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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Don’t get a tan, indoors or out, Americans told in skin cancer warning

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 09:19pm by AP

    ... to action" is part of a broader push this year by government officials and public health advocates to raise awareness about what they say has become a major public health problem. While other cancers such as lung cancer are decreasing, skin cancer is rising rapidly. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, five million people are treated in the US for skin cancer each year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1562848/dont-get-tan-indoors-or-out-americans-told-skin-cancer-warning
  2. News - World - HEALTH

    WHO says Ebola vaccines to be available next year

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 05:34am by AP

    ... spread. US health experts have warned that the number of infected people could explode to 1.4 million by mid-January unless the response is ramped up. Public health experts are hoping ... Thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines should be available by the start of next year and could eventually be given to health care workers and other people at high risk of the deadly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1601362/who-says-ebola-vaccines-be-available-next-year
  3. News - World - DISEASE

    After poor response to Ebola, WHO to elect new chief for Africa office

    Posted Nov 04th 2014, 09:52pm by AP

    ... Africa," said Kelley Lee, an associate dean in health sciences at Simon Fraser University in Canada, who has studied the governance of public health agencies. She said the WHO Africa office ... Associated Press in London New chief to be elected for continent's UN health watchdog amid criticism that many appointments are politically motivated W.H.O. Africa shake-up after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1632018/after-poor-response-ebola-who-elect-new-chief-africa-office
  4. News - World

    US officials backtrack over ‘spread’ of Mers to Illinois man

    Posted May 29th 2014, 09:48pm by AP

    ... have all the tests back to take public health action," said Dr David Swerdlow. Mers has infected more than 600 people mostly, in the Middle East, and killed more than 175. It belongs ... Associated Press in New York US officials backtrack over 'spread' of Mers Health officials have backtracked on an earlier report that a mysterious Middle East virus had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1521310/us-officials-backtrack-over-spread-mers-illinois-man
  5. News - World - HEALTH

    UN Ebola chief hopes epidemic will be beaten by 2015, as infections slow

    Posted Nov 07th 2014, 10:23pm by AP

    ... a public health doctor for 35 years, said more treatment facilities, community care centres and money were needed. The United Nations appealed for about US$1 billion on September 16. Nabarro said ... it appears to be expanding the way it was a month ago. The World Health Organisation on Wednesday reported a total of 13,042 cases of Ebola in West Africa and 4,818 deaths. It said the rate of new ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1634446/un-ebola-chief-hopes-epidemic-will-be-beaten-2015-infections-slow
  6. News - World - SMOKING

    Philip Morris hopes smokeless cigarette alternative can catch fire

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 09:52pm by AP

    ... to test as the industry diversifies beyond traditional cigarettes amid declining demand. Products like the HeatSticks "represent a potential paradigm shift for the industry, public health ... of the technologies that some argue are less harmful than lighting up. With the health risks associated with traditional cigarettes and changes in societal expectations, it's no wonder many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1541898/philip-morris-hopes-smokeless-cigarette-alternative-can-catch-fire
  7. Lifestyle - Technology - APPS

    Apps to keep tabs on yourself

    Posted Oct 20th 2013, 05:26am by AP

    ... tired. It's really hard for them to give you objective data," Burgert said. Public health advocates and researchers say tracking technology could be used to encourage people to use less ... in Redwood, California, is one nonprofit looking to harness technology to improve health. "When you give people a sense of autonomy, a sense of agency, that can actually be very transformative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1335336/apps-keep-tabs-yourself
  8. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Brace for Ebola, WHO chief tells East Asia

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:30am by AP

    ... Agencies in Manila Ebola 'is most severe crisis in modern times' World Health Organisation chief Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun urged East Asian and Pacific countries ... weakness in the health infrastructure," Chan, formerly Hong Kong's director of health, told a meeting of Western Pacific health officials. The WHO has called the Ebola outbreak "the ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1615934/brace-ebola-who-chief-tells-east-asia
  9. News - World - POLITICS

    Obama being sued by Republicans for exceeding his powers over health care

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 09:53pm by AP

    ... the health care law that, according to polls, remains poorly received by the public. Federal courts are often reluctant to intervene in disputes between the executive and legislative branches. ... Associated Press in Washington House of Representatives majority accuses the president of exceeding his constitutional powers in enforcing his health care law Republicans vote to sue Obama ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1563648/obama-being-sued-republicans-exceeding-his-powers-over-health-care
  10. News - World - DISEASE

    Mosquitoes spreading chikungunya virus brought home by US travellers

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 12:19am by AP

    ... of the general public," said Dr Celeste Philip, an official with the Department of Health. Chikungunya virus is rarely fatal. Infected people typically suffer fever, severe joint pain and swelling, ... Associated Press in West Palm Beach, Florida Florida witnesses first cases of locally acquired chikungunya infection Mosquitoes spreading virus in US Health officials are saying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556215/mosquitoes-spreading-chikungunya-virus-brought-home-us-travellers

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