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Smokers Twice As Likely To Get Active TB, Study Finds

“A study in Taiwan has found that smokers are twice as likely to develop active tuberculosis compared to people who have never smoked, prompting calls for policymakers to be tougher on smoking,” Reuters reports.

Also In Global Health News: Global Corruption; HIV Vaccine; Smoking; DRC Aid

Global Corruption Fight Slowing, Report Says A new report from Transparency International says the fight against corruption worldwide is slowing as urgency to address the global economic downturn recedes, Bloomberg reports. “This year’s index, which measures the perception of corruption in a country, showed that 129 of the 180 nations…

HHS Global Health Official Discusses Tobacco-, Drug Patent-Related Trade Negotiations

Inside U.S. Trade features an interview with HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire, who discusses how “the department is playing a larger role than ever before in the development of U.S. trade policy, including on sensitive issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations like a draft proposal for…

Working Toward Clean Cookstoves, Fuels For 100M Households By 2020

“The seemingly simple act of cooking a meal is responsible for four million deaths each year” and is the fourth leading health risk in the world, Radha Muthiah, executive director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a May series examining the agency’s…

Blog Examines Shift Toward NCDs In Proposed WHO Budget

In the first of a series of blog posts on the future of global health, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett writes in her blog, “[T]hough the budget of WHO is woeful, as I will show in this and subsequent blog posts this week, [WHO Director-General Margaret] Chan…

WHO Working With Industry To Reduce NCD Risk Factors

The WHO “is in active dialogue with the food, beverage, alcohol, and even sporting goods industries to encourage marketing changes and product formulations to help curb the growing worldwide prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” Nellie Bristol, a research fellow with the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) Global Health…