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This Week in Global Health

Friday, May 4, 2012

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


Pedestrians attempt to cross a busy highway in India. Photograph: Kaushik Roy/Getty Images
The Oxford University Press asks: Why is tobacco control still a problem in Europe?

WLF is cited in this Khaleeji Times article about a crackdown on tobacco sold in supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates.

The Guardian reports that traffic accidents are now the biggest killer of young people worldwide.

Community health centers in the United States are swamped as unemployment numbers rise. (Huffington Post)

Premature births are soaring globally, reports the Huffington Post.

May is asthma awareness month; Voice of America reports on the search for answers about asthma.

Non-smoking apartment dwellers may face secondhand smoking risks from neighbors, reports MSNBC.

41% of non-smokers with children reported smelling smoke in their apartment building; researchers point out that if you can smell it, there will be traces of it in your bloodstream.

Israel expands a ban on public smoking. (Haaretz)

The world’s largest study focusing on children with chronic lung disorders has launched in the United Kingdom. (The Star)

The Sydney Morning Herald argues that clinical research should be freely exchanged for greater innovation.

The Chicago Tribune reports that fewer U.S. farmers are raising tobacco after a federal buyout; one farmer interviewed argues that asparagus is a much more profitable crop.

Maternal mortality rises in the United States. (Huffington Post)

The Atlantic reports on a radically different way of bringing aid to Pakistan.

American states are losing valuable tobacco tax revenue to ‘roll your own’ loopholes, reports the Ithaca Journal.

Many asthmatic kids suffer from exposure to secondhand smoke, reports MSNBC.

A Bollywood film ad which depicts the lead actor smoking is accused of breaking anti-tobacco laws. (IBN Live)


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Stephen Hamill
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World Lung Foundation

 
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