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Active Ingredient In Monsanto Insecticide ‘Probably Carcinogenic To Humans,’ WHO Says

Reuters: Monsanto weed killer can ‘probably’ cause cancer — World Health Organization “The world’s most widely used weed killer can ‘probably’ cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The WHO’s cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto…

WHO’s Chan Urges Global Action To Drive Tobacco Industry ‘Out Of Business’

Agence France-Presse: WHO chief wants tobacco firms pushed ‘out of business’ “World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan urged global action Wednesday to drive tobacco companies ‘out of business’ and hailed progress in tackling smoking in many countries. Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, she…

Bloomberg, Gates Launch $4M Fund To Help Countries Defend Efforts To Curb Smoking

BBC News: New global fund to help countries defend tobacco control “A new global fund is being launched to help developing countries fend off challenges to tobacco control measures by cigarette makers…” (Dreaper, 3/18). The Guardian: Bloomberg and Gates launch legal fund to help countries fight big tobacco “A $4m…

Governments Adopt Call To Action At WHO-Hosted Ministerial Conference On Dementia

U.N. News Centre: Eighty countries adopt call to action at first U.N. conference on dementia “A two-day ministerial conference on dementia hosted by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) ended in Geneva [Tuesday] with 80 countries calling for action to address ‘a tidal wave’ of new cases of the disease…

Global Health Organizations Launch First Annual World Birth Defects Day

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: March 3 Marks the First Annual World Birth Defects Day Diana Valencia of the CDC’s Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities discusses the first annual World Birth Defects Day, which takes place March 3. She writes, “The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness…