Category Archives: Health

The Cancer Threat to Africa’s Future

  While significant progress has been made in halting the spread of communicable diseases in Africa, rates of non-communicable illnesses, especially cancers, are rising. With just 5% of global funding for cancer prevention spent in Africa, a new global strategy is needed to help manage a looming health crisis. CHICAGO – One of the most […]

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Its poverty, not individual choice, that is driving extraordinary obesity levels

  The statistics point remorselessly towards obesity being a symptom with an underlying social cause. That should completely change the approach to dealing with it. The “obesity epidemic” deserves much more serious attention than it is getting. It is, after all, thought to be killing nearly three million people a year worldwide. It is putting […]

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The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face

  I was an American Indian student pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the 1990s, when I realized the stark contrast between my life experiences growing up on my home reservation and those of my non-Native peers. Many incredible family members and friends had sacrificed and broken a trail for me to realize […]

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Researcher finds TV’s powerful influence on pregnancy, childbirth

  Surfing through cable TV channels often results in catching a glimpse of a woman giving birth or preparing for motherhood in one of the popular pregnancy and childbirth reality shows. But how much do shows like “Maternity Ward,” TLC’s “A Baby Story” or Discovery Health’s “Birth Day” really influence how women perceive and manage […]

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Oversimplifying Beliefs About Causes of Mental Illness May Hinder Social Acceptance

  Stigma is linked to combinations of biological and non-biological beliefs about mental illness, a Baylor University study finds WACO, Texas — Belief that mental illness is biological has increased among both health experts and the public in recent years. But campaigns to treat it as a disease and remove stigma may be lacking because […]

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