Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations currently reported in the Republic of Korea, Japan, Thailand and Singapore, took place on Wednesday, 22 January 2020, from 12:00 to 16:30 Geneva time (CEST) and on Thursday, 23 January 2020, from 12:00 to 15:10. The Committee’s role is to give advice to the Director-General, who makes the final decision on the determination of a Public Health…

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Lloyds boss: Mental health issues can break lives

Firms that ignore mental health issues risk “breaking employees’ lives and families”, the boss of Lloyds Banking Group has warned. Companies not paying attention to mental health also incur huge costs to the economy, research suggests. Employees’ mental health issues cost businesses £40bn a year, a Deloitte study found. Firms lose an average nine days work a year – two absences, and the rest where workers are present but not focused. Financial crisis Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osario is someone with personal experience of how workplace stress can affect anyone –…

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Are health care claims overblown about artificial intelligence?

Health products powered by artificial intelligence, or AI, are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots. IBM boasted that its AI could “outthink cancer.” Others say computer systems that read X-rays will make radiologists obsolete. “There’s nothing that I’ve seen in my 30-plus years studying medicine that could be as impactful and transformative” as AI, said Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and executive vice president of Scripps Research in La Jolla, Calif. AI can help doctors interpret MRIs of the heart, CT scans of the head and photographs of the back of the eye, and could potentially take…

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To Boost Mental Health, Spend Time in ‘Blue’ Spaces

OFFICIALS ARE INCREASINGLY recognizing that integrating nature into cities is an effective public health strategy to improve mental health. Doctors around the world now administer “green prescriptions” — where patients are encouraged to spend time in local nature spaces — based on hundreds of studies showing that time in nature can benefit people’s psychological well-being and increase social engagement. Much of this research to date has focused on the role of green space in improving mental health. But what about “blue” space — water settings such as riverside trails, a lake, a waterfront…

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Mental health: young people in crisis waiting hours for A&E help

 Across the 65 trusts that supplied data to Labour, 2,357 of the 13,205 under-18s with a mental health problem waited longer than four hours to be seen. Photograph: Hannah Mckay Thousands of young people undergoing a mental health crisis, including those who are potentially suicidal, are having to wait more than four hours for A&E care, NHS figures show. Almost a fifth of the under-18s who seek A&E help in England for psychiatric problems such as depression and self-harm are not seen within the supposed maximum of four hours. Figures released by…

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US charges 3 Indian-origin ex-executives of health tech start up in $1 bn fraud

Washington: Three Indian-origin ex-executives of a Chicago-based health tech start-up have been charged by the federal authorities for their alleged roles in a fraud scheme which involved falsifying the company’s financial performance to raise nearly $1 billion in debt and private equity. The co-founders of Outcome Health Rishi Shah, 33, and Shradha Aggarwal, 34, and former executive Ashik Desai, 26, are among six people accused of fraud “that targeted the company’s clients, lenders and investors,” the US Department of Justice said on Monday. “Outcome’s former executives and employees allegedly deceived lenders,…

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Poorest hit hardest by cuts to public health spending – research

Worst-off areas have lost six times as much funding to tackle health problems such as obesity as best-off areas, finds analysis. Photograph: Clara Molden/PA England’s poorest communities have borne the brunt of almost £900m of cuts to public health spending, despite them having higher rates of disease, research has revealed. Places with high levels of deprivation such as Liverpool, Blackpool and Birmingham have lost much more of their budgets to prevent problems such obesity and smoking than better-off areas. One pound in every £7 of the £871.6m that has been…

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Assam’s Morigaon Organises Health Camp to Raise Awareness on Malaria

A health camp was organized at Bhuragaon in Assam’s Morigaon to educate people about the importance of hygiene & sanitation. The camp shed light on various health-related issues, including hygiene, malaria, use of pure drinking water, hand washing, and others. The health camp was organized by Joint Director of Health Office at Bhuragaon, Morigaon, as reported by The Sentinel. The Joint Director of Health, Ruhuni Borkatoki inaugurated the camp. On the occasion, the officer asked ANM, AWW, ASHA to follow the proper handwashing method the ‘SUMAN’. He emphasized on teaching…

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Uproar after research claims red meat poses no health risk

 Critics of the study say many of the participants were young and unlikely to succumb to illness during the trial period. Photograph: Getty New research that claims red and processed meat is probably not harmful to our health has caused controversy among experts who maintain people should cut down. The World Health Organization has classified red and processed meats as cancer-causing. Public health bodies worldwide urge people to limit their intake of red and processed meat to reduce their cancer risk. The NHS advises that people who eat 90g of meat a…

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What are the health benefits of yoga?

Yoga is a popular exercise that focuses on breathing, strength, and flexibility. Practicing yoga may provide many physical and mental health benefits. Between 2012 and 2017, the percentage of people in the United States practicing yoga increased from 9.5% to 14.3% in adults and from 3.1% to 8.4% in children. The 2012 National Health Interview Survey reported that around 94% of people who practice yoga in the U.S. do so for wellness reasons. Respondents said that yoga benefits their health by: encouraging them to exercise more inspiring them to eat more healthfully improving their sleep quality reducing their stress levels…

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