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PAHO/WHO says more attention to adolescents’ health would prevent deaths and improve health throughout their lives

Adolescents of the Americas

A new report from the World Health Organization, Health for the World’s Adolescents, shows that interpersonal violence, traffic injuries and suicide are the three leading causes of death among youths ages 10-19 in the Americas. Depression is one of the three top causes of illness and disability among youths in the hemisphere.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:10
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Primary screening with HPV test could save lives, prevent cervical cancer

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High-level experts and public health advocates are meeting at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) this week to identify ways of making testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection more widely available as a primary screening method for cervical cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 14:16
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Air quality is deteriorating in many of the world’s cities

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Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:58
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Global WHO report highlights negative health impacts of alcohol

Global status report on Alochol and health 2014

Worldwide, 3.3 million people died in 2012 due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. Alcohol consumption not only can lead to dependence but also increases people's risk of developing more than 200 diseases, including liver cirrhosis and some cancers.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 15:27
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11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced maternal mortality, new UN data show

Healthy mother with three children

A new United Nations report shows that 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have made significant progress in reducing deaths from pregnancy-related causes since 1990. However no country in the region is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing maternal mortality 75% by 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 15:54
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