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This Week in Global Health

Friday, January 20, 2012

A weekly round- up of selected health news from around the world. Posted each Friday.

R.J. Reynolds' Orbs, a dissolvable tobacco product. The Food and Drug administration is studying the flavored products. (Charles Dharapak/AP)
Dissolvable tobacco products, derided by activists as ‘nicotine candy’, are beginning to draw FDA scrutiny, reports NPR.

Fake and poor quality malaria drugs are endangering lives in Africa, reports The Guardian.

43 US states—and the District of Columbia—earn an ‘F’ in anti-tobacco policies from the American Lung Association’s tobacco control report. (Bloomberg Businessweek)

UN agencies address the maternal health crisis in Haiti. (Ms. Magazine)

Unsafe abortions are on the rise globally, reports The Guardian.

The Indian government is accused of downplaying the seriousness of tuberculosis in the country. (IBN)

FDA warnings about medications’ side effects are often misinterpreted or ignored, reports Medical Daily.

WLF's Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Neil Schluger, is interviewed on WNYC's The Leonard Lopate show about tuberculosis' devastating effects around the world.

A new study finds that poor smokers face the toughest odds for quitting smoking successfully. (Medical Xpress)

NPR asks if the reported gains in Afghan health may be too good to be true.

The Albert Lea Tribune profiles a case of secondhand smoke spreading in housing complexes, questioning the nature of public or private space.

Mothers-to-be who are living in war-torn zones are more likely to have low birth-weight babies, reports the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

A new French film questions the psychoanalytic treatment of autistic children born in the country. (NY Times)

Americans are most obese in areas where driving is the main mode of transportation, reports Planetsave.

Obesity rates in the US appear to be leveling off, reports Reuters.

A group made up of cancer survivors and medical professionals lobby to ban political funding by tobacco companies in India. (Times of India)

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