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    Alcohol Abuse Growing Among Brazilians / Crece consumo abusivo de álcool entre os brasileiros

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    Abusive consumption of alcohol is increasing among Brazilians, and Brazilian women are drinking more.
    That’s two of the findings from the Health Ministry’s (MS) 2008 version of the Surveillance of Risk Factors and Protection from Chronic Diseases by Telephone Survey (Vigilãncia do Fatores de Risco e Proteção Crônicas por Inquérito Telefônico – VIGITEL), and the Ministry […]

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    Argentina Deepens Restrictions on Alcohol

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

    President Cristina Fernandez issued an implementing decree for the 12-year old Alcohol Act, deepening restrictions on alcohol beverage advertising and consumption and obliging social security services to treat the social consequences of its consumption.
    The signing ceremony was attended by the Ministers expected to implement the rules: Health, Graciela Ocaña; Labor, Carlos Tomada; Justice, Anibal Fernandez; […]

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    OMS: tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol son principales amenazas para la salud humana

    Saturday, February 28th, 2009

    Desde la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS):
    Tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol: principales amenazas para la salud humana

    Expertos enfatizan necesidad de una mejor coordinación para maximizar los alcances en salud

    La modificación de cuatro principales factores conductuales de riesgo -consumo de tabaco, dieta malsana, inactividad física y consumo nocivo de alcohol- podría prevenir […]

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    Links between Excessive Alcohol and Partner Violence / Vínculos entre consumo excesivo de alcohol y violencia doméstica

    Friday, December 12th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Book Establishes New Links between Excessive Alcohol and Partner Violence
    A new Pan American Health Organization book provides evidence from 10 countries that excessive alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of intimate partner violence among men and women.
    Research results reported in the book published today, Unhappy Hours: Alcohol […]

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    Implications of the World Cancer Declaration for LAC

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

    The World Cancer Congress recently concluded with by adopting the World Cancer Declaration (WCD), a global plan of action to combat cancer, particularly in developing countries such as those of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    The Declaration has already been endorsed by hundreds of organizations, including many health ministries (such as Chile‘s) and other bodies […]

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    An Alcohol Control Bill for Uruguay

    Friday, September 12th, 2008

    Uruguay’s National Drug Board (Junta Nacional de Drogas – JND), Inter-sectoral Coordinator on Alcohol Policies (CIPA) and Ministry of Public Health (MSP) recently presented to the press and public an unusually tough (for a Latin American nation, at least) alcohol control bill that they are sending to the national legislature.
    A Law, Not a Decree
    JND Secretary […]

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    LAC Health Stats, Trends and Trivia

    Saturday, June 21st, 2008

    Which Latin American or Caribbean nation smokes or drinks the most? In which are you more likely to die from cancer than infectious diseases such as malaria or dengue? Which has the highest percentage of obese people? Which spends the most on the health of their citizens?
    If you you’ve ever wondered about […]

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    Diabetes Along the Mexican Border

    Monday, November 5th, 2007

    Pop Quiz: What's the leading cause of death in Mexico and the third leading cause of death among Mexicans living along the US border?  Diabetes, more specifically, type 2 diabetes.
    Don't worry.  I didn't know the answer either (blush) until I read this just-released report from the US Centers for Diasease Control (CDC), the Mexican Health […]

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    Alcohol Consumption in Brazil IV: Drinking-Related Problems; Policy Responses

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    At end-2005, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resolved to undertake a regional effort to combat alcohol consumption under the guidance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As they do, they’ll likely study the efforts of Brazil to take the lead on the issue. This past spring Brazil adopted a national policy […]

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    Alcohol Consumption in Brazil III: Adolescent Drinking

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    At end-2005, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resolved to undertake a regional effort to combat alcohol consumption under the guidance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As they do, they’ll likely study the efforts of Brazil to take the lead on the issue. This past spring Brazil adopted a national policy […]

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