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NCDs Digest – 1st December 2017

Please find here our NCD Digest’s selection of news, articles and reports.

Global Development News

The Guardian: Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty.

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Let me tell you what forced marriage in America looks like

I was trapped in my marriage for 15 years before I managed to escape with my two daughters.

The Conversation: Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs – it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco also impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences.

The Guardian: Only 23% of the world’s politicians are women. It’s time for that to change

Progress to close the gender gap in politics has been glacial. At their global summit, female politicians from around the world are demanding faster action.


Global Health News

The Guardian: Five-a-day eating targets ‘will be unaffordable for millions after Brexit’

Thinktank says consumption of fruit and vegetables could be hit by exchange rates, tariffs and higher labour costs.

BNP Paribas: BNP Paribas announces new measures regarding the financing of tobacco companies

BNP Paribas announced it is ceasing its financing and investment activities related to manufacturers of tobacco products, as well as producers, wholesalers and traders whose revenue is derived mainly from tobacco.

Evening Standard: Total ban on fast-food outlets within 400m of London schools, Mayor Sadiq Khan to announce

Sadiq Khan will announce the policy to ban new fast-food takeaways within 400 metres of schools.

UNDP: World AIDS Day

UNDP Administrator’s Statement on World AIDS Day, 1 December


NCDs News

BMJ Global Health: Fighting TB stigma: we need to apply lessons learnt from HIV activism

When the fulfilment of human rights has fallen short in practice, HIV activists have used rights-based approaches to overcome stigma and discrimination and organise for change.

The Conversation: Women’s cancers: curable for the rich, often a death sentence for the poor

Each year 2.7 million women will be diagnosed with cancers of the breast, cervix, endometrium, or ovaries, and more than a million of them will die from these cancers.

The Conversation: When it comes to mental health, a problem shared can be a problem doubled

The term psychologists use for negative problem sharing is “co-rumination”. Co-rumination is the mutual encouragement to discuss problems excessively, repeatedly going over the same problems, anticipating future problems and focusing on negative feelings.

Deccan Herald: Lifestyle, NCDs kill over 61% in India

Over 61% of all deaths in India can be attributed to lifestyle or non-communicable diseases, according to a new report that red-flagged how many environmental risk factors are linked to seven major diseases affecting the millions of Indians.


Risk Factors News


The Guardian: Sugar industry withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims

Researchers say negative health impacts of sucrose could have been combated sooner had research been released – but industry bodies dispute the findings.


Food navigator: Government intervention on food needed to safeguard children’s health: Report

Imposing taxes on high fat and sugar foods will improve children’s diets, the British Psychological Society (BPS) said, highlighting the need for government intervention in food reformulation and education.


Yahoo News: Exporting obesity: How the food industry is changing the world’s diet

For the first time in human history, more people are obese than underweight, with America leading the way. Yahoo News examines the way the food industry has contributed to the worldwide epidemic, and how soda companies in the U.S. have tried to deflect blame for the increase in obesity, particularly in children.


The Guardian: Scotland’s minimum pricing for alcohol to take effect in May 2018

Shona Robison announces plan to fix level at 50p a unit, aiming to reduce hospital admissions by 8,254 in first five years.


Evening Standard: Some kids have no food at all, others bring doughnuts: The scandal of hungry children in London

Opposite a pizza shop and around the corner from a Greggs bakery, a KFC, two more fried chicken outlets, a chippy and a kebab shop, is Stanhope primary school.

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