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Are We On The Road To The End Of Modern Medicine?
2012-03-17 04:08:12

Bacteria could soon become so resistant to antibiotics that common injuries or illnesses could eventually become life-threatening, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned during a conference of infectious disease experts on Friday. According to NewsCore reports, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told those attending the meeting, which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, that even ailments as simple as a scratched knee or a sore throat could someday become fatal....

2011-04-27 08:05:00

Deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are on the rise and are the leading killers worldwide, the World Health Organization reported in their Global Status Report on NCDs. Heart disease, strokes, chronic lung diseases, cancers and diabetes result in about 36.1 million deaths in 2008, with almost 80% of these deaths occurring in low-to-middle-income countries. "The rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases presents an enormous challenge," says WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan....

2011-01-17 13:52:16

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said on Monday that the agency is not performing well enough across the board because it is over-extended and needs to trim the scope of its operations. She described wasteful overlap with other health financiers and said the WHO needed to concentrate on areas where it can make the most impact. "We are not functioning at the level of top performance that is increasingly needed, and expected," she told the WHO's executive...

2010-08-10 13:13:22

The swine flu pandemic was officially declared to be over on Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the organization's emergency committee of top flu experts told her that the pandemic had "largely run its course" and the world is no longer at a phase six influenza alert level. "I fully agree with the committee's advice," Chan told reporters in a telephone briefing from her native Hong Kong. She said that the virus has now entered the...

2010-02-28 06:45:00

The World Health Organization said on Friday that governments should do more to protect workers in bars, restaurants and the entertainment sector from harmful smoke. The WHO said that developing countries are the new frontier for tobacco companies, where smoking rates remain high among poor people in affluent countries. According to the United Nations agency, tobacco kills over 5 million people every year from cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and other illnesses, including about...

2009-12-30 06:20:00

According to the head of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, the H1N1 flu pandemic may not be conquered until 2011, and continued attention to the virus will be need to be regarded as it still can mutate. WHO Director Margaret Chan also warned that although countries have raised their defenses against the first flu pandemic in more than 40 years, they remain unprepared for mass outbreaks of the even deadlier bird flu virus. "It is still premature and too early for us to say we have...

2009-09-22 10:45:00

The head of the World Health Organization announced on Monday that the swine flu has not transformed into a more hazardous disease. The number of swine flu cases is anticipated to grow as winter approaches, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan stated at the organization's yearly meeting in Hong Kong. "The virus can mutate any time. But from April to now, we can see from the data given to us by laboratories worldwide that the virus is still very similar (to the previous state)," Chan said to...

2009-06-11 15:50:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a flu pandemic on Thursday, raising its alert to the highest level of phase 6. The move indicates the first pandemic flu since 1968 is now underway. The declaration of a pandemic means the disease, widely referred to as swine flu, is spreading geographically, but does not indicate how virulent the virus is.  Widespread transmission in Victoria, Australia, indicating the virus is now entrenched outside North America, was one of the main...

2009-05-25 06:40:00

After a week-long conference in Geneva, the World Health Organization's Margaret Chan said on Friday that health authorities around the world should prepare themselves for a rise in both the number and severity of H1N1 swine flu cases in the coming months. In places like southern Asia, Africa and South America where winter is just setting in, Chan warned that the virus could mutate and/or genetically recombine with seasonal flu strains "in unpredictable ways" and must therefore be monitored...

2009-05-06 06:18:39

Regardless of how mild the effects of the swine flu turn out to be, health officials are already referring to it as a pandemic "“ a move that has many people questioning just how serious the global threat really is. Although the virus has proven itself potentially dangerous in Mexico and has caused the death of at least one infant in Texas, people infected with the disease in other countries have in general not fared too badly, the most serious complaint being diarrhea. In the coming...

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The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.