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International Focus On Dementia Research Provides Promise For New Treatments

Huffington Post: Global Dementia Research: New Treatments on the Horizon Rita Altman, vice president of Memory Care and Programming for Sunrise Senior Living “…Dementia was actually the focus this time at the first-ever G8 Dementia Summit held last month in London, where leaders committed to finding a treatment or cure…

‘A Little Money’ Could Bring Greater Road Safety In Developing World

The Economist: Reinventing the wheel “Road crashes now kill 1.3 million people a year, more than malaria or tuberculosis. … Yet few places tackle road deaths with the same determination as infectious diseases … In most countries more than half of all deaths happen on under a tenth of roads.…

PLOS Blog Examines Mystery Disease Killing Young Men In Central America

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Peter Hotez and his colleagues from Baylor College of Medicine highlight the mystery of Mesoamerican nephropathy, “an emerging form of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology that disproportionately strikes young male agricultural workers primarily in the Pacific coastal regions of El Salvador…

U.S. Should Do More To Tackle Smoking Worldwide

Los Angeles Times: The global grip of cigarette smoking Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics and development at the Council on Foreign Relations “… [The] 1964 surgeon general’s report on smoking and health spurred profound and lasting changes in tobacco use and policies in the United States, but…

Experts Skeptical Ban On Smoking In Public Places In China Can Curb Tobacco Use

News outlets examine China’s proposal to institute a ban on smoking in public places. NBC News: Can China really stop 350 million people from smoking? “…It was hardly a surprise when the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced last week that China — the world’s largest producer and consumer…

Reports Examine Dietary Shifts Worldwide

IRIN: Future diets and the world’s expanding waistlines The news service examines calculations from Oxfam and a new report from the Overseas Development Institute that both look at changing diets worldwide. “…Perhaps the most interesting figures are not from the richest or poorest countries, but those in between — emerging…

Washington Post, Pulizter Center Feature Examines Traffic Accidents

Washington Post: Roads kill: The toll of traffic accidents is rising in poor countries “…It has a global death toll of 1.24 million per year and is on course to triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030. In the developing world, it will become the fifth leading cause of…

Number Of Smokers Increased Worldwide, With China Leading, Study Shows

News outlets examine the results of a new study released by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, titled “Smoking Prevalence and Cigarette Consumption in 187 Countries, 1980-2012.” Results show that China, in particular, has seen a rise in its number of smokers. U.S. News & World…

Blog Examines Effects Of Tobacco Use On Children In China

In a Humanosphere guest post, Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), examines data from an IHME study published this week tracking smokers and cigarettes consumed from 1980 to 2012 and looks at smoking in China. “With all this…

U.S. Government ‘Must Help Counter’ Tobacco Industry Sales In Developing Countries

New York Times: Fitful Progress in the Antismoking Wars “…Although smoking rates among adults around the globe have fallen sharply since 1980, the number of smokers has increased significantly along with population growth and will continue to increase as national incomes and populations rise. The United States government must help…

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