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Two more Ebola deaths in Uganda, officials sayupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 06:11:00

Two more people have died in Uganda's Ebola outbreak, officials working at a hospital said Wednesday.

Ugandan officials, international experts tackle Ebola outbreak that's killed 14updated: Wed Aug 01 2012 08:14:00

Teams in Uganda are trying to track down anyone who came into contact with patients infected with the Ebola virus, which has killed at least 14 people there this month, authorities said Monday.

Deadly Ebola virus hits Ugandaupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 08:14:00

International health experts are among those investigating an Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Could the Ebola outbreak spread to the US?updated: Tue Jul 31 2012 15:11:00

Fourteen people have died so far from the Ebola outbreak that began earlier this month in Western Uganda. According to the World Health Organization, the first case is believed to be from the Nyanswiga village in Nyamarunda, a sub-county of the Kibaale district of Uganda.

WHO doctor attacked during Pakistan polio campaignupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 10:53:00

A World Health Organization consultant who was conducting a polio vaccination campaign was attacked by unknown assailants in Karachi, Pakistan, on Tuesday, the group said.

Officials crack case of mystery illnessupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 17:16:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on how doctors and scientists cracked the case of a mystery illness in Cambodia.

Few answers as children die in Cambodiaupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 03:12:00

CNN's Sanjay Gupta reports from Cambodia on a mysterious disease killing children there as doctors search for answers.

Officials search for more clues in disease killing Cambodian childrenupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 03:12:00

Health officials continued on Monday to investigate the causes behind the mysterious deaths of 64 children in Cambodia after saying they had made an important discovery over the weekend.

Discovery in Cambodia diseaseupdated: Sun Jul 08 2012 15:14:00

Health officials announced a possible breakthrough in the mysterious illness that has killed dozens of children.

Officials make break in baffling disease killing Cambodian childrenupdated: Sun Jul 08 2012 15:14:00

Health officials say they have made an important discovery in the mystery surrounding the deaths of 64 children in Cambodia.

Mystery illness claims dozens of Cambodian childrenupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 20:53:00

The World Health Organization is helping the Cambodian Ministry of Health investigate the cause of a mysterious illness that has killed dozens of children in the country since April.

Where in the world can you get universal health care?updated: Thu Jun 28 2012 11:06:00

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation Thursday in a narrow 5-4 ruling that Obama says will provide up to 30 million additional Americans with health care.

WHO: Diesel exhaust can cause cancerupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 15:03:00

Exhaust from diesel engines can cause cancer, a prominent global cancer group that's part of the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Japan utility ups estimate of radiation released in Fukushima disasterupdated: Thu May 24 2012 13:00:00

Japan's largest utility said Thursday that more radiation than previously thought was released into the atmosphere in March 2011, in the days after the nuclear disaster that followed an earthquake and tsunami.

World Health Day celebrated with focus on healthy, active agingupdated: Sat Apr 07 2012 18:58:00

The World Health Organization celebrated its birthday Saturday by focusing on aging, including a host of events, research and information under the theme, "Good health adds life to years."

Mysterious disease devastating familiesupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 12:38:00

An outbreak of nodding disease is devastating families in northern Uganda. CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Mysterious nodding disease debilitates childrenupdated: Mon Mar 19 2012 12:38:00

Pauline Oto still wears her faded yellow and green school dress, but she hasn't been to school for years and she can't comprehend what to do with the pen the community nurse has just given her.

2011's top medical storiesupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 11:06:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta recaps the year in health and medical news.

Top health stories of 2011updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 11:06:00

The most deadly recorded listeria outbreak and concerns about nuclear radiation after Japan's biggest earthquake made major health headlines this year, along with several notable deaths to cancer and the inspiring recovery of a Congresswoman who suffered brain injuries from a gunshot wound.

Lack of soap means illness, death for millions of childrenupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 13:47:00

It still makes Fatoma Dia's eyes widen whenever the Hilton hotel cleaning worker sees a bar of barely used soap on a bathroom counter.

CNN Hero: Derreck Kayongoupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 13:47:00

The Global Soap Project recycles partially used hotel soap to save lives in impoverished countries.

Helping low-income women and babiesupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 07:17:00

Actress Kristin Davis introduces Top 10 CNN Hero Robin Lim, who helps poor women in Indonesia have healthy pregnancies.

In giving life, women face deadly risksupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 07:17:00

In Niger, a woman gives birth to an average of nearly eight children. Countries like Uganda, Mali and Somalia are close behind, with an average of six to seven children per woman.

New polio outbreak hits Chinaupdated: Wed Sep 21 2011 06:33:00

An outbreak of polio has been confirmed in China for the first time since 1999, leaving one person dead and hospitalizing another nine, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

U.N. unlikely to sway poorer nations on obesity, diabetesupdated: Mon Sep 19 2011 14:59:00

The worldwide burgeoning of obesity and diabetes, including in developing nations, is causing increasing alarm. This week, the United Nations is bringing attention to these and other noncommunicable diseases at the General Assembly meeting in New York on the prevention of noncommunicable diseases.

