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Simple urine test could improve early detection of bladder cancer – WHO study

The test is based on detecting mutations in the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene – a crucial element for cancer genesis and progression – the most common mutations in bladder cancer, according to the report conducted by the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and international partners. The new evidence is detailed in an article published by The Lancet, which highlights the potential of early detection. “A simple urine test has recently been developed, and these new results are another exciting step towards the…

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At Stockholm road safety summit, UN officials join global call to end ‘scourge’ of preventable deaths

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years. “There is no excuse for inaction.1⃣Every country must rapidly accelerate action on proven #RoadSafety measures to save lives.2⃣Countries must plan for sustainable mobility.3⃣We must work together across governments, intl. agencies, civil society & the private sector”-@DrTedros pic.twitter.com/LxJf2862mo — World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) February 19, 2020 The millions of lives lost every year due to road traffic collisions is “an outrage”, said WHO Director-General Tedros…

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‘Not a single country’ does enough to help children flourish, say health experts

In a UN-backed report assessing the capacity of 180 countries to ensure that their youngsters can survive and thrive, the authors highlight numerous “immediate” threats to their health, environment and opportunities. These include runaway greenhouse gas emissions, predatory advertising and deepening inequality in and among countries. “No country in the world is currently providing the conditions we need to support every child to grow up and have a healthy future,” said Anthony Costello, Professor of Global Health and Sustainability at University College London, one of the lead authors of the…

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‘Working night and day’, UN health agency seeks to prevent global coronavirus crisis

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), updated journalists on Tuesday that at 6:00 am Geneva time, China had reported 72,528 cases, including 1,870 deaths.  And in the past 24 hours, China said it had 1,891 new cases, including both clinically- and lab-confirmed cases.  COVID-19 first appeared in December 2019, in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.  Outside China  “Outside China, there are now 804 cases in 25 countries, with three deaths”, the WHO chief continued, noting that in the past 24 hours, 110 new cases had been reported, including 99 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, on which thousands of…

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‘This is a time for facts, not fear,’ says WHO chief as COVID-19 virus spreads

As the number of coronavirus cases reportedly passed 60,000, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told foreign policy and security experts gathered for the Munich Security Conference that the UN agency was encouraged that there has not yet been widespread community transmission of the virus, now named COVID-19, outside of China.  WHO was also encouraged that “the global research community has come together to identify and accelerate the most urgent research needs for diagnostics, treatments and vaccines”, and that a team of international experts is now on the ground in China,…

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World Health Organization: Coronavirus must generate ‘solidarity not stigma’

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told journalists via VTC from Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of the Congo, that countries globally are in “a better state of preparedness for COVID-19, the coronavirus, than they were just a week ago”. And WHO’s efforts to help countries boost their lab capacity continue. Health workers are the ‘glue’ It is not uncommon for case definitions to change as more information becomes available. And WHO is seeking clarity on how clinical diagnoses are being made so that other respiratory illnesses,…

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Outside China, Coronavirus transmission ‘iceberg’ may not be as big as feared

“We’re not seeing a dramatic increase in transmission outside China,” Dr. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme chief, said, while urging against making hasty assessments. As of 4pm on Thursday in Geneva, there were 46,550 infections from COVID-19, the overwhelming majority in China, WHO reported. With 1,820 laboratory-confirmed cases and 1,369 deaths, all but two have been in China. In Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, 13,332 cases have been clinically confirmed. Outside China, there have been 447 cases from 24 other countries and two…

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DR Congo Ebola outbreak still an international public health concern

The World Health Organization (WHO) convened its Emergency Committee which reaffirmed that the risk remains high at the national and regional levels, but low globally.  “It was the unanimous view of the Committee that this event still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”, the UN agency said in a statement.  “The Committee was concerned that withdrawing the PHEIC now might have adverse consequences for the response efforts through diminishing focus.”  The outbreak in the eastern DRC began in August 2018.  As of this month, there have been…

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UN health agency developing COVID-19 virus treatment master plan

Mr. Tedros was speaking at a press conference in Geneva, at the conclusion of a two-day research and innovation forum on COVID-19, during which leading health experts from around the world met to assess the current level of knowledge about the new disease, identify gaps and work together, so that critical research can begin immediately. These include decisions surrounding easy to apply diagnostics, the best approaches for infection prevention, potential therapies that could be used to treat patients, existing vaccine candidates and how to accelerate them, and what Mr. Tedros…

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Meeting of top scientists underway to slow coronavirus spread

“As of 6am Geneva time this morning, there were 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China and tragically we now have surpassed 1,000 deaths”, said Fadela Chaib, WHO spokesperson. “To be precise, it’s 1, 017 people in China who have lost their lives to this outbreak. Outside China, we have 393 cases in 24 countries with one death; the one death is in the Philippines.” As infections continue rising, since the novel coronavirus outbreak was declared in central China on 31 December, Ms. Chaib noted that this was likely owing to…

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