• Study reveals how soda industry influence helped shape obesity policy in China

    A complex network of research funding, institutional ties and personal influence has allowed the Coca-Cola Company, through its connections with a nonprofit group, to exert substantial influence over obesity science and policy solutions in China, and as a result government policy aligns with the company's corporate interests, a Harvard study has found. The study, conducted by Susan Greenhalgh, the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research [...]

    2019-01-16 |

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  • Drug Reform series ­- The politics of drug decriminalisation

    Policies around drug decriminalisation should be evidence based, recognise the need for a nuanced rather than fundamentalist approach and take account of the advances made in the field of harm reduction, not just law enforcement.  Reform measures should be premised on a mix of rights, health and community safety principles and reflect the views of a broad cross­section of society [...]

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  • Dementia incidence increased 117% globally from 1990 to 2016

    The incidence of dementia increased by 117% between 1990 and 2016, according to data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2016. In addition, the data showed that the number of dementia-related deaths increased by 148% in this 26-year period, making dementia the fifth-largest cause of death in 2016. “The capacity of [Global Burden of Diseases Study] to examine patterns across countries creates a unique opportunity [...]

    2018-12-24 |


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  • A mountain of evidence on air pollution's harms to children

     A new study led by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) organizes the available scientific evidence on the effects of air pollution on children's health. The paper in the journal Environmental Research is the first comprehensive review of the associations between various fossil fuel combustion pollutants and multiple health effects in children in the context of assessing the benefits of air pollution and climate [...]

    2018-12-21 |

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  • Your postal code may influence your health: study

    Where you live in Canada may play a role in your risk of major diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Researchers at McMaster University have identified trends linking health and lifestyle factors like access to public transit, the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores, the prices of popular foods, the availability and prices of cigarettes and alcohol, and the promotion, or lack thereof, of healthy foods [...].

    2018-12-20 |


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  • 10 of the most important things we learned about mental health this year

    Approximately one in five adults in the US — 43.8 million — experiences mental illness in a given year, according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness. That being said, it's no surprise that each and every year researchers put time and enormous amounts of money into tackling the growing mental health crisis. It seems in 2018, much of their hard work paid off — around the world researchers crumbled myths and opened new doors as they aimed [...]

    2018-12-12 |


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  • Nairobi: The fastest city on the planet?

    Nairobi's only been a city since 1954, but it's been making up for lost time ever since. The capital of Kenya is now a thriving metropolis that continues to grow rapidly in a country that covers 582,650 square kilometers (around twice the size of Nevada). Nairobi is always on the move, always changing. While its name comes from a Maasai phrase meaning "the place of cool waters," Nairobi is more commonly referred to as the "Green City in the Sun.[...]

    2018-12-10 |


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  • Neighborhoods with more green space may mean less heart disease

    People who live in leafy, green neighborhoods may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and strokes, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. In this study, the first of its kind, researchers from the University of Louisville investigated the impact of neighborhood greenspaces on individual-level markers of [...]

    2018-12-09 |


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  • Drug buyers' clubs aim to tackle HIV prevention 'crisis'

    A new generation of drug buyers’ clubs like those set up at the height of the AIDS epidemic is seeking to combat a “crisis” in preventing new HIV infections by providing access to cheap generics of a breakthrough prophylactic. The original buyers’ groups, made famous in the film “Dallas Buyers Club”, were set up in the 1980s to import experimental drugs not approved by U.S. authorities when AIDS treatments were in their infancy and the disease [...]

    2018-12-04 |


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  • UK teenagers turn to mobile apps to help with mental ill health

    Tens of thousands of young people in Britain who are struggling with their mental health are seeking help online for problems such as anxiety, self-harm and depression. Soaring numbers of under-18s are turning to apps, online counselling and “mood diaries” to help them manage and recover from conditions that have left them feeling low, isolated and, in some cases, suicidal. A generation of young people are attracted by being able to receive fast [...]

    2018-11-28 |


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  • Air pollution cuts two years off global average lifespan, says study

    Air pollution cuts the average lifespan of people around the globe by almost two years, analysis shows, making it the single greatest threat to human health. The research looked at the particulate pollution produced by the burning of fossil fuels by vehicles and industry. It found that in many parts of the worst-affected nations – India and China – lifespans were being shortened by six years. The work combined research on the reduced lifespans [...]

    2018-11-25 |


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  • People more likely to binge drink in colder countries, study finds

    Alcohol consumption is higher in colder countries with less sunlight, a new study has found. The research, carried out by the Pittsburgh Liver Research Centre in the US, revealed people living in chillier climates were more likely to binge drink. Britain was named among the countries which showed high levels of heavy drinking and low numbers of sunlight hours. Examining data from 193 countries, evidence showed climate contributed to a higher [...]

    2018-11-21 |


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