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Impact of climate change on health is ‘the major threat of 21st century’

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A sign cautions people not to dive from a bridge over the Kern River in Bakersfield, California. Credit: Scott London / Alamy Stock Photo

The health of millions of people across the world is already being significantly harmed by climate change, a major new report finds

November 1, 2017 — From driving up the number of people exposed to heatwaves to increasing the risk of infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, climate change has had far-reaching effects on many aspects of human health in last few decades, the authors say. Continue reading Impact of climate change on health is ‘the major threat of 21st century’

UN wants new drugs against 12 supergerms

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The building hosting the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters is pictured on April 28, 2009 in Geneva. The World Health Organisation earlier raised its flu pandemic alert level from three to four, signalling a “significant increase in risk of a pandemic” under its criteria. Health experts on an emergency pandemic panel met on Monday to recommend whether the WHO should raise the alert level as the likely death toll from the swine flu virus rose to 149 in Mexico. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list of bacteria threatening to turn once easily-treatable infections into serial killers

PARIS, France (Feb. 28, 2017) — The UN’s health agency urged governments, scientists and pharma companies Monday, February 27, to create new drugs to tackle 12 antibiotics-resistant supergerms threatening an explosion of incurable disease. Continue reading UN wants new drugs against 12 supergerms

The Link Between Zika and Climate Change

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Miriam Araujo holds her son Lucas, who was born with microcephaly, in Sao Jose dos Cordeiros, Brazil.
Researchers are beginning to tease out the environmental factors that play a role in helping the virus to spread

March 14, 2016 —Last year, a team of researchers made a surprising discovery: Aedis aegypti mosquitoes—the species that spreads West Nile Virus, dengue, chickungunya and, most recently, Zika—were Continue reading The Link Between Zika and Climate Change

Report suspected Zika virus cases within 24 hours

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CLEANLINESS. The DOH advises communities to keep their environment clean to prevent the spread of the Zika virus.
The DOH places the Zika virus under the ‘Category 1 classification’ on the Philippine integrated disease surveillance and response system

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 14, 2016) — All suspected cases for Zika virus diseases should be reported within 24 hours to the Department of Health (DOH), as the agency placed the disease Continue reading Report suspected Zika virus cases within 24 hours

More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet

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Women selling vegetables at market in Guatemala. Fewer fruit and vegetables will be available as a result of climatic changes, the research found. Photograph: Alamy
New research shows global warming’s effect on the quality of food available could kill more than 500,000 people a year around the world by 2050

March 2, 2016 — Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet.

Continue reading More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet