• Health and Population

    Can New UN Goals Put an End to Filthy Air in Beijing and Delhi?

    by  • August 17, 2015 • Asia, Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals • 
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    Remarkably after a yearlong effort by environmental health advocates, air quality has been embedded in the new set of universal development goals for a sustainable future. Since an estimated 60 percent of the global population will live in cities by 2030, which is the deadline of the new goals, outdoor urban air quality is...

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    As the World’s Older Population Increases, Can Cities Handle the Influx?

    by  • July 27, 2015 • Cities, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    New York Harbor. JOHN PENNEY

    A trio of megatrends that could radically change the makeup of cities around the world is about to converge. “You have two very powerful trends,” says John Wilmoth, director of the United Nations Population Division. “There’s aging of population and there’s an urbanization that’s taking place. It’s not only movement to cities, but it’s...

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    Clinging to Coal: A New Report Belabors Increasing Use by Many Nations

    by  • June 29, 2015 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population • 1 Comment
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    SHANGHAI — Coal use by some of the world’s most advanced societies — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, known as the Group of 7 — has been increasing deaths and disease globally, Oxfam International, a consortium of 17 affiliates fighting poverty, found recently in a report titled “Let Them...

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    Starting From Scratch as a Non-Western Immigrant in Canada

    by  • June 10, 2015 • Health and Population, Migration, Refugees, Women's Issues • 
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    WINNIPEG, Canada — Every new immigrant to Canada has to live through the three stages of acculturation, which for most people is not easy. First comes the thrill and joy of exploring a new land, then feelings of marginalization and hostility toward the host country and, finally, acceptance. The numbers of non-European immigrant women...

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    Fake Drugs Pose a Threat to Gains in Global Health

    by  • May 27, 2015 • Health and Population • 
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    A vaccine campaign in Barbados, led by Pan American Health Organization.

    Counterfeit and substandard medicines and dietary supplements that are flooding pharmacies in both industrial and developing countries pose “a real and urgent threat to decades of success in global public health,” according to mounting evidence from scientists in a new report. In evidence gathered in over 17 countries, they found that up to 41...

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    The World’s Oldest Nations by Population and the Implications

    by  • April 22, 2015 • Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Misao Okama celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5 surrounded by her family, which included great-grandchildren, and congratulatory government officials. This milestone made Okama the world’s oldest woman. She died on April 1. Based on the most recent population forecast and data from the United Nations, it comes as little surprise that the world’s oldest...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 
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    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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    Maternal Death Rates Fall in Zimbabwe, With Outside Support

    by  • February 9, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Midwives in Zimabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – As maternal mortality remains the most lagging Millennium Development Goal and a new set of development goals is being written this year, one focus will undoubtedly stay fixed on decreasing maternal death rates in the developing world. Nations there account for 99 percent of global maternal deaths, with countries in sub-Saharan...

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    As Drugs to Fight Ebola Get Tested, Questions Linger About Medical Incentives

    by  • January 15, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population • 
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    As anti-Ebola vaccines and treatments finally undergo fast-track testing, public health advocates say that governments’ repeated failure to create global norms for coordinating and financing medical advances is a major reason behind the struggle to produce medicine fast enough to end the scourge quickly. Medical officials fighting Ebola in West Africa say the development...

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