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WHO Cancer Agency Classifies Air Pollution As Carcinogen

“The International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC] declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation,” the Associated Press reports. “The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the [WHO],…

New York Times Examines Breast Cancer In Uganda

The New York Times in two articles examines breast cancer in Uganda, where stigma, poverty and misinformation often lead to delays in treatment for women in need. In the first article, the newspaper highlights a rise in cancer rates across Africa as the continent continues to make progress against infectious…

Blog Post Examines ‘Four Phases Of Global Health’

In a BMJ Group Blogs post, Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ and director of the United Health Group’s chronic disease initiative, writes “about the four phases of global health,” first described by Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and discussed last week…

IPS Series Examines Omission Of Disabilities From International Development Guidelines

Inter Press Service has published a two-part series “exploring disability’s place in international development guidelines.” In part one, the news service examines the repercussions of omitting disability from the international development agenda, particularly the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and discusses challenges faced in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in…

Chronic Disease Must Be Addressed In Syria Crisis

“In the midst of a bloody civil war, the biggest killer in Syria may not be the one you expect: chronic disease,” Jerusha Murugen, a research associate for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in CNN’s “Global Public Square” (GPS) blog. “For many thousands…

U.N. Holds First-Ever High-Level General Assembly Session On Disability And Development

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a historic U.N. meeting of world leaders Monday ‘to break barriers and open doors’ for the more than one billion disabled people around the world,” the Associated Press/Huffington Post reports, noting, “The goal of the first-ever high-level General Assembly meeting was to spur international action to…

Podcast, Reporting Series, Infographic Examine Global Road Safety

The Guardian’s Global Development Podcast examines “how the roads have become one of the world’s biggest killers.” Hosted by journalist Annie Kelly, the discussion features journalist Sajid Chowdhury reporting from Bangladesh; Overseas Development Institute Executive Director Kevin Watkins; Kate McMahon, formerly with the U.K. Department of Transport and currently a…