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This Week in Global Health

Friday, June 1, 2012

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


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Wednesday with Linda I. Gibbs, deputy mayor for health, as he discussed a plan to ban large sugary beverages. Next to each soda is the amount of sugar in it.
Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
The Jakarta Post praises WLF mass media campaigns in Indonesia.

In Hong Kong, WLF and other anti-tobacco groups urge leaders to adopt plain packaging. (The Hong Kong Standard)

Does New Zealand hold the key to stamping out smoking? (Charlotte Observer)

Cape Times exposes the loopholes that Big Tobacco exploits to advertise to consumers in South Africa; five South Africans die every hour from tobacco-related disease.

Genetics may influence how easily smokers can quit, says a new report. (MSN)

New York City mulls a controversial ban on large-sized sodas; the ban is meant to combat obesity. (The New York Times)

The New York Daily News reports that young smokers suffer cardiac issues and cancer much earlier (and more often) than their non-smoking peers.

Pakistan Today reports that 70% of Pakistanis are exposed to tobacco toxins daily.

Clean birth—the assurance of hygienic standards during deliveries—is the key to sharply reducing maternal mortality worldwide, reports Ghana Web.

Londoners are more aware of smoking’s risks than any other city dwellers worldwide, reports UKPA.

US News reports that high blood sugar levels may make pneumonia deadlier.

Even as more adults quit smoking, young people are taking up the deadly habit. (South Coast Today)

Obese American children are ‘navigating a minefield’ of calories and manipulative ads for non-nutritious foods, opines Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Canadian kids are still smoking candy-flavored cigarillos, reports Canada.com; the cigarillos were officially banned in 2010.

WebMD reports on a new treatment that may ease the symptoms of COPD—acupuncture.


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Stephen Hamill
Associate Director, Communications and Advocacy
World Lung Foundation

 
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