Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.


“Ketamine: a growing global health-care need”

  Ketamine is a valued anesthetic tool in all clinical practice settings. In LMICs, however, ketamine is indispensable for addressing the growing burden of surgical Read More

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Tobacco Tax: A Win-win Measure for Public Health

Tobacco kills half of its users. What if I told you that the most effective tool to reduce tobacco use can also generate millions annually Read More


Provider costs for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and related conditions in low-…

Background: The burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk conditions is rapidly increasing in low- and middle-income countries, where health systems are generally ill-equipped to manage chronic disease.

The woman behind PATH’s small but mighty program in Peru

Since 2006, Ines Contreras has contributed her experience and warmth to many roles at PATH, including a breast health project in Peru. Although small in size, the project is making a big difference in the lives of thousands of women. Laura Anderson, an editor at PATH, recently talked to her about that work. Q: Can you tell […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA brainstorming session with one of PATH’s global leadersAs Myanmar changes, PATH is hereMonks, mobile phones, and motorbikes: tradition and change in SE Asia ;

Global Spending On Medicines Predicted To Reach $1.4T In 2020, Report Shows

Reuters: Global drug spending to hit $1.4 trillion in 2020: IMS “Global spending on medicines will reach $1.4 trillion in 2020, driven by increased health care access in emerging markets and high-priced new drugs for cancer and other diseases, according to a forecast by IMS Health released on Wednesday. That is up from about $1.07…More

#APHA2015 Governing Council Report

The following summary of the Governing Council session at this year’s Annual Meeting in Chicago was compiled by Carol Dabbs, the Section’s Whip for this year. We look forward to next year’s summary by Governing Counselor and 2016 Whip Caroline Kingori. Seven members of the IH Section represent us on the APHA Governing Council (GC); the number of representatives is based on the number of primary members in the section. State affiliates and the other sections also are represented on the GC.

Opinion Piece Highlights Relationships Among Meat Consumption, Health Risks, Global Warming In…

Wall Street Journal: The Climate Agenda Behind the Bacon Scare Julie Kelly, cooking instructor and food writer, and Jeff Stier, leader of the risk analysis division at the National Center for Public Policy Research “…With United Nations climate talks beginning in a few weeks in Paris, the cancer warning [linked to processed and red meats]…More

As Myanmar changes, PATH is here

From the PATH office in Yangon, located in a modern seven-story condo building, I look down on a busy thoroughfare choked with buses and cars, and across a skyline of apartment rooftops increasingly dotted with cellular antennas and satellite dishes. But we can also see a simple outdoor vegetable market where I often stop, like many locals, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesMonks, mobile phones, and motorbikes: tradition and change in SE AsiaWhat innovation really looks likePhilanthropy: the fuel that powers lifesaving innovation ;

Humanosphere Podcast Discusses Efforts To Find Effective HIV Vaccine, Other Development Issues

Humanosphere: New optimism in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine In this podcast, Gabe Spitzer of KPLU speaks to Larry Corey, virologist, former president and CEO at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and founder of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, about “why he’s optimistic these days about our chances of finding an effective HIV…More

Links between processed meat and colorectal cancer

WHO has received a number of queries, expressions of concern and requests for clarification following the publication of a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) relating to processed meat and colorectal cancer. IARC was established 50 years ago through a resolution of the World Health Assembly as a functionally independent cancer agency under the auspices of WHO. Its programme of work is approved and financed by its participating states.

Breast cancer in the global south and the limitations of a biomedical framing: a critical…

Public health researchers are devoting increasing attention to the growing burden of breast cancer in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), previously thought to be minimally impacted by this disease.

CDC Recognizes Women and Stroke for World Stroke Day

Jennifer L. Foltz, MD, MPH Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Senior Medical Officer & Lead of the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program As a woman, I am particularly interested in this year’s World Stroke Day focus. I am a woman and stroke can affect me, my family members, my patients’ families and women around the world. Worldwide, there are 15 million strokes each year, 10 million of which will end in death or permanent disability. Women have more strokes than men, and are more likely to die from stroke than men

WHO Report Says Eating Some Meats Linked With Cancer; Risk Low For Most People But New U.S….

New York Times: Meat as a Cause of Cancer Editorial Board “The latest cancer report from the World Health Organization provides persuasive evidence that eating meat can cause cancer, but the risk is very small for most people. … While the absolute risk of eating processed meats like sausage or corned beef is low, people…More

2030 Development Agenda Should Include Reducing Global Cancer Burden

U.N. Dispatch: Getting Cancer on the Global Health Agenda In a guest post, Anees B. Chagpar, associate professor of surgery at Yale University, assistant director for global oncology at Yale Cancer Center, and director of the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital, discusses the importance of reducing the global cancer burden as part of the…More

WHO’s big announcement that had nothing to do with bacon

The World Health Organization made two announcements on Monday. A study showing too much bacon can cause cancer got a lot of attention. The removal of Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries did not. It should have.

Research Priorities for NCDs and Climate Change

Ruth Colagiuri is an Hon Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health and School of Public Health at the University of Sydney, New South Wales Australia. Her chief interest is in the interface between NCDs and economic and environmental sustainability and human development. This piece is a shortened version of a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in August, 2015. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and climate change may seem like strange bedfellows but on closer examination their common causal associations become more evident. For example: the way we live in over-urbanized, under-vegetated cities; eat high calorie, carbon intensive, mass produced food; work at sedentary, over-automated jobs with minimal incidental physical activity; and get around inactively in pollution producing cars

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