Posts Tagged ‘non-communicable diseases’


Utilizing Usable Technology to Improve Health Outcomes

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  I recently experienced one of the biggest scares of my life when my dad wound up in the emergency room for his failing heart.  My dad, who is 59 years old, suffered a heart attack seven years ago around this time of year.  In an eerie coincidence, the day he had his heart attack, […]

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World Salt Awareness Week: innovative regulations to reduce salt intake

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Although it may seem like a harmless part of everyday life, high salt intake contributes to serious health risks that cause millions of deaths each year. This World Salt Awareness Week, we examine the health impacts of excess sodium intake, key sources of sodium in our diets, and an innovative regulatory intervention that can help […]

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Let’s Get Physical: WHO’s Renewed Focus on Promoting Physical Activity

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In January this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) renewed its focus on physical inactivity, a key risk factor for the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Encouraging and creating universal opportunities for physical activity is a complex, potentially costly exercise for governments, involving a wide range of public and private actors. Fresh global attention […]

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Some good news from Election Day: four U.S. cities vote in taxes on sugary drinks

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The U.S. election results evoke concern, anxiety, and fear among many Americans, and throughout the world. Public health advocates are concerned about the future of the Affordable Care Act, fearful of restrictions on women’s reproductive rights, and anxious to strengthen efforts to reduce smoking, obesity, and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). However, results […]

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TAXATION AND SUBSIDIES FOR NCD PREVENTION: EVIDENCE AND GUIDANCE FROM WHO

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This post was written by Gian Luca Burci, Distinguished Visitor from Practice, Georgetown Law and Adjunct Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Any questions of comments can be directed to glb32@georgetown.edu. The global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCD) is in good part caused by unhealthy consumption of food and […]

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