UN health charter targets obesity in Europe with less fat, more action and curbed ads

Healthier diets, more physical activity and protection from commercial influence are high on the menu to reduce obesity throughout Europe, especially among children, under a charter adopted at a three-day United Nations health meeting currently underway in Istanbul.

New UN health chief pledges to focus on Africans and women worldwide

Pledging to devote herself to improving the health of the people of Africa and women across the globe, Margaret Chan, a Chinese doctor who has played a key role in United Nations efforts to prevent bird flu from mutating into a deadly human pandemic, has been elected as the new head of the UN health agency.

Wash hands to curb infections, UN agency tells hospital doctors, health care workers

At any given moment some 1.4 million people worldwide are ill because of infections acquired in hospitals, the United Nations health agency said today, yet one of the most powerful approaches to fighting the scourge is also the simplest: doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers need to clean their hands every time they see a patient.

Chinese bird flu expert nominated as new head of UN health agency

A Chinese doctor who has played a key role in United Nations efforts to prevent bird flu from mutating into a deadly human pandemic was today nominated to become the new head of the UN health agency.

UN health agency launches attack on multi-billion-dollar counterfeit medicine market

The United Nations health agency and its partners will this month officially launch the first ever international taskforce to combat counterfeit medical products, a market that brings in tens of billions of dollars annually as it promotes drug resistant strains of disease, can worsen medical conditions and may kill its patients.

UN health agency announces 13 nominees to become next Director-General

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today unveiled the names of the 13 nominees proposed by Member States to replace the late Lee Jong-wook as Director-General of the Geneva-based agency.

As deaths of motorcyclists rise, UN health agency steps up efforts to promote helmet use

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new manual aimed at increasing the use of helmets by motorcyclists, as the users of motorized two-wheelers comprise an increasing proportion of road deaths and injuries around the world, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries.

UN agency launches first-ever global guidelines on swimming, bathing places

Aiming to minimize risks associated with swimming pools, spas and other recreational bathing areas, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched the world’s first-ever international guidelines on how to create safe places to swim and bathe.

Over 13 million deaths each year due to preventable environmental causes – UN report

More than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes and the lives of as many as 4 million children alone, mostly in developing countries, could be saved by preventing such ecological risks, according to a new United Nations report released today, the most comprehensive yet on the issue.

UN health agency sets new standards for registration of all human medical research

In an effort to respond to growing public demands for transparency in clinical trials involving humans, the United Nations health agency today called on research institutions and companies to register all such studies and include details ranging from the source of funding or material support to the primary and secondary sponsors.