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Explained: How the World Health Organisation aims to fight pandemics in the future
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Explained: How the World Health Organisation aims to fight pandemics in the future

Negotiations on new rules for dealing with pandemics are underway at the World Health Organisation. A new pact is a priority for WHO chief who called it a ‘generational commitment that we will not go back to the old cycle of panic and neglect’ at the UN agency's annual assembly

India imposes conditions for export of cough syrup, exporters need to undertake product testing at govt labs from June 1
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India imposes conditions for export of cough syrup, exporters need to undertake product testing at govt labs from June 1

The direction has come after quality concerns were raised globally for cough syrups exported by Indian firms.

'If not now, then when?' WHO chief asks country to prepare for next pandemic
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'If not now, then when?' WHO chief asks country to prepare for next pandemic

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was addressing the 10th annual World Health Assembly in Geneva. The assembly addressed topics ranging from global health challenges to the eradication of polio and supporting steps to ease Ukraine's health emergency triggered by Russia's invasion.

Over 80% oral cancer is due to tobacco consumption in India: How NRT can help
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Over 80% oral cancer is due to tobacco consumption in India: How NRT can help

NRT has come as a rescue that can manage one’s withdrawal symptoms to a great extent

Hundreds of millions of life years lost to COVID-19 pandemic, according to WHO
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Hundreds of millions of life years lost to COVID-19 pandemic, according to WHO

The pandemic wrecked worldwide devastation and killed roughly seven million people, with the total death toll estimated to be closer to 20 million

Ditch the Diet Cola: Why using sugar alternatives won't help you lose weight
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Ditch the Diet Cola: Why using sugar alternatives won't help you lose weight

The WHO said that substituting sweeteners for sugar does not aid in long-term weight management. According to the global health body, it may increase the risk of a number of illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disorder

WHO urges caution in using AI in healthcare, warns against bias, misinformation
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WHO urges caution in using AI in healthcare, warns against bias, misinformation

According to the WHO, the data used to train AI may be biased, resulting in misleading or inaccurate information, and the models may be manipulated to generate disinformation

Use of artificial sweeteners may have harmful consequences cautions WHO
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Use of artificial sweeteners may have harmful consequences cautions WHO

Sweeteners are consumed by millions every day in products like diet soda or to sweeten coffee, partly as a way to avoid weight gain from sugar -- but how healthy these substitutes have long been a matter of controversy

G7 plans new vaccine effort for developing nations
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G7 plans new vaccine effort for developing nations

In addition to the G7, G20 nations such as India and international groups such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank will participate

India among top 5 countries with babies 'born too soon'. What causes preterm births and how is this harmful?
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India among top 5 countries with babies 'born too soon'. What causes preterm births and how is this harmful?

Preterm birth problems are one of the biggest causes of mortality among children. As per a UN report, India is among the top five countries with the highest rates of preterm births in 2020, with an estimated 13 per cent. Other countries on the list were Bangladesh, Malawi, Pakistan, and South Africa

To quit smoking, Turkey man locks his head in a cage every morning
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To quit smoking, Turkey man locks his head in a cage every morning

A man in Turkey has come up with an out-of-the-box idea of believe it or not locking his head in a cage to quit smoking forever. Ibrahim Yücel, who had been struggling with the addiction for years, designed and wore the peculiar device himself to keep the cigarette away from his mouth at all times

WHO says COVID-19 emergency is over: What does this decision mean?
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WHO says COVID-19 emergency is over: What does this decision mean?

Although WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the coronavirus emergency was over, he warned that the virus is here to stay and that thousands of people continue to die every week. The risk of new variants emerging that cause new surges in cases and deaths remains

China to remain alert even as WHO declares COVID-19 global emergency over
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China to remain alert even as WHO declares COVID-19 global emergency over

Long after the majority of nations began to deal with the COVID-19 virus, China maintained its zero tolerance policy and didn't start to relax it until late in the year 2022

WHO anticipates more deaths in Sudan due to disease outbreaks, collapse of services
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WHO anticipates more deaths in Sudan due to disease outbreaks, collapse of services

The UN health agency was carrying out a risk assessment to determine whether the seizure of a laboratory in Khartoum earlier this week housing pathogens represented a risk to public health in Sudan

WHO issues alert for another India-made cough syrup: Why are these drugs so deadly?
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WHO issues alert for another India-made cough syrup: Why are these drugs so deadly?

The World Health Organization has warned about contaminated Punjab-made cough syrup – Guaifenesin TG – that was found in the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. This is the third such alert sounded by the agency over India-manufactured drugs in seven months

Sudan Unrest: The threat of ‘germ bomb’ as lab seized in Khartoum
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Sudan Unrest: The threat of ‘germ bomb’ as lab seized in Khartoum

In conflict-hit Sudan, fighters seized the public health laboratory in Khartoum. Trained technicians don’t have access to the facility, which stores measles and cholera pathogens. Frequent power cuts mean there is a risk of spoilage of an already-depleting stock of blood bags

WHO warns of 'biological hazard' in Sudan as warring parties seize lab containing measles, cholera
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WHO warns of 'biological hazard' in Sudan as warring parties seize lab containing measles, cholera

Many countries have successfully evacuated their citizens from war-torn Sudan after several attacks on diplomats, including the killing of an Egyptian attache shot on his way to work. Some countries are also extracting their private citizens

'Huge biological risk' after Sudan fighters occupy lab: WHO
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'Huge biological risk' after Sudan fighters occupy lab: WHO

Nima Saeed Abid, the WHO's representative in Sudan, informed that the fighters "kicked out all the technicians from the lab... which is completely under the control of one of the fighting parties as a military base"

WHO claims over 400 killed, 3,500 injured in Sudan fighting
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WHO claims over 400 killed, 3,500 injured in Sudan fighting

Sudan has been without a functioning government since October 2021, when the military dismissed PM Abdalla Hamdok's transitional administration and proclaimed a state of emergency in what political opponents referred to as a 'coup'

Explained: How superbugs make treating Ukraine war wounds a ‘huge challenge’
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Explained: How superbugs make treating Ukraine war wounds a ‘huge challenge’

According to new research, out of 47 wounded patients evacuated from Ukraine to Berlin's Charite University Hospital for treatment last year, 14 had injuries infected with multidrug-resistant bacteria