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  • Child death below 5 declined faster in India: UN

    New Delhi: India continues to show impressive gains in reduction of child deaths with under-five deaths falling below the one million mark for the first time, the UN said in a new report. It said India’s share of global child deaths continues to steadily reduce, declining from nearly 22 per cent in 2012 to 18 per cent in 2017, which is for the first time equal to its share of the total

  • 34% of Indians do not get enough physical activity

    Experts and doctors said if the current trends continue, the 2025 global activity target of a 10% relative reduction in insufficient physical activity will not be met.

  • Eight lakh people commit suicide every year: WHO

    United Nations: Nearly 800,000 people commit suicide every year in the world, the second leading cause of death amongst people aged 15-29 in 2016, according to the WHO. A toolkit to help communities prevent suicides was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada on the World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday.

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    World Suicide Prevention Day 2018: Jiah Khan to Chester Bennington – Celebrities who shocked everyone by ending their life

    There can be many reasons which can drive people to commit suicide. Mental disturbances like depression, anxiety, fear, nervousness, defeat, lack of confidences are the some of the reasons why people commit suicide. Hence, in 2003, the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to spread awareness to prevent suicides.

  • Afghanistan launches vaccination campaign targeting 9.9 million children

    Kabul: The Afghan Public Health Ministry launched a five-day nationwide immunity vaccination campaign on Monday targeting 9.9 million children under the age of five, the Ministry said in a statement. During the campaign, which is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), vitamin A capsules will also be given to over 8.9 million children aged between six months and five years, Xinhua news agency reported.

  • Tokyo passes strict anti-smoking laws ahead of Olympics

    Tokyo: Tokyo’s city government today passed strict new anti-smoking rules ahead of the 2020 Olympics, leapfrogging national legislation on lighting up that has been watered down after opposition from pro-smoking MPs.

  • Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

    Geneva: The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatising its young players.

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    Crisis sparked by sex abuse grips UNAIDS chief

    Geneva: It started with sexual assault allegations against a male UNAIDS executive and a heavily-criticised internal investigation that exonerated the accused. Now the crisis involving accusations against former deputy executive director Luiz Loures has spread, raising pressure on the overall head of the organisation. Michel Sidibe, a Malian national who took charge of UNAIDS in 2009, is under fire from current and former colleagues as well as civil society groups, who have

  • Veg vs Non-veg: Weighing the health benefits

    To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. Eat to fuel your body not feed your emotions. While the debate rages on between vegetarians and non-vegetarians, Aparna Kapoor weighs on the benefits of the diets

  • Childhood exposure to lead may lower IQ

    New York: Higher exposure of lead in childhood may affect brain health and disrupt cognitive development, researchers say. Lead is a powerful neurotoxin that can accumulate in a child’s bloodstream, then settle in the bones, teeth and soft tissues and build up in the body.

  • Strawberry lovers, beware!

    A report states that the red fruit tops in the list of heavily contaminated fruit with pesticide residues

  • Most Brazilian women shun pregnancy: Zika to blame

    Paris : More than half of young Brazilian women have shunned pregnancy due to Zika, which can cause birth defects, according to a research released. In a national survey in June of more than 2,000 literate women in Brazil aged 18 to 39, 56 per cent said they had “avoided, or tried to avoid pregnancy” due to the virus, according to an article in the medical journal BMJ.

  • First Zika infection case detects in Myanmar

    Naypyidaw (Myanmar): Myanmar’s government said today that a pregnant foreign woman has been diagnosed with the country’s first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects.

  • Over 90 per cent of world breathing bad air: WHO

    Geneva: Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said today, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year. New data in a report from the UN’s global health body “is enough to make all of us extremely concerned,” Maria Neira, the head of the WHO’s department of public health and environment, told reporters.