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South Africa Ranks Among Most Obese Nations, Surveys Show

Reuters: Obesity, South Africa’s emerging health crisis “…Nearly three quarters of South Africans are overweight and the country ranks third in a list of the world’s most obese nations behind the United States and Mexico, according to surveys by GlaxoSmithKline and medical journal The Lancet. Africa has for decades been…

Greater Effort Needed To Prevent Violence, WHO Study Shows

WHO: New study highlights need to scale up violence prevention efforts globally “The ‘Global status report on violence prevention 2014’ reveals that 475,000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive…

Drowning Is ‘Serious And Neglected’ Global Health Threat, WHO Report Says

Media sources report on findings from a recently released WHO report on drowning. U.N. News Centre: Drowning claims over 40 people every hour in ‘needless loss of life’ — U.N. report “The first United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report on drowning released [Monday] reveals that more than 370,000 people drown…

Financial Times Features Report On Combating Diabetes

Financial Times: Report: Combating Diabetes The newspaper features several articles on different aspects of diabetes, including prevention, treatment, and cure research. “Urbanization, poor diet, and failure to exercise have led to record levels of obesity, fueling a diabetes epidemic…” (11/13).

Lax Gun Laws Contribute To High Homicide Rates In Americas, PAHO Analysis Shows

New York Times: Gun Proliferation Fuels Homicide Rates in the Americas “Poor and middle-income nations of Latin America and the Caribbean are the most homicide-prone countries in the world, according to [a Pan American Health Organization] analysis of a new United Nations report on violence. And because of lax gun laws,…

Global Health Investments Must Address NCDs In LMICs

Project Syndicate: A New Direction for Global Health Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Thomas Donilon and Mitchell Daniels, co-chairs of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries “…International investments have not yet…

Cancer Survival Varies Widely Depending On Place Of Residence, Study Shows

NPR: Your Odds Of Surviving Cancer Depend Very Much On Where You Live “In the United States, nine out of 10 kids diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia will live. In Jordan, the survival rate is 16 percent. And while cervical cancer patients have a five-year survival rate of over 70…

World’s Health Issues Span Wide Spectrum, Not Just Diseases

International Monetary Fund: Global Health Problems Span a Wide Spectrum James Rowe of the IMF discusses the December issue of the IMF’s Finance and Development magazine, which “examines a panoply of global health concerns — among them the growing importance of regional and local governments in health care delivery, the…

WHO Releases New Guidance On Cervical Cancer Prevention, Control

Agence France-Presse: WHO makes cervical cancer protection easier, cheaper “The World Health Organization introduced new cervical cancer guidelines Wednesday, making it easier and cheaper to protect women against one of the deadliest, but most preventable, diseases…” (12/3). VOA News: WHO Stresses Value of Vaccine in Preventing Cervical Cancer “…The World…

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