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Prevalence of COPD and associated risk factors in rural Uganda

In this rural district of Uganda, COPD starts early in life. Major risk factors were biomass smoke for both sexes and tobacco smoke for men. In addition to high smoking prevalence in men, biomass smoke could be a major health threat to men and women in rural areas of Uganda.

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Deaths From Chronic Diseases Rising, Disproportionately Affecting Younger Populations In LMICs

New York Times: Chronic Diseases Are Killing More in Poorer Countries “Chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease are rising fast in low- and middle-income countries, striking far younger populations than in rich countries and causing much worse outcomes, according to a new report. Deaths from chronic diseases have risen by more than 50 percent…More

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Mass. Town Considers 1st Tobacco Ban in US

50 years after the US Surgeon General’s first report on the negative health effects of tobacco, the Associated Press reports that the small town of Read More

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South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease

This week, Pooja Yerramilli returns to explore NCDs and the quadruple burden as barriers to economic and social development with Sandhya Singh – Director of Disease, Disability, and Geriatrics within South Africa’s Department of Health. Three years ago, I found myself on a bus in South Africa, with fifteen of my college classmates. We were on our way to Kruger National Park, after a week of volunteering and researching in Cape Town. As I stared out the window, appreciating rural South Africa’s beauty, a large billboard, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, caught my attention.


Cancer Mortality Increasing In Africa, But Donors Continue Focus On Infectious Diseases

EurActiv: Cancer is the poor parent of development aid “The absence of prevention, poor infrastructure, lack of medical staff, and late diagnoses, but also an increase in life expectancy in low-income countries, have made cancer Africa’s new health scourge. … As for developed countries, who are public aid providers to development, the fight against cancer…More


Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves

Seth M. Holmes from University of California Berkeley and Molly Hales from University of California San Francisco and Berkeley review Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us by S. Lochlann Jain. Much as we might want to render cancer an external threat to … Continue reading »The post Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Africa Experiencing Rising Cancer Cases But Leaders Fail To Give Disease High Priority

Inter Press Service: Cancer Locks a Deadly Grip on Africa, Yet It’s Barely Noticed “…World Cancer Day commemorated on Feb. 4 may have come and gone, but the spread of cancer in Africa has been worrying global health organizations and experts year round. The continent, they fear, is ill-prepared for another health crisis of enormous…More


Opinion Pieces Mark World Cancer Day, Address Various Issues Related To Cancer

EurActiv: Clean the air, prevent cancer Christian Friis Bach, executive secretary and under-secretary-general at the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe “…We can do more to prevent people from getting sick. One way is to increase our efforts to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air we breathe. Air pollution is already known to increase…More


International Community Marks World Cancer Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Cancer Day, U.N. says ‘goal must be equitable access for all patients, in all countries’ “As the international community pauses on World Cancer Day to remember the millions of preventable deaths caused by the disease, the head of the U.N. agency that contributes nuclear techniques to fight cancer said [Wednesday]…More


World Cancer Day: 10 +3 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Fact: In 2012, there were 14 million new cancer cases worldwide, and 8.2 million cancer related deaths. Fact: About 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Fact: The number of global cancer cases is expected to rise by 70% in the coming 2 decades. Fact: More than 30% of cancers can be prevented. Cancer is a very scary beast.


Reduction In Cancer Mortality Feasible In Developing Countries With Political Will, Funding

Project Syndicate: Cancer Care for the Developing World Lawrence N. Shulman, chief of staff and director of the Center for Global Cancer Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School “…[S]teady progress has been made using chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation to treat and cure an increasing number of cancer patients. But access to these…More


Reducing Cancer Burden Worldwide Would Bolster Development, Global Health Efforts

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Why I Care about Cancer in Developing Countries Jeff Glenn, a public health adviser in the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, writes about his own cancer experiences and those of others in developing countries. “…It’s past time to stop ignoring the impact of cancer on poverty and…More


Knowledge, Awareness Of Breast Cancer Must Increase In Solomon Islands To Lower Disease…

Inter Press Service: When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness “Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands … following the recent acquisition of the country’s first mammogram machine. But just a week ahead of World Cancer Day, celebrated globally on Feb. 4,…More


Improved Awareness, Treatment, Prevention Efforts Can Reduce Number Of Women Dying From…

Huffington Post: No One Needs to Die From Cervical Cancer Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpiego “…Today, we know more about the origins and treatments for diseases, such as cervical cancer, than in any other time in history. That information — coupled with the efforts of clinicians, policymakers, and advocates from around the globe…More


Blog Post Outlines 10 Top Global Health Issues For 2015

Humanosphere: 10 Global health issues to watch in 2015 In a guest post, Margarite Nathe, senior writer for IntraHealth International, outlines 10 top global health issues for 2015, including mental health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, family planning, mobile technology, global health security and surveillance, war and civil unrest, Ebola, the post-2015 development agenda, and people-centered health systems…More


WHO 2014 Global Status Report Shows NCDs Cause 16M Premature Deaths Annually

News outlets discuss the WHO’s Global status report on non-communicable diseases 2014, released on Monday. Agence France-Presse: ‘Lifestyle’ diseases kill 16 mn prematurely “Diseases linked to lifestyle choices, including diabetes and some cancers, kill 16 million people prematurely each year, the World Health Organization said Monday, urging action to stop the ‘slow-moving public health disaster’…”…More


Patently unfair: On the need for more equitable drug pricing

For this Humanosphere podcast, we are talking to James (aka Jamie) Love, director of an organization that works for social justice and equity in the realm of intellectual property – patents, copyrights and those sorts of things. The organization Love runs, based in DC, has the somewhat inscrutable name of Knowledge Ecology International and it has


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