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World Health Organization unanimously approves plan to improve epilepsy care, reduce stigma
On 27 May 2022, World Health Organization Member States unanimously approved the Intersectoral Global Action Plan on Epilepsy and other Neurological Disorders (IGAP) at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
Monkeypox likely to elicit travel restrictions as WHO considers emergency declaration
Health authorities in Europe and the U.S. confirmed cases of monkeypox, a potentially serious viral illness, as the World Health Organization considers whether to declare an international emergency. Kathy Bergin, professor of disaster law at Cornell Law School, is an expert…
WHO ‘needs to act’ on suicides caused by pesticides
Scientists are calling for more stringent pesticide bans to lower deaths caused by deliberately ingesting toxic agricultural chemicals, which account for one fifth of global suicides.
The US’ Withdrawal from the WHO Will Increase Death Rates and Threatens Global Security
President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US and its financial support from the World Health Organization is grossly irresponsible at any time but particularly so during a pandemic.
WashU Expert: America gains nothing by leaving WHO
President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to suspend U.S. funding to, and withdraw from, the World Health Organization is “counter to our interests in addressing our needs to save the lives and further the health of Americans, as well as an abandonment of America’s position as a global leader,” says the director of Washington University in St.
WashU Expert: WHO withdrawal may not be legal
President Donald Trump announced July 7 that the United States has officially begun to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump may or may not have the authority to do so, says an expert on health law at Washington University in St. Louis.“It’s not clear that the president can unilaterally withdraw the United States from membership in the WHO,” said Rachel Sachs, associate professor of law and a renowned expert on health policy and drug law.
Americans face greater risks if U.S. pulls from World Health Organization, say WVU health and policy experts
The Trump administration’s plan to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization, effective July 6, 2021, could reshape global diplomacy and weaken public health efforts at home, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to West Virginia University experts in health and public policy.
Defunding and Departing from the WHO: A Threat to Global Security and Also the United States
In the midst of the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Trump’s announcement that the US will defund and depart from the World Health Organization (WHO) poses a clear and present danger to all Americans and the international community. Infectious diseases do not recognize national boundaries nor a person’s politics. Our responses to them cannot either.
Tulane University librarians help provide critical information to WHO teams
Tulane University faculty member Dr. Lina Moses, a seasoned epidemiologist and disease ecologist in the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, was deployed to Geneva where she worked on the COVID-19 response over the past two months. Receiving daily publication reports, Moses is charged with rapidly distributing the most impactful scientific information to the World Health Organization (WHO) operational response teams. This involves the daily appraisal of a vast amount of critical literature on all aspects of the novel virus relevant to the prevention of infection and the treatment of those infected.
How can we be more sure social media posts about coronavirus are accurate?
As COVID-19 has increasingly isolated us from each other, we’re relying more and more on social media for a sense of connection and as a source of information about the virus and it’s spread. But how can we be more confident that what we’re seeing is accurate?
Biophysical Society Statement on COVID-19
.ROCKVILLE, MD – As concern continues to grow concerning the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, so does the opportunity for misinformation to spread as the public searches for reliable information on infection and means of protection.
Notre Dame experts on coronavirus: limitations of WHO, cultural implications and similarities to polio
Dr. Bernard Nahlen, director of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health and Catherine Bolten, associate professor of anthropology and peace studies, provide insight into aspects of how the COVID-19 epidemic has unfolded, as health officials brace for the virus to…
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health faculty experts available for media covering novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health experts available for media covering novel coronavirus (COVID-19) include: Dr. Robert J. Kim-Farley serves as professor-in-residence of epidemiology and community health sciences at the Fielding School. His previous roles include director of the Division of…
Experts Available to Discuss Improving Rapid Detection Of and Response to Viruses Before They Become Pandemics.
Scientists developing a rapid system for tackling outbreaks of avian influenza at their origins in Thailand are available to discuss their project and how it could potentially help improve responses to other pandemic threats such as coronavirus. Rapid and reliable…
Panicky Responses to the Coronavirus are Dangerous—Here’s Why
Fear of the virus may spread faster than the virus itself, a potential threat to health, liberty, trade, and the economy.
New Tool Monitors Real Time Mutations In Flu
A Rutgers-led team has developed a tool to monitor influenza A virus mutations in real time, which could help virologists learn how to stop viruses from replicating. The gold nanoparticle-based probe measures viral RNA in live influenza A cells, according to a study in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. It is the first time in virology that experts have used imaging tools with gold nanoparticles to monitor mutations in influenza, with unparalleled sensitivity.
Coronavirus tests tech’s ability to stymie fake news
The World Health Organization revealed on Monday that it is working with Google to limit the spread of misinformation related to the coronavirus — by ensuring that online searches about the virus first show information from the WHO. Sarah Kreps,…
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health experts available for comment regarding the 2019-nCoV outbreak.
Robert J. Kim-Farley, MD, is a professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. From 2004 to 2018, he served as the Director of the Division of…
What should health care professionals do to prepare for Coronavirus?
Tener Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, Internationally recognized expert in public health emergency preparedness. QUOTE: “Each day health care workers participate in disease surveillance, detection, and containment activities in order to protect their patients and their communities from the transmission…
ADVISORY: Expert Available to Discuss Tracking of Coronavirus
With the 2020 elections looming and amid continuing concerns over social media’s role in U.S. politics, Johns Hopkins University has an expert ready to discuss a comprehensive new report recommending how candidates, tech platforms and regulators can ensure that digital political campaigns promote and protect fair elections.
As shadow of SARS haunts China, U.S. confirms first case of Coronavirus
CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICEJan. 21, 2019 As shadow of SARS haunts China, U.S. confirms first case of Coronavirus Health officials in China are seeking to control the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus that they say can spread…
Why Experts Are Worried About a New Virus in China
The virus appears to be less dangerous than SARS, but there are still concerns of a wider outbreak in Asia.
UCLA Public Health Experts on Coronavirus and related issues
Faculty experts at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health with significant scientific and public health expertise with regards to infectious diseases, including coronavirus, include: Anne Rimoin, Phd, MPH, an epidemiologist with more than 18 years of experience working internationally and…
The End of Antibiotics?
Less than a century after the discovery of antibiotics, the world is at risk of entering an era in which the life-saving drugs no longer work.
Precision mapping with satellite, drone photos could help predict infections of a widespread tropical disease
An international team has discovered a cheap and efficient way to identify transmission hotspots for schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease that is second only to malaria in its global health impact. The research uses rigorous field sampling and aerial images to precisely map communities that are at greatest risk for infection.