October 18, 2019

Mental health in Latin America and the Caribbean

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By Rodriguez JJ. From NCBI Author information 1Senior Advisor on Mental Health. Pan American Health Organization/Regional Office of the World Health Organization, Washington, DC, USA, email [email protected] Abstract Mental illnesses are a growing health problem and reducing the treatment gap in Latin America and the Caribbean is a great challenge. Evaluations conducted by the Pan […]

Air Pollution: Join the UN Caribbean Roundtable Discussion on July 17

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The roundtable will be streamed on Facebook Live hosted by United Nations Information Centre for the Caribbean Monday, July 15, 2019 — According the World Health Organization, 7 million people die prematurely every year as a direct or indirect result of air pollution. In addition, 93% of children live in areas where the air pollution levels […]

Conflict and insecurity driving spread of diseases like Ebola, WHO chief warns

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By Peter Beaumont From The Guardian UK Deadly outbreak is ‘global wake-up call’, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tells Guardian The head of the World Health Organization has called the world’s second worst Ebola outbreak a “global wake-up call” to the escalating risk of disease outbreaks spreading from conflict areas neglected by the international community. Only when there […]

Thousands of cancer cases linked to this preventable cause

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By Mary Daly From Care2 In 2019, there will be an estimated 1.8 million new cancer cases diagnosed and roughly 600,000 cancer deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Both genetics and lifestyle factors contribute to a person’s cancer risk — meaning some cases might be preventable. A new study underscores that point. It […]

Burden of varicella in Latin America and the Caribbean: findings from a systematic literature review

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SOURCE and to download PDF: Springer Link : https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186%2Fs12889-019-6795-0 Authors: Luiza Helena Falleiros Arlant Maria Catalina Pirez Garcia Maria L. Avila Aguero Miguel Cashat Cintia Irene Parellada Lara J. Wolfson Open AccessResearch articleFirst Online: 08 May 2019 1Shares Part of the following topical collections: Infectious Disease epidemiology Abstract Background Varicella is typically mild and self-limiting, but can be associated with complications and even death. The limited data available on […]

The Editor speaks: Cancer

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Monday February 4th is World Cancer Day. It is not a day for celebration but a day we should all think about as many of us living here have at some time in our lives been diagnosed with cancer. It is an illness a lot of us don’t wish to talk about and I was […]

Epilepsy: More than half of the patients do not receive treatment

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PAHO’s new guide seeks to help countries design programs to detect and treat this disorder, which affects 5 million people in the Region. With the right treatment, 70% of patients can lead a normal life Washington, DC, 29 January 2019 (PAHO) – Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the world, affecting approximately 50 million […]

Reuters: J&J knew for decades of asbestos in baby powder

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From Newsmax Darlene Coker knew she was dying. She just wanted to know why. She knew that her cancer, mesothelioma, arose in the delicate membrane surrounding her lungs and other organs. She knew it was as rare as it was deadly, a signature of exposure to asbestos. And she knew it afflicted mostly men who […]

Farewell to an exceptional man

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By Alicia Bárcena From ECLAC Op-Ed Just a few weeks ago, the calm, clear and assertive voice of an exceptional man faded out. Kofi Annan has departed, sooner than expected, for the just territory of legends. For those of us who were his colleagues, collaborators and friends, these are days of sadness and pride. Without […]

Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country’s north-west

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From BBC An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s north-western territory of Bikoro. There are two confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in the affected area and 17 deaths where it is suspected, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The incident comes more than a year after an outbreak in […]