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Stories about Health

26 May 2016

Russian Media and Internet Users Debate the Ethics of Reporting on Teenage Suicide

RuNet Echo

Russian censors have blocked dozens of communities on social network VKontakte after an ethically murky media investigation accused these communities of pressuring teenage users to take their own lives.

25 May 2016

Health Crisis Provokes Protests in Medellín, Colombia

Demonstrators gathered in front of hospitals and health centers in Medellín last week, trying to pressure the authorities into addressing persistent and pervasive shortcomings in the local healthcare system.

20 May 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Reconsiders Marriage Act After Push to Recognise Child Marriage as Abuse

Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.

17 May 2016

Singaporeans Are Urged to Eat Less Rice, As Fears Grow About Links to Diabetes

Does eating rice pose a greater risk of diabetes that consuming sugar? Singaporeans are duking it out over this very question.

14 May 2016

Why Twitter Users in Quito Can't Stop Talking About Orange Juice

"Buy orange juice from the young guy on the corner and then medicine at the neighbourhood pharmacy, reactivate the economy, everyone's happy."

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

10 May 2016

Not Only Patients Suffer in China's Broken Healthcare System—Medical Professionals Do Too

A former patient stabbed a retired doctor to death in Guangzhou. Medical professionals are too often the target of violence from Chinese frustrated with the healthcare sector.

7 May 2016

Baobab and Moringa, Two ‘Superfoods’ With the Potential of Boosting the Planet's Health

As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment.

4 May 2016

A Student's Death Exposes the Chaos of China's Medical System, Exacerbated by Baidu Search Engine

Wei, a 21-year-old college student in Shaanxi’s Xi’an, had for years suffered from synovial sarcoma and both chemotherapy and surgery had failed.

26 April 2016

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

23 April 2016

Jamaica's Christian Conservatives Point Fingers at International Agencies Over Comprehensive Sex Education

"How can [...] advocates and health practitioners who understand the real world and people of faith [...] reach a point of common understanding for the benefit and welfare of all?"

22 April 2016

The Iranian Physicist Jailed for Refusing to Work on Nukes Is Dying Behind Bars

For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.

19 April 2016

University Students in Pakistan Bring Conversation About Menstruation Out in the Open

"Realise that you have internalized concepts of misogyny...and instead of policing how they should resist, or debating whether or not this is effective, support them."

16 April 2016

Ugandans Blast Government's Porn Detector Priorities After the Country's Only Radiotherapy Machine Breaks

"That 2.6bn for the pornography machine, maybe could buy a bloody cancer machine. Lokodo, that's the ethical thing to do."

11 April 2016

‘I Don't Want to be Burned Alive’: A Doctor’s Account of the US Airstrike That Destroyed MSF Hospital in Afghanistan

The Bridge

"The things that were constant in my nightmares were the roaring sound and panels of wood crashing down on us. And screams. Mine."

7 April 2016

Russian Censors Have New Advice for Media Outlets On How to Cover Suicide

RuNet Echo

Roscomnadzor's advice to Russian media outlets reporting on instances of suicide is based on recommendations from the WHO, but needs "more work" to be in line with the Russian legislation.

5 April 2016

Women Flood Polish Prime Minister's Facebook With Vivid Menstruation Descriptions to Protest Abortion Ban

Polish citizens react with satire to their government's attempts to control their bodies. Their approach: extreme obedience to the prime minister meddling in their reproductive health.

12 March 2016

Ex-South African President Mbeki Still Has His ‘Bizarre’ Beliefs on HIV and AIDS

Mbeki received criticism for a letter he wrote denying that he had ever said 'HIV does not cause AIDS'. "What I said is that 'a virus cannot cause a syndrome'."

10 March 2016

Anonymous Artists Place ‘Monument’ to Antidepressants in Macedonia’s Capital

A unique sculpture appeared in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, on March 9: a monument to the antidepressant Diazepam (also known as Valium).

22 February 2016

Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Slams the Military with Kofta_Time Hashtag

"I will take the AIDS from the patient then give it to him as a skewer of Kofta to nourish him," announced army Major General Ibrahim Abdel-Atty in 2014.

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