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WHO: Forget About That Goodwill Ambassador

Director abandons controversial appointment of Robert Mugabe

(Newser) - Amid much uproar, the World Health Organization has re-examined its decision to name Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador and decided to dump the 93-year-old Zimbabwean leader. "I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns," WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, per the BBC . Tedros had praised... More »

WHO Slammed for 'Laughable' Choice of Goodwill Ambassador

Robert Mugabe has wrecked his own country's health system

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has chosen a new "goodwill ambassador" whose human rights abuses have left him with very little goodwill internationally: Robert Mugabe. The 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe was chosen by new WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to help fight non-communicable diseases like strokes and asthma across Africa,... More »

WHO: Nearly Half of Abortions Around the World Aren't Safe

Most disturbing are those abortions that fall into the 'least safe' category

(Newser) - Between 2010 and 2014, nearly 56 million women around the world got abortions each year—and the World Health Organization has found that almost half of them weren't safe. Per a WHO/Guttmacher Institute study published in the Lancet journal, of those 55.7 million annual abortions, just over 17... More »

After Decades of Work, a Malaria Vaccine Is Here

3 countries have been chosen for testing

(Newser) - Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of... More »

These Are the 12 Bacteria We Should Worry About Most

According to the WHO

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press briefing on Monday, the UN health agency said its list is meant to promote the development of medicines for the... More »

WHO on 'High Alert' Over Bird Flu

Worrying strains are spreading fast

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says it's on high alert over outbreaks of bird flu that have killed people in China and caused large-scale slaughtering of birds elsewhere. "The rapidly expanding geographical distribution of these outbreaks and the number of virus strains currently co-circulating have put WHO on high... More »

Gonorrhea May Beat All Known Drugs by 2021

WHO makes changes to recommended treatments

(Newser) - The WHO is changing up its policy for battling gonorrhea for the first time in more than a decade as antibiotic-resistant strains continue to spread worldwide . The organization now recommends that doctors give up using the class of antibiotics known as quinolones and instead prescribe another class called cephalosporins, reports... More »

After All That, Zika Was a No-Show at the Olympics

WHO says no confirmed cases among athletes or spectators

(Newser) - "We told you so," the World Health Organization essentially announced Friday, stating that there were no confirmed cases of Zika contracted during the Rio Olympics, Good Morning America reports. According to the BBC , that goes for both athletes and spectators. WHO was criticized by a number of experts... More »

WHO May Stop Classifying Transgender ID as Mental Disorder

New guidebook will likely make big update

(Newser) - For years, being transgender has been considered a mental disorder that's listed in the World Health Organization's "International Classification of Diseases" guidebook under "gender identity disorders." But now the WHO is considering declassifying transgender identity as such in the guide's new edition, the first... More »

WHO No Longer Thinks Coffee Will Give You Cancer

Unless it's served above 149 degrees

(Newser) - Celebrate the latest news from the WHO with a cup of joe: The organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer is set to reverse its rating of coffee as "possibly carcinogenic" Wednesday, noting there is "inadequate evidence" linking the beverage to cancers of the bladder, pancreas, and... More »

There's a Better Way to Wash Your Hands

Best technique to reduce bacteria involves 6 steps: study

(Newser) - You do it several times a day: You grab some soap, rub your hands together for 20 seconds or so, then rinse. Yet if you're aiming to get rid of as much bacteria as possible, you've been washing your hands all wrong. After observing the hand-washing techniques of... More »

WHO: Zika Is an International Emergency

World Health Organization calls mosquito-borne virus 'extraordinary event'

(Newser) - The World Health Organization announced Monday that the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas is an "extraordinary event" that merits being declared an international emergency, the AP reports. The agency convened a closed-door emergency meeting of independent experts Monday to assess the outbreak after noting a... More »

Scientists: Zika May Become 'Explosive Pandemic'

Don't mess this up like Ebola, they tell WHO

(Newser) - US scientists want the World Health Organization to call an emergency meeting to address the Zika virus , the mosquito-borne disease they say has "explosive pandemic potential," the BBC reports. Writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association , the scientists also warn the WHO not to make the... More »

With 11.3K Dead, Ebola Outbreak Is Officially Over

Liberia reaches 42-day benchmark with no new cases

(Newser) - The World Health Organization declared an end to the deadliest Ebola outbreak ever on Thursday after no new cases emerged in Liberia, though health officials warn that it will be several more months before the world is considered free of the disease that claimed more than 11,300 lives over... More »

UN Makes Dramatic Change to HIV Advice

Immediate treatment plan will cost billions

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has revised its HIV guidelines to recommend that anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes AIDS should be treated immediately. That guidance fits with what's already recommended in many developed nations, including the US. The UN health agency had previously said doctors should... More »

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Could Grind Virus to a Halt

WHO trial saw zero cases among those tested with new vaccine

(Newser) - An experimental vaccine tested on thousands in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might shut down the epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a World Health Organization study out today. "If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer," said WHO director... More »

'Damning' Report: WHO 'Unfit' in Emergencies

It lacks 'capacity and culture,' bungled Ebola response

(Newser) - An independent report commissioned by the World Health Organization and deemed "damning" by the BBC has found the WHO lacks the "capacity and culture" to handle global health emergencies. The report notes the organization delayed too long in responding to the Ebola crisis—something the WHO has admitted... More »

WHO: 'Mystery Disease' May Be From Pesticides

At least 18 people have died so far in Ode-Irele, Nigeria

(Newser) - The World Health Organization said yesterday the cause of the frightening "mystery disease" that has killed at least 18 people in a town in Nigeria may be weed killer, AFP reports. The victims in Ode-Irele, located in the southwestern part of the state of Ondo, died within a day... More »

WHO Tells World It Has a Sugar Problem

UN agency says only 5% of calories should be from sugar

(Newser) - New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone's sugar high. The UN health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day—an amount that could be exceeded with a single... More »

Someone Drowns Every 90 Seconds

WHO report says 'neglected public health issue' causes 372K deaths a year

(Newser) - It's one of the top 10 killers of kids and young adults, but a new WHO report says that drowning remains a "neglected public health issue" that's still happening with alarming frequency around the world, Scientific American reports. The study points out some startling statistics: More than... More »

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