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Global Development News

The Guardian: Air pollution: Sadiq Khan calls for ban on wood-burning stoves

London mayor cites figures showing that the home stoves, used in 16% of households, produce up to a third of all the capital’s fine-particle pollution.

The Conversation: A terrible fate awaits North Korean women who escape to China

International organisations, governments and the media must apply even greater pressure on Beijing to change its policy towards North Korean refugees and the children they have in China.

The Guardian: ‘I hope you’re ready to get married’: in search of Vietnam’s kidnapped brides

Phượng’s daughter was abducted from her village in Vietnam and sold into marriage in China. Could she track her down – starting with Facebook?

Rights Info: Legal Permission No Longer Needed In Some Right To Die Cases

Doctors and relatives of patients with severely debilitating conditions will no longer have to seek court approval to end life-supporting treatment after a significant new judgment in the Court of Protection. The right to die is a particularly tricky area of our human rights.

Global Health News

The Lancet: Health in Angola in the wake of the presidential election

The country has been struck by a series of humanitarian crises, including outbreaks of yellow fever and cholera and a spike in malaria cases. These emergencies, spurred by the already existing gaps, have combined with the rapid inflation to further decimate the country’s health system, experts said.

BMJ Global Health: Effects of nutrition interventions during pregnancy on low birth weight: an overview of systematic reviews

Low birth weight (LBW, birth weight less than 2500 g) is associated with infant mortality and childhood morbidity. Poor maternal nutritional status is one of several contributing factors to LBW.

The Lancet: Illnesses of isolation: detention of asylum seekers

More than 60% of asylum seekers to Australia have post-traumatic stress disorder, which is affecting people’s physical health and susceptibility to infection, say doctors who have worked on Nauru (northeast of Australia), Manus Island (Papua New Guinea), and previously, Australia’s Christmas Island. All three islands have been used by the Australian Government to detain asylum seekers.

Global Health Now: What’s the Difference? Planetary Health Explained

In this “What’s the Difference?” series, Marija Cemma, PhD, explains the disciplines based on research and interviews with global experts.

NCDs News

The Lancet: Diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa: from clinical care to health policy

Rapid demographic, sociocultural, and economic transitions are driving increases in the risk and prevalence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Lancet: Beating NCDs can help deliver universal health coverage

In WHO’s drive to ensure good health and care for all, there is a pressing need to step up global and national action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the factors that put so many people at risk of illness and death from these conditions worldwide.

UNSW Sidney: One hour of exercise a week can prevent depression

Even small amounts of exercise – from as little as one hour per week – can offer significant protection against depression, an international research team led by the Black Dog Institute has found.

WHO: Thailand’s physical activity drive is improving health by addressing NCDs

Dancing to increase her physical activity has been, for Thai dressmaker Umpun Sangprasert, just what the doctor ordered to improve her heart health.

Risk Factors News

The Guardian: Why does obesity cause diabetes? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Rather than referring to obesity as a cause of diabetes, it is more accurate to frame the issue as one of association between obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The Telegraph: Children leaving school fatter than ever despite drop in early obesity

Parents will be shown 3D models of just how overweight their child is set to become by the time they reach adulthood.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Reduce alcohol by a litre a year, see a 15 per cent reduction in liver cancer

Reducing Australia’s per-capita alcohol consumption by just one litre a year would drive a significant reduction in head, neck and liver cancer deaths.

The Conversation: The real reason some people become addicted to drugs

It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time. To many, it looks like the constant search for pleasure. But the pleasure derived from opioids like heroin or stimulants like cocaine declines with repeated use.

 

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