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Rise In Risky Behavior Is Growing Threat To Health, World Bank Report Says

“Risky behavior — smoking, illegal drug use, excessive drinking, unhealthy eating and unsafe sex — is on the rise worldwide and poses a growing threat to health, particularly in poorer countries, according to a World Bank report,” The Guardian reports. “Smoking exacts a particularly high toll,” the newspaper writes, noting,…

U.N.’s Ban Recognizes World Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims

In a message for the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, recognized on November 17, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “call[ed] for urgent action to make roads safer for all those who use them in an effort to save millions of lives worldwide,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Ban…

International Diabetes Federation Estimates 382M Living With Diabetes

“The world is losing the battle against diabetes as the number of people estimated to be living with the disease soars to a new record of 382 million this year, medical experts said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. “The vast majority have type 2 diabetes — the kind linked to obesity…

Let’s Work Together To Help Children With Cerebral Palsy In Nigeria

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Freeman Osonuga, founder and executive director of Heal the World Foundation in Nigeria, examines the issue of cerebral palsy, “a disorder of posture and movement which is caused by a permanent and non-progressive insult to the developing brain,” in the country. “Cerebral palsy…

Public Health Policies Are Meant To ‘Protect The Population’

In the PLOS “Translational Global Health” blog, Jo Jewell of the World Cancer Research Fund discusses “health policy and its role in global health,” the blog notes. He primarily addresses policy in relation to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), writing, “Through policy it will be possible to create new social norms over…

U.S. Should Ratify Disabilities Treaty

“On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will begin considering the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty), which embodies, at the international level, the principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion grounded in our own Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” Judith Heumann, special adviser…

Rwanda’s Emergency Medicine Trainee Program Addresses Gaps In Response To Injuries

“As in most of the developing world, [road accidents] now represent a large and growing cause of death and disability in Rwanda,” Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown Medical School, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog. “According to the [WHO], nearly one in 10 deaths worldwide…

One HPV Vaccine Dose Enough To Produce Immune Response, Study Shows

“Just one dose of the HPV vaccine Cervarix appears to provide enough of an immune response to protect women from two strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) and ultimately cervical cancer, according to a new study published Monday,” CNN’s “The Chart” blog reports (11/4). “The HPV vaccine is currently recommended as a three-dose series, but…

Examining Real World Global Health Scares On Halloween

“Many of the most terrifying Halloween archetypes have very real counterparts, with very real health consequences,” Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Rachel Silverman, a consultant and candidate for MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge, write in the center’s “Global…

Mexico’s Congress Approves Taxes On Sodas, Junk Food

“Aiming to curb unhealthy consumption habits, Mexico’s Congress on Thursday approved new taxes on sugary drinks and junk food,” and “President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to sign the taxes into law in January,” the New York Times reports. “Almost 70 percent of Mexicans are overweight, and about a third…