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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 such questions, […]

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    Is Childhood Vaccination Against Hepatitis A Cost-Effective? Results of a Chilean Study

    Friday, June 20th, 2008

    The May 2008 issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health, the scientific journal published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), contained an article* that analyzes the cost-effectiveness of universal vaccination of children against hepatitis A in Chile. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), hepatitis A is highly prevalent across Latin America […]

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    Is Vaccination for Rotavirus Gastroenteritis Cost-Effective in LAC?

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    A recent issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health, the scientific journal published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), contained an article* that looks at the cost-effectiveness of universal rotavirus vaccination program in Brazil among children age five or younger. Brazil introduced such a vaccination program in March 2006 on purely public […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day 2008 in LAC: PAHO Honors Those Making a Difference

    Saturday, June 7th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): World No Tobacco Day 2008 Observed with Awards in the Americas World No Tobacco Day is being observed May 31 with a focus on tobacco marketing, and awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to tobacco control. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to protect the world’s […]

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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 […]

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    Protecting Health from Climate Change

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    As they promised last year, in April the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional counterpart, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), celebrated World Health Day in April by trying to educate us all about the possible health impacts of global climate change on health. Most assessments and discussions of climate change to date have […]

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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 and not […]

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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 to vaccinate, […]

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    Dengue on the Rise Again / Dengue Avance de Nuevo

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    If you’ve ever had dengue before, you can testify to its agony. My wife got it from a mosquito while we lived in Santo Domingo in the late 1990s, and for a week she experienced fiery pain in every joint and muscle, a steady headache and fever that will not respond to any medicines. She […]

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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 and not […]

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