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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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    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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    Helping HIV/AIDS Prevention/Control in Barbados

    Thursday, August 7th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    World Bank Approves US$35 Million for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$35 million loan to Barbados to support the implementation of the 2008-2013 National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.
    The Second HIV/AIDS Project seeks to increase the adoption of safe behaviors and access to […]

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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 […]

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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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    Helping Poor Countries Deal with Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Last month the World Bank issued an interesting report on chronic non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung or kidney disease, which I am adding to the Temas Recommended Reading List section on health.
    Perhaps by now you’re thinking that I have some sort of obsession about NCDs, since I […]

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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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    Brazilian Attitudes About Cancer / Opinião dos Brasileiros Sobre o Câncer

    Friday, June 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: As part of its celebration of the 70th anniversary of its founding, Brazil’s National Cancer Institute (INCA) has released the results of a May survey of 2,100 Brazilians 16 or older in seven state capitals — Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais – MG), Florianópolis (Santa Catarina – SC), Goiânia (Goiás – GO), João […]

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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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