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Initiatives To Find Cancer Cures Must Use ‘Integrative Approach’

The Lancet: Promising the moon Editorial Board “…[C]ampaigns such as [Cancer Moonshot 2020] present a substantial risk. At once they are both grandiose and overly simplistic, much like the ‘war on cancer.’ A 2013 Lancet Series called for a rethinking of the metaphor, pointing to the limitations of conceptualizing research…

Vice President Biden Begins U.S.-Led Effort To Find Cancer Cures

The Hill: Biden kicks off anti-cancer push “Vice President Joe Biden began his post-State of the Union push on cancer research Friday in Philadelphia, saying he plans on leading anti-cancer efforts for ‘the rest of my life.’ President Obama will soon announce a presidential memorandum allowing Biden to convene a…

National Obesity Strategies Must Go Beyond Sugar Taxes

The Lancet: Obesity: we need to move beyond sugar Editorial Board “…Obesity has been on the public health agenda for more than a decade in many countries with little effect. … [A]lthough national obesity strategies are welcome and much needed, they need to be comprehensive by involving all relevant government…

Kerala Offers Model For Palliative Care In India

New York Times: In India, Dispensers of Balm Travel to Death’s Door Ankita Rao, multimedia journalist “…How can health systems offer the possibility of a dignified death to everyone? … [I]t took time for palliative care to become an official part of Kerala’s health system. That happened in 2008, when…

WHO Global Strategy Aims To Improve Health Among Older People

The Lancet: WHO puts healthy aging on the front burner “…[In] an office in WHO’s Geneva headquarters, … John Beard and his colleagues are mulling over the draft of a strategy — A Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Aging and Health — aimed at giving older people throughout…