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This Week in Global Health

Friday, April 27, 2012

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


Japan’s smokers still light up. (Reuters)
Tanzania’s government is urged by WLF and other NGOs to authorize private companies to supply life-saving drugs to rural hospitals. (The Guardian Reporter)

New findings support the theory that smoking may cause depression. (PsychCentral)

Evidence mounts that diet and exercise may help cancer survivors beat, manage, and stay free of the deadly disease. (NPR)

Women who smoke throughout their pregnancy may be likely to have children with high functioning autism, reports Science Daily.

AllAfrica reports that when it comes to maternal health benchmarks in Nigeria, promises are still being broken.

Childhood obesity may lead to unnecessary surgeries, reports the NY Times.

The U.S. government releases the sixth annual malaria report, detailing significant progress made against the disease. Fighting malaria is a key strategy in reducing child mortality; 80% of malaria deaths in Africa occur in children under the age of 5. (AllAfrica.com)

Tobacco packaging is designed to attract teenagers
, reports The Daily Record.

The Wall Street Journal profiles Japan Tobacco’s chain-smoking headquarters.

The UN offers to help India in dealing with polio, malaria, HIV, and other crucial public health issues. (New York Daily News)

Breastfeeding longer cuts HIV transmission rates to babies, reports the Times of India.

Reuters asks: ‘Is the obesity tide turning amongst preschoolers?

The fatal road accident rate for U.S. children and teens plunges. (Christian Science Monitor)

A new study finds that the only anti-tobacco ads that aren’t effective are those which are sponsored by Big Tobacco. (U.S. News and World Report)

Omega-3s may help guard against the negative effects of smoking, reports the New York Daily News.

The Economist explains why nutrition matters in poverty reduction.

The Atlantic reports on the groundbreaking efficiency of home visits for asthmatic kids.


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Stephen Hamill
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World Lung Foundation

 
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