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The Lancet Commission on #GlobalSurgery Report

Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development Watch Live The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Report.

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Non Communicable Diseases – A Silent Killer

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent 46% of the global burden of disease and cause 63% of all deaths in the world, equal to 36 million people per year. Annually nine million people die prematurely before the age of 60 as a result of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). People from developing countries suffer the most: 90% of people who die before the age of 60 are from middle and low-income countries. The World Health Organization estimates that without prevention, 52 million people will die because of NCDs by 2030. As is the case in all developing countries, Uganda is experiencing important changes in disease patterns.

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World Health Day Places Focus On Food Safety, ‘From Farm To Plate’

News outlets report on World Health Day, recognized on April 7. The theme of this year’s day is “From farm to plate, make food safe.” Devex: When one country’s food safety problem becomes a global concern “…The U.N. health agency is scheduled to publish by the fourth quarter of this year a final report providing…More

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The Lancet Commission on #GlobalSurgery Report

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Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development Watch Live The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Report.


Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data

PLOS Medicine’s Senior Research Editor, Clare Garvey, recently caught up with Francis Ouellette, the Associate Director of Informatics and Biocomputing at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) to find out about progress in cancer genomics, the issues surrounding the … Continue reading »The post Cancer Genomics: Data, Data and more Data appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Providing HPV Vaccine To Women Worldwide Vital To Preventing Cervical Cancer Cases, Deaths

Project Syndicate: Stopping Women’s Next Biggest Killer Anuradha Gupta, deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…For the first time, the number of deaths caused by cervical cancer every year is poised to outstrip the total caused by childbirth. … The tragedy is that these deaths are almost entirely preventable. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, coupled…More


Non Communicable Diseases – A Silent Killer

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent 46% of the global burden of disease and cause 63% of all deaths in the world, equal to 36 million people per year. Annually nine million people die prematurely before the age of 60 as a result of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). People from developing countries suffer the most: 90% of people who die before the age of 60 are from middle and low-income countries. The World Health Organization estimates that without prevention, 52 million people will die because of NCDs by 2030. As is the case in all developing countries, Uganda is experiencing important changes in disease patterns.


Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other?

Jocalyn Clark (@JocalynClark) describes the challenge of achieving and maintaining basic cleanliness and sanitation in a children’s cancer ward in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A couple of years ago I wrote about a talk Wendy Graham gave at the Maternal Health conference … Continue reading »The post Child Cancer Care and Hospital Hygiene – Can We Have One without the Other? appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Symposium Explores Global Cancer Care Research

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Creating a Roadmap for Global Cancer Care Katey Peck, a program coordinator and research assistant at CSIS, discusses “the 2015 Symposium on Global Cancer Research in Boston. Co-hosted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH),…More


World Health Day Places Focus On Food Safety, ‘From Farm To Plate’

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News outlets report on World Health Day, recognized on April 7. The theme of this year’s day is “From farm to plate, make food safe.” Devex: When one country’s food safety problem becomes a global concern “…The U.N. health agency is scheduled to publish by the fourth quarter of this year a final report providing…More


Africa Must Prepare for Aging Population Now

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As countries like Japan and Italy prepare for the challenges of the current aging population, African countries are focusing on the need for youth empowerment. Read More


A New Priority For Low-Income Countries: Fighting Cancer

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For decades, infectious diseases were seen as the biggest health threat in the developing world.


Web Search Data May Help Estimate NCD Risk In Populations, Study Says

Reuters: Web searches may predict disease risk among populations “Internet search data might someday help estimate the prevalence of non-communicable diseases like stroke, heart disease, or cancer, a new study suggests…” (Doyle, 3/31).


Monsanto Requests Meeting With WHO Senior Officials Regarding Claim Of Herbicide’s Probable…

Wall Street Journal: Monsanto Bites Back at Glyphosate Findings “Monsanto Co. escalated its criticism of a World Health Organization agency’s finding last week that a commonly used herbicide probably has the potential to cause cancer in humans. The St. Louis-based agribusiness giant — a major seller of the weed killer — sought a meeting with…More


Active Ingredient In Monsanto Insecticide ‘Probably Carcinogenic To Humans,’ WHO Says

Reuters: Monsanto weed killer can ‘probably’ cause cancer — World Health Organization “The world’s most widely used weed killer can ‘probably’ cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The WHO’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co. herbicide Roundup, was ‘classified…More


BIG SODA plagiarizing the BIG TOBACCO playbook

This week on PLOS TGH is a guest post from Jack Fisher focusing on the plight of Big Soda and the innovative work of Dunk The Junk, the Maine-based NGO aiming to combat childhood consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, using a unique mixture of hip hop music, street art and basketball. Kevin Strong, MD, community paediatrician, and the Founder of this 21st century approach to health promotion, aims to buckle this concerning trend through his heartfelt passion and innovative community activities. “The Killer CAN, like the CANCER STICK, will commit millions of unknowing children to a LIFE of chronic disease UNLESS we UNITE in an aggressive OPERATION to #DEFEATSODATRON…. Unite to be #NCDFREE.” – Dr Kevin Strong, Founder of Dunk the Junk. It’s been 10 days since the World Health Organisation released their revised global sugar recommendations for adults and children to reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake, alongside a further desired reduction to below 5% (6 teaspoons) per day providing additional health benefits. This was a positive step forward, however there is still a great need for collective action to tackle the underlying, commercial forces that are at risk of crippling our healthcare systems around the world.


Almost 800K Women Die Annually Due To Lack Of Access To Safe Toilets, Clean Water, WaterAid…

Reuters: What kills more women than AIDS and breast cancer? Dirty water “Diseases spread through dirty water and poor sanitation are the fifth biggest killer of women worldwide, causing more deaths than AIDS, diabetes, or breast cancer, researchers say. Nearly 800,000 women die every year because they lack access to safe toilets and clean water,…More


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