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Overweight, Obesity Responsible For Nearly 0.5M Cancer Cases In 2012, WHO Reports

Reuters: Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says “…In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some…

Drowning Is ‘Serious And Neglected’ Global Health Threat, WHO Report Says

Media sources report on findings from a recently released WHO report on drowning. U.N. News Centre: Drowning claims over 40 people every hour in ‘needless loss of life’ — U.N. report “The first United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report on drowning released [Monday] reveals that more than 370,000 people drown…

Cancer Survival Varies Widely Depending On Place Of Residence, Study Shows

NPR: Your Odds Of Surviving Cancer Depend Very Much On Where You Live “In the United States, nine out of 10 kids diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia will live. In Jordan, the survival rate is 16 percent. And while cervical cancer patients have a five-year survival rate of over 70…

World’s Health Issues Span Wide Spectrum, Not Just Diseases

International Monetary Fund: Global Health Problems Span a Wide Spectrum James Rowe of the IMF discusses the December issue of the IMF’s Finance and Development magazine, which “examines a panoply of global health concerns — among them the growing importance of regional and local governments in health care delivery, the…

WHO Releases New Guidance On Cervical Cancer Prevention, Control

Agence France-Presse: WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper “The World Health Organization introduced new cervical cancer guidelines Wednesday, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases…” (12/3). VOA News: WHO Stresses Value of Vaccine in Preventing Cervical Cancer “…The World…

U.N. Marks International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

U.N. News Centre: On world Day, Ban spotlights how technology can improve life for 1 billion persons with disabilities “More than one billion people — or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population — live with some form of disability and have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic…

Ownership Over Data Collection, Disaggregation Essential For Creating Disability-Inclusive Development Programs

Devex: Data disaggregation for disability-inclusive development Pauline Thivillier, program delivery monitoring officer at Sightsavers “The U.K. Department for International Development published Wednesday its first-ever Disability Framework, which reflects its ambitious vision to deliver disability-inclusive development. It signals the first step in DfID’s commitment to making its programs systematically inclusive of…

Middle-Income Nations Simultaneously Addressing Obesity, Malnutrition

EurActiv: New health extremes in developing countries: Obesity and malnutrition “Middle-income developing countries confront two extremes within the public health sector. While a large percentage of the population is underweight and malnourished, a growing number of people are adopting an unhealthy, western-influenced lifestyle, dispensing with physical activity and consuming fast…

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