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“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

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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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WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. WHO is alerting people to the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment. Some 11 million people who inject drugs have hepatitis B or C infection. Children born to mothers with hepatitis B or C and sex partners of people with hepatitis are also at risk of becoming infected.


Newsweek Examines Cervical Cancer Care, Treatment In Haiti

Newsweek: Haiti’s Cervical Cancer Epidemic “…By some counts, Haiti has the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the world. It kills nearly as many women there as all other cancers combined. Meanwhile, in North America it’s responsible for less than three percent of female cancer deaths…” (Wolford, 7/18).


“Ketamine: a growing global health-care need”

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  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


African Countries Experiencing Rise In NCDs Alongside Economic Gains

Quartz: A whole new set of deadly diseases could hit Africa as it gets richer “…New, high-consumption, sedentary lifestyles, combined with greater life expectancy, have led to a building wave of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — cancers, respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease, and other maladies associated with urban living. Currently this category is responsible for around 35…More


Tobacco Tax: A Win-win Measure for Public Health

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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


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


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