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‘Headaches, organ damage and even death’: how salty water is putting Bangladesh’s pregnant women at risk

As rising sea levels and extreme weather contaminate drinking water sources, doctors are seeing alarming numbers of women with serious health problems including pre-eclampsiaPhotographs by Farzana HossenIn the small, crowded ward of the Upazila Health …

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Global eradication of polio ‘tantalisingly close’ with UK urged to keep up funding

After no reported cases of wild polio for 19 weeks, vaccination efforts boosted at last endemic spots in Pakistan and AfghanistanThe world is “tantalisingly close” to eradicating polio – with no confirmed cases of wild polio anywhere so far this year. …

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India gets its own HPV vaccine to stop 70,000 women dying of cervical cancer a year

It has taken 18 years for India to produce its own affordable version to tackle the country’s second-biggest cause of cancer deaths among womenIt is a Wednesday morning and Sneha Neurgaonkar sits on a gurney in a private hospital in Pune, India. The 14…

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Bangladesh’s worst dengue epidemic on record puts hospitals under strain

Mosquito-borne disease once largely limited to Dhaka spreads countrywide as climate change fuels fivefold increase in cases in a year, with actual figures likely to be several times higher • All photographs by Fabeha Monir for WHOIn a small, dimly lit …

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So many Indian women struggle with their body image. We need to talk about why | Pragya Agarwal

It is easy to blame Bollywood and the media for unrealistic expectations of beauty – but there are deeper social factors at workWhen Indian actor Aishwarya Rai, once Miss World, walked the runway at Paris fashion week for L’Oréal this month, the online…

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How British colonialism increased diabetes in south Asians

South Asians today are between four and six times more likely to get type 2 diabetes than white people. While the role of diet and lifestyle has been explored, it’s only recently that the impact of the disproportionate famines under British colonial ru…

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