WHO outlines steps to reduce leading causes of deathupdated: Sun Sep 18 2011 17:33:00

To decrease deaths from noninfectious diseases, countries should pass excise taxes on tobacco and alcohol, encourage smoke-free public places, reduce salt and trans fat in foods, and increase awareness of diet and physical activity, according to a World Health Organization report.

San Francisco passes cell phone radiation law, but what's the risk?updated: Thu Jul 28 2011 19:05:00

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to display and distribute a state-produced fact sheet that explains radio frequency emissions from cell phones and how consumers can minimize their exposure.

San Francisco tries again on cell phone radiation warning lawupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 17:08:00

San Francisco is once again moving forward with its controversial plan to warn consumers about potential health risks related to cell phone use.

WHO: E. coli death toll rises to 35updated: Sun Jun 12 2011 18:55:00

Four more people have died in Germany, health officials said Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths from an E. coli outbreak to 35.

Death toll rises from E. coli outbreak in Europeupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 23:32:00

An outbreak of a virulent strain of E. coli has killed 19 people in Europe and infected more than 2,000 in at least 12 countries, the World Health Organization said on Saturday.

Amid E. coli outbreak, Putin says EU veggie ban remainsupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 02:39:00

Despite complaints from Europeans, Russia will keep intact its ban on vegetables from the European Union because of the outbreak of a rare strain of E. coli, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday.

Can cell phones cause cancer?updated: Fri Jun 03 2011 06:18:00

World Health Organization says cell phone radiation could cause cancer. CNN's Nicole Collins reports.

Cell phone radiation: Would labels help?updated: Thu Jun 02 2011 06:59:00

Following the World Health Organization's announcement that radio frequency emissions from cell phones may increase the risk of some kinds of brain cancer, what do you need to know about the radiation coming from your phone?

Dr. Gupta explores cell phone safetyupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 06:59:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta discuss manufacturers' guidance for using cell phones.

Warning on cell phones an important first stepupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 06:19:00

A World Health Organization panel announced this week that microwave radiation from cell phones may cause cancer, and that people should use them less.

WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer riskupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 09:21:00

Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform.

Cell phone use 'possibly carcinogenic'updated: Wed Jun 01 2011 09:21:00

Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

The 'killer app' that could help save livesupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 12:22:00

"Killer apps," so the technological jargon goes, can transform the fortunes of businesses while improving the lives of the people that use them. But very few can claim to improve the worldwide provision of healthcare.

WHO endorses speedy test for TBupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 07:16:00

The World Health Organization endorsed a new, rapid test for tuberculosis Wednesday that cuts the diagnosis time for patients from months to hours.

Health organization hikes cholera outbreak planning to 400,000updated: Fri Nov 26 2010 05:25:00

The Pan American Health Organization announced Tuesday it is increasing its planning to treat 400,000 cholera cases within the next year, up from a previous estimate of 270,000 over several years, as a result of the outbreak in Haiti.

Cholera, violence spread across Haitiupdated: Mon Nov 22 2010 17:30:00

CNN's Ivan Watson reports from a Haitian town gripped by fear and disease.

Death toll in Haiti cholera outbreak rises to 1,344updated: Mon Nov 22 2010 17:30:00

The death toll has risen to at least 1,344 in the cholera outbreak in Haiti that has sickened nearly 57,000 people, the Haitian government said Monday.

Biochar stoves could fight climate changeupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 13:24:00

Good news for everyone who loves a barbecue: soon you could be helping save the world as you flip your burgers.

Fast-moving African polio outbreak kills 97, spurs vaccination driveupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 18:15:00

World health agencies plan to launch a massive polio vaccination in three West African nations, following a fast-moving and especially virulent outbreak that has already killed 97 people.

Republic of Congo copes with deadly polio outbreakupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 10:13:00

Scores of people in the Republic of Congo have died in a polio outbreak, and health providers are gearing up to thwart the flare-up, the United Nations' health agency said Wednesday.

Shh! Sound health in 8 stepsupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 13:00:00

Julian Treasure says our increasingly noisy world is gnawing away at our mental health and has an 8-step plan to fix it.

10 things you didn't know about soundupdated: Sun Oct 10 2010 13:00:00

Most of us have become so used to suppressing noise that we don't think much about what we're hearing, or about how we listen. Yet our well-being is now being seriously damaged by modern sound. Here are 10 things about sound and health that you may not know:

Maternal deaths drop by a third, report saysupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 11:34:00

The number of women dying in pregnancy and childbirth has dropped by a third in the past two decades, according to a report out Wednesday from four world bodies including Unicef and the World Health Organization.

