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Much can be done to ease cancer burden in poorer nations

Although more than half of all new cancers and two-thirds of annual cancer deaths worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, with the cancer burden disproportionately affecting the poor, a new report offers upbeat, realistic recommendations on ways to alleviate the problem,…

Health is key component of global agenda, says HSPH dean

Health is key in advancing three of the most fundamental issues on the global agenda: economic development, global security, and human rights, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk told The Huffington Post. Healthy populations are crucial for growing struggling economies around the world, Frenk…

Global health news: In Pakistan, controlling water is key

Pakistan is a nation built around a single river, the 1,800-mile Indus. Earlier this summer, rains sent floodwaters raging down the river, killing more than 1,600 and destroying more than a million homes, along with bridges, roads, power lines, and health clinics.…

Global experts convene for malaria eradication conference

Leading malaria experts from public and private institutions around the world convened for a three-day conference aimed at discussing and rethinking the future of malaria prevention, control, elimination, and eradication. The culminating session, “Rethinking Malaria: The Science of Eradication Symposium,” emphasized the…

Eating white rice regularly may raise type 2 diabetes risk

Eating white rice on a regular basis may increase the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) research. HSPH researchers from the Department of Nutrition—led by Emily Hu, research assistant, and Qi Sun, research associate—reviewed…

Costly noncommunicable diseases on rise in developing world

Cancer, COPD, other diseases taking global toll The global economy last year spent an estimated $300 billion on newly diagnosed cancer cases, $400 billion on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and billions more on diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, and other noncommunicable…

Global health and development topic of TEDx event at HSPH

April 13, 2012 Students and other members of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) community gathered in the Leadership Studio in Kresge to watch a global simulcast from Berlin sponsored by TEDx, an offshoot of the popular TED Conferences, on April…

Youth angry with the global economic crisis insist on change

The world’s young people are frustrated and angry with the current global economic crisis and demand change, says David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). “Whether it’s the “Occupy Wall Street” movement…

Rapid population growth poses daunting challenges for Africa

The world’s population is predicted to reach 10.1 billion by 2100, according to a United Nations report released May 3, 2011. Much of the growth is expected to occur in Africa, where the population could triple to 3.6 billion by the end of the…

Women's height declining in many low-income countries

April 25, 2011 -- Over the last four decades the average height of women has declined in Africa, stalled in several South American countries, and varied considerably in other low- to middle-income countries, according to a new HSPH study. The declines or…