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Prevalence of COPD and associated risk factors in rural Uganda

In this rural district of Uganda, COPD starts early in life. Major risk factors were biomass smoke for both sexes and tobacco smoke for men. In addition to high smoking prevalence in men, biomass smoke could be a major health threat to men and women in rural areas of Uganda.

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Deaths From Chronic Diseases Rising, Disproportionately Affecting Younger Populations In LMICs

New York Times: Chronic Diseases Are Killing More in Poorer Countries “Chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease are rising fast in low- and middle-income countries, striking far younger populations than in rich countries and causing much worse outcomes, according to a new report. Deaths from chronic diseases have risen by more than 50 percent…More

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Mass. Town Considers 1st Tobacco Ban in US

50 years after the US Surgeon General’s first report on the negative health effects of tobacco, the Associated Press reports that the small town of Read More

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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


South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease

This week, Pooja Yerramilli returns to explore NCDs and the quadruple burden as barriers to economic and social development with Sandhya Singh – Director of Disease, Disability, and Geriatrics within South Africa’s Department of Health. Three years ago, I found myself on a bus in South Africa, with fifteen of my college classmates. We were on our way to Kruger National Park, after a week of volunteering and researching in Cape Town. As I stared out the window, appreciating rural South Africa’s beauty, a large billboard, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, caught my attention.


Cancer Mortality Increasing In Africa, But Donors Continue Focus On Infectious Diseases

EurActiv: Cancer is the poor parent of development aid “The absence of prevention, poor infrastructure, lack of medical staff, and late diagnoses, but also an increase in life expectancy in low-income countries, have made cancer Africa’s new health scourge. … As for developed countries, who are public aid providers to development, the fight against cancer…More


Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves

Seth M. Holmes from University of California Berkeley and Molly Hales from University of California San Francisco and Berkeley review Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us by S. Lochlann Jain. Much as we might want to render cancer an external threat to … Continue reading »The post Book Review: What Cancer Teaches Us About Ourselves appeared first on Speaking of Medicine.


Africa Experiencing Rising Cancer Cases But Leaders Fail To Give Disease High Priority

Inter Press Service: Cancer Locks a Deadly Grip on Africa, Yet It’s Barely Noticed “…World Cancer Day commemorated on Feb. 4 may have come and gone, but the spread of cancer in Africa has been worrying global health organizations and experts year round. The continent, they fear, is ill-prepared for another health crisis of enormous…More


Opinion Pieces Mark World Cancer Day, Address Various Issues Related To Cancer

EurActiv: Clean the air, prevent cancer Christian Friis Bach, executive secretary and under-secretary-general at the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe “…We can do more to prevent people from getting sick. One way is to increase our efforts to reduce the amount of pollutants in the air we breathe. Air pollution is already known to increase…More


International Community Marks World Cancer Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Cancer Day, U.N. says ‘goal must be equitable access for all patients, in all countries’ “As the international community pauses on World Cancer Day to remember the millions of preventable deaths caused by the disease, the head of the U.N. agency that contributes nuclear techniques to fight cancer said [Wednesday]…More


World Cancer Day: 10 +3 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Fact: In 2012, there were 14 million new cancer cases worldwide, and 8.2 million cancer related deaths. Fact: About 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Fact: The number of global cancer cases is expected to rise by 70% in the coming 2 decades. Fact: More than 30% of cancers can be prevented. Cancer is a very scary beast.


Reduction In Cancer Mortality Feasible In Developing Countries With Political Will, Funding

Project Syndicate: Cancer Care for the Developing World Lawrence N. Shulman, chief of staff and director of the Center for Global Cancer Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School “…[S]teady progress has been made using chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation to treat and cure an increasing number of cancer patients. But access to these…More


Reducing Cancer Burden Worldwide Would Bolster Development, Global Health Efforts

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Why I Care about Cancer in Developing Countries Jeff Glenn, a public health adviser in the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, writes about his own cancer experiences and those of others in developing countries. “…It’s past time to stop ignoring the impact of cancer on poverty and…More


Knowledge, Awareness Of Breast Cancer Must Increase In Solomon Islands To Lower Disease…

Inter Press Service: When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness “Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands … following the recent acquisition of the country’s first mammogram machine. But just a week ahead of World Cancer Day, celebrated globally on Feb. 4,…More


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