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City Health international holds an annual international conference, in a different location each year, which examines current policy and practice in relation to public health and health behaviours in cities.

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  • Zambia: HIV Mandatory Testing Supported

    Stakeholders have hailed President Edgar Lungu for directing that HIV/AIDS testing now be mandatory in all public health institutions. The Zambia National Blood Transfusion Services (ZNBTS) said the mandatory test was a brilliant move that would help people know their status and begin treatment early to lessen the disease burden. ZNBTS medical director Joseph Mulenga said the move would reduce HIV stigma and also help people who test positive [...]

    2017-08-22 |


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  • How poverty spreads across Belarus

    Perhaps one of Lukashenka’s greatest achievements in Belarusian society has been his fight against poverty. In the worst years of the 1990s, half of the population of Belarus was languishing below the poverty line. This figure is now 10 times smaller. However, poverty is once again on the rise. In some regions, the average worker earns just $100 per month, barely over the Belarusian poverty line (around $90). The main reason people end up below [...]

    2017-08-21 |


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  • Australia : E-cig ban may be responsible for increased smoking rates

    Smoking rates in Australia have risen by over 21,000 to 2.4 million between 2013 and 2016. “For the first time ever, there has been no statistically significant reduction in the smoking rate, and an increase in the number of smokers in Australia,” said Colin Mendelsohn, an expert in public health at the University of New South Wales whilst pointing out that for the first time, the smoking rates in Australia have exceeded those in the US. “This is [...]

    2017-08-20 |


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  • Food for thought: Government agencies are joining private initiatives to tackle the growing problem of food waste in Japan

    Consumers, retailers and businesses nationwide throw away millions of tons of food each year, with waste ultimately affecting profit levels and keeping officials up at night. Food loss can happen at any stage in the production process, whether it be harvesting, processing, retailing or consumption. It’s a global problem, with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimating that as much as 1.3 billion tons, or one-third of all food made for [...]

    2017-08-19 |


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  • Fresh lessons: Farmers markets help kids make healthy food choices

    We’ve all heard the story about the elementary teacher who asks her students, “Who can tell me where milk comes from?” and little voices call out, “Wegmans!” More parents are heading to farmers markets not just to educate their kids about farm animals but to teach important family values about healthy eating, supporting small farmers, helping the environment and — especially in Rochester— building community. In this area, we’re fortunate to have [...]

    2017-08-18 |


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  • New robots to help dementia sufferers

    Researchers have found the use of social robots can increase the quality of life for people living with dementia. Dementia is a debilitating condition that affects over 48 million people worldwide, with over 380,000 of them in Australia. It is incurable, and sufferers experience a gradual decline in memory. But, Griffith University has found the use of Japanese-built robots, which look like fluffy baby seals, can help dementia sufferers with [...]

    2017-08-17 |


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