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    Brazil Bans Sale of Formaldehyde

    Friday, June 19th, 2009

    If you are a woman who goes frequently to a hair salon — and all latinas I know do –chances are very good that you have heard of, or have even had, the popular “Brazilian blowout,” also known as Brazilian keratin treatment or escova progressiva (progressive blow-dry).
    But did you know that many (if not most) […]

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    $77 mil. to Improve Specialized Healthcare in Ceará / US$77 milhões para melhorar o atendimento especializado de saúde no Ceará

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Brazil’s state of Ceará to improve specialized health care with IDB support

    A $77 million loan will improve health services for 3 million people

    Brazil’s northeastern state of Ceará will expand health care services and promote better integration among the different levels of care with help from a $77 million loan from […]

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    Alcohol Abuse Growing Among Brazilians / Crece consumo abusivo de álcool entre os brasileiros

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    Abusive consumption of alcohol is increasing among Brazilians, and Brazilian women are drinking more.
    That’s two of the findings from the Health Ministry’s (MS) 2008 version of the Surveillance of Risk Factors and Protection from Chronic Diseases by Telephone Survey (Vigilãncia do Fatores de Risco e Proteção Crônicas por Inquérito Telefônico – VIGITEL), and the Ministry […]

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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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    30% of Cancers in Brazil Preventable

    Thursday, February 26th, 2009

    From World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF):
    Landmark report: many cancers could be prevented across the globe
    Over 40 per cent of bowel and breast cancer cases in the UK are preventable through healthy patterns of diet, physical activity and weight maintenance, according to estimates in a landmark report that has set out recommendations for policies and actions […]

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    São Paulo Study Shows Passive Smokers with Elevated CO Levels

    Friday, February 20th, 2009

    A recent study conducted by São Paulo State (SP) Secretary of Health (SES) found that 35.9% of non-smokers regularly exposed to tobacco smoke have carbon monoxide levels in them comparable to those found in smokers.
    The study looked at 1,310 persons during smoking prevention actions promoted by SES during 2008 in open-air environments, such as high-traffic […]

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    Brazil Creates 22 New National Research Institutes

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Council for the Development of Science and Technology (CNPq) just announced the creation of 22 new National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs), bringing the number of such national institutes to 123, with total financial resources for R&D of R$581 million.  Nine of the new INCTs will go to São Paulo (SP), four […]

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    Gates Foundation to Fund Fight Against “Neglected” Diseases / Fundación Gates dona millones para combatir enfermedades “olvidadas”

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Gates Foundation Grant Will Boost Fight against “Neglected” Diseases

    New Funds Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

    Efforts to prevent, control and eliminate “forgotten” tropical and other infectious diseases in the Americas received a new stimulus with the announcement of a $34 million grant by the Bill & […]

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    Brazil’s Poor Advance Less in Health MDGs / Pobres avançam menos em ODM de saúde

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    In a prior post I discussed how a new web portal (Portal ODM) has been created in Brazil, with help from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, that would allow anyone who wishes to track (and perhaps influence) Brazil’s progress at the municipal level toward achieving the the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).*
    I […]

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