Posts tagged “World Health Organisation”

Measles cases reach an all-time high in Europe

August 21st, 2018
Measles cases reach an all-time high in Europe

The number of cases of measles recorded in Europe has hit an all-time high. Data from the World Health Organization revealed that more than 41,000 cases have been diagnosed in Europe in the first six months of 2018. This is a vast increase on 2017, when 23,927 cases were diagnosed in the entire year. In […]

Gaming can be an addiction, according to new World Health Organization guidelines

June 19th, 2018
Gaming can be an addiction, according to new World Health Organization guidelines

The World Health Organization has for the first time classified an addiction to gaming as a mental health condition. A new document, which will be produced as part of the organisation’s 11th International Classification of Disorders, will include gaming addiction as a disorder. The guidelines suggest the addiction is characterised by repeated actions and behaviour […]

WHO Launches World Antibiotics Awareness Week

November 16th, 2015
WHO Launches World Antibiotics Awareness Week

November 17th-22nd is World Antibiotics Awareness week, during which the World Health Organisation aims to spread awareness of antibiotic resistance, one of today’s biggest threats to global health. Although antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, misuse of antibiotics in animals and humans does accelerate the process. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria become resistant to antibiotic medication used […]

Sierra Leone Officially Declared Free of Ebola

November 10th, 2015
Sierra Leone Officially Declared Free of Ebola

Mass celebrations have broken out on the streets of Sierra Leone following an announcement from the World Health Organisation that confirmed the country is officially free from Ebola. There have now been no new cases for more than 42 days. In the last 18 months, Ebola swept through communities, claiming almost 4,000 lives. On the 7th […]

World Health Organisation Adds Processed Meats to Cancer Risk Factor List

October 26th, 2015
World Health Organisation Adds Processed Meats to Cancer Risk Factor List

The World Health Organisation has added processed meats to the list of carcinogens, cancer-causing substances. It joins alcohol, cigarettes and asbestos. According to a report conducted for the WHO, consuming 50 grams of processed meats per day, which equates to less than 2 rashers of bacon, increases the risk of developing cancer. Experts suggest that […]

World Health Organisation Approves 15 Minute Ebola Test

February 24th, 2015
World Health Organisation Approves 15 Minute Ebola Test

The World Health Organisation has approved a rapid test for Ebola, it has been confirmed. Current tests can take up to 24 hours to produce a result, while a new test, which is slightly less accurate, can give results in just 15 minutes. The improved speed of testing should allow people to be isolated and […]

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