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    Brazil Launches Unparalled Study of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

    Diseases of the circulatory system are the leading cause of death in Brazil. According to the Health Ministry (MS) there are 300,000 deaths and over one million hospitalizations per year, and hypertension and diabetes mellitus are major risk factors. Hypertension affects approximately 35% of the Brazilian population over the age of 40 years and of […]

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    INSP: México consume demasiado de las grasas dañinas

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    Desde el Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP):
    CONSUME POBLACIÓN MEXICANA 11% MÁS GRASAS DAÑINAS DE LO PERMITIDO

    El alto consumo de grasas dañinas aumenta el riesgo de enfermedades relacionadas con la dieta, como las cardiovasculares y cerebrovasculares
    Recomiendan especialistas el uso de aceites de origen vegetal, margarina suave de alta calidad en lugar de mantequilla, además de […]

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    Expertos dicen que la calidad de las grasas importa más que la cantidad

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

    Desde el Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP):
    Expertos a nivel mundial acuerdan que la calidad de las grasas que se consumen es más importante que la cantidad

    Los mexicanos consumen más del 40% de grasas saturadas de lo recomendado
    Existe gran confusión sobre el tipo de grasas que existen, así como la cantidad a consumir

    Dentro del marco […]

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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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    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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    RIACT Focuses on Smoke-Free Environments

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    Recently the Ibero-American Tobacco Control Network (Rede Ibero-Americana de Controle do Tabagismo – RIACT) held in Rio de Janerio its first full-fledged meeting since its creation in 2007. Attending the two-day meeting were representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  The […]

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    OPS prevé aumento de 150% en casos de diabetes en las Américas / Diabetes cases may increase 150% in the Americas

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: 14 November is World Diabetes Day, and the news coming out of the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) top body suggests that every country in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) should observe it seriously and soberly.  PAHO says that obesity and diabetes in the Americas is reaching […]

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    R$6.5 milhões para pesquisa sobre sindrome metabólica em adolescentes brasileiros / R$6.5 Mil. to Research Metabolic Syndrome in Brazilian Teens

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    The Brazilian Innovation Agency (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos – FINEP) will finance a 3-year national study on metabolic syndrome among Brazilians aged 12-17 in large cities (i.e., over 100,000 inhabitants).
    Metabolic syndrome is a combination of disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) and diabetes.  It generally is associated […]

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    Argentina Lurches Toward an Obesity Law…

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    By all accounts, Argentina’s Senate will pass an “obesity law” this coming week. If President Cristina Fernandez signs it, Argentina will become the first Latin American or Caribbean (LAC) country to adopt a national law or regulation directly addressing the issue. [Some Brazilian states have laws on aspects of the issue, and several […]

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