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This Week in Global Health

Friday, October 7, 2011

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


Growing pains
Poor countries are developing the diseases of the rich, with lethal consequences

Australia urges other nations to reject a potential WTO challenge mounted by Big Tobacco, reports Reuters.

The Economist reports that developing countries are increasingly getting diseases that were formerly the exclusive provenance of the rich.

Forty million may die of tuberculosis by 2050, reports BBC News.

The US government is pledging to fund maternal health programs in Zambia. (Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report)

CNN asks, ‘Should we pay people to stop smoking?

The US FDA is launching a new study examining the effects of tobacco regulation on the behavior of 40,000 smokers, reports Reuters.

Kids with diabetes may be more prone to having asthma, says Reuters.

COPD is just as deadly as lung cancer, reports The Korea Herald.

The Observer reports on maternal deaths in Uganda.

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a bill cutting aid to the United Nations Population Fund. (Huffington Post)

Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports on the ‘quiet revolution’ in maternal health.

Hormonal methods of birth control—especially injected contraceptives—are found to be associated with an increased HIV risk, says MedPageToday.

A mother’s exposure to pollutants at work may increase the likelihood of her child having asthma, reports Reuters.

The treatment of AIDs offers a lot of economic value for relatively little investment, reports Reuters.

A disgusting cautionary tale for tobacco-chewing baseball players: Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli accidentally swallows his tobacco during a game. (Yahoo)


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Stephen Hamill
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World Lung Foundation

 
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