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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…

International Diabetes Federation Estimates 382M Living With Diabetes

“The world is losing the battle against diabetes as the number of people estimated to be living with the disease soars to a new record of 382 million this year, medical experts said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. “The vast majority have type 2 diabetes — the kind linked to obesity…

Let’s Work Together To Help Children With Cerebral Palsy In Nigeria

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Freeman Osonuga, founder and executive director of Heal the World Foundation in Nigeria, examines the issue of cerebral palsy, “a disorder of posture and movement which is caused by a permanent and non-progressive insult to the developing brain,” in the country. “Cerebral palsy…

U.N.’s Ban Recognizes World Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims

In a message for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, recognized on November 17, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “call[ed] for urgent action to make roads safer for all those who use them in an effort to save millions of lives worldwide,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Ban…

Rise In Risky Behavior Is Growing Threat To Health, World Bank Report Says

“Risky behavior — smoking, illegal drug use, excessive drinking, unhealthy eating and unsafe sex — is on the rise worldwide and poses a growing threat to health, particularly in poorer countries, according to a World Bank report,” The Guardian reports. “Smoking exacts a particularly high toll,” the newspaper writes, noting,…

New Issue Of The Lancet Available Online

A new issue of The Lancet is available online. Among other articles, the issue includes an editorial examining how lessons learned in past disasters are being applied to the humanitarian response in the Philippines, an editorial on the global spread of diabetes, and a commentary on health advancements in Bangladesh…