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Cancer Survival Varies Widely Depending On Place Of Residence, Study Shows

NPR: Your Odds Of Surviving Cancer Depend Very Much On Where You Live “In the United States, nine out of 10 kids diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia will live. In Jordan, the survival rate is 16 percent. And while cervical cancer patients have a five-year survival rate of over 70…

World’s Health Issues Span Wide Spectrum, Not Just Diseases

International Monetary Fund: Global Health Problems Span a Wide Spectrum James Rowe of the IMF discusses the December issue of the IMF’s Finance and Development magazine, which “examines a panoply of global health concerns — among them the growing importance of regional and local governments in health care delivery, the…

Overweight, Obesity Responsible For Nearly 0.5M Cancer Cases In 2012, WHO Reports

Reuters: Fat to blame for half a million cancers a year, WHO agency says “…In a study published in the journal The Lancet Oncology, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said high body mass index (BMI) has now become a major cancer risk factor, responsible for some…

Drowning Is ‘Serious And Neglected’ Global Health Threat, WHO Report Says

Media sources report on findings from a recently released WHO report on drowning. U.N. News Centre: Drowning claims over 40 people every hour in ‘needless loss of life’ — U.N. report “The first United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report on drowning released [Monday] reveals that more than 370,000 people drown…

Financial Times Features Report On Combating Diabetes

Financial Times: Report: Combating Diabetes The newspaper features several articles on different aspects of diabetes, including prevention, treatment, and cure research. “Urbanization, poor diet, and failure to exercise have led to record levels of obesity, fueling a diabetes epidemic…” (11/13).

Devex Continues #HealthyMeans Series With Opinion Pieces On Health Care Access

Devex: Want to fight dengue effectively? Get access to communities with local volunteers Walter Cotte, under secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Devex: Universal health coverage: An empty promise without focusing on chronic diseases Katie Dain, executive director of the NCD Alliance Devex:…

Autism Program Funding In Ethiopia Faces Catch-22; Mothers Create Care Center

Devex: For aid to Ethiopia’s autistic, the numbers don’t add up “…[T]hose few aid organizations that do provide services to Ethiopia’s autistic children face a difficult paradox: Their students require highly individualized, focused attention and low staff-to-child ratios, while most donors want to see big beneficiary numbers before they agree…

World Must Prepare For Aging Population, WHO, Lancet Say

Media sources report on calls from the WHO to prepare for a global aging population and the publication of a series in The Lancet on the issue. The Lancet: Series on Aging “This Series on Aging highlights a neglected area in the health sector and in social and economic-policy development.…

News Outlets Examine Cervical Cancer Screening In Developing Countries

News outlets report on cervical cancer screening in developing countries. Inter Press Service: Mozambique Tackles its Twin Burden of Cervical Cancer and HIV “…Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer among Mozambican women aged 15-44, says [Amir Modan of the United Nations Population Fund in Maputo]. Health authorities are tackling…