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Kenya To Increase Public Investment In Mental Health, Medical Services Minister Says

“Kenyans marked the World Mental Health Day Monday with a pledge to increase public investments in the treatment of mental illnesses, which affects at least 10 million people in the East African nation,” Afrique en ligne reports, adding, “Kenya’s Medical Services Minister Anyang Nyong’o said estimates show that at least one in every four Kenyans suffer from one form of mental-health related ailment.”

A 'One-Size-Fits-All' Approach To Mental Health Leads To Global 'Diagnostic Inflation'

In this Globalist opinion piece, Ian Dowbiggin, an author and professor of history at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada, examines the issue of “diagnostic inflation” within the psychiatry field in the last half century and how, “[a]s Ethan Watters and others have argued, lately American psychiatry has been exporting its diagnoses and treatments to other cultures, ‘homogenizing how the world goes mad.'”

How Will NTDs Suffer As Global Health Agenda Adds NCD Focus?

In this post in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog, Charles Ebikeme, a writer for the All Results Journals who has worked as a research scientist on African sleeping sickness, examines a “blurring” link between non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), writing, “The…

Smoking Could Lead To 40M TB Deaths By 2050, Study Says

“Lung damage caused by smoking could cause an additional 18 million cases of tuberculosis (TB) and 40 million extra deaths from TB by 2050, according to a study published on Tuesday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ),” Agence France-Presse reports, adding that the researchers from the University of California at San Francisco derived the estimates “from a mathematic model of smoking trends and smoking’s impact on TB risk” (10/5).

Global Efforts Must Be Coordinated Immediately To Prevent, Control NCDs

In this Scientist opinion piece, Edward Partridge, president of the American Cancer Society and director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, president of health care and education at the American Diabetes Association, and Ralph Sacco, immediate past president of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and professor and chairman of neurology at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, write that while last month’s U.N. High-level Meeting to discuss non-communicable diseases (NCDs) helped to raise awareness about the burden of NCDs, several important steps must be taken immediately to prevent and control the diseases.

Individuals Should Act Against NCDs

In this Foreign Policy Association blog post, freelance writer Julia Robinson calls for individuals to start demanding more action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), writing, “It is possible to have stronger responses to NCDs” than those presented in the political declaration that resulted from last month’s U.N. High-level Meeting (HLM) on…

U.S. Entities Announce Global Smoke-Free Workplace Challenge

“The Mayo Clinic, Johnson & Johnson and others are joining forces to try to snuff out smoking in the workplace throughout the world,” the Wall Street Journal’s “Health Blog” writes, adding, “Their global smoke-free worksite challenge, announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, calls on employers to ban smoking at offices and facilities worldwide.” The blog notes, “Smoky offices seem like a thing of the past in much of the U.S. … But globally, only about 11 percent of people are protected by comprehensive national smoke-free laws, the WHO says.”

Commercial Interests Confound Fight Against NCDs, Some Experts Say

The Washington Post examines the influence of commercial interests on the “political declaration” that emerged from this week’s U.N. High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York. NCDs “are the globe’s biggest health problem, responsible for 63 percent of all deaths each year, with incidence growing steeply in the low-income, rapidly urbanizing nations of the world,” but they “are deeply entangled with important global industries, not only tobacco but also food, pharmaceuticals, advertising, transportation and construction,” the newspaper writes, adding, “The bigger issue in preparing the document, however, was how much to invoke the … World Trade Organization’s agreement on intellectual property, known informally as TRIPS” (Brown, 9/20).