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“Access to information literally saves lives”: free access to UpToDate in LMICs

This week, Yannis Valtis joined us for a short conversation about a new paper he and colleagues recently published in BMJ Global Health. Their study Read More

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

Beijing Implements Strict New Smoking Ban

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

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Impact Of NCDs Growing, Response Lagging

Undark: The Growing Urgency of Killer Chronic Diseases “Chronic diseases — a term that primarily refers to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease — are responsible for 88 percent of all U.S. deaths and 70 percent of all deaths worldwide per year, according to the World Health Organization. Yet they receive far less…More


WHO Releases 10-Year Review Report Chapters Focusing On NCDs, Universal Coverage, Global Health…

WHO: Noncommunicable diseases: the slow motion disaster This chapter of the WHO’s “Ten years in public health 2007-2017” report focuses on “the rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases, once linked only to affluent societies, are now global, and the poor suffer the most. These diseases share four risk…More


Medical follow-up of workers exposed to lung carcinogens: French evidence-based and pragmatic…

The aim of this work was to establish recommendations for the medical follow-up of workers currently or previously exposed to lung carcinogens.


WHO Recommends People Become More Active To Help Prevent NCDs

U.N. News Centre: With more people sedentary, U.N. health agency urges everyone to get moving “Not enough exercise contributes to cancer, diabetes, depression, and other non-communicable diseases, according to the United Nations health agency, which is urging people to get up and get active. … WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of…More


NCDs in humanitarian crisis

Sylvia Kehlenbrink graduated from medical school at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin in Berlin and completed her residency training in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She has done clinical and translational research with the Global Diabetes Institute at Einstein College of Medicine focused on underserved populations in Uganda and India. In June 2015, she started her fellowship in Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is also a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative with the long-term goal of joining global efforts in addressing non-communicable diseases, esp.


Cooking and coughing: Estimating the effects of clean fuel for cooking on the respiratory…

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Asthma management in British South Asian children: an application of the candidacy framework to…

In the UK, people of South Asian origin with asthma experience excess morbidity, with hospitalisation rates three times those of the majority White population and evidence suggests that South Asian children wi…


“Access to information literally saves lives”: free access to UpToDate in LMICs

This week, Yannis Valtis joined us for a short conversation about a new paper he and colleagues recently published in BMJ Global Health. Their study Read More


Socioeconomic disparities in lung cancer mortality in Belgian men and women (2001-2011): does…

Ample studies have observed an adverse association between individual socioeconomic position (SEP) and lung cancer mortality.


Air pollution is deadly and hurts the world’s poor the most

Air pollution levels are unsafe in nearly all cities in developing countries, according to new data from the World Health Organization, which shows that more than 80 percent of people living in urban areas around the world are exposed to high levels of air pollution. It is a problem that kills more than 3 million


Software diagnoses lung diseases over the phone

The SpiroCall system analyses the sound of a person breathing to identify and monitor conditions.


MSF Delivers Petitions To Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline Asking For Lower-Cost Pneumonia Vaccines

The Guardian: Shareholders urged to push for cheaper pneumonia drugs “Shareholders are being urged to use the annual general meetings of Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to put pressure on the companies to lower the price of their life-saving pneumonia vaccines…” (Kollewe, 4/27). Thomson Reuters Foundation: Charity urges price cut for pneumonia vaccine for poor children “Global…More


Global Role and Burden of Influenza in Pediatric Respiratory Hospitalizations, 1982–2012: A…

by Kathryn E. Lafond, Harish Nair, Mohammad Hafiz Rasooly, Fátima Valente, Robert Booy, Mahmudur Rahman, Paul Kitsutani, Hongjie Yu, Guiselle Guzman, Daouda Coulibaly, Julio Armero, Daddi Jima, Stephen R. C. Howie, William Ampofo, Ricardo Mena, Mandeep Chadha, Ondri Dwi Sampurno, Gideon O. Emukule, Zuridin Nurmatov, Andrew Corwin, Jean Michel Heraud, Daniel E


The Enduring Need for Cancer Treatment

Danielle Rodin is a Radiation Oncology Resident at the University of Toronto and co-founded the group GlobalRT, which is a group of young professionals dedicated to improving the availability and accessibility of radiation therapy resources for cancer patients in low-resource settings. Daniel Smith is a recent Medical Physics PhD graduate from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and heads the physics section of GlobalRT. They share their thoughts on expanding equitable treatment options globally, in time for World Cancer Day. Global health involves the provision for populations of what has been termed “health security”. When the World Health Organization was formed in 1948, this term referred to acute public health threats, such as those due to epidemics of infectious disease, or to military actions


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