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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…

Effective Anti-Tobacco Measures Cover 2.3B People Worldwide, WHO Report Shows

“A new WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013 shows hundreds of millions of non-smokers are less likely to start smoking because of national anti-tobacco campaigns that are reaching three billion people worldwide,” VOA News reports (Schlein, 7/10). “Anti-smoking measures including complete bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship…

New Issue Of The Lancet Includes Series On Global Kidney Disease

“A series beginning in today’s Lancet seeks to provide a global perspective on kidney disease,” the journal reports in an editorial highlighting several articles on renal issues. “The prevalence of kidney disease is likely to be underestimated,” the editorial notes. The current issue of The Lancet, No. 9887, also includes…

Senate Should Uphold Rights Of Disabled And Ratify U.N. Treaty

In December, the U.S. Senate failed to ratify a U.N. treaty defending the rights of people with disabilities by five votes, and negotiations are ongoing to arrange another vote, according to a New York Times editorial. “With the social-issue pandering of the 2012 campaign behind us, the treaty can be…

NPR Examines Global Rise Of Sickle Cell Anemia

NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” program examine the global rise of sickle cell anemia, noting, “[E]very year, hundreds of thousands of babies around the world are born with this inherited blood disorder. And the numbers are expected to climb.” According to the blog, “The number of sickle cell anemia…

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…