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Africa:120 million premature deaths - How many more reasons do we need for action?
[NCD Alliance] On the first day of the  WHO Global Conference on NCDs, Montevideo Uruguay, NCD Alliance CEO Katie Dain spoke candidly on building ambitious national NCD responses to reach SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. This blog reflects her remarks. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Govts Commit to Reduce Deaths From Non-Communicable Diseases
[The Herald] Heads of State and Government and ministers from around the world today committed to new and bold action to reduce suffering and death from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), primarily heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes, the world's leading killers. Governments endorsed the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority at the opening of the three-day Global Conference on Non-communicable Diseases in Montevideo, hosted by WHO and the Presidency of Uruguay. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:AllAfrica Launches Information Initiative for Non-Communicable Diseases
[allAfrica] Montevideo -AllAfrica's global platform to provide information on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) debuted today at the World Health Organization's Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), hosted by the government of Uruguay. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body
A cigarette vendor in Manila sells a pack of 20 sticks for less than a dollar. Credit: Kara Santos/IPSBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 2017 (IPS)The world’s tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO). A letter signed by nearly 200 public health organizations and labour rights groups worldwide is calling on the Governing Body of the Geneva-based UN agency to expel tobacco companies from its subsidiary membership.“Tobacco companies victimize fa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean mourns the death of Dr Mahmoud Fikri
18 October 2017 - It is with grieving hearts that we announce the death of Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. He passed away on 17 October on his way to participate in the Global High Level summit on Non Communicable Diseases, taking place in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dr Fikri took office as Regional Director on 1 February 2017. In the short period of time since assuming office, his dedication and diligence stood out. He was responsible for the recent and highly successful meeting of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean held in Islamabad, Pakistan, which was attended by Minis...
Source: WHO EMRO News - October 18, 2017 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Uruguay to Produce Medical Marijuana for Export Uruguay to Produce Medical Marijuana for Export
International Cannabis Corporation will produce Uruguay's first batch of medical cannabis oil for export in December, the company's chief executive said Sunday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:President Mugabe Leaves for Uruguay
[The Herald] President Mugabe left Harare yesterday for Uruguay where he will join other Heads of State and Government attending the World Health Organisation (WHO) conference on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). He was seen off at Harare International Airport by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, service chiefs and senior Government officials. VP Mnangagwa is Acting President. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Uruguay to produce medical marijuana for export
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - International Cannabis Corporation will produce Uruguay's first batch of medical cannabis oil for export in December, the company's chief executive said Sunday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The 7 Countries Anthony Bourdain Has Visited Most
This article originally appeared on FoodandWine.com (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Max Bonem / Food and Wine Tags: Uncategorized onetime onetimetravel Source Type: news

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico
Artisanal gold mining in Latin America uses mercury, a practice that should be modified in countries that have ratified the international Minamata Convention for the control of this toxic metal. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPSBy Emilio GodoyMEXICO CITY, Sep 26 2017 (IPS)For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.“There are a large number of pits (from which the mercury is extracted), and there are the tailing ponds containing mining waste, all of which drains i...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Emilio Godoy Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Natural Resources Regional Categories gold mining mercury Mexico Minam Source Type: news

Do we need to reform international drug treaties as more countries legalize cannabis?
(Society for the Study of Addiction) The future of international drug control treaties is in doubt because of recent treaty-violating decisions to legalize cannabis use in Canada, the United States and Uruguay. Professor Wayne Hall, whose 2014 review of 20 years of cannabis research made world headlines, thinks so. If decriminalization is the way of the future, Hall advocates a cautious approach to policy reform that would involve trialing and evaluating the effects of incrementally more liberal drug policies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Forensic excavations and burials in Uruguay, 2004-10 - L ópez Mazz J.
This article will describe the contemporary scientific techniques used to excavate and identify the dead bodies of disappeared detainees from the Uruguayan dictatorship. It will highlight the developments that have led to increased success by forensic anth... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

How The Oceans Became Choked With Plastic
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

