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Maternal Mental Health Should Be Priority On Global Agenda

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Sara Gorman, an MPH candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, examines the need for an increased focus on improving maternal mental health. “Integrating mental health programs with maternal health programs is not only as important in saving mothers’ lives…

Honduras, Ukraine Challenge Australian Laws On Tobacco Marketing At WTO

“Ukraine and Honduras are reviving a dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging Australian laws that impose uniform drab green packaging and large graphic health warnings for cigarettes, diplomats said on Friday,” Reuters reports. “Tobacco firms say the Australian rules, which outlaw logos, infringe their trademarks,” the news agency…

Despite Obesity Problems, Many In Mexico Are Food Insecure

“Despite talk of Mexico’s emerging middle class, 45.5 percent of this nation’s more than 118 million people remain mired in poverty,” GlobalPost reports, adding, “Though Mexico this year became the fattest of the world’s most populous countries, according to [the U.N.] Food and Agriculture Organization, millions still don’t get enough…

WHO Releases Report On Global Spinal Cord Injuries

“The [WHO] says as many as 500,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries every year,” VOA News reports (DeCapua, 12/2). “People with spinal cord injuries are two to five times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries, says a new report,” released Monday, RTT…

G8 Leaders Must Address Alzheimer’s As They Did AIDS

“As G8 government leaders meet in London later this week to launch a strategy for Alzheimer’s disease, it is worth recalling how global leaders did it for HIV/AIDS not too long ago,” Michael Hodin, executive director of the Global Coalition on Aging, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Post50” blog. He…

Guardian Interviews Peter Piot About Growing Threat Of Dementia

“Peter Piot, the man who discovered the fatal Ebola virus, and whose pioneering work made HIV/AIDS a global priority, is warning about the next pandemic — dementia,” The Guardian reports in an interview with the microbiologist. “One in three of us will develop the disease — 135 million people by…

G8 Sets 2025 Goal For Dementia Cure; U.K. To Double Funding For Dementia Research

“The developed world has committed itself to a scientific and social onslaught on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia at the G8 Dementia Summit in London,” the Financial Times reports (Cookson, 12/11). “Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on…

More Than 14M People Diagnosed With Cancer Worldwide In 2012, WHO Group Says

“The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million” in 2012, compared with 12.7 million cases in 2008, according to new data released Thursday by the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), BBC News reports (Gallagher, 12/12).…