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U.N. Opens Meeting On Global Aging

VOA News: U.N. Panel Meets on Global Aging “This week, a U.N. panel opens a three-day meeting on the aging of the global population. It’s part of a process that could lead to a new international treaty to protect the rights of older persons…” (DeCapua, 7/28).

PSI-Zimbabwe Says Cervical Cancer Screening Demand Up Among Women

Newsday: Demand for cervical cancer screening surges “A Population Services International-Zimbabwe (PSI) top official [on Monday] said demand for cervical cancer screening had surged over the past months as more and more women were now keen to know their health status…” (Nyela, 7/29).

WHO Welcomes Progress In Tackling Viral Hepatitis

World Health Organization: WHO welcomes global momentum on viral hepatitis In advance of World Hepatitis Day, which takes place on July 28, WHO welcomes the progress that is being made on viral hepatitis and discusses innovations in the hepatitis response (7/23).

WHO Warns Obesity In Children Will Reach 70M By 2025

VOA News: Childhood Obesity Weighs on WHO “If current trends continue, the World Health Organization warns there will be 70 million obese children globally by 2025…”(Schlein, 7/18).

WHO Warns More Action Needed To Address NCDs, Especially In Poorer Countries

News outlets report on a new WHO report showing a lack of national-level action and commitment to controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Newsweek: Deaths From Cancer and Heart Disease Surge in Developing Countries, But Funding Hasn’t Caught Up “Noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes killed 38 million people last…

U.N. Should Include NCDs In Post-2015 Development Agenda

Inter Press Service: Fighting Killer Diseases Is Essential in the Post-2015 Agenda Laurent Huber, director of the Framework Convention Alliance “…[T]he Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the MDGs in 2015 must expand the list of health goals to include non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — the world’s #1 killer. ……

Longer Lives Mean Increase In Diseases Of Age, Including Dementia, Cancer

Financial Times: Longer lives mean more diseases of old age and rising costs “…The good news in health care is that life expectancy around the globe continues to rise — and with it the total population, now in excess of seven billion. … The bad news is the corollary: the…

Chronic Kidney Disease Spreads Through Central America Sugar Belt

Al Jazeera: Silent kidney epidemic ravages Central America sugar belt “…[T]ens of thousands [of people are] cut down by a new form of chronic kidney disease striking like a scythe across the sweltering plains of Central America’s sugar belt from Mexico to Costa Rica. … Dubbed chronic kidney disease of…