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WHO launches Global Action Plan on Physical Activity

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is today joining Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal to launch the new “WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world.” “Being active is critical for health. But in our modern world, this is becoming more and more of a challenge, largely because our cities and communities aren’t designed in the right ways,” said Dr

Smoking: a rundown on lighting up

GENEVA: Every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars. There are around one billion smokers in the world, about a seventh of the global population, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other estimates. China has the highest number: of its population of 1.3 billion, about 315 million are smokers and they

Weight loss reduces skin cancer risk

Understanding the risk factors behind every type of cancer is important in our effort to minimize the population’s risk at large. And, obesity has already been confirmed as a risk factor for a number of cancers, including endometrial, liver, kidney, colorectal, and pancreatic cancer. The most obvious risk factor for skin cancer is unprotected sun exposure. However, according to earlier studies, obesity may also play a role. Recently, researchers set

‘Operation Eliminate Trans Fats’ could save 500,000 lives every year

In an effort to save half a million lives each year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on May 14, 2018, urged developing nations to follow the lead of affluent countries and eliminate man-made trans fatty acids from their food supplies. By taking six specific steps, officials from the United Nations’ health agency said countries could reduce a tidal wave of heart disease and strokes that results in more than 500,000

E-payment services to health clinic nationwide

KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry will extend the e-payment service to 957 government health clinics nationwide to facilitate payment transactions. Its secretary-general, Dr Chen Chaw Min, said the programme would be implemented in phases beginning with 12 clinics in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and 45 clinics in Selangor this month. “At the moment, the payment for services provided at all government health clinics must be made by cash at the

New research finds that berries may contain cancer-fighting compounds

New European research has found that a naturally occurring pigment in berries could increase the function of an enzyme which reduces the expression of cancer genes and cancer cell growth. Carried out by the University of Eastern Finland, the study looked at the effect of the pigments that give berries their color, known as flavonoids, on the function of the sirtuin 6 (SIRT6) enzyme in cancer cells. Sirtuins are enzymes