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Global Life Expectancy Grows But Gaps Remain Between High-, Low-Income Nations

News outlets continue to cover the WHO’s report on global life expectancy. Reuters: Global life expectancy rises again, but new challenges loom “…Big advances in the battles against infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and polio have continued to extend life expectancy although other factors, such as people’s lifestyles,…

World Health Assembly Opens; WHO DG Launches Commission On Childhood Obesity

News outlets report on the opening of the World Health Assembly and the launch of a new WHO initiative focused on childhood obesity. Devex: Will NCDs gain traction at the World Health Assembly? “The 67th World Health Assembly is happening this week in Geneva, and one of the key issues…

Talking More About Hepatitis B, HIV Can Alleviate Stigma

Huffington Post “Healthy Living”: Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the Stigma Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), and Isha Weerasinghe, hepatitis B policy fellow at AAPCHO “…May 19 was both National Hepatitis Testing Day and National Asian & Pacific…

World Health Assembly Approves Resolutions, Frameworks

Media outlets recap recent releases from the World Health Assembly, which was held in Geneva this past week. Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Hepatitis resolution passed by 67th World Health Assembly includes calls for increased access to new medicine, syringe exchange Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science…

Kenya Receives $2M Donation For Obstetric Fistula Treatment; U.N. Calls For End To Injury

Media outlets report on Kenya’s receipt of a $2 million donation to treat obstetric fistula and the U.N.’s call to eradicate the injury. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya gets ‘game changing’ record donation for fistula treatment “A ‘game changing’ $2 million donation will help Kenyan surgeons to give 1,200 women life-transforming…

Refugees Denied Cancer Treatments Due To Steep Medical Costs, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Lancet Oncology on access to cancer treatments for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Agence France-Presse: Syria refugees denied cancer treatment, says UNHCR “Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need,…

Almost 30% Of World Overweight Or Obese, Researchers Say

News outlets report on findings that almost 30 percent of the world’s population is overweight or obese. Associated Press: 30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune “Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the…

Scientists Urge WHO To Resist Classifying E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Products

News outlets report on a letter from more than 50 scientists urging the WHO to resist classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Agence France-Presse: Ahead of No Tobacco Day, doctors oppose ban on e-cigarettes “The e-cigarette was pushed center stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts…

Illicit Tobacco Trade Poses Global Health Concerns, WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency devotes World No Tobacco Day 2015 to combating illegal tobacco trade “One in every 10 cigarettes consumed is illicit, making them cheaper and more accessible to people from low-income groups, as well as to children, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned ahead of…

Beijing Implements Strict New Smoking Ban

Bloomberg Business: Beijing’s About to Roll Out Its Harshest Smoking Ban Ever “Starting on June 1 in Beijing a blanket ban will be imposed on smoking in public places, after the city’s Municipal People’s Congress passed the tough new law in November…” (Roberts, 5/29). CNN: Beijing rolls out China’s toughest…