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This Week in Global Health

Friday, July 6, 2012

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

An employee at the Health Care center IV of Busiu in Mbale district, eastern Uganda attends to Mary Watera, who is pregnant with her first baby, September 27, 2011.
Exposure to secondhand smoke has been linked to both obesity and type 2 diabetes, reports Medical News Today.

The embryos of pregnant smokers grow more slowly, reports the BBC.

Tobacco control activists are calling on the UN to rescind an award given to the largest producer of cigarettes in India. (Zee News)

Obesity may cause heart failure—but it also protects from its effects, in a puzzling health paradox. (The LA Times)

Teens are more likely to start smoking in June and July than at any other time during the year, reports CBS News.

A new project which provides ultrasound machines to clinics in Uganda is saving lives, reports Voice of America.

‘Roll-your-own’ tobacco shops—which have long exploited legislative loopholes in America—may soon be forced to close, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Could McDonalds and Coca Cola be banned from the London Olympics? (One Green Planet)

MedPageToday reports that heart problems amongst the obese may be due to more than just excess fat.

Tobacco firms are actively targeting women via ‘superslim’ branding, reports the Irish Sun News.

Triple Pundit argues that Big Beverage companies (including Coke and Pepsi) are taking their marketing cues from Big Tobacco.

The Miami Herald reports that older people with asthma run greater health risks than their younger counterparts.

An orangutan in Indonesia is being weaned off of her smoking addiction—visitors to the zoo regularly throw her cigarettes. (The Guardian)

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