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Europe records 15,000 deaths due to hot weather in 2022, says World Health Organisation
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Europe records 15,000 deaths due to hot weather in 2022, says World Health Organisation

Nearly 4,000 deaths in Spain, more than 1,000 in Portugal, more than 3,200 in the United Kingdom, and around 4,500 deaths in Germany were reported by health authorities during the three months of summer, WHO's Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said in a statement

Perils of pollution: It’s time we stopped taking clean air for granted
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Perils of pollution: It’s time we stopped taking clean air for granted

Understanding the problem of air pollution as well as taking concrete steps towards a greener future are essential to ensuring that we do not let ourselves or future generations down

Cholera’s comeback in Haiti: All you need to know about the killer disease
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Cholera’s comeback in Haiti: All you need to know about the killer disease

According to the WHO, 29 countries have reported Cholera outbreaks this year, up from under 20 for the previous five years combined. Apart from Haiti, the disease is also spreading quickly in war-scarred Syria and neighbouring crisis-hit Lebanon

World Heart Day 2022: Why CPR is a life-saving skill to help a cardiac arrest patient
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World Heart Day 2022: Why CPR is a life-saving skill to help a cardiac arrest patient

Any delay in initiating the bystander CPR will result in the death of the victim

'Silent thief of sight': How glaucoma causes progressive loss of vision
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'Silent thief of sight': How glaucoma causes progressive loss of vision

A significant amount of vision loss usually precedes the onset of glaucoma symptoms

WHO approves France’s Valneva vaccine against COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about it
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WHO approves France’s Valneva vaccine against COVID-19: Here’s everything you need to know about it

The WHO has recommended France’s Valneva COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 18 to 50. How effective is it against Omicron?

India seeks to strengthen and reform WHO: Here’s why
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India seeks to strengthen and reform WHO: Here’s why

Organisational structure of WHO, its governance, resources, and plethora of health funding players are key challenges

Now, dog infected with monkeypox: What we know about human-to-animal transmission
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Now, dog infected with monkeypox: What we know about human-to-animal transmission

Last week, The Lancet reported that two men in Paris noticed lesions on their Italian greyhound 12 days after they were infected with monkeypox

WHO turns to public for monkeypox name change, launches website for consultation
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WHO turns to public for monkeypox name change, launches website for consultation

Experts warn the name can be stigmatising to the primates it was named after, but who play little role in its spread, and to the African continent that the animals are often associated with

Linking COVID-19 vaccine with Monkeypox: Busting the myths
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Linking COVID-19 vaccine with Monkeypox: Busting the myths

The virus has been named Monkeypox because initially it was detected in a monkey

Kerala orders probe into suspected monkeypox death in Thrissur
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Kerala orders probe into suspected monkeypox death in Thrissur

'The result of the test conducted in the foreign country was positive, he sought treatment in Thrissur due to severe fatigue and encephalitis,' Kerala health minister said

Monkeypox can spread from close physical contact regardless of sexual orientation, race: Experts
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Monkeypox can spread from close physical contact regardless of sexual orientation, race: Experts

The monkeypox outbreak has raised widespread fear for the LGBTQ community amid reports of the disease being traced among men having sex with men

No monkeypox business: Here's why New York wants WHO to change name of the disease
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No monkeypox business: Here's why New York wants WHO to change name of the disease

The World Health Organisation had floated the idea of changing the name of monkeypox. New York City public health commissioner said in a letter that the virus did not actually originate in primates and recalled the negative effects of misinformation during the early days of the HIV epidemic

World witnessing unexpected emergence of Monkeypox: WHO's Dr Poonam Khetrapal
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World witnessing unexpected emergence of Monkeypox: WHO's Dr Poonam Khetrapal

According to the Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region, newborns, children and people with underlying immune deficiencies may be at risk of more serious symptoms and death from monkeypox

As India confirms fourth case of monkeypox, should we be worried?
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As India confirms fourth case of monkeypox, should we be worried?

India has reported four cases of monkeypox in just 11 days. After reporting its first case from Kerala on 14 July, the fourth infection was recorded on Sunday after a 34-year-old-man from Delhi with no travel history tested positive. How is the virus spreading and can it become a COVID-like scare?

25 per cent rise in mental health issues during first year of COVID-19: What the WHO report reveals
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25 per cent rise in mental health issues during first year of COVID-19: What the WHO report reveals

The report found that mental health conditions, besides affecting the quality of life, also had ‘enormous’ economic consequences with losses in productivity significantly outstripping the direct costs of care

Explained: Why WHO has decided to change the name of monkeypox virus
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Explained: Why WHO has decided to change the name of monkeypox virus

The move comes after more than 30 scientists raised concerns that the monkeypox moniker is ‘discriminatory and stigmatising’. They said that there was an urgent need to rename the disease

COVID-19 origin | WHO says it’s unclear but lab leak theory needs study
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COVID-19 origin | WHO says it’s unclear but lab leak theory needs study

That stance marks a sharp reversal of the UN health agency's initial assessment of the pandemic's origins, and comes after many critics accused WHO of being too quick to dismiss or underplay a lab-leak theory that put Chinese officials on the defensive.

1000 cases of monkeypox in 29 countries: Who is at risk?
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1000 cases of monkeypox in 29 countries: Who is at risk?

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was particularly concerned about the risk the virus poses to vulnerable groups, including pregnant women, children and people with weakened immunity due to other health conditions

Why ignoring maternal depression may lead to adverse impact on children
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Why ignoring maternal depression may lead to adverse impact on children

A child cannot be healthy or happy without the presence of a healthy and happy mother