The Oceans Are Drowning In Plastic -- And No One's Paying Attention
Imagine an area 34 times the size of Manhattan. Now imagine it covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of soda bottles and plastic bags, takeout containers by the mile, drinking straws as far as the eye can see. That’s a total of about 19 billion pounds of garbage. And according to one of the best estimates available, that’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. “We’re being overwhelmed by our waste,” said Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer who led the 2015 study that determined this staggering number. According to Jambeck’s research, this figure is on...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Uruguay's middle-ground approach to cannabis legalization - Cerd á M, Kilmer B.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Uruguay Gives Pharmacies Green Light to Start Selling Marijuana Uruguay Gives Pharmacies Green Light to Start Selling Marijuana
Uruguay's three-year process of legalizing recreational cannabis consumption reached its final stage on Thursday, when the government said it would authorize pharmacies to begin selling the substance as of July.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Uruguay to sell cannabis in pharmacies from July
The country will be the first in the world to legally sell the drug over the counter for recreational use. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Plastic No More … Also in Kenya
Plastic bags are also a major contributor to the 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in the sea every year. Credit: UNEPBy Baher KamalROME, Apr 4 2017 (IPS)Good news: Kenya has just joined the commitment of other 10 countries to address major plastic pollution by decreeing a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. The Kenyan decision comes three weeks after the UN declared “war on plastic” through its new UN Clean Seas initiative, launched on at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali (February 22-24, 2017).The initiative’s campaign urges governments to pa...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 4, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Climate Change Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Natural Resources Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Pot Products Are Now So Potent They Can Trigger Psychosis
LONDON (Reuters) - Policymakers should regulate the potency of cannabis products such as skunk and oil, aiming for a chemical balance that reduces the risk of psychosis without losing the drug’s pleasurable effects, experts said on Thursday. With cannabis laws becoming more liberalized in many countries ― particularly the United States ― there is also an urgent need for more detailed and accurate scientific studies to explore how cannabis use can be made safer, the experts said. “Worldwide there is a trend towards liberalization and increasing consumption,” said Robin Murray, a professor at King&...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Women Aren't Failing At Science — Science Is Failing Women
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Rare fossils of giant rodents raise questions
Adult and juvenile remains of a giant rodent species (Isostylomys laurdillardi) have been uncovered by researchers, in the R ío de la Plata coastal region of southern Uruguay, raising questions about classification within dinomids. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 22, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Regulating Cannabis Social Clubs: A comparative analysis of legal and self-regulatory practices in Spain, Belgium and Uruguay - Decorte T, Pardal M, Queirolo R, Boidi MF, S ánchez Avilés C, Parés Franquero Ò.
BACKGROUND: Cannabis Social Clubs (CSCs) are a model of non-profit production and distribution of cannabis among a closed circuit of adult cannabis users. CSCs are now operating in several countries around the world, albeit under very different legal regim... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Massive sea lion, fur seal hunting in the Patagonian coasts is altering Southern Atlantic Ocean ecosystems
Sea lion hunting by the Europeans at the Atlantic coasts of South America – it started in the 19th Century and continued up to the second half of the 20th century in Argentina and Uruguay – changed its nutrition guidelines of these pinnipeds as well as the structure of the coastal trophic network, according to new research. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 18, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Study compiles data on 958 types of South American jellyfish
Detailed information on 958 distinct morphological types of jellyfish that inhabit the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America has been compiled by scientists. The study involved scientists from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 6, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Brazilian study compiles data on 958 types of South American jellyfish
(Funda ç ã o de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de S ã o Paulo) Detailed information on 958 distinct morphological types of jellyfish that inhabit the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of South America has been compiled in a census published in Zootaxa, the leading zoological taxonomy journal. Coordinated by Brazilian scientists, the study involved scientists from Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Uruguay. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 6, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Global public health advocates open new fronts in war on tobacco
(International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) Efforts to control tobacco as a public health threat have escalated as clinicians and public health advocates have coalesced to beat back threats from tobacco companies through public advocacy, public health, and pension reform. Today, public health advocates from Brazil, Malaysia, Ireland, Australia, and Uruguay presented different strategies that have effectively reigned in the global threat of tobacco companies at a press briefing held at IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC). (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 5, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Uruguay: A giant leap to prevent tobacco-assisted suicide
Originally published by the World Bank Group: https://blogs.worldbank.org/health/uruguay-giant-leap-prevent-tobacco-assisted-suicide co-authored with Patricio V. Marquez Tobacco is arguably one of the most significant threats to public health we have ever faced. Since the publication of the landmark U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Tobacco and Health in 1964, that provided evidence linking smoking to diseases of nearly all organs of the body (see graph below), the international community slowly began to realize that a century-long epidemic of cigarette smoking was causing an enormous, avoidable public health catast...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adolescent injuries in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay: results from the 2012-2013 Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS) - Beck NI, Arif I, Paumier MF, Jacobsen KH.
OBJECTIVES: The goals of this study were to identify the proportion of early adolescents in southern South America who were injured in the past year, to identify risk behaviours and other exposures associated with injuries, and to evaluate the most common ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

