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G8 Sets 2025 Goal For Dementia Cure; U.K. To Double Funding For Dementia Research

“The developed world has committed itself to a scientific and social onslaught on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia at the G8 Dementia Summit in London,” the Financial Times reports (Cookson, 12/11). “Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on…

More Than 14M People Diagnosed With Cancer Worldwide In 2012, WHO Group Says

“The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million” in 2012, compared with 12.7 million cases in 2008, according to new data released Thursday by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), BBC News reports (Gallagher, 12/12).…

Tobacco Companies Using Legal Strategies To Block Regulation In Developing Countries

“Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in antismoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation,” the New York Times reports. The strategy “has gained momentum in recent years as smoking rates in rich countries have fallen and tobacco companies have sought to maintain…

Experts Skeptical Ban On Smoking In Public Places In China Can Curb Tobacco Use

News outlets examine China’s proposal to institute a ban on smoking in public places. NBC News: Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking? “…It was hardly a surprise when the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced last week that China — the world’s largest producer and consumer…

U.S. Should Do More To Tackle Smoking Worldwide

Los Angeles Times: The global grip of cigarette smoking Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics and development at the Council on Foreign Relations “… [The] 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking and health spurred profound and lasting changes in tobacco use and policies in the United States, but…

PLOS Blog Examines Mystery Disease Killing Young Men In Central America

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Peter Hotez and his colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine highlight the mystery of Mesoamerican nephropathy, “an emerging form of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology that disproportionately strikes young male agricultural workers primarily in the Pacific coastal regions of El Salvador…

‘A Little Money’ Could Bring Greater Road Safety In Developing World

The Economist: Reinventing the wheel “Road crashes now kill 1.3 million people a year, more than malaria or tuberculosis. … Yet few places tackle road deaths with the same determination as infectious diseases … In most countries more than half of all deaths happen on under a tenth of roads.…

International Focus On Dementia Research Provides Promise For New Treatments

Huffington Post: Global Dementia Research: New Treatments on the Horizon Rita Altman, vice president of Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise Senior Living “…Dementia was actually the focus this time at the first-ever G8 Dementia Summit held last month in London, where leaders committed to finding a treatment or cure…

Palliative Care Reaches Only 1 In 10 Who Need It, Report Says

News outlets discuss the first-ever report assessing the state of palliative care worldwide. The Guardian: Palliative care unavailable for majority of patients in developing countries “Nine out of 10 people in need of palliative care to relieve the pain and symptoms of a life-threatening illness — the majority of whom…

IntraHealth Outlines Its Top 10 Global Health Issues In 2014

In a post on its blog, IntraHealth recaps its top 10 global health issues in 2013, saying, “Those same issues will be just as prominent in 2014, and we’ll continue to track them closely. Now here are 10 more that will shape the coming year for IntraHealth International, and for…