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3.3M Alcohol-Related Deaths Annually, WHO Report Notes, Urges Greater Action

News outlets discuss a new WHO report on global alcohol consumption and the health impacts. Agence France-Presse: Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide: WHO “Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organization said Monday, warning that booze…

Cause Of Deadly Disease In Nicaragua Remains Mystery

New York Times: Deadly Illness in Nicaragua Baffles Experts “Across Central America, a painful disease that affects the kidneys has killed at least 20,000 people over the past decade and has become the leading cause of deaths in hospitals among men in El Salvador. But the illness, often called Chronic…

2014 Kenya Economic Survey Marks Malaria As Country’s Leading Cause Of Death

Standard Media: Malaria cited as top killer disease in Kenya “Malaria, followed by pneumonia were the leading killer diseases in [Kenya] last year. Having claimed more than 46,000 lives, the ailments have proved to be serious threats to the economy. For the first time, cancer has surpassed AIDS as the…

NIH’s Fogarty Center Launches New Strategic Plan For Global Health Research, Training

Media sources report on NIH’s new strategic plan for global health. Science Codex: NIH center sets new goals for global health research and training “Global health research and training efforts should focus on combating the growing epidemic of noncommunicable diseases, better incorporating information technology into research and training, and more…

Health Warnings On Cigarette Packages In China Should Convey Stronger Message

The Lancet: Cigarette packaging in China — not going far enough “A WHO report, Tobacco Health Warnings in China: Evidence of Effectiveness and Implications for Action, published on April 8, summarizes evidence on the effectiveness of China’s written health warnings on tobacco packaging. It concludes that China failed to comply…

Learning From HIV To Treat, Prevent HPV, Other Cancers

The Hill: HPV may be the new HIV Elizabeth Chabner Thompson, founder of BFFL Co. “In May, I will be traveling with a group of physicians to Botswana for a conference sponsored by the Ministry of Health and several other organizations in hopes to inspire discussion around cancer care in…

U.K. MPs Urge Development Programs To Prioritize Disability

The Guardian: Disability must be a priority within development programs, say MPs “Disability as an issue needs to be a priority within development programs, according to U.K. [members of parliament (MPs)]. A report published on Thursday by the parliamentary international development committee stresses the close links between disability and poverty…”…

Investments In Health Workforce Capacity Critical To Tackle NCDs

Huffington Post: Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, co-authors of “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research,” and Tina Flores, director at Rabin Martin “… In recognition of World Health Worker Week, we call on everyone to…