumulative total of 203,599 cases by the end of 1989, contrasted with 132,976 at the end of 1988, according to the organization's figures.
October 15, 1994 | Associated Press
The World Health Organization on Friday gave the go-ahead to large-scale trials of a vaccine to try to prevent infection with the virus that causes AIDS. A meeting of experts said small-scale trials on people in the United States and Europe had shown that the vaccine was safe and had some impact on improving the immune system. The U.N. health agency said, however, that too little was known about the vaccine to predict its effectiveness.
More than 3 million people in the Western Hemisphere will be infected with the AIDS virus by the mid-1990s, largely because the epidemic is spreading rapidly in Latin America, the World Health Organization said in a report to be released today. The rate of infection appears to be slowing in North America, where about 1 million people have been stricken with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.
January 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Amid a health scare triggered by NATO's use of munitions containing depleted uranium, Yugoslav officials tried Saturday to allay fears that the substance could be harmful to residents, while a World Health Organization official said there had been no increase in leukemia cases in Kosovo. U.N. scientists who visited 11 areas struck by NATO munitions in Kosovo, a province of Serbia, Yugoslavia's main republic, have confirmed they found signs of radioactivity at eight of the sites.
May 23, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Dr. Lee Jong-wook, director-general of the World Health Organization and the driving force in that agency's effort to expand AIDS treatment to the developing world, died Monday in Geneva following surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The first Korean to head a United Nations agency, Lee was 61.
June 16, 2004 | Tom Hamburger and Alan C. Miller, Times Staff Writers
A World Health Organization panel has upgraded its assessment of the danger of formaldehyde, declaring for the first time that the chemical is "carcinogenic to humans." The warning from the International Agency for Research on Cancer contrasts with the approach taken by the Bush administration in February, when the Environmental Protection Agency approved an industry-backed rule intended to spare many plywood and timber-product plants from strict formaldehyde emission controls.
November 27, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
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 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
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 | By Tony Barboza
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.
August 8, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
An experimental malaria vaccine is safe and effective, researchers said, performing better in early trials than any vaccine tested so far in the fight against the disease. In a small clinical trial involving 40 U.S. adults, 12 of the 15 people who received doses of the PfSPZ vaccine were protected from malaria, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Though preliminary, the results represent hope in the battle against an illness contracted by hundreds of millions of people every year.
July 12, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
The advice to the United Nations is unambiguous: Don't repeat the previous mistake of ignoring poor women's access to contraception in setting goals to reduce maternal and child deaths. “Women continue to die unnecessarily in childbirth,” wrote a 27-member panel of mostly political leaders who cited World Health Organization estimates that a woman succumbs to complications of pregnancy or childbirth every 90 seconds. The panel called for providing more well-equipped health facilities, skilled birth attendants and effective contraceptives to help women plan their families.  “Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is an essential component of a healthy society,” wrote the panel that included British Prime Minister David Cameron.
July 6, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
The World Health Organization's new recommendation that people with HIV begin treatment with antiretroviral drugs sooner rather than later doesn't go far enough, according to a prominent immunologist at the University of California, San Francsico Medical Center. On Sunday, the WHO changed its position on how long people should wait before they start taking ART, a trio of virus-fighting drugs known as the HIV cocktail. In 2010, the health experts said treatment should begin after the number of CD4 immune system cells dropped below 350 per cubic millimeter of blood.
A new round of tests showing high levels of a suspected carcinogen in French fries, potato chips and other starchy snack foods is throwing a scare into the food industry. Fearing panic among consumers and slumping sales, industry officials are conducting their own tests and putting out statements intended to calm fears that acrylamide, a substance that causes cancer in animals, might pose a human health risk in food.
January 6, 2004 | Mark Magnier and Tyler Marshall, Times Staff Writers
The World Health Organization confirmed Monday that a 32-year-old television producer from southern China's Guangdong province was the first known SARS case among the general public since the disease was contained in July. Two recent cases in Singapore and Taiwan were linked to researchers reportedly exposed in their labs.
July 1, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
The World Health Organization has a new philosophy regarding antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV: Why wait? If a person has a healthy immune system, they have at least 500 CD4 cells per cubic millimeter of blood. But those CD4 cells, white blood cells that signal the immune system to fight off unwanted guests, are targeted and destroyed by HIV. Until now, the WHO had recommended that patients with HIV wait to start treatment only after their immune systems had sustained some damage from the virus and their CD4 cell count had fallen below 350 cells/mm3.
April 4, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
The number of people sickened by the H7N9 bird flu virus climbed to 14 on Thursday -- and the death count jumped to five -- as the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture reported that it may have detected the virus in pigeon samples at a Shanghai poultry market. Officials in Shanghai began slaughtering birds at the market to slow spread of the disease, which so far has infected only people who come in close contact with birds and does not appear to pass from person to person.  That a place like Shanghai appears to be a center for the spread of H7N9, which wasn't known to sicken people before this outbreak, makes sense, said Trevon Fuller, a research fellow at UCLA's Center for Tropical Research . Fuller and colleagues recently published a study (see related items at left for Los Angeles Times coverage)
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