Reuters Health Report: New WHO regional chief must battle lifestyle conditions, tropical diseases

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New WHO regional chief must battle lifestyle conditions, tropical diseases

Western Pacific health ministers picked a Japanese doctor as the next regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, spearheading a campaign to rein in lifestyle diseases linked to obesity and eradicate some tropical diseases by 2020.

China reports new H5N6 bird flu outbreak in Hunan province

China has registered a new case of H5N6 avian bird flu on a poultry farm in southern Hunan province, the Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday.

China says efforts to control African swine fever outbreak in pivotal phase

China's agriculture ministry said on Tuesday that the country's African swine fever outbreak remains complex and severe, and prevention and control efforts are in a pivotal period.

India on alert as zika virus hits tourism hotspot of Jaipur

India has sent experts to try to contain an outbreak of the zika virus in the popular tourist destination of Jaipur, capital of the northern state of Rajasthan, with a close watch on pregnant women.

China bans pig imports from Japan, Belgium over swine fever

China banned imports of pigs, wild boars and products from Belgium after an outbreak of African swine fever, as well as imports from Japan after a regular swine fever outbreak, the General Administration of Customs said on Tuesday.

China reports second African swine fever outbreak in Liaoning province this week

China's northeastern province of Liaoning has reported a new outbreak of African swine fever, the agriculture ministry said on Tuesday, the province's second case in two days.

Being aware of fetal movement doesn't prevent stillbirths

(Reuters Health) - Encouraging pregnant women to be aware of reduced fetal movement and to report it promptly to their doctors does not reduce stillbirth risk, new findings show.

Eye parasite can be avoided with good contact lens hygiene

(Reuters Health) - UK researchers have confirmed an uptick in cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis, an eye infection that most often affects contact lens wearers.

LGBT youth at higher risk for suicide attempts

(Reuters Health) - LGBT adolescents are more likely than other kids their age to try to kill themselves, a new analysis confirms.

Sleep deprivation could be as risky for drivers as alcohol

(Reuters Health) - Drivers who hit the road on less than four hours of sleep are at least as likely to be involved in a crash as drivers who had too much to drink, a U.S. study suggests.

Bausch Health's plaque psoriasis lotion gets tentative FDA approval

Bausch Health Cos Inc, formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals, said on Monday it received tentative U.S. approval to market its plaque psoriasis lotion, Bryhali.

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