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Global Health Briefs - September 2015

September / October 2015 | Volume 14, Issue 5

​NIH launches tool to share data

The NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has launched a resource for researchers to store and access data from studies funded by the Institute. The site, NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH), includes information on research topics ranging from HIV/AIDS and pregnancy, to infant care and child health.

Dementia rises in developing countries

Of the nearly 47 million people in the world with dementia, more than half live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to the latest population trends published by Alzheimer's Disease International.

Africa will see rapid population growth

Africa will account for more than half of the 2.4 billion global population increase expected between now and 2050, according to a recent UN report. Populations are forecast to more than double in 28 African countries. By 2022, India may overtake China to become the world's most populous country.

30 top innovations benefit global health

Long-acting injectable antiretroviral drugs, a polypill for heart disease, mobile health approaches and an annual contraceptive ring are four of the 30 top innovations with game-changing promise for improving global health, according to a report, “Reimaging Global Health,” from the nonprofit PATH and partners.

Guide lists ways to curb traffic accidents

A guide for urban planners aiming to reduce traffic accidents, which kill more than 1.2 million people annually, has been issued by the nonprofit World Resources Institute. "Cities Safer by Design" describes steps that improve safety, such as consistent sidewalks, traffic calming measures and bicycling networks.

US-Mexico border health plan released

The U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission has developed a plan to tackle shared health problems among border populations, including chronic and infectious diseases, maternal and child health, substance abuse, mental health conditions and injuries.

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