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80 percent of world's city dwellers breathing bad air: UN
80 percent of world's city dwellers breathing bad air: UN

Over 80 percent of the world's city dwellers breathe poor quality air, increasing their risk of lung cancer and other diseases: WHO

80 percent of world's city dwellers breathing bad air: UN
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Number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980: WHO

The number of adults estimated to be living with diabetes has nearly quadrupled over 35 years: the World Health Organization

Number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980: WHO
Zika link to new, paralysing disease
Zika link to new, paralysing disease

Causing brain damage in babies and a rare neurological ailment in adults, the Zika virus is also linked to paralysis-causing myelitis.

Zika link to new, paralysing disease
WHO country office to cost Kazakhstan $2 million a year

Majilis, the country’s lower chamber, approved of the agreement with the WHO to launch a country office in Almaty.

WHO country office to cost Kazakhstan $2 million a year
WHO says MERS outbreak in S.Korea a 'wakeup call'
WHO says MERS outbreak in S.Korea a 'wakeup call'

The World Health Organization said that the MERS outbreak in South Korea was a "wakeup call" and urged all countries to be more vigilant.

WHO says MERS outbreak in S.Korea a 'wakeup call'
S.Korea MERS virus outbreak "large and complex": WHO
S.Korea MERS virus outbreak "large and complex": WHO

South Korea's outbreak of the deadly MERS virus is "large and complex" and more cases should be expected, a team of World Health Organization (WHO) experts said.

S.Korea MERS virus outbreak "large and complex": WHO
WHO chief announces shake-up of organisation after Ebola shock
WHO chief announces shake-up of organisation after Ebola shock

The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, after the UN agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response.

WHO chief announces shake-up of organisation after Ebola shock
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Drastic improvements in Kazakhstan oncology: increased financing and higher detection rates

Chief Oncologist of the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development Kuanysh Nurgaviyev has reported on positive trends in the oncological situation in Kazakhstan and explained the increase of new cancer cases.

Drastic improvements in Kazakhstan oncology: increased financing and higher detection rates
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One billion young at risk of hearing loss from loud music: WHO

More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through listening to loud music, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

One billion young at risk of hearing loss from loud music: WHO
Special Representative for the Ebola Response Bruce Aylward. ©REUTERS
WHO names Ebola response chief

The World Health Organization said it had appointed its assistant director-general Bruce Aylward to head its overall response to the deadly Ebola outbreak.

WHO names Ebola response chief
WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes
WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes

The World Health Organization's chief admitted the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola and pledged reforms to avoid similar mistakes in future.

WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes
World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward. ©REUTERS
WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper

The WHO introduced new cervical cancer guidelines, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases.

WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper
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WHO advises Kazakhs against drinking tea

The World Health Organization has recommended Kazakhstanis to abstain from drinking tea during mealtime.

WHO advises Kazakhs against drinking tea
South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference
South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference

South Africa's port city of Durban will host the 21st International AIDS Conference in 2016, marking the forum's return to Africa after 16 years, organisers said.

South Africa to host 2016 AIDS conference
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Child's development card introduced in Kazakhstan by UNICEF and Ministry of Health

Kazakhstani Ministry of Health in cooperation with UNICEF introduced an individual child development card.

Child's development card introduced in Kazakhstan by UNICEF and Ministry of Health
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WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs

The World Health Organization urged all men who have gay sex to take antiretroviral drugs, warning that HIV infections are rising among homosexual men in many parts of the world.

WHO urges all gay men to use preventive drugs
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Vials of smallpox discovered in US govt storage room

Federal investigators are probing how vials of smallpox made their way into a storage room at a Food and Drug Administration lab near the US capital, health authorities said.

Vials of smallpox discovered in US govt storage room
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Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj

The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there.

Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj
Chikungunya virus spreads from Caribbean to C. America
Chikungunya virus spreads from Caribbean to C. America

The mosquito-born chikungunya virus is spreading into Central America, health authorities there say, after outbreaks in several Caribbean nations.

Chikungunya virus spreads from Caribbean to C. America
Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway. ©Reuters/Chip East
Ex-Norwegian PM Brundtland awarded Asian 'Nobel Prize'

Former Norwegian premier Gro Harlem Brundtland was named Wednesday as the first recipient of the Tang Prize, touted as Asia's version of the Nobels, for her work as the "godmother" of sustainable development.

Ex-Norwegian PM Brundtland awarded Asian 'Nobel Prize'