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Ageing and Health

Ageing and health: People worldwide are living longer. Today most people can expect to live into their sixties and beyond. Every country in the world is experiencing growth in both the size and the proportion of older persons in the population. Read Also: The Top 10 Causes of Death By 2030, 1 in 6 people …

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Falls

A fall is defined as an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level. Fall-related injuries may be fatal or non-fatal(1) though most are non-fatal. For example, of children in the People’s Republic of China, for every death due to falls, there are 4 cases …

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Occupational Health

Occupational health is an area of work in public health to promote and maintain highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations. Related Post: Burnout: Handling the big monster in the workplace. Its objectives are: the maintenance and promotion of workers’ health and working capacity; the improvement of working conditions …

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Lymphatic filariasis (Elephantiasis)

Lymphatic filariasis, commonly known as elephantiasis, is a painful and profoundly disfiguring disease. It is caused by infection with parasites classified as nematodes (roundworms) of the family Filariodidea that are transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitos. Mosquito-transmitted larvae are deposited on the skin from where they can enter the body. The larvae then migrate to …

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Drinking water services

Sustainable Development Goal target 6.1 calls for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water. The target is tracked with the indicator of “safely managed drinking water services” – drinking water from an improved water source that is located on premises, available when needed, and free from faecal and priority chemical contamination. Read …

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Adolescent pregnancies

Key facts Adolescent Pregnancies Approximately 12 million girls aged 15–19 years and at least 777,000 girls under 15 years give birth each year in developing regions. (1) (2) At least 10 million unintended pregnancies occur each year among adolescent girls aged 15–19 years in the developing world. (1) Related Post: Adolescent and Young Adult Health …

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Yellow Fever

Key facts Yellow fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The “yellow” in the name refers to jaundice that affects some patients. Symptoms of yellow fever include fever, headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Read Also: The Top 10 Causes of Death A small proportion of patients who contract …

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Measles Vaccination

Overview Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. Before the introduction of measles vaccine in 1963 and widespread vaccination, major epidemics occurred approximately every 2–3 years and measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.More than 140 000 people died from measles in 2018 – mostly children under the age …

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Antibiotic resistance

Key facts Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age, in any country. Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process. A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, …

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