27 February 2015 -- Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to WHO. Hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment.
25 February 2015 -- Most of the factors that influence child and adolescent health lie outside the health sector. So Finland is taking a Health in All Policies approach in its Health Care Act by directing cities to incorporate health into all of their decision-making. This feature describes how Finland is using this approach to curb childhood obesity.
23 February 2015 -- Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus and up to 315 000 with hepatitis C virus through an unsafe injection. Millions of people could be protected from infections acquired through unsafe injections if all health-care programmes switched to syringes that can only be used once.
19 February 2015 -- A new WHO report urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling 17 neglected tropical diseases to improve the health and well-being of more than 1.5 billion people. This investment represents as little as 0.1% of current domestic expenditure on health in affected low- and middle-income countries for the period 2015-2030. An annual investment of US$ 2.9 billion until 2020 (including vector control), is required to reach the targets. But in following years annual investments will decrease as diseases are reduced or eliminated.