Obesity leads to a number of maternal and child health problems.
South Africans and migrants demonstrate against xenophobia in Johannesburg.
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South Africa’s healthcare services are overburdened. But this is not because of non-nationals.
The goal of the public health emergency declaration is to prevent the monkeypox virus from becoming a widespread threat to public health.
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Declaring monkeypox a national health emergency will allow the U.S. government to direct resources and funds where needed to help slow the spread of the virus.
People protesting Poland’s near-total abortion ban.
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An expert explains how reproductive rights are changing globally.
Poor areas are more likely to have low COVID vaccination rates, even though residents in these areas have greater exposure to the virus.
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It’s the comparison behind COVID-19 claims Scott Morrison has been making for two years. But comparing with countries at the same environmental risk shows Australia’s pandemic failures throughout.
Thousands of physicians throughout the U.S. rely daily on the critical data provided to them by medical labs.
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The health care system is hemorrhaging medical lab workers, in part because of COVID-19 infections and also because of burnout, low wages and better opportunities elsewhere.
A garment worker walks through a clothing factory in Montréal during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. did not collect adequate information about workplace transmission.
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Routine collection of work information from people testing positive for COVID-19 from the start of the pandemic would have enabled better understanding of the role of workplaces in transmission.
Dental decay is the most common non-communicable disease globally, but treating it is not part of our public health-care system.
Canada’s largely private dental care system exacerbates inequalities and is a barrier to integrating oral health with general health.
Crowdfunding campaigners appeal to potential donors by describing the recipient as the subject of misfortune, rather than personal irresponsibility, and therefore deserving of their sympathy.
Health workers fumigate Lagos streets during the COVID-19 lockdown in Nigeria.
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It’s common to find medical doctors providing supportive health services and in the process getting distracted from their main clinical job concerns.
A woman walks past a photograph of a smiling woman outside a dental office, in Vancouver, B.C., Aug. 3, 2020.
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Oral health is a key part of overall health, but many Canadians skip dental care due to the cost, resulting in emergency room visits and health issues. It’s time for a dental care plan for all Canadians.
Québec Premier François Legault chairs a premiers virtual news conference as premiers Brian Pallister, Manitoba, and Doug Ford, Ontario, are seen on screen on March 4, 2021 in Montréal.
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The premiers are demanding more funding from the federal government for health care. Yet more cash without real change would be the real betrayal of Canada’s public health-care system.
Lagos only gets about 10 percent of its electricity needs, leaving its 20 million inhabitants to their own devices.
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Nigeria’s unreliable power supply comes with a triple challenge of social, economic and environmental costs.
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro speaks during a press conference in Calgary on May 29, 2020. The Alberta government is proposing legislation to accelerate approvals of private clinics in order to get more surgeries done.
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Recent Alberta legislation increasing privatization in the health sector risks undermining the public health-care system, and will likely put profits over the public interest.
A nurse participates in the drill to test their system capabilities for the COVID-19 coronavirus mass patients influx at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
Most Kenyans are able to access basic care but face the barrier of potentially catastrophic fees.
Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before testifying at a congressional hearing in March. Fauci has had a higher public profile during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Those who work in the background to keep everyone healthy — public health nurses, health inspectors, laboratory techs and epidemiologists — deserve recognition in the fight against COVID-19.
Ronald Jackson sells dried fish on the roadside in Mangochi, Malawi.
Nutrition policies offer the chance for us to think differently about men and women’s roles in society.
The risk for dental problems is determined in early childhood.
The high cost of dental treatment is stopping almost half of all New Zealanders from seeking care when they need it. Funding at least parts of dental care publicly could change that.
Rare diseases aren’t, in fact, all that rare. Yet they continue to be brushed aside by most politicians. Why?
Despite the fact that rare diseases aren’t actually so rare, it appears they suffer from a branding problem in Canada.