Global health briefs - July 2015

July / August 2015 | Volume 14, Issue 4

​NIH posts global aging research resource

Researchers can access and compare countries' data on aging, use online tools and view source materials, via the free "Gateway to Global Aging Data" website, funded by NIH's National Institute on Aging (NIA) and run by the University of Southern California.

US State Department eyes science focus

A new U.S. government report, "Diplomacy for the 21st Century," recommends how the State Department can enhance the world's awareness of U.S. science and technology capabilities, including to maximize the benefit gained from exchange programs.

WHO adds TB, cancer, hepatitis C drugs

The WHO has added drugs for hepatitis C, some cancers and multidrug resistant tuberculosis to its Model List of Essential Medicines, thereby raising the likelihood low-resource populations will gain access to these innovative, but costly, treatments.

Cancer cases rising globally, study says

Global incidence of prostate and breast cancer have increased significantly, with cancer posing a special challenge in developing countries where access to screening and treatment is rare, according to the "The Global Burden of Cancer 2013" report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In 2013, 8.2 million people died of cancer and almost 15 million cancer cases were diagnosed.

New cookstoves study is released

"The State of the Global Clean and Improved Cooking Sector" is a new report outlining the health problems of indoor air pollution from cooking, and reviewing possible solutions. It was produced by the World Bank and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Global sexual violence study published

Surveys in seven developing countries showed more than 25 percent of children had suffered sexual violence and received little in the way of care, according to a CDC report.

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