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    By Bobby Ramakant - CNS (Citizen News Service)

    Our governments have committed to reduce premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (including asthma) by one-third by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). The National Health Policy 2017 of India also promises to "reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025".

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    by Manjari Peiris

    A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the World Trade Organization (WTO) after a five-year legal battle. Thus it is decided that Australia's pioneering law requiring plain packaging for tobacco products does not violate international trade and intellectual property agreements.

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    By Bobby Ramakant - CNS (Citizen News Service)

    Later this month, health ministers of our governments will convene for World Health Assembly (WHA) to shape the agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as elect its new leader as Dr Margaret Chan's tenure as WHO Director-General comes to an end. During Dr Chan's leadership of WHO, adoption of the WHO End TB Strategy in WHA 2014 and world leaders coming together to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at UN General Assembly 2016, are among the key milestone moments.

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    By Bobby Ramakant - CNS (Citizen News Service)

    So said Jose Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union). TB related stigma and discrimination still lurks in our communities and blocks access to existing care services. Jose shared several examples where TB patients felt isolated, frustrated and cornered enough to resort to extreme acts of desperation like suicide.

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    By Manjari Peiris

    Nearly one billion people in the world smoke everyday and about 80 percent of them are in low and middle income countries. Over six million people die from tobacco use every year and the majority of them are in their most productive years (30-69 years of age). Therefore tobacco is extraordinarily dangerous to human health and highly damaging to national economies.

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    By Shobha Shukla, - Citizen News Service

    The curtain is finally down on the World No Tobacco Day 2017 and we are back to business as usual. There was a flurry of activities in my city, and elsewhere too, during the weeks preceding this day, reaching a crescendo on the 30th and 31st of May. Barring very few exceptions, the script of all the programmes/ discourses seemed to be taken from the same master copy.

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    By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS

    Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur due to imbalance of the body’s structural and biochemical processes which determine its metabolic functioning. It results in disorders like insulin resistance, clustering of abdominal obesity, high blood lipids, high blood sugar and hypertension, and increased risk of clotting, predisposing individuals to diabetes, stroke and coronary heart diseases.

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    By Shobha Shukla - CNS (Citizen News Service)

    Belia (45 years), comes from a poor Dalit (marginalised community) family of Uchiyapur village in Chitrakoot, India.

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    By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service - CNS

    According to the Global Status Report on NCDs, India shares more than two-thirds of the total death burden due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the southeast Asia region of the World Health Organization. Around 5.87 million (58.7 lakh) deaths, which is 60% of all deaths in India, are attributed to NCDs.

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    By Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)

    “Earlier my husband would taunt me for not conceiving and said that I was barren. Then he became angry when I gave birth to a daughter. He warned me that if I ever produced a girl again, he would kill me. My in-laws would instigate him and he would thrash me. Father and son both used very abusive language and had no respect for women. The whole family is evil. When the roots are weak, how can the tree be healthy?” said Devanta.

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    By Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service)

    It is important to recognize how gender injustices underpin the caste, class and social inequities. "I did start going to school. But as I am a Dalit (untouchable), I was made to sit away from the rest of the children. If I touched some upper caste child, even by mistake, I would be thrashed by the teachers - who were all Brahmins (upper caste). Even as a child I could feel the upper caste-Dalit divide. So, I stopped going to school. I am illiterate today because of the stigma against Dalits that still exists in our society, especially in rural areas. Later in life too, when I sought to work to make ends meet, my caste came in my way. Being a Dalit, nobody was ready to employ me as a domestic help. I was fit only for the job of a sweeper", shared Geeta (35 years).

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    By Manjari Peiris

    Issuing a statement, Matthew L. Meyers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, DC, states that a growing number of countries are making important progress towards tobacco control, according to the latest WHO report titled Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017.

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    Geneva, 07 August, (Asiantribune.com):

    Supermarket chains Aldi Switzerland, Migros and Coop are withdrawing all imported eggs from sale at their stores as a precaution, as a scare over possible insecticide contamination spreads. Swiss eggs are not affected, officials say.

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    Colombo, 07 August, (Asiantribune.com):

    Making a goodwill visit 'Hepingfangzhou', the Hospital Ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy of China arrived to the country today (06th Sunday, August), states navy media. The ship was accorded a traditional naval welcome by the Sri Lanka Navy upon its arrival at the Port of Colombo.

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    Bangalore, 12 August , (Asiantribune.com):

    Narayana Health City treats four Sri Lankan children suffering from thalassemia major, a life-threatening disorder, through unrelated donor bone marrow transplant.

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    By Manjari Peiris

    “ The British American Tobacco’s decades-long history of calculated deception in the United States and abroad and its re-entry into the U.S. market, the mounting allegations of corruption and mass concealment of funds by BAT must be fully investigated by U.S. regulators for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and any other applicable criminal or civil laws,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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