These Are The 10 Best Places In The World To Be A Girl (And The U.S. Isn't One Of Them)
The American dream isn’t all that promising if you’re a girl, according to a report released Tuesday on International Day of the Girl.  The United States didn’t make it to the top 10 (or top 20 or top 30) in Save the Children’s analysis of places where girls have ample opportunities to thrive.  When determining where girls are being held back, the international aid group took a number of factors into consideration ― including rates of child marriage, adolescent fertility, lower-secondary school completion and maternal mortality, all of which are part of the framework for t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An algorithm for taxi sharing
Researchers in Uruguay have developed an evolutionary algorithm to allow a smart city to facilitate efficient taxi sharing to cut an individual's transport costs as well as reduce congestion and traffic pollution. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Featured Review: Kangaroo mother care to reduce morbidity and mortality in low birthweight infants
Cochrane evidence supports the use of kangaroo care in stabilized low birthweight infants as an alternative to conventional neonatal careConventional neonatal care of low birthweight infants (
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 9, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Uruguay ’s Victory over Philip Morris: a Win for Tobacco Control and Public Health
Credit: BigstockBy Germán VelásquezGENEVA, Aug 22 2016 (IPS)In a landmark decision that has been hailed as a victory of public health measures against narrow commercial interests, an international tribunal has dismissed a claim by tobacco giant company Philip Morris that the Uruguay government violated its rights by instituting tobacco control measures.The ruling had been much anticipated as it was the first international case brought against a government for taking measures to curb the marketing of tobacco products.Philip Morris had started proceedings in February 2010 against Uruguay at the International Ce...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - August 22, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: German Velasquez Tags: Featured Global Headlines Health Trade & Investment Philip Morris Tobacco Uruguay Source Type: news

Cannabis clubs in Uruguay: the challenges of regulation - Queirolo R, Boidi MF, Cruz JM.
BACKGROUND: The Uruguayan Cannabis Clubs (UCCs) constitute one of three ways to obtain cannabis under the new cannabis regulation laws. These organizations, formed by up to 45 adults and with a legal limit to grow up to 99 plants, appear to provide a safe ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Cannabis consumption patterns among frequent consumers in Uruguay - Boidi MF, Queirolo R, Cruz JM.
BACKGROUND: In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to fully regulate the cannabis market, which now operates under state control. Cannabis can be legally acquired in three ways: growing it for personal use (self-cultivation), cannabis club membership, a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Phillip Morris loses tough-on-tobacco lawsuit in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - The World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) ruled in favor of Uruguay on Friday in a suit filed by Philip Morris International seeking compensation for economic damages caused by the nation's anti-tobacco measures. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Talking Openly – The Way to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy
A teenage mother and her toddler in Bonpland, a rural municipality in the northern province of Misiones in Argentina. Latin America has the second highest regional rate of early pregnancies in the world, after sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetBUENOS AIRES, Jul 8 2016 (IPS)In plain and simple language, an Argentine video aimed at teenagers explains how to get sexual pleasure while being careful. Its freedom from taboos is very necessary in Latin American countries where one in five girls becomes a mother by the time she is 19 years old.“For good sex to happen, both partners have t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Women's Health adolescent Adolescents Source Type: news

Talking Openly – The Way to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy
A teenage mother and her toddler in Bonpland, a rural municipality in the northern province of Misiones in Argentina. Latin America has the second highest regional rate of early pregnancies in the world, after sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPSBy Fabiana FrayssinetBUENOS AIRES, Jul 8 2016 (IPS)In plain and simple language, an Argentine video aimed at teenagers explains how to get sexual pleasure while being careful. Its freedom from taboos is very necessary in Latin American countries where one in five girls becomes a mother by the time she is 19 years old.“For good sex to happen, both partners have t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Fabiana Frayssinet Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva Source Type: news

Fixes: From Uruguay, a Model for Making Abortion Safer
Even when abortion was illegal, doctors organized to inform pregnant women of their choices and promise post-abortion treatment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PATRICK ADAMS Tags: Abortion Zika Virus Uruguay Abortion Drugs Planned Parenthood Federation of America World Health Organization Caribbean Area Latin America Rumsfeld, Donald H Uganda Source Type: news

Eb139/conf./1
Dementia Draft decision proposed by the delegations of Austria, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Panama, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay and Zambia (Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation)
Source: WHO Governing Body Documentation - May 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Can the UN Security Council Stop Hospitals Being Targets in War?
The Agency Headquarters Hospital (AHH) in Bajaur Agency, shortly after a Taliban suicide bomb attack in 2013. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPSBy Lyndal RowlandsApr 29 2016 (IPS)Hospitals, health care workers and patients in war zones are supposed to be protected under international humanitarian law yet recent attacks from Syria to Afghanistan suggest that they have become targets.The seeming lack of respect for the sanctity of health care in war zones has prompted UN Security Council members in New York to consider a new resolution designed to find new ways to halt these attacks.The Security Council is expected to vote on the r...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Lyndal Rowlands Tags: Armed Conflicts Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF Source Type: news

