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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…

Community-Based Engagement Critical To NCD Efforts, General Assembly President Says

U.N. News Centre: Community engagement key to tackling non-communicable diseases, says Assembly President “Broader community-based engagement is vital to tackling non-communicable diseases — such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes — which are one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century, the President of the United Nations…

FIFA Should Take Responsibility For World Cup Ads Promoting Unhealthy Behaviors

Project Syndicate: The World Cup’s Sickening Message Kent Buse, chief of political affairs and strategy at UNAIDS, and Sarah Hawkes, Wellcome Trust senior fellow in international public engagement at the Institute for Global Health, University College London “…Promoting alcohol, sugary drinks, and fast food [at the World Cup] may mean…

Scientific American, Nature Publish In-Depth Report On Cancer

Scientific American: Cancer: The March on Malignancy “…This [in-depth] Outlook presents an overview of the current battles against cancer. … To deliver this broad view of cancer widely, this Outlook is being published in both Nature and Scientific American — a collaboration that we expect to be the first of…

Doctors, Epidemiologists Urge Strict WHO Regulations For E-Cigarettes

Reuters: Scientists ask U.N. health group for strict rules on e-cigarettes “A group of 129 physicians, epidemiologists, and others from 31 countries sent an open letter to the World Health Organization on Monday urging the United Nations agency to hold firm in what seems to be its intention to impose…

U.N. Calls For Higher Taxes On Tobacco

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency advocates for higher tobacco taxes to save millions of lives “Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, the United Nations health agency is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco…” (5/30).

China Can Be Model For ‘Implementing Sustainable, Effective Tobacco Control Policies’

Huffington Post: World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco Control Offers Proven Public Health Benefits — Will China Seize the Opportunity? Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at RabinMartin, and Ambassador Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global health at the American Cancer Society “…China alone has an estimated 300 million smokers — nearly…

Blog Post Reflects On World No Tobacco Day 2014

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: World No Tobacco Day 2014 Cynthia Lewis, deputy director for the tobacco initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on the policy priorities of World No Tobacco Day, which takes place each year on May 31 (5/30).

Integrating Care For HIV, NCDs Has Benefits, Symposium Participants Say

BMJ Group Blogs: NCDs and HIV — where’s the intersection? Florence Smith, a research assistant at C3 Collaborating for Health, discusses a recent symposium organized by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and FHI360 that looked at the benefits of integrated care for HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)…