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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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    Brazil Steps Up Funding for Women’s Cancer Exams

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

    Brazil’s Health Ministry (MS) announced today two measures to improve access to breast and cervix cancer screening within the country’s Unified Health System (SUS).  R$ 94.5 million will be invested over the next three years to increase Pap tests and mammograms (see table below). In addition, in June 2009 the Information System for Breast Cancer Control (SISMAMA) will be brought […]

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    Vehicle Pollution in São Paulo Quadruples Risk of Death

    Saturday, March 7th, 2009

    Vehicle emissions indirectly kill 20 people per day in the São Paulo metropolitan region, according to a study reported in the daily Folha de São Paulo done by the Air Pollution Laboratory of the University of São Paulo’s (USP) Faculty of Medicine (FM). The study was commissioned by the Brazilian Health Ministry (MS) and has […]

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    Brazil Creates Cancer Research Network / Brasil lança rede de pesquisas sobre o câncer

    Thursday, March 5th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Council on Scientific and technological Development (CNPq) and Health Ministry (MS) have launched a Brazilian Cancer Research Network (Rede Brasileira de Pesquisas sobre o Câncer). According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), cancer is the second greatest cause of death in Brazil, and it is projected to cause 465,000 new deaths in […]

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    Loan to Improve Brazil’s Universal Health Care System / Empréstimo para Melhorar o Sistema Universal de Cuidados de Saúde

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: Project to Prevent Over 10,000 Disease-Related Deaths

    Reduction of hospital admissions due to non-communicable conditions such as cardio-vascular disease, cancer and diabetes could help save up to five percent of GDP over 10 years

    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$235 million loan to Brazil for the Health Network Formation […]

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    Eradicating an Ancient Disease

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    Leprosy.
    What images does that word invoke for you? The stories of ostracized lepers from the Bible, Torah or Koran? The scenes involving isolated “leper colonies” from Papillon or Motorcycle Diaries?
    How much do you know about it?  Is it very contagious? (No.) Is it curable?  (Yes.) Hasn’t it disappeared except for isolated […]

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    RIACT Focuses on Smoke-Free Environments

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    Recently the Ibero-American Tobacco Control Network (Rede Ibero-Americana de Controle do Tabagismo – RIACT) held in Rio de Janerio its first full-fledged meeting since its creation in 2007. Attending the two-day meeting were representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  The […]

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    Brazil to Invest R$25 Million by 2012 on Anti-HIV Vaccines / Brasil vai investir R$25 milhões até 2012 em vacinas anti-HIV

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    From Brazil’s National Program on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS (STD-AIDS):
    R$ 25 million to be invested in Anti-HIV Vaccines by 2012
    During the next four years the Brazilian Ministry of Health will invest R$ 25 million in research into the development of a vaccine against AIDS. The resources will be applied in human resource training, laboratory […]

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    Brazil Decides to Take on Alcohol

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week Brazilian authorities published in the official gazette the presidential decree setting out the new National Policy on Alcohol. The policy tackles not only alcohol dependency, but also social problems associated with alcohol consumption such as traffic accidents (drinking and driving) and violence. It was created by an inter-Ministerial […]

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