9 tons of fake medicine seized in East Africaupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 10:54:00

Authorities have seized 9,072 kilograms (20,000 pounds) of counterfeit medicine and arrested 80 people suspected of illegal trafficking in six East African nations, Interpol said Thursday.

Pakistani ghost town after floodupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 07:39:00

CNN's Kyung Lah reports from Shahdodkot, Pakistan, where residents are evacuating houses engulfed by rising floodwater.

Survivors of Pakistan floods face growing health problemsupdated: Tue Aug 24 2010 07:39:00

For almost a million Pakistanis, the misery of epic flooding covering one-fifth of the country has now taken the form of communicable illnesses.

Death toll from Pakistan flooding tops 1,500 as risk of diseases risesupdated: Sat Aug 21 2010 06:07:00

The massive flooding that has covered about one-fifth of Pakistan has claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people, authorities said Saturday.

H1N1 pandemic is over, health director saysupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 13:35:00

The global H1N1 pandemic is over, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Americans warned about dengue fever cases in Hondurasupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 15:28:00

The American Embassy in Honduras has issued a warning about classic dengue and hemorrhagic dengue fever, which have killed 21 people in the country this year. Five more deaths are under investigation.

Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis battle the bulgeupdated: Thu May 06 2010 12:12:00

In Kuwait, at family gatherings and social events, food is always at the top of the menu.

WHO commends China on repeal of AIDS banupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 05:02:00

The World Health Organization commended China for repealing a 20-year-old ban on foreigners with HIV and AIDS from entering the country.

Low health risk from volcano ash, experts sayupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 17:20:00

The ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland this week is paralyzing air travel because it is too dangerous for aircraft to fly through it. Those on the ground may be concerned about health effects when the ash falls to Earth, but experts say there is little to worry about.

German air traffic closed due to ashupdated: Fri Apr 16 2010 17:20:00

Germany closes much of its airspace due to fears over volcanic ash.

World Health Day focuses on urbanizationupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 06:06:00

It's World Health Day on Wednesday, which this year has a special focus on urbanization and health.

Guinea worm a greater challenge than smallpoxupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 10:50:00

Since 1980, one disease has been erased from the face of the Earth: smallpox. Health officials believe Guinea worm disease will soon be next.

'Super mosquitoes' could fight malaria with a biteupdated: Sat Mar 20 2010 09:19:00

They are normally transmitters of the disease, but mosquitoes could one day be used to tackle malaria after scientists developed a genetically engineered version of the species that can deliver a vaccine.

H1N1: Pandemic was emotional as well as physicalupdated: Thu Feb 25 2010 12:35:00

Last spring, U.S. doctors' offices were barraged with phone calls and worried patients packed into hospitals. Schools closed. Face masks and Tamiflu were suddenly in short supply. The country verged on an H1N1 panic.

Beyond survival, health crisis loomsupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 14:56:00

Surviving the massive quake that rocked Haiti was just the beginning. Experts say the new dangers -- among them, deaths from untreated wounds and disease outbreak -- may be compounded by Haiti's old problem: poverty.

Dr. Gupta surgery on USS Vinsonupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 14:56:00

Off the coast of Haiti, CNN's Sanjay Gupta is leading surgery on a 12-year old girl aboard the USS Vinson.

Where bodies go after natural disastersupdated: Sat Jan 16 2010 09:21:00

Four days after Haiti's massive earthquake, efforts are under way to bury the dead as thousands of bodies crumpled in the streets of Port-au-Prince lay exposed to the sun or draped in sheets and cardboard.

22 dead from measles in Zimbabweupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 10:51:00

Twenty-two people, mainly children below the age of 5, have died of measles in Zimbabwe, the country's state media reported.

WHO wants health issues at heart of climate talksupdated: Thu Dec 17 2009 09:38:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) held a "side event" for public health officials in Copenhagen, Thursday, in an effort to put public health at the center of the climate-change debate.

Global Cancer Summitupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 13:31:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta leads a panel of experts in discussing challenges facing the battle against cancer.

The Clinic: combating cancerupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 13:31:00

On Sunday, CNN.com broadcast a special live edition of The Clinic from Dublin, Ireland focusing on cancer.

The Hajj: A perfect storm for swine flu?updated: Wed Nov 25 2009 11:08:00

Forget stampedes, fires and terrorist attacks. The big fear this year concerning the Hajj, the annual millions-strong pilgrimage to Mecca, is swine flu.

A smoke-free Lebanon: Reality or pipedream?updated: Mon Nov 16 2009 18:39:00

In Lebanon, you're never far from the whiff of cigarette smoke.

