Two experimental drugs - an antibody cocktail called REGN-EB3 developed by Regeneron and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 - will now be offered to all patients infected with the viral disease in an ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The list included five new cancer therapies based on improved survival rates for lung, blood and prostate cancers, and recommended two new immunotherapies -- nivolumab and pembrolizumab -- that had improved survival rates by 50% for advanced melanoma, which was incurable until recently.
A decrease in air pollution level may cause a significant drop in the diabetes cases in heavily populated countries like India and even countries like US.
The Boram prison used to receive $18,000 per month to feed its inmates. However, in April this year, the amount was reduced by more than half to a mere $7,000.
The WHO said that rabies causes 59,000 agonising and painful deaths globally every year, translating to one person every nine minute, mostly children and the poor.
The UN's health agency today urged the world to create new drugs to tackle 12 killer superbugs which are resistant to antibiotics and threaten an explosion of incurable disease.
Urban residents accounted for 54 percent of the total global population in 2014, according to the World Health Organization, and that figure was projected to grow nearly 2 percent each year until 2020.
The final numbers could change when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents the budget for fiscal 2017/18 on Wednesday. But one official familiar with the numbers said the health ministry is expected to get a USD1.5 billion, or 27 percent, increase in funding to around USD 7 billion.
President Xi Jinping will become the first Chinese president to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, the foreign ministry said today, as the country seeks a greater role in global affairs.
"The prevalence of tobacco use is still unacceptably high. Morbidity and mortality due to its use is also very high. There is a huge economic burden on people and governments due to adverse health consequences of tobacco use.
By using digital analytics and geo-location data, companies were defining their audience with great precision, enabling them to target the most vulnerable groups of children, the UN agency warned.
Although India has already implemented 85 per cent pictorial warning on tobacco products, the issue of plain packaging, that refers to packaging that requires the removal of all branding, "will still be on the mind" during the deliberations at the Conference, the official said.
"This causes four million deaths annually, and leaves approximately 30 per cent of survivors seriously disabled. For the 70 per cent of survivors who recover, the likelihood of suffering further strokes is greatly increased," said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.
Delegates from about 180 countries will attend the Nov. 7-12 WHO conference on the sole global anti-tobacco treaty: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). In force since 2005, the treaty aims to deter tobacco use that kills around 6 million people a year.
New data in a report from the UN's global health body "is enough to make all of us extremely concerned," Maria Neira, the head of the WHO's department of public health and environment, told reporters.
In a BSE filing, Aurobindo Pharma said it has received "tentative approval for Dolutegravir 50 mg from US Food & Drug Administration (USFDA) for the treatment of HIV.
The UN health body outlined its stance in a statement late yesterday after a group of 150 international doctors, scientists and researchers sent an open letter outlining fears that the arrival of half a million tourists for the Games could cause the virus to spread more rapidly around the world.
The World Health Organization approved a new treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) on May 12, a crucial step towards replacing an old, costly therapy that is brutal on patients and only 50-percent effective.
The dirtiest air was recorded at Zabol in Iran, which suffers from months of dust storms in the summer, and which clocked a so-called PM2.5 measure of 217. The next four were all Indian: Gwalior, Allahabad, Patna and Raipur.
Consultations among doctors in Brazil and the United States have increased in the last two weeks, and some of the leading authorities on the condition are finding patterns of unusual devastation in scans of the newborns' malformed brains.
The virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and WHO officials on Tuesday expressed concern that it could hit Africa and Asia as well.
The overall situation will be monitored by a 'joint monitoring group' under Director General of Health Services (DGHS) while the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) would identify the research priorities and take appropriate action.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters an international coordinated response was needed, although restrictions on travel or trade were not necessary.
"The company has received World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification for the product Sulfadoxine," says the Mumbai-based pharma company in its filing to the exchange.
The FDA's "import alert" comes two months after Canada banned the same site, citing data integrity issues. Europe also barred imports from the plant in early June citing critical deficiencies, including that staff deliberately did not record customer complaints.