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Universal access to eye care could prevent most blindness

Eight in 10 cases of blindness and visual impairment could be prevented if everyone had access to comprehensive eye care, experts at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) said on the occasion of World Sight Day, Oct. 10.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:12
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Depression and dementia are top mental disorders for people over 60

An estimated 15% of adults over 60 suffer from mental illness, and depression and dementia are the most common forms of mental illness among seniors. On World Mental Health Day, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling for more community-based...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:38
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Kidney disease of unknown causes in agricultural communities in Central America is declared a serious public health problem

Ministers of health from throughout the Americas said this week that chronic kidney disease of unknown causes that has claimed thousands of lives in agricultural communities in Central America is a serious public health problem.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 17:22
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As Cholera Death Toll Climbs in Post-Earthquake Haiti, New Studies Show Disease Emerging as a Driver of Progress in Public Health

The deadly cholera epidemic that rocked earthquake-shattered Haiti in 2010, claiming 8,000 lives and counting, has rallied the public health community to seek water and sewer improvements that, combined with vaccination, could prevent some 89,000 future cholera infections.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:36
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Health leaders set course for Pan American health action and progress toward universal coverage

Health authorities from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean agreed this week on a series of joint actions to improve their countries’ health systems, advance toward universal health coverage, and work with other sectors to improve social, environmental and economic conditions that impact on people’s health.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:10
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