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NCDs Digest – September 2017

Mathilde Chiesa

Global Development News

The Conversation: After 30 years of the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is gradually healing

This weekend marks the 30th birthday of the Montreal Protocol, often dubbed the world’s most successful environmental agreement.

The Time: How Your Food Waste Could Eventually Power Your Home

Researchers have been working for years to develop methods to turn food waste into a viable and economic energy source.

The Conversation: Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like

The world is witnessing a state-orchestrated humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border.


Global Health News

The Guardian: Get out of my office: how to switch to ‘walking meetings’

Public Health England is urging office staff to conduct meetings on the hoof. Here’s a handy guide to making the walk’n’ talk work for you.

The New Yorker: What the Utah Good-Nurse, Bad-Cop Video Says About Medical Privacy

The arrest of the University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels suggests a need to examine, on m. any levels, the intersection of the health and the criminal-justice systems.

The Lancet: Global, regional, and national age-sex specific mortality for 264 causes of death, 1980–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

This assessment includes evaluation of the expected epidemiological transition with changes in development and where local patterns deviate from these trends.

The Independent: Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

Antimicrobial resistance a ‘global health emergency’ that ‘will seriously jeopardise progress in modern medicine’, says head of international organisation


NCDs News

The Guardian: One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals

Data from government-funded research prompts fresh questions about effect of social media and school stresses on young people’s mental health.

BBC: ‘Kinder treatments in pipeline’ for child brain cancer

Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common malignant child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments.

The Conversation: The trade in body parts of people with albinism is driven by myth and international inaction

In the last decade, close to 200 killings and more than 500 attacks on people with albinism have been reported in 27 sub-Saharan African countries.

The Guardian: HPV screening better at detecting cervical cancer than pap smear, trial shows

Results come less than three months before five-yearly HPV test replaces the two-yearly pap test in Australia.

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.


Risk Factors News

The Age: Your mental health involves your whole body and starts with diet

“Psychiatry is really starting to understand that we need to get back to treating the whole person, not just bits of their brain.”

The New York Time: How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.

The Guardian: Poorest London children face health risks from toxic air, poverty and obesity

Schools in capital worst affected by air pollution are in most socially deprived areas with high levels of obesity, finds the study.

The Lancet: Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016

By providing estimates over a long time series, this study can monitor risk exposure trends critical to health surveillance and inform policy debates on the importance of addressing risks in context.

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