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Mass Polio Vaccine Campaign Starts in Iraq, Syria, Egypt

Source : UNICEF / 09 Apr 2014

Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt today, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over the next five days.

For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern Baghdad.


UN urges countries to prioritize combat against vector-borne diseases

Source : / 08 Apr 2014

Warning that a “small bite can carry a big threat,” the United Nations family is marking World Health Day by urging the international community to back a global health agenda that gives higher priority to controlling the spread of vector-borne diseases, a step towards ensuring that no one in the 21st century would die from the bite of a mosquito or a tick.


500 born with heart disease every year in UAE

Source : Khaleej Times / 07 Apr 2014

Before the era of paediatric cardiac surgery, the chances of survival past the age of 18 for a newborn with congenital heart disease was below 20 percent.

More than 500 babies are born with congenital heart disease in the UAE every year, with nearly 70 per cent of them requiring cardiac surgery, and more than half of those within the first six months of life, according to statistics released by Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).


How running may preserve thinking skills

Source : Science Daily / 05 Apr 2014

Young adults who run or participate in other cardio fitness activities may preserve their memory and thinking skills in middle age, according to a new study published in the April 2, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Middle age was defined as ages 43 to 55.


Diet soda consumption associated to heart disease - study

Source : RT / 02 Apr 2014 

Americans have developed a taste for diet soda, which can provide them with an extra kick without the extra calories but, according to new research, if they consume more than two drinks a day it could put them at higher risk of heart disease.


World now 80% polio free, World Health Organization says

Source : BBC / 01 Apr 2014

The World Health Organization has declared its South East Asia region polio-free.

The certification is being hailed a "historic milestone" in the global fight to eradicate the deadly virus.


Smoking bans cut asthma and premature births by 10%, study says

Source : BBC / 31 Mar 2014

Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health, an international study in the Lancet suggests.

Researchers found a 10% reduction in premature births and severe childhood asthma attacks within a year of smoke-free laws being introduced.

A research team analysed 11 previous studies from North America and Europe.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said smoking bans benefitted adults and children.


Lower back pain cause of most disability

Source : IANS / 27 Mar 2014

Lower back pain has emerged as the biggest cause of global disability in a study based on data of ill health and disability arising from all health conditions in 187 countries.

The prevalence and the overall impact of the condition increases with age, the study said.


7 million people die from air pollution in 2012

Source : UN Multimedia / 26 Mar 2014

Around 7 million people across the world died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The death rate which equates to one in eight of total global deaths is more than double the previous estimates.


Can the world get rid of tuberculosis?

By Astrid Zweynert / / 25 Mar 2014

It would be easy to think that tuberculosis is under control. TB, one of the world’s top two infectious disease killers, has been declining slowly but steadily and in some parts of the world it has been almost eradicated.


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