This Week in Global Health
A weekly round- up of selected health news from around the world. Posted each Friday.
On the table are proposals to fight obesity, cut tobacco and alcohol use and expand access to lifesaving drugs in an effort to tackle unhealthy diets and lifestyles that drive three of every five deaths worldwide. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
WLF’s Rebecca Perl is interviewed by the Lancet about tobacco control measures being taken in Russia.
The Boston Globe reports that drug-resistant TB is spreading fast in Europe.
WLF’s Jorge Alday says that allowing companies like Nestle, Glaxo, and tobacco companies to determine NCD policy is “kind of like letting Dracula advise on blood bank security”; Bloomberg News calls the NCD Summit an ‘epic battle’.
Non-communicable diseases must be given more attention in Africa, opines the Daily Monitor.
Livestrong and WLF are teaming together to urge world leaders to address the NCD crisis.
Reuters reports that the world’s annual child mortality rate is falling.
Indonesian cigarette vendors at a recent rally in Jakarta, protesting government talks over a tobacco-control law. Thousands of vendors were organized and deployed by an Indonesian tobacco trade group. Andreas Harsono
WLF is cited in this article which castigates Philipp Morris and Indonesian officials for slow movement on tobacco control in Indonesia.
The LA Times reports that the US is looking to ban electronic cigarettes on airplanes.
The FDA tells Big Tobacco: “You’ve already lost the fight over graphic tobacco warnings.” (Read WLF’s interview with Rebecca Perl about graphic pack warnings here).
Africa Science News describes home-grown innovations that could encourage maternal and infant health in Africa.
A new study claims that kids who drink raw milk are less likely to develop asthma.
The CDC is reporting that U.S. lung cancer rates are dropping as smoking rates fall, according to the LA Times.
New York City smoking rates fall to an all-time low; NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg claims that aggressive tobacco control and smoking bans are to thank for the encouraging news.
Counseling alone may not be effective in helping pregnant women quit smoking, reports Reuters.
Breast and cervical cancer rates are rising globally, reports The Guardian.
Scientists are developing a new blood test to detect lung cancer, reports PhysOrg.
The Montreal Gazette reports on the often underreported impact of COPD.
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World Lung Foundation