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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.

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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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Dambe Health Center is Open!

Photo by Lila Kerr / Partners In HealthPartners In Health staff move equipment into Dambe Health Center in Neno, Malawi. The new clinic will provide health care to nearly 30,000 people. Dr. Emily Wroe of Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo—as Partners In Health is known in Malawi—wrote this week with a fantastic update. Wroe is director of clinical services at APZU.


Clinical Implications of Cancer Genomics: A Call for Papers

by The PLOS Medicine Editors In this month’s editorial, the PLOS Medicine Editors announce an upcoming Special Issue, with Guest Editors Elaine Mardis and Marc Ladanyi, on actionable advances in research on the cancer genome.


Disentangling the Association between Statins, Cholesterol, and Colorectal Cancer: A Nested…

by Ronac Mamtani, James D. Lewis, Frank I. Scott, Tariq Ahmad, David S. Goldberg, Jashodeep Datta, Yu-Xiao Yang, Ben Boursi Background Several prior studies have found an association between statin use and reduced risk of colorectal cancer.


The ITA.LI.CA Staging System: A Novel Staging System for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

by Neehar D. Parikh, Amit G. Singal In this Perspective, Neehar Parikh and Amit Singal discuss the advantages of the ITA.LI.CA staging system for prognoses of liver cancer developed by Alessandro Vitale and colleagues.


Development and Validation of a New Prognostic System for Patients with Hepatocellular…

by Fabio Farinati, Alessandro Vitale, Gaya Spolverato, Timothy M. Pawlik, Teh-la Huo, Yun-Hsuan Lee, Anna Chiara Frigo, Anna Giacomin, Edoardo G. Giannini, Francesca Ciccarese, Fabio Piscaglia, Gian Lodovico Rapaccini, Mariella Di Marco, Eugenio Caturelli, Marco Zoli, Franco Borzio, Giuseppe Cabibbo, Martina Felder, Rodolfo Sacco, Filomena Morisco, Elisabetta Biasini, Francesco Giuseppe Foschi, Antonio Gasbarrini, Gianluca Svegliati Baroni, Roberto Virdone, Alberto Masotto, Franco Trevisani, Umberto Cillo, ITA.LI.CA study group Background Prognostic assessment in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains controversial. Using the Italian Liver Cancer (ITA.LI.CA) database as a training set, we sought to develop and validate a new prognostic system for patients with HCC.


Reuters Examines WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer’s Decisions, Public…

Reuters: SPECIAL REPORT — How the World Health Organization’s cancer agency confuses consumers “…As a global authority on cancer — a disease that kills more than eight million people a year worldwide, with more than 14 million new cases appearing annually — [the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)] has enormous influence and commands…More


U.K. Chancellor To Urge Global Action On Antimicrobial Resistance At IMF Expert Panel Meeting

The Guardian: Antimicrobial resistance a ‘greater threat than cancer by 2050’ “Antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics will present a greater danger to humankind than cancer by the middle of the century unless world leaders agree international action to tackle the threat, according to George Osborne. The British chancellor will tell a panel of experts at an…More


A cross-sectional assessment of quality of life of breast cancer patients in Saudi Arabia

This aim of this study was to assess the quality of life of Saudi female breast cancer patients and determine the effects of the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics on the quality of life of those patients.


Our Global Food Challenges: The Decade to Act

When the United Nations launched its new Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 – the blueprint to guide national agendas and political policies for the coming 15 years and the successors to the Millennium Development Goals – a major shift in thinking occurred. Included in this list of 17 goals and 169 targets for investment, focus, research and action, was a new way of thinking about a long-established challenge. Reflecting the transforming global burden, the narrative of nutrition evolved in a fundamental way. Moving from a sole focus on undernutrition alleviation and food security, this new agenda unveiled and embedded a more holistic approach – one that included food quality, equity and food systems, and broke down traditional policy and implementation silos with a central focus on malnutrition in all its forms.


PIH to Work with Sioux Tribe

Photo by Sonya Shin / Partners In HealthCommunity Health Representative Glenn Quick Bear records his mileage while parked in Rosebud, SD, in February 2016. Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) is excited to be growing and expanding its partnerships and initiatives. Starting this year, this sister organization of Partners In Health (PIH) will begin work outside of the Navajo Nation. Specifically, COPE will support local partners in Rosebud to help strengthen the health care system of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, whose 27,000 members live on the 2,000-square mile Nation in southern South Dakota. The expansion is an innovative example of collaboration between two strong Native communities and a quiet endorsement of COPE’s unique, culturally attuned approach to improving health


Using ‘Cleaner, More Efficient’ Cookstoves Can Improve Global Health

Huffington Post: Five Ways Clean Cooking Improves Health Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves “…Cooking over open fires and smoky stoves … leads to a wide range of noncommunicable diseases, such as pneumonia, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease. The good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. Around the…More


Translating the Cancer Genome—Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment: a Call for Papers

The PLOS Medicine Editors announce a Special Issue on Cancer Genomics to be guest edited by Dr. Elaine Mardis and Dr. Marc Ladanyi. Submissions are now being accepted ahead of the deadline of July 8.


The Long-Term Effects of Cancer on Employment and Earnings

Abstract The study examines long-term effects of cancer on the work status and annual earnings of cancer survivors who had a strong attachment to the labor market prior to their cancer diagnosis.


Influence of neighborhood-level factors on social support in early-stage breast cancer patients…

Publication date: May 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 156 Author(s): Tess Thompson, Thomas L.


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