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Video gaming addictive like cocaine: WHO

Video gaming can be addictive in the same way as cocaine or gambling, the World Health Organization said Monday in a much anticipated update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). "After consulting with experts across…

Addictive gaming to be recognised as disease: WHO

GENEVA: "Gaming disorder" will be recognised as a disease later this year following expert consensus over the addictive risks associated with playing electronic games, the World Health Organization said Friday. The disorder will be…

WHO chief reverses Mugabe ambassador appointment

GENEVA: The head of the World Health Organization on Sunday reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, following widespread uproar. "Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment…

Polio paralyses 17 children in Syria: WHO

GENEVA: A polio outbreak in war-ravaged Syria has paralysed at least 17 children since March, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, describing the situation as "very serious". Fifteen more cases have thus been confirmed since WHO…

Pakistan elected chair of WHO Executive Board

GENEVA: Pakistan is set to lead the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board, after its Director General Health Dr Asad Hafeez formally assumed office as chairman of the board. The 34-member elite group ─ which is considered the…