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More Than 1 In 10 Babies Worldwide Born Prematurely

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We love babies, and while we get excited whenever we see one, we don’t want them poppin out too EARLY!

But according to the Born Too Soon Report, the first study of it’s kind led by the WHO (World Health Organization), one in ten babies are born prematurely (born before 37 weeks instead of a full-term 40 week pregnancy) around the world each year!!!

What’s worse is that

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Malaria Deaths Can Near Zero By 2015

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At least, that's what a report supported by the World Health Organization says.

Advances in medicine and increased funding has already cut malaria deaths in 43 countries by 38%, which is leading researchers to believe that MORE funding could bring deaths down to near zero by the end of 2015.

The WHO said the world can stop malaria deaths by 2015 if massive investment is made to ramp up control measures.

Robert Newman, director of WHO's global malaria programme, said in a statement:

"The results of the past decade exceed what anyone could have predicted and prove that malaria control is working."

Figures from the World Health Organization suggest the number of worldwide malaria deaths dropped to 781,000 in 2009 from nearly a million in 2000.

Whether or not Malaria deaths can actually disappear completely by 2015, it's exciting to hear that there is a definite decline. We hope WHO gets the funding it needs to continue that trend!

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World Health Organization Predicts 6 Million Will Die From Tobacco Use

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Smoking kills

We can't say it enough, but smoking kills!

For your own sake, as well as you friends and family's, please quit that nasty habit!

The World Health Organization has predicted that 6 MILLION people will die this year due to tobacco related causes, including 600,000 non-smokers!

The international health organization says that most governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit smoking or protect others from second-hand smoke.

WHO described smoking as "one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced" and may cause up to a billion deaths in the 21st century, compared the 100 million deaths it caused in the previous century.

Scary, right? Take charge of your life and don't allow yourself to become part of these frightening statistics!

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Cell Phones May Be Linked To Cancer

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Uh oh…

Cell phones are being linked to cancer again!

Ugh! That leaves us a little uneasy.

Although the FDA has said there is no link between cell phones and any health problems in the past, the World Health Organization has concluded in a comprehensive review that cell phones ARE possibly carcinogenic after all.

Doctors don't think there will be a brain cancer epidemic anytime soon, but the organization is encouraging people to use their cellular devices less.

Check out the video above for the full scoop!

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Solmalia's Mentally Ill Population In Chains

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Solmalia mental health in chains

Literally.

Ugh! This is so sad!

The World Health Organization estimates that one in three people in Somalia have suffered some kind of mental illness, which is one of the highest rates in the world.

Even worse, the country does not have the ability to treat them properly and most mental health facilities leave the "patients" chained to the wall. At one such facility, 50% of the patients were detained in chains!

Somali psychiatrists, like Dr. Abdirahman Ali Awale, account the high rate of mental illness due to decades of war that has torn apart the country, saying:

"We believe every bullet or mortar will cause more people to become mentally ill."

There doesn't seem to be nearly enough help available for these sad, sad cases of individuals who have lost their family and now their minds to violence. A report found that only 3 psychiatrists are working at its five main mental health facilities, with NO psychologists to be found.

The Habeb mental hospital is the only facility that treats patients without detaining them. Fortunately, it has been receiving medicine and other supplies from the World Health Organization as a result of their humane treatment.

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