Global Development News
The Conversation: Climate change will displace millions in coming decades. Nations should prepare now to help them
By the middle of this century, experts estimate that climate change is likely to displace between 150 and 300 million people. If this group formed a country, it would be the fourth-largest in the world, with a population nearly as large as that of the United States.
Rights Info: There A Human Right to Contraception?
For many of us here in the UK, access to contraception is easy and free. But this isn’t the case everywhere around the world, with some 214 million women struggling to access vital family planning. But is it a human right?
The Economist: Why America still permits child marriage
It pushes for bans abroad, but the practice is allowed at home.
The Conversation: Delhi should follow Beijing’s example in tackling air pollution
Delhi’s air pollution crisis made international headlines in early December when a cricket match between India and Sri Lanka was suspended due to poor air quality.
The Huffington Post: Iceland Makes It Illegal For Companies To Pay Men More Than Women
The country implemented a new law Monday that will make it illegal for male employees to be paid more than women doing the same job.
Global Health News
The Huffington Post: Who’s To Blame For Global Health Inequity? – The Elephant In The UHC Room
World leaders, global institutions, multinational corporations and NGOs came together in Tokyo around Universal Health Coverage day to (again) commit themselves to achieving ‘UHC’.
Foodtank: Growing an Agricultural Revolution in Puerto Rico
December 29th marks 100 days since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. Today, the island imports 95 percent of its food. As a major disaster aid package progresses—slowly—through Congress, it’s time to prioritize the island’s right to food security.
Human Rights Watch: Lebanon: Open Burning of Dumps Putting Health at Risk
Human Rights Watch, found that Lebanon’s mismanagement of its waste has gone on for decades. One consequence has been the open burning of waste, a dangerous and avoidable practice, posing health risks to nearby residents.
The Lancet: Towards a meaningful measure of universal health coverage for the next billion
Effectively monitoring universal health coverage (UHC) has become increasingly important, especially given the centrality of UHC in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era and its ascent in policy dialogues.
The Times: Dementia is not a natural part of getting old
This is a disease we have to fight through care, research and drug funding, just like cancer.
Pacific Standard: Can a Credit Card-Sized monitor help India battle its hearts disease epidemic?
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in India. Neha Rastogi’s portable electrocardiogram wants to end that.
The Lancet: Collision of communicable and non-communicable disease epidemics—the case of HIV and COPD
In this issue of The Lancet Global Health, Jean Joel Bigna and colleagues report the results of their systematic review and meta-analysis of studies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in people with HIV.
The New York Times: Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible
Diagnosing a lung disease like tuberculosis with a urine test may seem illogical, but a group of American researchers is now a step closer to that goal.
Time Health: Cancer Deaths Have Dropped 26% in Recent Years
Since 1991, the cancer death rate has dropped by 26%, according to the latest data from the American Cancer Society (ACS). That decline represents nearly 2.4 million lives saved from cancer.
Risk Factors News
The Guardian: Alcohol can cause irreversible genetic damage to stem cells, says study
Link between drinking and cancer clarified by study which indicates alcohol causes cancer by scrambling DNA in cells, eventually leading to mutations.
The Telegraph: Drinking alcohol raises risk of cancer by snapping DNA, scientists find
Alcohol turns into acetaldehyde in the body which snaps DNA and can trigger cancer.
The Guardian: Limit children to two sugary snacks a day, parents told
Public Health England urging parents to take tougher line on sweets, cakes and fizzy drinks between meals to stem obesity crisis.
The Independent: Consuming sugar can impair your cognitive performance, study finds
Consuming certain sugars can drastically diminish your cognitive performance, a study has discovered.
The Guardian: Former advertising executive reveals junk food-pushing tactics
A former advertising executive who spent two decades working with “big food” corporations has revealed how they are still working to persuade us to eat more sugar and junk food in spite of the obesity epidemic.