Nearly two-thirds of deaths worldwide are caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart and lung disease, cancer, and diabetes, which are increasingly prevalent and cost the global economy trillions of dollars, according to a U.N. report and preliminary results from a new study announced Monday at a press conference to preview the September U.N. High Level Meeting on NCDs, the Associated Press/MSNBC.com reports
Non Communicable Disease/Chronic Disease
In a post on the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Krysten Carrera, a Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discusses why non-communicable diseases “represent an urgent and growing threat to global public health” (6/18).
The Guardian examines how Africa is handling cervical cancer, which is the second most common cancer among women on the continent.
Speaking Thursday at an informal civil society hearing that is a precursor to the first-ever high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), top U.N. officials “stressed the need for governments, the private sector and civil society to work together and more effectively to address cancers, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, which account for nearly two thirds of global deaths each year,” the U.N. News Centre reports (6/16).
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Robin Li, CEO of the Chinese search engine company Baidu Inc., on Saturday announced the formation of a global alliance for public health with its first initiative focused on smoking cessation, Bloomberg reports (6/11).
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on Monday sent a letter (.pdf) signed by major U.S. medical societies representing about 300,000 health care professionals to the White House urging President Barack Obama to participate in the U.N. High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases that is scheduled for September, Agence France-Presse reports.
Mobile phone use “may increase the risk of certain types of brain cancer in humans,” therefore “consumers should consider ways of reducing their exposure,” a WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working group concluded on Tuesday, Reuters reports (Kelland, 5/31). “The working group discussed the possibility that these exposures…
“Tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday,” which was observed as World No Tobacco Day, Reuters/Toronto Sun reports (Kelland, 5/31).
WHA Participants Discuss Smallpox, Hear Draft Plan On Maternal And Child Health, Endorse Resolutions on AIDS, NCDs
Representatives of member nations at the World Health Assembly in Geneva “on Monday held a stormy discussion on the future of smallpox virus samples, which Russia and the United States are seeking to preserve while others want them destroyed,” Agence France-Presse reports.
HIV Research Funding: President and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Seth Berkley writes in a post on The Hill’s “Congress Blog”:Â “U.S. government support for research into HIV preventionÂ â€“ most notably an AIDS vaccineÂ â€“ has been crucial to seeding what scientists are calling a prevention revolution. Without it, we…