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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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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


6 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Body and Your Planet.

Another year over, and a new one just begun. Happy New Year and may it be a wonderful one! As 2015 begins, but before it starts to speed away, many of us will be taking a moment to look back. A brief chance to take stock of the past and with this in mind, plan changes for the future. Many of us will be casting our resolutions. But this year, going into the countdown to some major hurdles for the human race and the planet – including the framing of the new post-2015 Millennium Development Goal replacements and the major Paris meeting on Climate Change – can our resolutions be more than just about ourselves?


#VaccinesWork Campaign Aims To Encourage Vaccination Through Art

New York Times: Gates Foundation Uses Art to Encourage Vaccination “…[Vik] Muniz, the Brazilian-born photographer known for his unorthodox materials, has been working with the MIT bioengineer and designer Tal Danino on a series of trompe l’oeil images of microscopic organisms: cancer cells, healthy cells, and bacteria. … The work now has another meaning. It…More


Prevalence of COPD and associated risk factors in rural Uganda

Indoor Woodfire Stove pollution

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.


Antibiotic Resistance Could Cause 10M Additional Annual Deaths, Cost $100T By 2050, British…

BBC News: Superbugs to kill ‘more than cancer’ by 2050 “Drug resistant infections will kill an extra 10 million people a year worldwide — more than currently die from cancer — by 2050 unless action is taken, a study says…” (Walsh, 12/10). Financial Times: Drug resistance to cost $100tn by 2050, study finds “Without global…More


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

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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


WHO Releases New Guidance On Cervical Cancer Prevention, Control

Agence France-Presse: WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper “The World Health Organization introduced new cervical cancer guidelines Wednesday, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases…” (12/3). VOA News: WHO Stresses Value of Vaccine in Preventing Cervical Cancer “…The World Health Organization said girls in…More


Cancer Survival Varies Widely Depending On Place Of Residence, Study Shows

NPR: Your Odds Of Surviving Cancer Depend Very Much On Where You Live “In the United States, nine out of 10 kids diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia will live. In Jordan, the survival rate is 16 percent. And while cervical cancer patients have a five-year survival rate of over 70 percent in countries like Mauritius…More


Overweight, Obesity Responsible For Nearly 0.5M Cancer Cases In 2012, WHO Reports

Reuters: Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says “…In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some 3.6 percent, or 481,000, of…More


Mozambique Aims To Lower Cervical Cancer Rate With Screenings, HPV Vaccinations

VOA News: Mozambique Rolls Out Cervical Cancer Vaccines for School Girls “Mozambique has one of the world’s highest rates of cervical cancer, a disease that kills 4,000 women there every year. A new plan to vaccinate 10-year-old girls could turn the tide in the fight against a devastating illness that is widening an already gaping…More


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