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Number Of Smokers Increased Worldwide, With China Leading, Study Shows

News outlets examine the results of a new study released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, titled “Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 Countries, 1980-2012.” Results show that China, in particular, has seen a rise in its number of smokers. U.S. News & World…

Blog Examines Effects Of Tobacco Use On Children In China

In a Humanosphere guest post, Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), examines data from an IHME study published this week tracking smokers and cigarettes consumed from 1980 to 2012 and looks at smoking in China. “With all this…

WHO Reports 7 New H7N9 Cases In China

The WHO on Thursday reported seven additional cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China. Reuters: WHO says China has seven more cases of new H7N9 bird flu “Seven more people in China have been found to be infected with a potentially deadly new strain of bird flu in the past…

Canadian Who Died Of H5N1 Was Young, Otherwise Healthy Woman, WHO Reports

News outlets continue to report on North America’s first H5N1 case, with the WHO confirming the fatality and releasing additional information on the victim. CIDRAP News: Exposure source in Canadian H5N1 case a mystery “It remained unclear today how the victim of the first H5N1 avian influenza infection in North…

AFP Examines Legacy Of Polio In India

Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: India celebrates polio success, but sad legacy remains “…On Monday, India will mark three years since its last polio case, leaving it on the cusp of being declared free of the ancient scourge in what is arguably its, and one of the world’s, biggest health success stories. But…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 35 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue notes the new funding application materials are available online and includes an obituary for Rangarirai Chiteure, coordinator for the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Zimbabwe, as well as…

Philippines Sets Goal To Be Measles-Free By 2017

Filipino news outlets describe efforts against measles in the Philippines and a current outbreak in the capital of Manila. Solar News: DOH sets measles-free PH by 2017 “…The Department of Health (DOH) sees a measles-free Philippines by 2017. … Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag says the World Health Organization could…

Health Experts, NGOs Encourage Use Of Midwives To Help Reduce India’s Maternal Mortality

New York Times India Ink: To Lower Maternal Deaths, India Urged to Reconsider Role of Midwives “… With more than 55,000 women in India dying from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications each year, health experts and non-governmental organizations are now pushing the government to re-incorporate midwives into the strained health care…

USAID Announces Award To Address Obstetric Fistula

“Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. … Fistula Care Plus is a five-year cooperative agreement with a ceiling of $74.49M. The overall…

Taiwan’s CDC Reports New H7N9 Case

News outlets report on the most recent case of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus reported in Taiwan in an elderly Chinese man. RTT News: WHO: One Confirmed Case Of Human H7N9 Infection Reported In Taiwan “The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday that Taipei Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…