Mysterious deadly virus from China threatens millions of people: what is known

In the Chinese city of Wuhan, an outbreak of a previously unknown virus affecting the lungs was recorded, writes the BBC. On January 13, it became known that the first case had already been registered outside China. The disease was diagnosed in 59 people, of whom seven are in critical condition. The emergence of a new ...

Every 20 death in the world is due to alcohol: where in the US people drink the most

More than 3 million people died from alcohol consumption in 2016, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), which is 1 in every 20 deaths worldwide, writes CNN. More than 75% of these deaths were in men. So, of all the cases ...

Why did the United States officially oppose breastfeeding

The United States has opposed the adoption of a resolution supporting breastfeeding and restricting advertising of infant formula. After the US refusal at the World Health Assembly, which was held this spring in Geneva, Russia agreed to submit this resolution. As USA Today reports, the resolution included ...

Winter is ahead: how effective are flu shots?

Nearly every influential health expert is urging people to get flu shots every fall as an essential protective measure ahead of the flu season. “The Forum” features a column by Vox contributor Julia Bellaz on whether vaccinations are effective. I asked several ...

WHO: hepatitis can be eradicated

Viral hepatitis, which kills about one and a half million people every year, can be eradicated, according to the World Health Organization. In a statement to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, WHO says the key to tackling one of the world's most ...

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