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Celebrating the Third African Vaccination Week

Brazzaville, 15 April 2013 — From 22 to 28 April, African countries will celebrate the third African Vaccination Week (AVW), an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and implemented by countries in the region. For seven days, all Member States of WHO in the African Region – island states, landlocked countries and those in coastal regions – will ...

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New UN Strategy Could Save Two Million Children A Year

GENEVA — The World Health Organization and U.N. Children’s Fund are unveiling a new strategy to end preventable child deaths from pneumonia and diarrhea by 2025.  The agencies say this new plan of action potentially could save the lives of up to two million young children each year. Pneumonia and diarrhea are two leading killers of young children.  Together, they ...

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Health Topic for the week: Super foods for your shopping cart…

Are you guilty of being in a food rut? Tired of the usual suspects on your grocery list? Instead of the same boring meals and snacks, check out some of these healthful — and tasty — options the next time you shop. 10 super foods for your shopping cart   Tomatoes   The lowdown: These fruits have an antioxidant called ...

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Ghana: Doctors to call off services from Monday………

XYZ News can confirm that Doctors have declared a nationwide strike starting Monday April 8, 2013.   The decision was reached at a National Executive Council meeting of the Ghana Medical Association in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi today Saturday April 6, 2013.   From Monday, April 8, the Doctors will turn away all new Out-Patients and only attend to ...

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Changes in your diet can help lower that Blood Pressure…

Sunday, April 7, is World Health Day, and this year’s theme is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The World Health Organization has recommended reducing salt or sodium intake to lower the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and kidney failure. But researchers say the benefits would be greater if dietary potassium intake was increased at the same time. The ...

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Chinese authorities kill 20K birds as avian flu toll rises to 6

Hong Kong (CNN) — Chinese authorities have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai after an unusual strain of bird flu that has so far killed six people in the country was found in pigeons on sale in the city, state-run media outlet Xinhua reported Friday. Details of the slaughter of chickens, ducks, geese and ...

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HEALTH TOPIC OF THE WEEK:When a Smoker Lights-up…… May Increase Health Risks

The health risks of cigarette smoking are well known, such as cancer, emphysema and cardiovascular disease.  But new research shows that when you smoke can make it even more risky. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death, according to the World Health Organization. It estimates six million people die every year from smoking-related illnesses, most in low and middle ...

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In Senegal, Skin-Lightening Remains Popular Despite Health Risks

DAKAR, SENEGAL — The World Health Organization says that a quarter of Senegalese women use skin-lightening products regularly. The products, even those claiming to have so-called “natural” components, can contain mercury, hydroquinone or caustic agents like sodium hydroxide. These are dangerous ingredients that can cause cancer and are potentially disfiguring. Some women in capital city Dakar say the risks are ...

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