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Anti-Smoking Policies Could Prevent Millions Of Premature Deaths, WHO Study Says

“Anti-smoking measures including higher taxes on tobacco products, bans on adverts and controls on lighting up in public places could prevent tens of millions of premature deaths across the world, researchers said on Monday,” Reuters reports. “Similar steps taken by Turkey, Romania and 39 other countries between 2007 and 2010…

WHO Official Speaks About Importance Of Clean Cooking Alternatives

Deutsche Welle interviews Maria Neira, director of public health and environment at the WHO, about the push for clean cooking alternatives. “Almost half of the world’s population is still cooking like in the Stone Age,” Neira said, adding, “Everybody has the right to access clean energy to cook, to heat…

Health Groups Urge U.S. Trade Representative To Ensure TPP Upholds Tobacco Control Efforts

“Health advocates are urging President Obama’s new trade representative to make sure a pending trade deal with Pacific rim nations can’t be used to gut U.S. tobacco control efforts,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the…

Global Aging A Call To Action That Must Be Heard Around World

“[T]he vast majority of developing countries are seeing their populations age just as America’s is, but their rate of change is often even faster,” John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers In Aging, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Post50” blog, and provides statistics from various countries. “We in the U.S. often wring…

Financial Times Publishes Special Report On Sustainable Health Care

The Financial Times on Wednesday published a special report titled, “Sustainable Healthcare 2013.” Among others, the report includes an article examining the “need to put prevention before cure” to combat non-communicable diseases; an article examining alternative approaches to dealing with addiction and resulting health issues; and an article examining how…

WHO Calls For Tighter Controls On Marketing Of Unhealthy Foods To Children

“The marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven ‘disastrously effective,’ driving obesity by using cheap social media channels to promote fat-, salt- and sugar-laden foods, the [WHO’s] Europe office said on Tuesday,” Reuters reports. The WHO “called for tighter controls on such marketing, saying tougher regulations were crucial to…

Examining Role Of Behavioral Economics In Global Health

“Leveraging better health outcomes is difficult without addressing the behavioral roots of health problems: around half of the world’s disability-adjusted life years are lost due to behavioral factors such as physical inactivity, high blood pressure, malnutrition and smoking,” Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and senior fellow at the…

WHO’s Chan Warns ‘Big Business’ Poses Challenges To Fighting NCDs

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan “has warned that efforts to promote good health are more vital than ever given that non-communicable diseases have overtaken infectious diseases as the leading cause of death, but they face daunting challenges, including from ‘big business,'” RTT News reports. “‘Today, the tables are turned. Instead of…