Daytime television host Katie Couric courted controversy where it does not exist, yesterday. She featured Emily Tarsell a woman who said the HPV vaccine Gardasil is responsible for her her daughter’s death. Remaining guests, including medical doctors, discussed their support and opposition to the HPV vaccine. Couric builds ‘controversy’ by rising fear of vaccines based on non or … Continue reading →
In Guatemala, as in many low- and middle-income countries, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Although the disease is preventable…
Thoughtful approaches to the management of chronic illness are, increasingly, the new frontier in global health. As treatment approaches to acute and infectious illnesses continue…
Writing in the PLOS “Translational Global Health” blog, Alessandro Demaio, an Australian medical doctor, examines the links between food and global health and provides five reasons “why food is, and must be, a global health issue.” He discusses the emergence of food-related disease, such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers; examines the relationship between…More
In this post, Guest Blogger, Udo Obiechefu focuses on men’s health and disparities in prostate cancer. Enjoy! This past November marked the yearly celebration of Men’s Health month across much of the world. Many promotional campaigns, in particular the very popular “Movember”, aimed to shine the spotlight on issues concerning the health of men across […]
Last week in Stockholm, Sweden, I was asked to present an insight into the links between food and global health to the Swedish Medical Society Conference; a brief outline on the parallels and overlap between what we eat, the systems that produce and support that consumption, and the health of our populations. Now this is no easy task – and not because the overlaps are limited – quite the opposite – but because I had only 10 minutes to do it in! With this in mind, I proposed just 5 of the reasons why food is, and must be, a Global Health Issue. Reason number one, we are what we eat. Put simply, globally, locally and individually – we are what we eat.
This is a joint post with William Savedoff. The New York Times recently drew attention to Big Tobacco’s use of international trade and investment agreements to undermine anti-tobacco policies in low- and middle-income countries. The report cites examples of tobacco companies suing or threatening to sue countries like Uruguay, Namibia and Uganda, arguing that tobacco rules unfairly restrict trade or hurt their investments
“The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million” in 2012, compared with 12.7 million cases in 2008, according to new data released Thursday by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), BBC News reports (Gallagher, 12/12). “The global death toll from…More
In time for International Day of People with Disability this week, London School of Economics and Yale graduate Pooja Yerramilli returns to discuss the importance of disability inclusive development and innovative partnerships to empower persons with disabilities worldwide. “I am very happy. I stand on my own feet – but it was not always this way,” twenty-six year old Mohammad Rafiuddin told me. Rafiuddin is a Hindi language trainer at Tata Business Support Services Ltd (TBSS) in Andhra Pradesh, India. As his family’s sole wage earner, he uses his annual salary of Rs.
Dear Colleagues, Plenty of news this week, with the WHO financing dialogue (2nd event in Geneva); the release of a number of working papers by ‘The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS — Advancing global health’; some brief coverage of events (like the European development days in Brussels and ITM’s annual colloquium in Bangalore); the December issue of the Lancet Global Health; the usual Global Fund update, even more important with the Global Fund Replenishment coming up; World Aids day is also approaching, … so HIV will again feature quite prominently in this newsletter. In Cape Town, the 2013 Emerging Voices face to face programme started, preparing for the ICASA conference. We will join them next week (which also implies that next week’s newsletter will probably be much shorter, hurray!). On 25 November, the International day of ending violence against women was celebrated.
Dear Colleagues, This week our colleague An Appelmans wrote the introduction to this newsletter. She will soon leave ITM, on Friday 13th apparently. After a rather drastic ‘Facebook status’ update last year, when she played the lead role in ‘One Wedding and Four Kids’, An is now looking for greener pastures. She will be missed in Antwerp, as a friend and as a very committed colleague. Below you find her ‘farewell message to global health’.
This week, Director of Global Health Communications with the American Cancer Society, Rennie Sloan, provides an update and insights from the UICC’s World Cancer Leader’s Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. – This week, more than 175 health leaders and UN and government officials convened at the World Cancer Leader’s Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. This important annual Summit, organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), focuses on addressing the glaring disparities in cancer control. Cancer, a leading global killer, takes the lives of more than 7.6 million people per year.
This week PLOS Medicine publishes the following new articles: Image Credit: Widschwendter et al. Martin Widschwendter and colleagues perform an epigenome-wide methylation analysis of endometrial cancers and identify methylation of HAND2 as one of the most common hypermethylated and silenced genes in endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer is the most common gynecological cancer, and its incidence is continuing to rise in an older and more obese population. HAND2 is active in the healthy endometrium (the tissue lining the uterus) where it antagonizes the growth-inducing effects of estrogen. By contrast, in more than 90% of endometrial cancers, the gene has undergone hypermethylation, an epigenetic modification that doesn’t change its DNA sequence but renders it inactive.