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Almost 30% Of World Overweight Or Obese, Researchers Say

News outlets report on findings that almost 30 percent of the world’s population is overweight or obese. Associated Press: 30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune “Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the…

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).

China Can Be Model For ‘Implementing Sustainable, Effective Tobacco Control Policies’

Huffington Post: World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco Control Offers Proven Public Health Benefits — Will China Seize the Opportunity? Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at RabinMartin, and Ambassador Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global health at the American Cancer Society “…China alone has an estimated 300 million smokers — nearly…

Integrating Care For HIV, NCDs Has Benefits, Symposium Participants Say

BMJ Group Blogs: NCDs and HIV — where’s the intersection? Florence Smith, a research assistant at C3 Collaborating for Health, discusses a recent symposium organized by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and FHI360 that looked at the benefits of integrated care for HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)…

Blog Post Reflects On World No Tobacco Day 2014

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: World No Tobacco Day 2014 Cynthia Lewis, deputy director for the tobacco initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on the policy priorities of World No Tobacco Day, which takes place each year on May 31 (5/30).

Doctors, Epidemiologists Urge Strict WHO Regulations For E-Cigarettes

Reuters: Scientists ask U.N. health group for strict rules on e-cigarettes “A group of 129 physicians, epidemiologists, and others from 31 countries sent an open letter to the World Health Organization on Monday urging the United Nations agency to hold firm in what seems to be its intention to impose…

Scientific American, Nature Publish In-Depth Report On Cancer

Scientific American: Cancer: The March on Malignancy “…This [in-depth] Outlook presents an overview of the current battles against cancer. … To deliver this broad view of cancer widely, this Outlook is being published in both Nature and Scientific American — a collaboration that we expect to be the first of…

Opinion Pieces Address Issues Surrounding World Health Day

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding World Health Day, recognized annually on April 7. The Guardian: Improving disease control in emergencies Rich McEachran, a finalist in the Guardian International Development Journalism competition “…There are several areas where aid groups can focus their attention to help stop the spread of…

Investments In Health Workforce Capacity Critical To Tackle NCDs

Huffington Post: Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, co-authors of “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research,” and Tina Flores, director at Rabin Martin “… In recognition of World Health Worker Week, we call on everyone to…

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