Meet Paz: Paraguay’s HLHS pioneer
Before Maria de la Paz was born, her parents Violeta Gustale and Orlando Cazal learned their unborn daughter had a complex congenital heart disease called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). With HLHS, the left side of the newborn’s heart is so underdeveloped that it cannot pump enough oxygenated blood throughout the body. The standard treatment is a series of three corrective surgeries to re-route blood flow through the heart. The first surgery is performed at birth, the second at six months and the third about two or three years later. Violeta and Orlando were presented with four options: Travel from their hom...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - April 20, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Our Patients’ Stories congenital heart disease Dr. Christopher Baird Dr. Pedro del Nido HLHS Source Type: news

Firearms in Uruguay: an exploratory review based on data from the survey of Access to Justice, 2013 - Eduardo Moras L, Trujillo H.
Despite the role that firearms have in the continent, both in the proliferation of violence and crime and the lethality of conflicts that arise daily, empirical studies of this phenomenon are still scarce and methodologically weak. This reality is not fore... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Dengue Fever – Uruguay
On 1 March 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Uruguay provided PAHO/WHO with an update on the country’s ongoing dengue outbreak. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 10, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: dengue [subject], dengue haemhorragic fever, dengue fever, dengue virus, risk assessment [subject], risk factor [subject], risk, health risks, Disease outbreak news [doctype], Region of the Americas [region], Uruguay [country] Source Type: news

If You Don't Like The Idea Of Abortion, Don't Get One
The World Health Organization estimates that 211 million pregnancies occur each year. Approximately 87 million of these pregnancies occur unintentionally. Of the total number of pregnancies a year, around 46 million end in abortion. Around 40 percent of these are carried out under unsafe conditions; 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe abortions each year. Surely, this is not what we want for our women. Abortion is not about opinion. Legalizing abortion is not a question of beliefs, taboos or religion-- all that should not even be part of the conversation. Abortion is a question of public health, and it must be dealt wi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What can Canada learn from U.S., Uruguay about selling marijuana?
As the federal Liberals map out their plan for legalizing marijuana, politicians and policy analysts look at how — and how successfully — other countries have overturned the prohibition of pot. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada Source Type: news

From World Cup Trophy Capers to Violin Design: This Week's Curios
Every day of the year, Curious.com CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest. Last week's Curios covered Excel art, dark matter, and how soccer's most prized trophy went missing. Curio No. 948 | The wild history of the Jules Rimet trophy When Frenchman Jules Rimet created the World Cup in 1929, he needed a trophy. So he commissioned a Parisian sculptor to make a 14-inch gilded statuette depicting the Greek goddess Nike atop a pedestal. The Rimet Trophy was awarded to the inaugural winner Uruguay in 1930. And every ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Dengue Fever – Uruguay
On 13 February 2016, the National IHR Focal Point (IHR NFP) of Uruguay notified PAHO/WHO a case of dengue. The case is a 31-year-old female from Montevideo who developed fever and joint pain on 5 February. On 9 February, she sought medical attention and, on the same day, her samples were collected for laboratory testing. The samples tested positive for dengue by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The patient remained hospitalized for two days and, at discharge, was in good health conditions. The patient has no history of travel outside of Uruguay. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - February 25, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: dengue [subject], dengue haemhorragic fever, dengue fever, dengue virus, risk assessment [subject], risk factor [subject], risk, health risks, Disease outbreak news [doctype], Region of the Americas [region], Uruguay [country] Source Type: news

Microcephaly Revives Battle for Legal Abortion in Brazil
“Abortion shouldn’t be a crime” reads a sign held in one of the numerous demonstrations held in Brazil to demand the legalisation of abortion. Credit: Courtesy of Distintas LatitudesBy Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 8 2016 (IPS)The Zika virus epidemic and a rise in the number of cases of microcephaly in newborns have revived the debate on legalising abortion in Brazil. However, the timing is difficult as conservative and religious groups are growing in strength, especially in parliament.“We are issuing a call to society to hold a rational, generous debate towards a review of the law that criminalise...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 8, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Mario Osava Tags: Active Citizens Civil Society Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Gender Headlines Health Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Abortion Bra Source Type: news

Three types of marijuana to hit Uruguayan pharmacies in 2016
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguayans will be able to choose from three varieties of state-sanctioned cannabis when marijuana starts being sold in pharmacies in the small South American country next year, the National Drug Board said Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The medical devices market in Latin America
By Kate Jablonski, Emergo Group Most people don’t realize it, but taken together, the major Latin American countries—Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina—represent the third largest economy in the world, with a healthcare expenditure comparable to China and India. Their combined GDP exceeds $4.25 trillion and the medical device industry has grown into a significant combined market. It’s no surprise that medical device companies have their eye on Latin America. Starting points: Mexico & Brazil Mexico is the second largest country south of the US and a favorable starting point for medica...
Source: Mass Device - November 18, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Emergo Group Source Type: news