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Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

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Food Crisis Looms Over South Sudan: UN

South Sudan faces unprecedented levels of food insecurity, with 2.8 million people, nearly 25 per cent of the population, in urgent need of aid, at least 40,000 of them on the brink of catastrophe, at a time when the war-torn country is traditionally most food secure, United Nations agencies warned Monday. “It is not only [...]

Have You Ever Been Coerced into Having Sex?

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Have You Ever Been Coerced into Having Sex?

An online adult products destination Adamandeve.com has revealed the findings from its Great American Sex Survey. The company asked over 1,000 adults if they’ve ever been forced, coerced or guilted into having sex with a partner. According to the company, the lines of consent appear blurred. While the majority of adults who responded (77%) said [...]

El Niño Threatens 60 Million People in Developing Countries

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El Niño Threatens 60 Million People in Developing Countries

El Niño is a warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which affects rainfall patterns and temperatures in many parts of the world but most intensely in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America which are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards. Typically, some places receive much more rain than normal while [...]

All That You Want to Know About Zika Virus

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All That You Want to Know About Zika Virus

In May 2015, Brazil reported its first case of Zika virus disease. Since then, according to WHO, the disease has spread within Brazil and to 22 other countries and territories in the region. Key facts Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have a [...]

India Takes Steps to Deal with Zika Virus

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India Takes Steps to Deal with Zika Virus

India’s Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J. P. Nadda today held a high level meeting comprising senior officials from the Health Ministry and AIIMS (All India Institutes of Medical Sciences) to take stock of the situation in view of the recent cases of Zika Virus being reported from some countries. “We are closely [...]

Vedika Bhandarkar to Lead Water.org in India

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Vedika Bhandarkar to Lead Water.org in India

Water.org announced Thursday the appointment of Managing Director, India, Vedika Bhandarkar. Bhandarkar will serve as Water.org’s senior leader in India, overseeing the organization’s water and sanitation program expansion in the country. To date, Water.org has enabled access to water and sanitation to more than 2.4 million people in India. The organization achieves this through its [...]

Half the Population of Central African Republic Faces Hunger

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Half the Population of Central African Republic Faces Hunger

An emergency food security assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners has revealed that half the population of the Central African Republic (CAR) – nearly 2.5 million people – faces hunger. This marks a doubling in the number of hungry people in a one-year period, as conflict and insecurity have [...]

What Do You Want: More Sleep or Gym?

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What Do You Want: More Sleep or Gym?

Americans are tired of feeling tired and willing to sacrifice almost anything for more sleep in the new year, according to a new sleep-inspired survey commissioned by Princess Cruises, a global cruise line and tour company. The Princess Cruises Sleep Survey results suggest that 2016 may be the year Americans wake up and acknowledge the [...]

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Diabetic Patients

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips for Diabetic Patients

The holidays are approaching, and with them come buffets, sweets and food-laden tables. You can think of that as temptation or realize that you have the power to make good-for-you choices, whether you’re managing diabetes or aiming for healthy eating in general. The American Diabetes Association has simple recommendations for enjoying delicious foods and good [...]

What Is the Impact of El Niño on Global Climate?

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What Is the Impact of El Niño on Global Climate?

People the world over are feeling, or soon will feel, the effects of the strongest El Niño event since 1997-98, currently unfolding in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. New satellite observations are beginning to show scientists its impact on the distribution of rain, tropospheric ozone and wildfires around the globe. New results presented Tuesday at [...]

Syrian Children Facing Harsh Winter Weather

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Syrian Children Facing Harsh Winter Weather

Another harsh winter is looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond. Preliminary weather forecasts indicate that this winter could be harsher than last year’s with temperatures in some mountainous areas dropping as low as minus 13°C during the coldest days of [...]

WHO Outlines Global Health Trends to Meet 2030 Targets

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WHO Outlines Global Health Trends to Meet 2030 Targets

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued Tuesday a comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000, and laid out actions that should be prioritized over the next 15 years. The objective is to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Health in 2015: from the MDGs to the SDGs, identifies the key drivers of [...]

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