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Nature Examines India’s Million Death Study

Nature examines the Million Death Study (MDS), which includes “surveys of more than one million households across India,” covering “the period from 1997 to the end of 2013, and will document roughly one million deaths.” According to the news service, Prabhat Jha, an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, and…

Humanitarian Efforts Continue In Typhoon-Stricken Philippines

“Nearly one month after Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines, displacing more than four million people, health experts are trying to lower the rising risk of malnutrition among 1.5 million children under five, and help hundreds of thousands of women continue breastfeeding,” IRIN reports. “‘What is easily seen in the…

China Sees Rise In HIV Among Youth, MSM

“Two decades after tens of thousands — some say hundreds of thousands — of Chinese contracted HIV from contaminated blood products in an epidemic that raged in the 1990s, the major transmission route today is sex, according to Chinese media reports, citing figures from the National Health and Family Planning…

WTO Ministerial Meeting Begins Amid Questions On Food Security, Other Issues

“Amid looming uncertainty, trade ministers and officials from 159 countries Tuesday began formal negotiations at the [World Trade Organization (WTO)] ministerial meeting [in Bali] in a bid to reach consensus on issues such as food security and trade facilitation,” Zee News reports. “India, which is an important member of the…

Reuters Examines Myanmar’s Efforts To Improve Health Sector

Reuters examines efforts by Myanmar’s government to improve health in the country “as it ratchets up spending on the sector and seeks foreign investment to revive one of Asia’s sickest health care systems.” The news service writes, “In 2000, during the dark days of dictatorship, the [WHO] ranked Myanmar second-last…

Hong Kong Reports First Case Of H7N9 Bird Flu

“Hong Kong has reported its first case of the H7N9 bird flu strain, in a possible sign the virus is spreading beyond mainland China since it first emerged there earlier this year,” the Associated Press reports (12/2). “A 36-year-old Indonesian woman who works as a domestic helper fell ill on…

Stronger Measures Needed To Protect Polio Workers From Attacks In Pakistan

“Attacks on polio workers have become dangerously frequent, and so security measures are being ratcheted up,” an editorial in Pakistan’s The Nation states. “But even in cases where apparently ample security is provided, attacks happen. Instances where police patrols accompanying the health workers, have themselves come under fatal attack, are…

Police Officers Guarding Polio Vaccinators Shot In Pakistan; One Killed

“Gunmen in northwest Pakistan attacked police officers guarding a team of polio vaccination workers, killing one officer, police said,” United Press International reports (11/30). “Officials say the police were attacked Saturday in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province,” VOA News writes, adding, “No group has claimed responsibility for…