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World Health Assembly Opens; WHO DG Launches Commission On Childhood Obesity

News outlets report on the opening of the World Health Assembly and the launch of a new WHO initiative focused on childhood obesity. Devex: Will NCDs gain traction at the World Health Assembly? “The 67th World Health Assembly is happening this week in Geneva, and one of the key issues…

Global Life Expectancy Grows But Gaps Remain Between High-, Low-Income Nations

News outlets continue to cover the WHO’s report on global life expectancy. Reuters: Global life expectancy rises again, but new challenges loom “…Big advances in the battles against infectious diseases such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and polio have continued to extend life expectancy although other factors, such as people’s lifestyles,…

World Sees Large Gains In Life Expectancy, WHO Report Says

Media outlets discuss the WHO’s “World Health Statistics 2014” report, which was released on Thursday. Bloomberg Businessweek: People Live Longer as Child Mortality Falls, Treatments Improve “Life expectancy around the world surged in the past two decades as the rate of child mortality declined in Africa and wealthier countries improved…

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…