November 12, 2019

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in Latin America and the Caribbean, but it can be prevented

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World Cancer Day Each year, approximately 72,000 women in the Americas are diagnosed with cervical cancer and more than 34,000 women die from this disease. HPV testing for women to detect precancerous lesions, followed by timely treatment, and together with HPV vaccination for girls are key strategies to prevent cervical cancer and save lives Washington, D.C., February […]

PAHO: Caribbean countries among those with the lowest incidence of TB

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Progress must be accelerated to end tuberculosis in the Americas, says new PAHO report Over a quarter of a million people live with TB in the Region of the Americas and 24,000 died from the disease in 2017. But the downward trend in new cases and deaths must proceed more swiftly to meet elimination targets. Washington, […]

Excessive video gaming will be recognized as official disorder by WHO

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From WN The World Health Organization is prepared to classify “gaming disorder” as a mental health problem for its upcoming 2018 update to the International Classification of Diseases, according to CBS News. “How serious is the problem? It’s an epidemic,” licensed marriage and family therapist Paula-Jo Husack told CBS San Francisco. Husack said the designation […]

Six Caribbean territories and states eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis

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The World Health Organization has validated Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis as achieving dual elimination Saint Kitts and Nevis/ Geneva, December 1, 2017 – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis were today certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as […]

Vaccination Week in the Americas celebrates 15 years

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More than 640 million people have been vaccinated in the Region since 2003. PAHO’s initiative has contributed to eliminating measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, and keeping the Americas free of polio. Washington, D.C., 20 April 2017 (PAHO/WHO) – More than 60 million people will be vaccinated against a series of dangerous diseases during the […]