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    Federal Prosecutor Pressures Fast-Food Chains to Suspend Offering Toys with Meals

    Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

    The Federal Public Ministry (MPF) in São Paulo (PRSP) yesterday called for the Burger King, McDonald’s and Bob’s fast food chains to suspend the sale of promotional toys in their restaurants. He gave the companies ten days to meet the “recommendation.” The MPF also called for the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) to take a […]

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    Public Ministry Opens Inquiry into Marketing of Breakfast Cereals

    Thursday, February 12th, 2009

    Based on filings submitted by the Alana Institute, the consumer group PROTESTE and the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), the Public Ministry (PM) of the State of São Paulo has opened an investigation into the marketing practices of Nestle and Kellogs regarding their breakfast cereals. Alana and PROTESTE tested 18 breakfast cereals of three […]

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    Fighting Neglected Diseases in LAC / La lucha contra enfermedades infecciosas desatendidas en ALC

    Sunday, December 28th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO, IDB and Sabin refine fight against neglected diseases in Latin America and Caribbean
    With more than 210 million poor people bearing the burden of neglected diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and partner agencies are setting up […]

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    LAC Urban Renewal Projects that Fight Obesity and Chronic Disease

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    From the World Resources Institute (WRI):
    Latin American Cities Get Physical in Fight Against Obesity and Chronic Disease
    Mexico City, Mexico; Londrina, Brazil; and Tulancingo, Mexico won top awards in a contest here today for urban renewal projects designed to promote physical activity and cut down on local obesity rates and other diseases related to inactive lifestyles.
    “We […]

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    Eliminating Vertical Transmission of HIV & Syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015

    Saturday, August 9th, 2008

    From the Pan American health Organization (PAHO):
    Caribbean public health authorities propose to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2015
    Public health authorities, HIV and Maternal and Child Health experts concluded that it is feasible to eliminate the vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015. The conclusion was reached after a […]

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    Cervical Cancer Control in LAC / Control del cáncer de cuello uterino en ALC

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Researchers Report that Better Screening, Treatment, and Affordable Vaccines Can Prevent Doubling of Cervical Cancer Deaths in Latin America, Caribbean
    With Cervical Cancer Killing 33,000 Annually in the Region, Experts in Mexico City Consider Promise, Costs of Detection, Treatment and Introduction of New Vaccines against Deadly Virus
    Thirty-three thousand women in […]

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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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    Brazil Mulls Introducing Anti-pneumococcal Vaccine

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    Temas Foreword: A few months back, I did a post about the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations debating whether they should adopt a region-wide vaccination program against pneumococcal disease, and if so, when and which vaccine to opt for. More specifically, they debated whether it was more costly to vaccinate or not […]

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    Smoke Signals in Cali

    Sunday, May 27th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Here’s a snapshot of just how bad tobacco dependence is in some parts of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Late last week the Municipal Secretary of Health for Colombia’s second largest city, Cali (pop. 2.2 million), released the results of a recent study on risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases […]

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    The Costs of Vaccinating and of Not Vaccinating: The Case of Pneumococcal Disease in LAC

    Friday, April 20th, 2007

    This has been sitting in the backlog queue since December, I am ashamed to say. I wanted to reshape this into a true Temas article (hence the delay), but simply do not have the time. Yet I still consider the issue important and relevant enough to reprint the PAHO press […]

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