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Climate to widen sleeping sickness risk to southern Africa

Sleeping sickness could threaten tens of millions more people as the tsetse fly which transmits the disease spreads to southern Africa as a result of global warming, a study published on Wednesday says. By 2090, an additional 40 to 77 million people could be at risk of exposure to the disease, the study concludes.…

Russia must tackle ‘critical’ suicide rate: experts

MOSCOW — Russia must launch a public health campaign to reduce the country’s suicide rate, among the highest in the world, top psychiatrists said on Thursday. In 2010, the suicide rate reached 23.5 per 100,000 people, the sixth highest in the world and well above the “critical” limit of 20…

Mosquito lab handles ‘world’s most dangerous animals’

SEATTLE (Reuters) – He keeps them in warm, comfortable bug dorms, feeds them on meals of human blood with the occasional sugar water snack and lives in awe of their killing power. Seattle-based research scientist Stefan Kappe says mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world. Which is probably…

Palestinian leaders meet to endorse UN bid

The PLO Central Council was on Wednesday expected to endorse a decision by the Palestinian leadership to seek full membership in the United Nations in September. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was to address council members at the meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, which got under way late…

New AIDS guidelines target global discrimination of gays

GENEVA — The World Health Organisation published Tuesday new global guidelines for expanding AIDS treatment, focusing for the first time on homosexuals, who face discrimination in many countries. “If we do not pay major attention to the epidemic in key populations, we will not be able to eliminate HIV” —…

WHO eyes 20 year nuclear health watch in Japan

GENEVA (AFP) – The World Health Organisation is seeking studies for up to 20 years to keep watch over public health in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear emergency, a senior official said on Wednesday. WHO environmental health chief Maria Neira played down a current risk to public health outside the…

Pneumonia vaccine launched in Kenya

NAIROBI – A vaccine against pneumonia, the leading cause of child deaths around the world, was rolled out in Kenya Monday and is expected to save hundreds of thousands of lives in coming years. Pneumococcal disease accounts for 18 percent of child deaths in developing countries, killing more than a…

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