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The G20 Summit and Global Nutrition: What the International Community Brings to the Table

| November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
The G20 Summit and Global Nutrition: What the International Community Brings to the Table

At the sixth annual G20 Summit this November in Cannes, France, heads of state gathered to discuss the global financial system and the Greek bailout crisis. In the final declaration published at the conclusion of the meeting, G20 members also promised to improve transparency and stability of global food commodities markets. But not represented at the G20 summit were the nations which stand most to loose in increasingly volatile food markets: low-income nations.

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An Exercise in Economics: Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Developing World

| November 15, 2011 | 0 Comments
An Exercise in Economics: Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Developing World

Mortality from cervical cancer highlights the striking global disparities in access to healthcare. The second most common cancer among women worldwide, cervical cancer causes 274,000 deaths each year with more than 80% of these deaths occurring in developing countries. Recently, a safe and effective vaccine has been developed for the cancer-causing serotypes of the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) – the cause of 70% of cervical cancer.

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The UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: Raising Awareness But Little Else

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
The UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: Raising Awareness But Little Else

This September, representatives of UN member states convened in New York to discuss the prevention and control of non-communicable disease (NCDs) through action and research. This was the second UN General Assembly meeting on a global health topic, but it failed to achieve much beyond raising awareness of one of the most pressing and understated problems of global health this century.

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A “Wicked Problem”: Combating Obesity in the Developing World

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments
A “Wicked Problem”: Combating Obesity in the Developing World

An obesity epidemic has replaced the specter of starvation in many developing nations. Described as a “wicked problem” by the UN general assembly, obesity is a precursor state to several devastating non-communicable diseases (NCDs): diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. With obesity rates skyrocketing in countries rich and poor, it is imperative that scientists, policymakers and activists work together to find solutions to this deadly health crisis.

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