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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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Technology in the Time of Cholera Part I: Using Technology to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent Cholera in Haiti

| October 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Technology in the Time of Cholera Part I: Using Technology to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent Cholera in Haiti

By Joy Ming Technology & Global Health Columnist This first segment of a two part series focuses on the recent use of genomic technology to trace the origins of the outbreak. On January12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, affecting three million people.[1] Though nearly two years have passed since the earthquake, repercussions are still […]

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Bring the Light

| March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments
Bring the Light

By Yang Qiu It is 7:00am Eastern Standard Time. I am on the plane bound for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, yet still unsure how a trip to another state within the continent of North America can change the course of blindness prevention across the Pacific Ocean in People’s Republic of China. Twenty-four hours later, I would […]

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Trash, Trash Everywhere: Unregistered Slum Life in Mumbai, India

| March 24, 2011 | 2 Comments
Trash, Trash Everywhere: Unregistered Slum Life in Mumbai, India

By Laura Nolan Khan The trash. It was the first thing that hit me upon my arrival in Mumbai, India. Both times. Trash, garbage, rubbish, refuse whatever you prefer to call it. Piled high, strewn all over and sometimes collected into little mounds for clean-up. As with most public health hazards there’s more trash in […]

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