Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region pledge to strengthen Emergency Preparedness
Prone to multiple hazards, Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region have pledged to strengthen emergency preparedness capacities by scaling up risk assessment, increasing investments, and enhancing implementation of multi-sectoral plans.
As Member countries adopted the 'Delhi Declaration - Emergency Preparedness in the South-East Asia Region' at a Ministerial Round Table in New Delhi, the Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh,... read more
Children return to school in Ebola-affected regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Schools have reopened for an estimated two million children living in communities affected by the Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
"Ebola has had a devastating and disruptive impact on families and communities here," said UNICEF Representative in the DRC Edouard Beigbeder. “Ensuring that these children have access to safe, protective and welcoming schools is key to helping them... read more
Facebook debuts vaccine pop-up windows to stop the spread of misinformation
A new feature is rolling out on Facebook and Instagram to combat the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation.
Facebook, which owns Instagram, announced on Wednesday that educational pop-up windows will appear on the social media platforms when a user searches for vaccine-related content, visits vaccine-related Facebook groups and pages, or taps a vaccine-related hashtag on Instagram.... read more
USPSTF Recommends Primary Breast Cancer Preventive Medications for High-Risk Women
Clinicians should offer risk-reducing medications to women who are at increased risk for primary breast cancer, according to an updated recommendation statement from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
The 2019 statement reiterates the 2013 recommendation to offer risk-reducing medications to women at increased risk... read more
Bariatric Surgery Tied to Better Cardiometabolic Health Down the Road
On top of helping obese patients with diabetes achieve their short-term weight and glycemic goals, bariatric surgery may be linked to improved overall cardiometabolic health years later, a retrospective cohort study found.
The cumulative incidence of all-cause mortality, coronary artery events, cerebrovascular events, heart failure, nephropathy, and atrial fibrillation was 30.8% at eight years for patients who underwent metabolic surgery and 47.7% for controls... read more