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It's Old Age, Jim, but Not as We Know It...

Jeroen Tas | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

This year in fact, out of a global population of 7 billion, there are 900 million people over the age of 60. This figure is expected to rise to 2.4 billion by 2050, meaning that we will soon be living in a world with more old people than children, with many at a more advanced age than ever before.

Malaria - A Prototype for the Global Goals?

James Whiting | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
James Whiting

This weekend it's out with the old and in with the new as we welcome a new era for international development, including a target to eradicate malaria once and for all... The battle against malaria is well under way, but we have to go the distance to win the war.

Healing Waters From Hebron to Gaza

Kate Rothschild | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Kate Rothschild

I leave the region with all the usual feelings, heavy feelings, the same ones people much brighter and more eloquent than me have described through the years. I just have one small, unfurling seed of optimism; knowing that if water could be disentangled from the war, it presents a genuine opportunity for co-operation and relationship building between neighbours. In all the gloom there is a glimmer of hope and it's right there, in the water.

'Dream Come True': Malaria Vaccine Approved After 30 Years Of Trials

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A vaccine which could help protect against malaria, has been given the green light after 30 years of trials. The Mosquirix (RTS,S) vaccination, wh...

Defending the Right to Health

Olivia Murphy | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Murphy

Talented health professionals from across the world are our greatest hope for realising the universal right to health in an increasingly challenging world. For this to happen, equitable access to global health training is essential. For if WHO is to be a truly global guardian of health, its workforce, and thus its interns, must be global too.

How Much Sugar Is In Your Food?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sugar might make your life sweeter temporarily (let's face it, munching that cookie felt like heaven at the time), but at what cost? Well there's ...

Ebola Outbreak Points to Tragic Flaws in World's Disease Resilience

Sophia Salenius | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Ebola poses a genuine threat to all of us - and it is about time we realised this.

Is Your iPad Bad For Your Child's Health?

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle/Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Tech

A study has asked regulators to re-address whether exposure to WiFi signals can be harmful to children - despite widespread scientific agreement that ...

Violence Against Women Is Not a Private Matter, It Is a Global Public Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva

The time has come for health systems to play their part in a multisectoral response to end violence against women that is consistent with their countries' commitments to the promotion of both public health and human rights.

WHO Is Wasting Vital Ebola Crisis Cash on Ineffective Smartphone Applications

Sophia Salenius | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Put bluntly, WHO is wasting vital funds from the Ebola crisis kitty on a piece of kit that will not work in West Africa and costs too much to operate.

The Ebola Epidemic Is at Risk of Becoming a Tragedy of Truly Global Proportions

Douglas Alexander | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics
Douglas Alexander

Now is not a time for excuses, now is a time for action. The very fact we are in the midst of a crisis on this scale is proof that the international community has not yet done enough. This epidemic can, and must, be overcome. But the question now is how many more will have to die before it is, how many of those tragic deaths could have been avoided.

Rebuilding Gaza's Health System

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK
Wendy Bruere

The twisted wreckage of an ambulance is displayed at Al Shifa Hospital - the largest hospital in Gaza - by way of memorial to three paramedics who died in the recent conflict. At Al Aqsa Hospital there are gaping holes in the outside walls where paramedics tell me the building was hit. Several ambulances still operating have bullet holes in the windscreens.

Accessing Cancer Treatment in Post-Conflict Gaza

Wendy Bruere | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Nisreen and her 13-year-old twin sons evacuated their house in Abasan, Gaza, during the recent 50-day conflict with Israel - and returned to rubble. "We found our house had been bombed and bulldozed. We couldn't even see where it used to be. My sons were so shocked, so sad," says Nisreen. "We lost everything."

Ebola Has Infected More Than 10,000 People

The Huffington Post UK/PA/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK

The Ebola epidemic has infected 10,000 people, according to figures from the World Health Organisation, and the outbreak is showing no signs of stoppi...

Ebola Outranks Everything Else

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

Public health emergencies often occur in the place least likely to be able to manage them, and western Africa was poorly prepared for the latest outbreak of Ebola. However, as much as an overwhelmed world might fervently hope that it will remain an African problem, its impact will be felt far beyond the borders of Liberia and its neighbours. Ebola outranks everything else on a crowded global agenda today, and the quicker we acknowledge this, the more effectively it can be contained.

Louise Ridley

One Death Every 40 Seconds From Suicide | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK

One person kills themselves every 40 seconds, according to the first global report on suicide prevention. Suicide kills more people than conflicts ...

You Probably Won't Be Able To Use E-Cigarettes Inside For Much Longer...

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Electronic cigarettes should be banned from indoor spaces and face curbs on their sale over health fears, the World Health Organisation has said. D...

Ebola: The Best Way to Predict Ebola Outbreak's Future Is to Invent It

Unni Krishnan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide.The deadly disease has killed over 960 peo...

Stressed Parents: Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

Rachel Kelly | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

I have been forced by mental ill-health to impose limits on the way I live. I've replaced life in an office with freelance writing and voluntary work in prisons and hospitals supporting those with poor mental health: I am entirely the beneficiary, given the well known benefits of trying to help others.

When 'Lady With the Lamp' Doesn't Even Begin to Cover It: Celebrating International Nurses' Day

Sarah Kessler | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

"Glasgow nurses," The Times columnist Melanie Reid recalls being told, "have hearts like swinging bricks." A hard substitute for a heartbeat - but in ...

Sugar, Not Fat, Is the Enemy

Nicholas Polo | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Polo

In the last ten years governments around the globe launched huge campaigns against the tobacco industry and rightly so. Holding a cigarette in the United States became such a taboo; you might as well be holding a gun instead! Sugar has become the new tobacco killer and governments have done very little, if anything at all, to tackle this problem. Why?

A No-brainer for Unlocking Science

Alice Bonasio | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

It's no secret that better collaboration between scientists can lead to new insights and faster discoveries, and the world's richest countries are now using this idea globally to push for a dementia cure.

V Is for Victorious Vegetables

Sian Breslin | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

The Flexi Veggie regime involves eating meat or fish four or five days a week and then having 2 or 3 days of vegetarian or meatless meals. As proteins can be sourced from both animal and plants this makes it possible to obtain enough proteins from plants like legumes, nuts and seeds. And do you know what, it's really tasty!

Who Can Help Us Eat More Healthily?

Sian Breslin | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

Almost two thirds of UK adults are obese or overweight, so says a new survey by Public Health England (PHE). PHE, whose mission is to protect and improve the nation's health and to address inequalities, points out that there are 19 district local authorities with more than 70% of population obese or overweight.

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".