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This Week in Global Health

Thursday, March 29, 2012

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

Tarya Seagraves-Quee bathes her six-year-old autistic son Joshua in their room at a motel in Cambridge, Massachusetts July 8, 2009. Credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder
WLF’s Tobacco Atlas ‘rings alarm bells for India’, reports the Times of India.

“The tobacco industry is among the top-10 most influential industries in the world because of its sheer magnitude of wealth and sales,” WLF Senior Advisor Dr. Judith Mackay tells Bloomberg.

WLF’s Tobacco Atlas continues to be reported on in many, many media outlets. The Atlantic’s Vital Signs does an especially interesting breakdown of the Atlas’ eye-opening numbers.

The Straits Times also reports on Dr. Mackay’s call for more hard-hitting anti-smoking drives.

The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) ends with a united resolution towards a tobacco-free world. (Bernama)

British American Tobacco claims that plain packaging laws infringe on the company’s intellectual property rights. (Bloomberg)

Forbes asks if removing menthol from cigarettes will improve health.

TIME calls tuberculosis in Peru ‘the disease that won’t die.’

Cancer is killing people earlier in life in India—and tobacco’s the culprit. (Reuters)

Asthmatic kids are getting less and less medication as costs rise. (Star Tribune)

Fears of drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis hasten a search for a vaccine. (The Wall Street Journal)

Autism rates in the United States reach a new high. (Reuters)

Voice of America reports on all that still needs to be done to combat HIV in Africa.

Villagers in Fiji are working together to combat NCDs—a fine example of small communities taking small steps to combat disease. (Fiji Times)

Cancer rates are on the decline in the United States, generally speaking—but obesity and tanning are contributing to increases. (TIME)

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Stephen Hamill
Associate Director, Communications and Advocacy
World Lung Foundation

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