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  • 43% of Brazilians Are Overweight / 43% dos brasileiros estão acima do peso

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    The image of Brazilians many non-Brazilians tend to get from movies, novelas, Brazilian supermodels and tourism ads (mostly for Rio de Janeiro) is that of a trim, tanned, body image-conscious people.  But new research done by Brazil’s Health Ministry (MS) indicates the country actually has a growing weight problem, with all that implies to […]

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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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    Assessment of Non-communicable Chronic Disease in Uruguay / Diagnóstico de las enfermedades crónicas no transmisibles en Uruguay

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

    Recently Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MSP) released the results of its survey into its population’s chief risk factors for non-communicable chronic disease (NCD). The major NCD categories are cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancers (“malignant neoplasms”), chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
    NCDs constitute 70% of deaths in Uruguay (33.8% CVD, 22.6% malignant neoplasms). […]

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