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New York, May 20 (JEN): Calling on Monday for a new global agreement to regulate unhealthy diets, the United Nations expert on the right to food urged swift action from governments to help change the way the world eats, as obesity-related health problems now kill more people than tobacco. more
UNICEF urges quality care at birth to save children

New York, May 20 (JEN): The majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth, according ...

UN reports depression as adolescent health challenge

New York, May 15 (JEN): Road traffic injuries, HIV/AIDS and suicide are the top killers of adolescents globally, while depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability, the Unit ...

UN voices concern over gaps in maternity, paternity protections

New York, May 14 (JEN): Despite progress in maternity benefits and a positive trend in supporting new fathers, at least 830 million women workers still do not have adequate protection, the U ...

UN urges greater action to curb alcohol-related deaths

New York, May 13 (JEN): More than three million deaths in 2012 were linked to alcohol with a steady increase in alcohol use among women, the United Nations health agency on Monday reported c ...

Chronic diseases increase pregnancy risk: WHO

New York, May 7 (JEN): Rates of maternal deaths are down, according to United Nations figures released on Tuesday, but pre-existing medical conditions heighten the risk of death for pregnant ...

UN declares emergency to stem potential resurgence of polio

New York, May 6 (JEN): The spread of polio in countries where it was once eradicated is an “extraordinary event” and unless an international coordinated response is urgently put ...

Haiti: UN lauds significant gains in fight against cholera

New York, May 2 (JEN): Significant gains in the fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti have been recorded as the dry season ends and the United Nations continues to support the Governme ...

UN report on antibiotic resistance reveals serious threat

New York, May 1 (JEN): Antibiotic resistance – when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections – is now a major threat to public ...

World Malaria Day: UN seeks near zero preventable deaths

New York, Apr 26 (JEN): The tide has turned on malaria, with mortality rates for children in Africa down by half, but a stronger surveillance system is urgently needed to prevent new outbrea ...