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WHO: Clandestine Factories Making Fake Drugs That Harm

Agency found that fake or substandard drugs are big problem worldwide

(Newser) - While some people are getting sick, others are getting rich, NPR reports—and a new World Health Organization study reveals why. It's all linked to counterfeit drugs, notes the report from the WHO, which estimates one in 10 medical products in low- and middle-income nations is either substandard (licensed... More »

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: 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 »

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 »

UN: Zika Isn't a Global Emergency Anymore

But UN is still preparing for a long fight against the virus

(Newser) - Acknowledging Zika is "here to stay," the UN health agency on Friday lifted a 9-month-old emergency declaration and prepared for a longer-term response to the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe neurological defects in newborns whose mothers were infected, the AP reports. WHO officials were quick to... More »

9 in 10 People Are Breathing Deadly Air

China is the worst off in WHO study that finds serious health effects linked to air pollution

(Newser) - The vast majority of humanity is breathing dirty air, putting us at risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung disease, the World Health Organization says. The agency's most detailed analysis yet of air pollution reveals that 92% of the world's population is breathing air that fails to meet... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Meat Industry: Bacon Causes Cancer? Baloney

Group says WHO report 'defies common sense'

(Newser) - Meat producers are out in full force to combat the WHO's assertion on Monday that processed meats cause cancer , while red meat is "probably" carcinogenic. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association says that though the WHO considered 800 studies, its report came from a panel of 22 experts... More »

WHO: Bacon Is a Carcinogen

Health agency issues controversial warning about processed meats

(Newser) - The World Health Organization delivered bad news to bacon lovers Monday morning, declaring that the breakfast staple causes cancer. In fact, the report by a WHO research arm found that all processed meats, including sausages, ham, and hot dogs, are carcinogens, reports the Guardian . Specifically, the report says that 50... 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 »

Keep MERS Away by Laying Off the Camel Pee: WHO

Yes, this is a tip that the World Health Organization is offering

(Newser) - The MERS outbreak that's spread into South Korea has killed at least 10, sickened more than 120, and forced about 2,600 schools to shut down there, the AP reports. But South Korean officials believe the disease has peaked in the country, and the World Health Organization is offering... 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 »

No Sex for Male Ebola Survivors, Says WHO

Health org says virus could stay in semen for 3 months

(Newser) - There hasn't been one documented case of Ebola being transmitted via sex yet, but the World Health Organization advises that male survivors of the virus refrain from sexual relations (including oral sex) for 90 days after being declared Ebola-free, Reuters reports. "Men who have recovered from Ebola virus... More »

Ebola Cases Surpass 10K

About half have died worldwide, says WHO

(Newser) - More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released today by the World Health Organization. The UN health agency said the number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases has risen to 10,141. Of those cases, 4,922... More »

WHO: Trials of Ebola Vaccine Coming Soon

As CDC releases new guidelines for dealing with cases

(Newser) - A top World Health Organization official says the hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data about whether they're safe by December—and they could be in experimental field use by January. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, an assistant director-general for WHO, says clinical trials planned or underway in Europe, Africa,... More »

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