Health

22.03.2013

BBC: major Iraq birth defect study expected to show increase linked to conflict

BBC: major Iraq birth defect study expected to show increase linked to conflict

The BBC has reported that a much anticipated study by the WHO and Iraqi Ministry of Health will show that rates of birth defects in Iraq are higher in areas that were subject to heavy fighting in 2003. The report, broadcast on BBC World and available online features… »

21.03.2013

Ban Ki-Moon announces independent probe into allegations of chemical attack in Syria

Ban Ki-Moon announces independent probe into allegations of chemical attack in Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon today said that the United Nations will launch an independent investigation into allegations of the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, after receiving a formal request from the country’s Government. “The investigation mission is to look into the specific incident brought to my attention by the… »

04.02.2013

Syria: UN Begins Delivery of Safe Water for 10 Million People, Half of Total Population

Syria: UN Begins Delivery of Safe Water for 10 Million People, Half of Total Population

A large-scale operation is under way in Syria to secure safe water supplies for more than 10 million people – close to half the population, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today 4 February 2013, amid reports that the quality and quantity of water is continuing to deteriorate… »

02.02.2013

UNAIDS applauds Mongolia for removing HIV-related travel restrictions

UNAIDS applauds Mongolia for removing HIV-related travel restrictions

The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has welcomed the recent law reforms in Mongolia that have removed all travel restrictions and other discriminatory provisions for people living with HIV. The reforms, which were passed in December and came into effect on 15 January, removes all HIV-related restrictions… »

02.02.2013

Survey by UN health agency shows major gaps in cancer control and care

Survey by UN health agency shows major gaps in cancer control and care

Ahead of World Cancer Day, the United Nations health agency today launched a survey showing that more than half of all countries are struggling to prevent cancer and to provide appropriate long-term treatment and care to avoid human suffering and protect countries’ social and economic development. “Cancer should not… »

25.01.2013

Fukushima two years later: Global symposium March 11-12

Fukushima two years later: Global symposium March 11-12

Global symposium to address mounting medical & ecological consequences March 11-12 – New York Academy of Medicine Two years after the March 11, 2011 triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, new research and new information continues to come to light about its continuing bio-medical and ecological consequences, how… »

21.01.2013

UK: Should the age of consent be reduced to 14?

UK: Should the age of consent be reduced to 14?

The latest figures Pressenza could find date back to the last decade and showed that teenage pregnancy rates in the UK were the highest of all European Union countries.  Peter Tatchell proposes changes to Britains antiquated, moralist views of sex and sex education. Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell… »

20.01.2013

Governments at UN forum agree on legally-binding treaty to curb mercury pollution

Governments at UN forum agree on legally-binding treaty to curb mercury pollution

Over 140 governments meeting at a United Nations forum in Geneva have agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty to address mercury, a notorious heavy metal with significant health and environmental effects. The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after a city in Japan where serious health damage occurred as a… »

10.01.2013

Mercury Treaty: Last Chance to Address Health Effects

Mercury Treaty: Last Chance to Address Health Effects

A proposed international treaty to address the damaging effects of mercury should include specific provisions to protect the health of children and other vulnerable populations, Human Rights Watch said today. Governments are to meet in Geneva beginning January 13, 2013, for a fifth and final round of talks for the… »

26.12.2012

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Stress-Disease Connection, Addiction and the Destruction of American Childhood

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Stress-Disease Connection, Addiction and the Destruction of American Childhood

Today, a Democracy Now! special with the Canadian physician and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté. From disease to addiction, parenting to attention deficit disorder, Maté’s work focuses on the centrality of early childhood experiences to the development of the brain, and how those experiences can impact everything from behavioral patterns… »

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