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Health Groups Urge U.S. Trade Representative To Ensure TPP Upholds Tobacco Control Efforts

“Health advocates are urging President Obama’s new trade representative to make sure a pending trade deal with Pacific rim nations can’t be used to gut U.S. tobacco control efforts,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the…

WHO Official Speaks About Importance Of Clean Cooking Alternatives

Deutsche Welle interviews Maria Neira, director of public health and environment at the WHO, about the push for clean cooking alternatives. “Almost half of the world’s population is still cooking like in the Stone Age,” Neira said, adding, “Everybody has the right to access clean energy to cook, to heat…

Anti-Smoking Policies Could Prevent Millions Of Premature Deaths, WHO Study Says

“Anti-smoking measures including higher taxes on tobacco products, bans on adverts and controls on lighting up in public places could prevent tens of millions of premature deaths across the world, researchers said on Monday,” Reuters reports. “Similar steps taken by Turkey, Romania and 39 other countries between 2007 and 2010…

Working Toward Clean Cookstoves, Fuels For 100M Households By 2020

“The seemingly simple act of cooking a meal is responsible for four million deaths each year” and is the fourth leading health risk in the world, Radha Muthiah, executive director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a May series examining the agency’s…

U.N. To Establish Task Force On Prevention, Control Of NCDs

“The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution requesting the U.N. Secretary-General to establish a United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases [NCDs]” at the ECOSOC’s 2013 Substantive Session held in Geneva, a WHO media note reports. “The Task Force will be convened…

U.N.’s ECOSOC Addresses HIV/AIDS, NCDs, Science And Technology For Development

“The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) [on Monday] took action on reports pertaining to HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and science and technology for development,” Intellectual Property Watch reports, detailing the actions taken pertaining to each at the current ECOSOC session. According to the news service, “the Council took…

Essay Examines Access Issues Surrounding Medicines For NCDs In Developing Countries

In an essay published in PLOS Medicine, Thomas Bollyky, a senior fellow for global health, economics and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), examines “new controversy [emerging] over patented medicines [for non-communicable diseases (NCDs)] and their affordability in developing countries.” He notes, “India, China, and other middle-income countries…

Focus Shifts From Malnutrition To Childhood Obesity In India’s Urban Clinics

In a post in the GlobalPost’s “Pulse” blog, the second in a series about child health in India, Harman Boparai, a doctor from India currently working as a Kaiser Health Reporting Fellow at GlobalPost, examines issues surrounding child health in the country, highlighting a shift in focus from malnutrition to…

Scientists Urge WHO To Resist Classifying E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Products

News outlets report on a letter from more than 50 scientists urging the WHO to resist classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Agence France-Presse: Ahead of No Tobacco Day, doctors oppose ban on e-cigarettes “The e-cigarette was pushed center stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts…

U.N. Calls For Higher Taxes On Tobacco

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency advocates for higher tobacco taxes to save millions of lives “Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, the United Nations health agency is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco…” (5/30).

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