This Week in Global Health
A weekly round- up of selected health news from around the world. Posted each Friday.
Christy Turlington Burns, seated right, and CNN Hero Robin Lim, seated left, with moms and their newborns at the Bumi Sehat clinic in Bali, Indonesia (CNN)
Good news for some of us: frequent chocolate consumption is linked to lower BMI. (Medscape)
Australia’s biggest tobacco companies all reap record profits— even as they claim government persecution while fighting plain packaging in court. (Adelaide Now)
Norway ranks #1 in the world for maternal health, education, and economic stability in the latest ‘State of the World’s Mothers’ report from Save the Children; the U.S. lags behind at #25. (LA Times)
The NY Times criticizes a new marketing campaign that places free samples of infant formula in U.S. maternity wards.
Reuters reports on how Washington ‘went soft’ on childhood obesity in the United States.
TIME Magazine does a fascinating picture series on tuberculosis—the ‘disease that won’t die’.
Encouraging news from China: universities in the country launch anti-smoking efforts. (UPI)
Voice of America reports that 14 African villages participating in Millennium Development Goal programs have drastically reduced their rates of childhood mortality.
The fight against obesity must shift away from personal blame, opines the Baltimore Sun.
Pre-pregnancy obesity may lead to lower child test scores, reports Zee News.
The Boston Herald reports that 42% of American adults will be obese by 2030 if current trends continue.
Beginning in 2013, cigarette packages in Russia will bear graphic images of smoking’s deadly effects, reports UPI.
Big Tobacco throws an additional $15 million into their lobbying against a proposed cigarette tax in California.(LA Times)
The Huffington Post reports on the uneven air pollution and asthma burden amongst children.
A new blood test may help identify the effects of secondhand smoke exposure on kids. (Reuters)
CBS reports on the ‘societal jet lag’ that may be fueling the obesity epidemic in up to two-thirds of modern workers.
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World Lung Foundation