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North Korea mobilizes military to battle epidemic

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has criticized top public health sector officials for their “irresponsible work attitude” amid a widening outbreak of Covid-19, ordering the country’s military forces to provide assistance stabilizing the situation.  Speaking at an emergency politburo meeting on Sunday, Kim Jong-un issued an order “on immediately stabilizing the …

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WHO warns of another ‘epidemic’ in Europe

Obesity rates have reached “epidemic proportions” in Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. The issue was highlighted in a major report unveiled at the European Congress on Obesity on Tuesday The rates are “still escalating,” the health watchdog warned, stating that no country in the region was expected …

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Hidden epidemic killing more in Russia than anywhere else in world

“A new fire starts every minute in Russia, and every hour, someone dies and someone is injured,” Alexander Chupriyan, interim minister of emergency situations, told business daily RBK in an interview published Friday. “We’re in first place for fire deaths per capita, with 5.8 per 100,000. That’s higher than other …

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The US & UK are exporting their obesity epidemic across the world

When I was growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, “portly” people were a constant source of derision. Cartoon, children’s book and slapstick movie characters from Fat Albert to Fred Flintstone, PC Plod to Augustus Gloop, and Fatty Arbuckle to Oliver Hardy, were always portrayed as slow, dim-witted, inept, greedy …

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