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    WHO, IAEA Cooperate to Combat Cancer in Developing Countries

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO, IAEA join forces to fight cancer in developing countries
    WHO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced the launch of a Joint Programme on Cancer Control, aimed at strengthening and accelerating efforts to fight cancer in the developing world.
    The agreement reflects growing international concern over cancer as one […]

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    ACODECO “Declares War on Junk Food”

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

    To commemorate World Consumer Rights Day, Panama’s Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (ACODECO) hosted a forum on “No to the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods Targeted at Girls and Boys.”
    ACODECO’s Administrator, Pedro Meilán, opened the forum by noting the Authority’s role in protecting consumers in Panama and the alarming fact that Panama is […]

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    Brazil Creates Cancer Research Network / Brasil lança rede de pesquisas sobre o câncer

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Council on Scientific and technological Development (CNPq) and Health Ministry (MS) have launched a Brazilian Cancer Research Network (Rede Brasileira de Pesquisas sobre o Câncer). According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), cancer is the second greatest cause of death in Brazil, and it is projected to cause 465,000 new deaths in […]

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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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    Keep Children Lean and Active, Prevent Cancer Later in Life / Prevengamos el cáncer promoviendo hoy una infancia activa

    Saturday, February 7th, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO: “Keep Children Lean and Active, Prevent Cancer Later in Life”

    World Cancer Day marked with launch of “I love my healthy, active childhood” global campaign

    Establishing healthy habits early in life—particularly eating well and being active—is critical to lowering cancer rates in adulthood, experts from the Pan American Health […]

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    DR & Central America Agree on Common Health, Pharma Policies/Programs

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    It doesn’t get much attention outside this corner of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), but the annual Meeting of the Health Sector of Central America and the Dominican Republic (Reunión del Sector Salud de Centro América y República Dominicana – RESSCAD) is quietly doing important work to change health policy among its seven member […]

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    Loan to Improve Brazil’s Universal Health Care System / Empréstimo para Melhorar o Sistema Universal de Cuidados de Saúde

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: Project to Prevent Over 10,000 Disease-Related Deaths

    Reduction of hospital admissions due to non-communicable conditions such as cardio-vascular disease, cancer and diabetes could help save up to five percent of GDP over 10 years

    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$235 million loan to Brazil for the Health Network Formation […]

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    Paraná Bans Smoking in Areas Intended for Children

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The governor of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná just signed a law that bans smoking inside vehicles transporting children or at any commercial establishment or event intended for children.  The new instrument is considered a complement to Paraná’s 2005 law on smoking in public places.  In all probability other Brazilian states […]

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    New Cigarette Health Warnings/Images in Chile

    Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

    A couple of weeks back Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) announced a new warning that, according to a new decree just published in the official gazette, all cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must bear starting on 16 November.
    Chile, it appears, has decided to forgo the shock treatment approach that Brazil and Uruguay have adopted.  […]

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    New Tough Pack Images for Cigarettes in Uruguay

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008

    At the end of August the Public Health Ministry (MSP) of Uruguay ordered five new images and accompanying text which must be placed on packaging of cigarettes.  The image must occupy 50% of one of the two main faces of the pack, the accompanying text, 50% of the other main face.  Manufacturers of cigarettes must […]

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