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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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    World No-Tobacco Day: Chile’s “Smoke-Free Classroom” Initiative

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Chile is a good example of a LAC nation that “followed the script” for World No-Tobacco Day 2008. The idea behind the event held every year on 31 May is to focus on the tobacco control theme for the given year chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO); this year that theme […]

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    WHO Calls for Complete Tobacco Ad Ban

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

    It was only a matter of time. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have long expressed the belief that one of the most effective tools in decreasing tobacco consumption is a a complete ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and bands. They wanted it in the Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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    Trends in Adult Smoking in Mexico

    Monday, September 24th, 2007

    A recent article* published in Salud pública de México, the magazine of Mexico's National Institute of Public Health (INSP) examines trends in four key smoking indicators in Mexico, as revealed through its National Addiction Surveys (MNAS) conducted in 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2002. The author argues that, even though the data do not fit well […]

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    Tobacco Use in Individuals with Severe Mental Illnesses / Tabagismo em indivíduos com transtornos mentais graves

    Sunday, July 29th, 2007

    A study* has just been published in the August edition of the Brazilian journal Revista de Saúde Pública (“Public Health Magazine”). I’m mentioning it here in the The Temas Blog out of the conviction that there will be some journalist somewhere (or perhaps many) who, perhaps to get senstional headlines, will misinterpret or mis-report this […]

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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 […]

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    Cardiovascular Disease in LAC Revisited

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Fellow bloggers, has this ever happened to you? You run across an important piece of news — a breakthrough study just released, for example — and are tempted to simply cut-and-paste into your blog the Reuters or other news blurb, or a related press release, or you’re tempted to make a “quick-and-dirty” post making (perhaps […]

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    A Health Agenda for the Americas

    Saturday, June 9th, 2007

    The annual General Assembly (GA) of the Organization of American States (OAS), held this year in Panama just last week, was used as the venue for formally rolling out the “Health Agenda for the Americas” developed over the last two years by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Puerto Rico Celebrates Fewer Smokers

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

    Puerto Rico observed World No-Tobacco Day (31 May) by recognizing the anti-tobacco work of a mayor and by celebrating a drop in smoking prevalence on the island.

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Panama Hunts Smoke

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Panama’s Health Ministry (Minsa) celebrated World No Tobacco Day (31 May) by re-launching “Operation Smoke Hunt,” the evening checks of nightspots — including bars, hotels, restaurants, discotheques and casinos — to make certain that they are complying with the 2005 Decree requiring them to provide separate areas for smokers and non-smokers. In […]

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