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Ebola Impact in an Uninfected Country

As Guinea and Sierra Leone struggle to eliminate Ebola within their borders, Liberia finally reached the milestone of 42 days without any new cases. The world continues to scrutinize the warning signs from a year ago hinting at the exploding outbreak; it is highlighting all of the flaws in preparedness from leading health organizations. What isn’t being analyzed is repercussions from Ebola so far flung, they haven’t been discussed. Have you heard about what effects Ebola had in Rwanda?

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Navajo Nation Hosts Pioneering Cancer Talks

Of the dozens of cancer symposia held around the world in April, none resembled The Navajo Cancer Survivorship Conference, a gathering of some 70 doctors, patients, traditional healers, nurses, community health workers, and residents at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, NM, on April 16. The goal of the conference wasn’t to tout cutting-edge advances or experimental drugs, as so many do. It was to figure out how existing cancer care can better serve patients in and around the Navajo Nation, a 27,000-square-mile tribal area in the Southwest. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chevron Corporation, among others, helped cover expenses.

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Beijing Implements Strict New Smoking Ban

Bloomberg Business: Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever “Starting on June 1 in Beijing a blanket ban will be imposed on smoking in public places, after the city’s Municipal People’s Congress passed the tough new law in November…” (Roberts, 5/29). CNN: Beijing rolls out China’s toughest smoking ban…but will it work?…More

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WHO Agency Says Certain Herbicides, Insecticides, Including DDT, Linked To Cancer

Reuters: WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer “The insecticide lindane, once widely used in agriculture and to treat human lice and scabies, causes cancer, and has been specifically linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also said that…More


UCSF Receives $4.5M Donation For Innovative Malaria Research

SFGate: Entrepreneur gives UCSF $4.5 million to combat malaria “Billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker has given money for medical research, including allergies and cancer, and now has turned his attention to malaria with a $4.5 million gift to UCSF to tackle the global health issue. The Napster founder and former Facebook president, 35, is…More


Single HPV Vaccine Dose Might Protect Against Cervical Cancer, Study Shows; Could Improve…

News outlets report on a study on HPV vaccine dosing published Wednesday in The Lancet Oncology. Agence France-Presse: Single dose of vaccine may prevent cervical cancer “A single vaccine shot, rather than the recommended triple dose, may be enough to protect women against cervical cancer, a study said on Wednesday. If further work validates the findings,…More


Debate Arises Over Draft SDG On Reducing ‘Premature Mortality’

NPR: A New U.N. Health Goal Targets Folks 69 And Under. Ageism Or Realism? “…At least one SDG is turning out to be a bit controversial. This particular goal calls for a reduction in ‘premature mortality’ from non-communicable diseases like cancer, stroke, and dementia by half in people younger than 50 and by a third…More


Ebola Impact in an Uninfected Country

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As Guinea and Sierra Leone struggle to eliminate Ebola within their borders, Liberia finally reached the milestone of 42 days without any new cases. The world continues to scrutinize the warning signs from a year ago hinting at the exploding outbreak; it is highlighting all of the flaws in preparedness from leading health organizations. What isn’t being analyzed is repercussions from Ebola so far flung, they haven’t been discussed. Have you heard about what effects Ebola had in Rwanda?


Navajo Nation Hosts Pioneering Cancer Talks

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Of the dozens of cancer symposia held around the world in April, none resembled The Navajo Cancer Survivorship Conference, a gathering of some 70 doctors, patients, traditional healers, nurses, community health workers, and residents at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, NM, on April 16. The goal of the conference wasn’t to tout cutting-edge advances or experimental drugs, as so many do. It was to figure out how existing cancer care can better serve patients in and around the Navajo Nation, a 27,000-square-mile tribal area in the Southwest. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chevron Corporation, among others, helped cover expenses.


Distressed financing of household out-of-pocket health care payments in India: incidence and…

Out-of-pocket (OOP) health care payments financed through borrowings or sale of household assets are referred to as distressed health care financing.


Beijing Implements Strict New Smoking Ban

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Bloomberg Business: Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever “Starting on June 1 in Beijing a blanket ban will be imposed on smoking in public places, after the city’s Municipal People’s Congress passed the tough new law in November…” (Roberts, 5/29). CNN: Beijing rolls out China’s toughest smoking ban…but will it work?…More


Groups Continue To Warn TPP Could Harm Access To Medicines As U.S. Senate Votes To Deny Debate…

GlobalPost: This U.S.-backed Pacific trade deal could stop the poor from getting life-saving meds “…[H]undreds of millions of patients around the Pacific rim face losing the chance to use new, cheap generic drugs to treat a host of conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and rheumatoid arthritis. That’s thanks to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP,…More


Emerging doctors call for action on global epidemic: non-communicable disease

This week, special guest-bloggers and Australian doctors-in-training, Rebecca Kelly and Tim Martin of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, call for greater focus, discussion and action on the world’s leading causes of death. In March this year, the Australian government released the 2015 Intergenerational report revealing a prediction of the economic and social trends over the next 40 years. There’s some fantastic news; children born in the middle of this century are projected to live greater than 95 years. Importantly, this increase in life expectancy will involve an improved quality of life and Australians will be more prosperous in real terms. However, the report comes with a warning.


WHO Adds New Hepatitis C, Cancer, TB Drugs To Essential Medicines List, Encourages More…

Reuters: WHO adds hepatitis C drugs to essential list, urges lower prices “The World Health Organization has added new curative treatments for hepatitis C to its essential medicines list, but the U.N. agency said prices needed to fall to make them accessible to patients in poorer countries…” (Hirschler, 5/8). WHO: WHO moves to improve access…More


Cervical Cancer Detection in Zimbabwe: A Scalable Solution

It always inspires us to talk with people like Dr. Lowell Schnipper, an oncologist who is running a cervical cancer detection initiative out of St. Albert’s Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. The work of this team emphasizes prevention, ultra low-cost methods and an emphasis on building local capacity. Cervical cancer hits women of childbearing age and puts families at risk of losing their mothers.


An international comparison of stakeholder motivation to implement liver cancer control

Background The World Health Organization offers clear guidance on the development of national cancer control programmes based on a country’s level of resources, yet the motivation to implement such programmes may be driven by factors other than resources.


Doctor Discusses Successes, Challenges Of Cervical Cancer Detection, Treatment In Zambia

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HIV response in Zambia calls attention to cancer’s toll Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” highlights the comments of Kennedy Lishimpi, executive director of the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, at the Center for Strategic & International Studies on April 24, where he discussed…More


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