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This Week in Global Health

Friday, February 24, 2012

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

Rajni, a severely malnourished 2-year-old girl, is weighed by health workers at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, Shivpuri district, Madhya Pradesh, Feb. 1, 2012.
In the US, A landmark 1998 settlement between tobacco companies and states is upheld by a federal judge, despite Big Tobacco’s claims of a government ‘conspiracy’. (JournalNow)

WLF and the Indian Ministry of Health launch Tobacco is Eating Your Baby Alive, a mass media campaign designed to highlight the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. (Modern Medicare)

The Chicago Tribune reports that smokers’ brains change when exposed to high levels of nicotine. (Chicago Tribune)

WLF’s Dr. Judith Mackay weighs in on the possibility of a ‘safer cigarette’ in Forbes.

Myanmar desperate seeks drugs to treat HIV and tuberculosis, as rates of both diseases in that country soar to thrice the international average. (Gulf News)

India is in a ‘race against time’ to meet Millennium Goal benchmarks, reports the New York Times.

Maternal health is best improved by a lifelong investment in women, opines Nairobi’s Coast Week.

The US FDA approves a new treatment for COPD sufferers. (The Huffington Post)

A chronic lung disease is linked to the bacteria disseminated during long, hot showers. (ABC News)

Cigarette packaging in Singapore will no longer be allowed to have misleading ‘low tar’ descriptions, reports AsiaOne.

February 23rd marked the Great American Spit Out—encouraging smokeless tobacco users to quit for a day. (Aledo Times Record)

The complex root causes of obesity may be ‘beyond the reach’ of weight-loss drugs, say experts. (Star Tribune)

US troops sent into combat are far more likely to take up a smokeless tobacco habit, reports Reuters.

Quitting smoking is ‘harder for the poor’, says The Huffington Post.

Israeli scientists declare that obesity may lead to depression and burn-out. (Israel National News)

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Stephen Hamill
Associate Director, Communications and Advocacy
World Lung Foundation

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