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.
August 8, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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.