Big tobacco companies moved to the hard line taken by a global tobacco control treaty, including its decision that new "vaping" products should face the same restrictions as cigarettes. A meeting of the state parties to the UN Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded last week with a number of anti-industry rulings, including increased efforts to curb industry influence and a call to crack down on new products.
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A new report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) states that people born and living in Spain, Japan, and China are likely to live longer than those born and living in the United States.
According to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), cases of dangerous and rare Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) are being noted across the United States. This disease manifests similar to flaccid paralysis caused by poliovirus say the experts. There is no treatment for this condition that primarily affects children and leads to paralysis of the limbs.
Air pollution in the U.S. has decreased since about 1990, and a new study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill now shows that this air quality improvement has brought substantial public health benefits. The study, published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, found that deaths related to air pollution were nearly halved between 1990 and 2010.
The rate of new Ebola cases has more than doubled since September after rebel violence in northeastern Congo caused response efforts to be briefly suspended, health officials said. In a statement, the International Rescue Committee said it was "alarmed" that there were 33 new cases between Oct. 1 and Tuesday, versus 41 cases during all of September.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, claiming to female life every minute. Yet it is often seen as a "man's disease." This disparity is magnified in sub-Saharan Africa, where we have recently conducted an investigation into the experiences of women living with rheumatic heart disease.
To judge by the popularity of films like World War Z, pandemics are in vogue and none more so than the Spanish influenza of 1918-19. To mark the centenary of the pandemic this autumn, the BBC has commissioned Spanish Flu: In their own words, a major television docudrama on the pandemic, while 2018 has already seen the publication of several new titles revisiting the science and history of the flu.
The Central Africa region is experiencing rapid urbanization and economic growth, and infrastructure development. These changes, while generally positive and welcome, also make the region more vulnerable to explosive infectious disease outbreaks, according to an international group of scientists.
Antar Jutla, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at West Virginia University, is part of a British-led humanitarian team that is working to predict and prevent a major outbreak of cholera in war-torn Yemen.
The United States researchers and health experts have expressed outrage and concern over Chinese government’s policy to withhold the samples of the rapidly evolving bird flu virus H7N9.
More than 41,000 children and adults in the World Health Organization's (WHO's) European Region were infected with measles in the first 6 months of 2018, and at least 37 people died, the WHO reported.
Rates of HIV viral suppression have nearly tripled among people living with HIV (PLWH) in the U.S. between 1997 and 2015, according to new findings. "Viral-suppression rates are rapidly improving among patients with HIV who are in clinical care; however, disparities still exist," Dr. Heidi M. Crane said.
"A number of factors are contributing to these improving rates including higher HIV-treatment rates. Interestingly, in the most recent era among patients on treatment, use of integrase inhibitors is contributing to better viral-suppression rates."