In the wake of West Africa’s Ebola crisis, an independent panel assembled at the request of World Health Organization director Margaret Chan has judged the WHO unfit “to deliver a full emergency public health response,” finding that it has neither “the capacity [nor] organizational culture” to do so.
The World Health Organization (WHO) called for greater transparency in medical research this week, moving that results from clinical trials for medical products be disclosed in open, free-to-access publications within twelve months of studies' completion, whatever their findings.
The WHO has released its latest look into the state of malaria worldwide — and the news is both good (malaria-related deaths have fallen by half since 2000 and contraction has fallen by about a third) and bad (doctors are also seeing increasing resistance to existing medicines). You can check out the full report here.
The tiny island nation of Comoros off Africa's east coast is being treated as a massive guinea pig experiment for Chinese scientists. More than 700,000 people have been given doses of an untested malaria drug that appears to be working. Regardless, critics are outraged by the approach.
To break a stalemate between the two (and counting) committees charged with deciding whether to destroy the last smallpox samples, the WHO has come up with an optimistic solution: another committee. You can read an update on what's going on in the process over at Nature.
According to a new WHO report looking at alcohol consumption around the world, the average person consumes just over six liters of alcohol a year, but that average doesn't quite tell the whole story as this map shows.
Scientists and health experts at the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control are constantly on guard against diseases that could sweep through the human population. Which pandemics are they most worried about, heading into 2014?
As any child of the 80s will know, music videos used to be something special, to be cherished and admired while watching The Chart Show on a Saturday morning (in the UK) and MTV if you were a bit fancier.