This Week in Global Health
A weekly round- up of selected health news from around the world. Posted each Friday.Doug Mills/The New York TimesPresident Obama is officially tobacco-free and fit at fifty, says the New York Times.
President Obama's medical report cited a "well-healed lower lip laceration" from a basketball injury last year.
The FDA is gearing up to spend $600 million on tobacco education campaigns over five years, reports The Washington Post.
Japan Tobacco International, a company partially owned by the Japanese government, is accused of ‘widespread cigarette smuggling’, reports Reuters.
House Democrats push for a ban on chewing tobacco in Major League Baseball, says the Washington Post.
Door-to-door outreach in South Africa has cut tuberculosis prevalence by about 20 percent, reports PlusNews.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria uncovers $20 million lost through mismanagement and fraud. (Washington Post)
A new drug is targeting the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, says USA Today.
Even as the obesity epidemic makes headlines, many of the world’s poorest remain undernourished. (Reuters)
New ‘self-destructing’ syringes will make safe injection practices compulsory, reports PBS.
Proposed Australian tobacco control legislation faces opposition from tobacco-producing companies at the WTO (ICTSD).
It’s not just heredity: obesity genes’ effects are reduced by exercise, reports Medical News Today.
Black market cigarettes are big business in NYC, says MSNBC.
Infant mortality is still a problem in the United States, opines WBAL Baltimore.
A new test may diagnose asthma more accurately, says ABC.
A healthy lifestyle paired with medication can markedly reduce the risk of death for heart disease patients, reports USA Today.
Obesity, sleep apnea, and cognitive problems may be linked in children, reports ABC News.
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