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Australia Asks Opponents To Stop Stalling WTO Tobacco Packaging Case

Reuters: Australia demands opponents stop stalling WTO tobacco case “Australia asked five countries challenging its tobacco policies on Wednesday to stop delaying the progress of their cases at the World Trade Organization and took the unusual step of speeding up one of the complaints against itself. … Australia hopes the…

African Countries Aim To Educate People About Tobacco’s Harmful Effects

Phys.org: Six African Countries Gather to Improve Tobacco Counter Marketing “Health Ministry Representatives from Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda [Tuesday] joined a regional workshop to improve warnings on cigarette packs and anti-tobacco public education campaigns. … Every country represented at the workshop is a party to WHO’s…

Vision Impairment In India Is Preventable, But Treatment Not Always Accessible

GlobalPost: A common cause of blindness in India is preventable, but treatment is not always accessible “… 8 million people are blind due to what’s called ‘refractive error,’ when the eye cannot clearly focus images, a condition that usually crops up in childhood. … Uncorrected refractive error is one of…

Gold Mining Farmers In Northern Nigeria Choose Lead Poisoning Over Poverty

The Guardian: Nigerian gold mining: farmers choose death by lead poisoning over poverty “… Villagers who make 10 times as much money mining as they do from farming have told [environmental scientist, Simba] Tirima they would rather die of lead poisoning than poverty. ‘They are not going to stop. I…

Controversy Expected Over WHO Sugar Recommendations, Nature Reports

Nature: Storm brewing over WHO sugar proposal “Scientists are gearing up for a battle with the food industry after the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to halve its recommendation on sugar intake. Nutrition researchers fear a backlash similar to that seen in 2003, when the WHO released its current guidelines…

Arogya World Announces New Global Survey On Women, NCDs

“Arogya World, with partner organizations from multiple sectors, announced [Friday], in advance of International Women’s Day, the start of a global quantitative survey to gather the perspectives of 10,000 women in 10 countries on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Arogya World and its partners Novartis, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, American Cancer…

WHO Says Sugar Should Be 5% Of Daily Caloric Intake

Media outlets report on the WHO’s recommendation that daily sugar intake should be five percent of total calories consumed. The WHO has launched a public consultation on its draft sugar guidelines.Associated Press: WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar “…The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake…

WHO Calls On Governments To Invest In Hearing Care

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency calls on countries to invest in prevention and care for hearing loss “The United Nations health agency is calling on governments to invest in hearing care, as a new survey finds that many countries lack the capacity to prevent and care for hearing loss,…

PBS Examines Cookstoves’ Impact On Health

PBS NewsHour discusses the impact of cookstoves on health around the globe. PBS NewsHour: Designing cleaner stoves for home cooks in the developing world PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on “efforts to provide cleaner stoves to people in developing countries” as part of his ongoing series,…

Health Agencies Urge Nations To Implement Tobacco Control Measures

News outlets report on international health agencies’ efforts encouraging countries to implement tobacco control measures. Caribbean360: Caribbean must adopt laws to control tobacco epidemic — PAHO “The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to speed up the adaption of laws to control the tobacco ‘epidemic,’ saying that,…