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NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 8: Cyclists cover their faces to avoid pollution amid heavy smog, on November 8, 2017 in New Delhi, India. Delhi was enveloped in a thick blanket of haze for the second consecutive day with air quality levels deteriorating. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia says all schools to remain shut till Sunday. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Health Emergency Declared In New Delhi As Toxic Smog Blankets The City

Toxic smog has cloaked the Indian capital city of New Delhi this week, sending its air pollution levels off the charts and prompting officials to declare a public health crisis. The level of PM2.5 (a...
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The Diabetes Epidemic Will Only Get Worse Unless We Act Right Now

The greatest threats to public health are far from shocking or contagious. They are familiar and common. Diabetes--a condition that's often the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity--is expected to increase rapidly to become the world's seventh largest killer by 2030. On World Health Day 2016, we have the potential to re-calibrate our priorities, recognize the public health threat diabetes poses and do something about it. We can defy expectations and beat the diabetes epidemic. The battle must begin.
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Need For Speed: Road Safety Reforms Could Save Lakhs Of Lives In India

There's no death of frightening reports on India's abysmal road safety record. The most recent is the WHO's "Global Road Safety Report 2015". Due in large part to lax or negligible enforcement of road safety laws, an estimated 207,551 people died in road accidents during 2014. Interestingly, the estimate provided by India's National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) was 141,526 during the same period. The trend is sobering: with the exception of a short downward blip in 2012, traffic fatalities in India have been rising consistently since 2007.
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Air Pollution: Why We All Need To Be Accountable

Each one of us is knowingly contributing to air pollution. We take air and air quality for granted like we do many other aspects of our natural environment. We are all forthcoming in identifying the problem and its effects, but there is no acknowledgement of our personal contribution to it. There's a complete absence of a proactive stance in working towards addressing it. We are all seeking greener pastures elsewhere; we do not take responsibility of where we are.
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Eliminating Leprosy Needs Renewed Efforts, Greater Push

Every person has a role to play in reducing the disease burden of leprosy and removing this age-old scourge from the planet. We need to enhance awareness about the early signs of the disease, make treatment available and encourage acceptance of the affected at home, school or at the workplace. These coordinated efforts would improve early case detection and help us reach the goal of zero child cases with visible deformity or grade 2 disability by 2020.