Nipah virus: Outbreak in Kerala, India kills at least 10

People wear masks as a precautionary measure against the Nipah virus outside a hospital in Kozhikode, in Kerala, India. (AP) A rare, brain-damaging virus has killed at least 10 people in southern India, where medical crews are scrambling to manage the spread of the deadly disease — and to minimize panic. Health officials said Tuesday that 10 people […]

6 reasons children need to play outside – Harvard Health Blog

Here’s something really simple you can do to improve your child’s chance of future health and success: make sure he spends plenty of time playing outside. There are many ways in which this generation’s childhood is different from that of the last generation, but one of the most abrupt contrasts is the degree to which […]

U.S. pledges $8 million for Ebola outbreak in Congo

Health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to tend to suspected Ebola patients Saturday at Bikoro hospital, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in Congo. (Mark Naftalin/Agence France-Presse/UNICEF) The United States has pledged to provide $8 million to support the global response to the growing Ebola outbreak in Congo, officials said Tuesday. Health and Human […]

The world’s first sugar reduction programme: Data challenges

Childhood obesity is a national crisis and a leading cause of ill health and premature death – in England, one in three children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Obese or overweight children are more likely to become obese or overweight adults, which increases their risk of developing cardiovascular disease, […]

Enabling local authorities to tackle air pollution

An urgent and costly public health problem During the 1950s, smog (a toxic combination of soot and sulphur dioxide) was commonplace in UK cities and a major source of disease. Since the Clean Air Act of 1956, the character of air pollution in the UK has changed. The major pollutants today – nitrogen dioxide (NO2) […]

Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data show

(iStock) African American children are taking their lives at roughly twice the rate of their white counterparts, according to a new study that shows a widening gap between the two groups. The 2001-2015 data, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, confirm a pattern first identified several years ago when researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio found that […]

U.S. plans to provide several million dollars for Ebola outbreak in Congo

Health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to tend to suspected Ebola patients on Saturday at Bikoro Hospital, the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Mark Naftalin/AFP/Unicef) The United States is planning to provide several million dollars to support the global response to the growing Ebola outbreak in […]