No smoking in Lebanon?updated: Mon Nov 16 2009 18:39:00

Some people in Beirut, Lebanon, are trying to reduce smoking and the risks that come with it. CNN's Schams Elwazer reports

WHO: Women's health an 'urgent priority'updated: Wed Nov 11 2009 10:53:00

Societies fail women at key moments in their lives by not offering them quality health care, which undermines their ability to reach their full potential, the World Health Organization says in a new report.

H1N1 is now world's dominant flu virus, World Health Organization saysupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 13:50:00

The H1N1 virus has now become the dominant influenza virus around the globe, with high levels and an increase of activity in many regions, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Hand sanitizer in short supply as swine flu hitsupdated: Fri Oct 23 2009 14:58:00

Demand for hand sanitizer has gone through the roof since the first cases of swine flu broke out earlier this year, and some makers of the germ-fighting gels are scrambling to keep up.

U.S. prepares for possible swine flu epidemic as global cases riseupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 09:56:00

The United States stepped up preparations for a possible swine flu epidemic, and Canada confirmed its first cases on Sunday as researchers worked to determine how contagious the virus could be.

Mexico tries to contain fluupdated: Fri Sep 25 2009 09:56:00

Tracy Wilkinson of the Los Angeles Times reports on the Mexican government's efforts to contain the swine flu outbreak.

Sebelius: More than enough H1N1 vaccine in United Statesupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 17:38:00

There will be more than enough doses of the H1N1 vaccine to go around in the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday.

H1N1 comes close to homeupdated: Thu Sep 24 2009 17:38:00

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks to Anderson about his Swine Flu diagnosis while reporting in Afghanistan.

Restaurant determined to 'serve up food not swine flu'updated: Wed Sep 23 2009 09:49:00

A restaurateur has gone to great lengths to tackle the spread of the H1N1 virus in his eatery, including taking staff's temperatures before they start work and preventing them from touching plates directly.

China set to provide first swine flu vaccinesupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 13:52:00

China has developed a vaccine for swine flu and is set to become the first country in the world to begin mass inoculations, but there are concerns over possible side effects, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

90k dead from swine flu?updated: Wed Sep 02 2009 07:36:00

A White House panel estimates 90,000 people could die from swine flu. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

WHO official predicts H1N1 'explosion'updated: Mon Aug 24 2009 13:24:00

The world will soon see an "explosion" of swine flu cases as the H1N1 virus spreads rapidly around the world, a top World Health Organization official said Friday.

Mexican state postpones school start because of flu fearsupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 13:18:00

Officials in Mexico's Chiapas state postponed classes Friday for more than 1 million students in an effort to avoid a resurgence of H1N1 flu, which has sickened thousands throughout Mexico this year.

Global swine flu deaths top 1,100updated: Mon Aug 24 2009 13:12:00

More than 1,100 people worldwide have died from swine flu since it emerged in Mexico and the U.S. in April, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization.

H1N1 vaccine testedupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 00:58:00

Australia starts vaccine trials for the H1N1 virus. SBS's Jenny Lavelle reports.

Swine flu drug sales soar amid stockpilingupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 00:58:00

Sales of the flu drug Relenza shot up 1,900 percent from a year ago as governments around the world stockpiled in preparation for a swine flu pandemic, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said Wednesday.

Australia to begin first human test of swine flu vaccineupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 20:18:00

The first human trials of a swine flu vaccine are expected to start in Australia Wednesday, as the World Health Organization confirmed that more than 700 people had died from the virus worldwide.

Swine flu threatens Muslim Hajj seasonupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 15:18:00

Two pilgrims from Iran have contracted the H1N1 virus, according to reports from the country's official news agency.

Airlines stop swine flu victims flyingupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 15:40:00

British airlines have put into effect measures to stop people with swine flu boarding flights in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading further.

WHO declares pandemicupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 09:19:00

The World Health Organization raises the threat level, indicating a global pandemic. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.

Girl, 9, dies of swine flu as UK cases jumpupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 13:27:00

A nine-year-old girl has died in Britain from the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, as authorities reported a jump in the number of cases in the country.

Swine flu hype on Twitterupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 03:24:00

CNN's Errol Barnett shows swine flu information sharing from Twitter.

Online swine flu map goes viralupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 03:24:00

An online map showing where swine flu -- or H1N1 virus-- is spreading has gone viral, so to speak.

Scotland reports first 'swine flu' death outside Americasupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 08:22:00

A person with swine flu died in Scotland on Sunday, the government announced, marking the first known death of a swine flu patient outside of the Americas, according to the latest World Health Organization information.

Swine flu cases near 30,000 worldwideupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 11:01:00

The number of swine flu cases is closer to reaching 30,000, the World Health Organization reported Friday, a day after declaring the start of a global pandemic.

Swine flu 'not stoppable,' World Health Organization saysupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 22:27:00

The World Health Organization raised the swine flu alert Thursday to its highest level, saying the H1N1 virus has spread to enough countries to be considered a global pandemic.

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