Zambia's president Levy Mwanawasa was taken to hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with an alleged heart problem according to a medical source. Mwanawasa, 59, is in Egypt to attend an African Union summit.
The use or import of sunbeds has been banned by Iran's health ministry on health grounds, in particular the danger of long exposure to ultraviolet rays. The authorities are urging people to report businesses offering sunbeds.
U.S. top golfer Tiger Woods has reported on his website that the knee reconstruction surgery he had to undergo has been successful. Woods had previously announced he had to end this year's PGA season for the treatment.
The city of Saida in Lebanon has been defaced by a mountain of waste. 50 meters high and 375 meters long, it is causing severe health problems and making it near impossible to work at sea. (Report: Jean-Maris Quéméner, Mohamad Hanoun)
Faced with a lack of health professionals, France is looking abroad for doctors. Yet, the new recruits have a hard time with integration and are demonstrating against what they say are unfair salary levels. (Report: G.Desqueyroux-Quidu)
Three million people suffering from AIDS have access to treatment thanks in part to the growing availability of cheap generic drugs, says the WHO, though they still only represent about a third of all AIDS victims in developing countries.
While promotion of tobacco is prohibited in India, companies are heavilly investing in indirect campaigns to conquer the market of some one billion consumers. Health organizations are ringing the alarm bell. (Report: Constantin Simon, A. Delesalle)
A FRANCE 24/International Herald Tribune/Harris poll shows that Europeans and Americans have similar worries about the evolution of the health system, but diverge in their approach to personal well-being and consumption of health products.
The Mayo Clinic released Republican John McCain’s health records to reporters on Friday, in a clear move to address any doubt voters may have about the physical state of the 72-year-old US presidential candidate.