Merck Applauds Colombia for First PAHO/WHO Verification of Elimination of River Blindness

Historic Milestone Reflects Successful Collaboration Among MECTIZAN® Donation Program and Partners
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WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., July 29, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, applauds the government of Colombia whose work with the MECTIZAN® Donation Program and The Carter Center-sponsored Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas led to today’s Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO/WHO), verification of Colombia as the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of river blindness (onchocerciasis), using MECTIZAN (ivermectin).

Air Pollution Causes Lung Cancer: New WHO Report - Health Minute for October 24, 2013

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Air pollution has been confirmed as a cause of lung cancer, joining tobacco, asbestos, and ultraviolet radiation on the list of certified cancer agents. This confirmation comes from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a unit of the World Health Organization. The IARC had earlier identified components of air pollution such as diesel fumes to be carcinogens, but last week’s decision is the first time that air pollution in its entirely has been designated as cancer causing.

The World’s A Dirty Place. The PeePoo Bag Helps Clean It Up.

Many developing countries are without even basic sanitation. But the PeePoo bag is changing that.

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as 894 million people are without potable water. That’s water for basic needs like drinking, cooking and — going potty.

It’s hard to believe, but the average human produces somewhere between 66 and 132 lbs of poop each year. Wow! And that’s dwarfed only by the amount of urine we produce — about 132 gallons.


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