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Health Groups Urge Restrictions On Tobacco Additives

Following five days of deliberations aimed at “fleshing-out the so-called Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC),” delegates on Saturday “approved a proposal to limit the use of tobacco additives, which critics say improve the flavor of cigarettes, encouraging consumers to smoke more,” Reuters reports (Fleitas, 11/20).

Health Officials Gather In Uruguay To Discuss WHO Anti-Smoking Treaty

“As sales to developing nations become ever more important to giant tobacco companies, they are stepping up efforts around the world to fight tough restrictions on the marketing of cigarettes,” the New York Times reports in an article ahead of a conference in Punta del Este, Uruguay, that started on Monday. There, health officials are debating guidelines to enforce a global anti-smoking treaty known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) (Wilson, 11/13).

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…

Number Of Cancer Cases Will Rise To Nearly 22M Worldwide By 2030, Report Says

On the eve of World Cancer Day, news outlets examine a new report (.pdf) from the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.Agence France-Presse: Cancer cases ‘set to rise by half by 2030’: U.N. “New cases of cancer will rise by half by 2030, reaching 21.6 million per year compared…

Developing Nations Face Double Burden Of Infectious Diseases, Cancer

Forbes: There Is An Urgent Need To Address The ‘Terrible Situation Of Chronic Disease In Developing Countries’ Geoffrey Kabat, an epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine “…The cancer burden in low-resource countries has doubled in the past 25 years and…