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Additional Mortality Data Would Help Inform Disease Prevention

The Atlantic: Mystery Killers “Considering we live in the age of big data, we know astonishingly little about why people die. Each year, more than 50 million deaths occur around the globe — and for all but a fraction, the actual cause goes unrecorded. That’s a major obstacle to improving…

WHO 2014 Global Status Report Shows NCDs Cause 16M Premature Deaths Annually

News outlets discuss the WHO’s Global status report on non-communicable diseases 2014, released on Monday. Agence France-Presse: ‘Lifestyle’ diseases kill 16 mn prematurely “Diseases linked to lifestyle choices, including diabetes and some cancers, kill 16 million people prematurely each year, the World Health Organization said Monday, urging action to stop…

Sri Lankan Health Ministry Prioritizes Chronic Kidney Disease With Unknown Cause

Associated Press: Mystery kidney killer spreads fear in Sri Lanka “…The [mysterious kidney] disease [in Sri Lanka’s rice-growing region] has killed up to 20,000 people over the past 20 years and sickened another 70,000 to 400,000. … No cases have been detected elsewhere in the country, and research has failed…

Middle-Income Nations Simultaneously Addressing Obesity, Malnutrition

EurActiv: New health extremes in developing countries: Obesity and malnutrition “Middle-income developing countries confront two extremes within the public health sector. While a large percentage of the population is underweight and malnourished, a growing number of people are adopting an unhealthy, western-influenced lifestyle, dispensing with physical activity and consuming fast…

Progress Against Global Obesity Slow; Health Experts Call For More Policy Measures

Reuters: Global progress against obesity “unacceptably slow” “Global progress toward tackling obesity has been ‘unacceptably slow,’ health experts said on Wednesday, with only one in four countries implementing a policy on healthy eating before 2010. In a series of studies published in The Lancet medical journal, researchers said that in…

WHO Tobacco Control Framework To Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary

Inter Press Service: Should We Celebrate 10 Years of the Global Tobacco Control Treaty? Laurent Huber, director of the Framework Convention Alliance “February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty. Today the FCTC has…

Cancer Mortality Increasing In Africa, But Donors Continue Focus On Infectious Diseases

EurActiv: Cancer is the poor parent of development aid “The absence of prevention, poor infrastructure, lack of medical staff, and late diagnoses, but also an increase in life expectancy in low-income countries, have made cancer Africa’s new health scourge. … As for developed countries, who are public aid providers to…

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