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‘Gaming disorder’ has been classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization — here’s what that means

The classification is meant to help clinical professionals define the point at which playing video games becomes problematic. That could help individuals who feel they are struggling with gaming get treatment. However, defining gaming as a mental health condition is still controversial.
Fruit bats are the natural hosts for the virus.

A little-known, rare, and extremely deadly virus has killed at least 17 people in India — here’s what to know about Nipah virus

Nipah is a newly emerging deadly virus that can jump from bats to other species, including humans. It can be transmitted from person to person and has killed between 40% and 75% of infected people in most outbreaks so far.

The 14 most polluted cities in the world are all in one country

India is home to the most polluted cities in the world. Living with air pollution is a harsh reality for Indians in cities like Delhi and Jaipur, many of whom have resorted to wearing surgical masks and protesting in the street for cleaner air.

The world’s leading health organization says banning one type of fat could save half a million lives every year

Banning trans fats (or trans fatty acids) would eliminate a good proportion of cardiovascular disease deaths. The use of these products leads to about 500,000 cardiovascular disease deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staffer Alex Eilert Paulsen watches as mattresses and bed frames burn at the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) on January 31, 2015 in Paynesville, Liberia.

A new Ebola outbreak has infected 32 people — and the White House official in charge of responses to global pandemics just left

An Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sickened 32, with 18 deaths reported so far. The same day the outbreak was announced, the White House official in charge of global pandemic response stepped down. He is not being replaced.
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staffer Alex Eilert Paulsen watches as mattresses and bed frames burn at the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) on January 31, 2015 in Paynesville, Liberia.

A mysterious ‘Disease X’ could be the next pandemic to kill millions of people — here’s how worried you should be

Disease X represents the unknown disease that's quite likely to cause the next pandemic.

A disturbing plague outbreak has killed 124 people and infected more than 1,000 in Madagascar

At least 684 cases and 57 deaths from an outbreak of the plague have been confirmed in Madagascar, with numbers expected to continue rising.

Unsafe oral sex is causing a rise in cases of untreatable ‘super-gonorrhoea’

The sexually-transmitted infection infects roughly 78 million people each year.

We spoke with the man who could lead the world’s top health organization

We're about halfway through an election that will decide who will be the leader of the World Health Organization.

Zika is no longer a public emergency — but it is ‘here to stay’

"We are not downgrading the importance of Zika, by placing this as a longer program of work, we are sending the message that Zika is here to stay."