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WHO EMR Committee 63rd annual meeting
Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 22 countries and territories of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, partner organizations and civil society met at the 63rd Session of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Committee in Cairo from 3-6 October.
Noble Prize: Yoshinori Ohsumi honoured for discovering mechanisms for autophagy
This year�s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Professor Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy � a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components. Ohsumi is from Japan and is currently affiliated to the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
Obesity linked to premature death
A study of 3.9 million adults published today in The Lancet finds that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of premature death. The risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and cancer are all increased.
WHO urges tax on sugary drinks
Taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay, says a new World Health Organization (WHO) report. Fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20% increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products, according to the report titled Fiscal policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

Date of upload: 20th Nov 2016
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