World Health Organization

121 People Dead In Ebola Outbreak

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada

DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 12...

Ebola: 'There Are Far Worse Diseases Out There'

CBC | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living

An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the west African nation of Guinea has revived fears of a global contagion, but infectious disease experts sa...

Workers' Health Should Be a Priority for Business Leaders

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As self-evident as some of these descriptions may seem, employers have not always been quick to recognize their role in addressing the health concerns of their workforce. Work-related stress is now considered a top health risk and drives workplace wellness programs in many parts of the world

Yes, This Will Kill You

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

LONDON - What many commuters choking on smog have long suspected has finally been scientifically validated: air pollution causes lung cancer.The Inter...

Despite Fukushima, Scientists Say Eating West Coast Fish is Safe

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Due to continued contamination following the Fukushima disaster, social media is now abuzz with people swearing off fish from the Pacific Ocean. Given the lack of information around containment efforts, some may find this reasonable. But preliminary research shows fish caught off Canada's Pacific Coast are safe to eat.

How India Is Dealing With Malaria

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Two third of malaria cases in South-East Asia occur in India. According to the World Health Organization, in 2011, 2.15-million parasitologically confirmed malaria cases were reported, with three countries accounting for 95 per cent of confirmed cases: India, Myanmar and Indonesia.

Do We Have the Will to Wipe Out Malaria?

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Senator Mobina Jaffer

With more funding for research and development of new insecticide and for distribution of preventative tools, the world has the capacity to eradicate this horrific disease, malaria, from our psyche. The question is, do we have the will to do so?

What Do We Do When the Antibiotics Stop Working?

Kapil Khatter | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada
Kapil Khatter

Gonorrhea, tuberculosis, staphylococcus -- you didn't want to get them before, and you definitely don't want them now. These are some of the not so pretty faces of today's antibiotic resistance, of today's untreatable diseases. And the worst is yet to come.

2 New Diseases Could Spark Global Outbreaks

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living

LONDON - Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the...

The Group Most in Need of Hand Hygiene

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

On May 5th, the WHO will be celebrating its annual SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands day to mark its campaign to help save lives from infections in healthcare. While the association between infections and having clean hands had been known there was little indication that it could have been this bad.

Meet the New Strain of Flu: H7N9

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgMuch like any new offering from Stephen King, which requires time to determine its place in his legacy, the new H7N9 flu requires more than just a few weeks to determine its place in the historical records of infectious disease.

New H7N9 Flu Cases Still Sporadic, But Keep Coming

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living

The World Health Organization says China is broadening its search for human cases of the new H7N9 flu.A spokesperson for the Geneva-based global healt...

This World Health Day Bring the Right Message at the Right Time

Marion Roche | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

April 7 is World Health Day, a celebration of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Sometimes in our day-to-day public health work, the way we deliver messages can create more obstacles than we realize. Changing behaviour does not come easily to anyone and a behaviour change project requires great insight into people's lives to understand the barriers to change.

Lose Weight By Eating More...Worms?

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgNew research suggests obesity might be an autoimmune condition caused by an imbalance in the microbiota of the gut. Good germs could help to keep obesity at bay, while bad germs could lead to increased weight gain, even without the person eating more.

Beauty Queen Fights Mentally Ill Label

The Huffington Post B.C. | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.14.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Jenna Talackova, the transgender beauty queen famous for fighting for her right to compete in Miss Universe Canada, has picked a new battle with the W...

Brain-Eating Parasite Kills 10 In Pakistan

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.08.2012 | Canada

ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani official with the World Health Organization says a waterborne parasite commonly known as a "brain-eating amoeba" has killed 10...

New SARS-Like Virus Outbreak Hits

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.23.2012 | Canada

The World Health Organization is keeping a close eye on a disease outbreak in Saudi Arabia caused by a virus in the same family as the one that caused...

Water Should be Free For Everyone, Not Bottled For a Few

Maude Barlow | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

I have just returned from a week in Switzerland to promote the right to water and to challenge the Swiss bottled water giant, Nestlé. Given that the marketing department of Nestlé has a larger annual budget than the World Health Organization, it is widely understood that the company has great political influence. This is a disaster in a world where demand for water is outstripping supply at an accelerating rate. Nestlé's goal is to shift government policy away from providing public municipal water supplies to people, and toward a dependency on bottled water to provide basic drinking water.

Can Nature Keep Medical Costs Down?

David Suzuki | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
David Suzuki

It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.

Can the WHO Make Chronic Diseases Less Chronic

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Canada
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Chronic diseases account for 36 million deaths annually, over 60 per cent of the human mortality rate. They continue to accelerate globally and are advancing across all regions, affecting all socioeconomic classes. It is expected that almost three-quarters of all deaths will be caused by chronic diseases by 2020.

To Learn to Flush, You Need a Toilet

Michael Bociurkiw | Posted 05.11.2012 | Canada
Michael Bociurkiw

The world has reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water, five years ahead of the 2015 deadline. While that is good news, millions of people, for instance, still live without a toilet. Not a very sexy topic -- but one which is of great concern if the world is to meet goals on reducing under-five mortality.

Bird Flu Study 'Censorship' To Be Addressed By WHO

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2012 | Canada

The World Health Organization says it will take a role in helping sort through an international scientific controversy over two bird flu studies that ...

New Flu Virus Warning

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2012 | Canada

The World Health Organization is urging countries to be on the lookout for new flu viruses.The WHO is stressing the importance of monitoring for new v...

Check Out These Inventions To Help The Poor

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2011 | Canada

LONDON - A bit of creativity never hurts, especially when it comes to solving health problems in developing countries.Instead of the usual donated med...