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2014-03-27 08:34:33

New Advocacy Grants Will Strengthen Reproductive Health Rights in Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Uganda NEW YORK, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the launch of a multi-faceted $50 million reproductive health program to prevent maternal deaths and help more women freely and safely make decisions about when to have children. At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, Michael R. Bloomberg committed $50 million to Family Planning 2020...

Tobacco-Related Deaths Have Tripled In Past Decade
2012-03-23 04:39:07

The World Lung Foundation (WLF) said on Wednesday that tobacco-related deaths have tripled in the past decade. The report by the health campaign group said that if current trends continue, a billion people will die from tobacco use and exposure this century. According to the new report, tobacco has killed 50 million people in the last 10 years, and is responsible for over 15 percent of all male deaths and 7 percent of female deaths. The report said tobacco is already the number one...

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2011-05-31 13:40:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that tobacco will kill about six million people this year, including 600,000 nonsmokers. The WHO said since there is often a lag of many years between when people start smoking and when it affects health, the epidemic of tobacco-related disease and death has just begun.  The organization said the annual death toll could reach 8 million by 2030. The United Nations health body urged more governments to sign up to and implement its...

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2009-08-25 14:30:00

Tobacco use claims the lives of about 6 million people each year and requires about $500 billion annually, according to a new report. Issued at the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit on Tuesday, the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation's newest Tobacco Atlas found that more than a third of those that die would be linked to cancer. Authors estimate that by 2015, 2.1 million cancer deaths each year will be due to tobacco use. By 2030, 83 percent of these deaths will occur in low and...

2009-03-26 21:23:24

New York health officials said the number of tuberculosis cases in the city has dropped 2 percent to 895 reported cases last year from 914 in 2007. Dr. Chrispin Kambili, the health department's assistant commissioner for TB control, said reported TB cases in 2008 indicate a 78 percent decrease from the high levels seen in the early 1990s, when the city faced a TB epidemic. Immigrants make up 36 percent of the city population and TB disproportionately affects non-U.S.-born residents, Kambili...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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