More than half of new cancer cases diagnosed each year are found in less developed regions of the world. Treatment and prevention in these countries, as Sarah Boseley reports in her global health blog, are often scarce. This week, cancer experts in two wealthy countries—the US and UK—issued a joint statement commenting on the problem. It’s just one of the stories we found interesting.
Leading scientists sign up to global cancer manifesto
The Guardian, March 6, 2013
First we had European cancer experts deliberating on the shores of a Swiss lake in Lugano. Now today the premier cancer research organizations in the world, led by the National Cancer Institute in the US and Cancer Research UK, are speaking out. They are saying much the same things: it is time to take what we know about basic cancer prevention and care into the poorest countries of the world. It is also time to rethink the way ahead for cancer research, so that everybody benefits and money is not wasted on hugely expensive but ineffective treatments.
Cooler South Atlantic causes malaria rise in India
The Times of India, March 5, 2013
Everybody knows that the world is interconnected, but this takes the cake: colder than normal sea temperature in the tropical South Atlantic appears to cause malaria epidemics thousands of kilometers away, in northwestern India.
Gates, UW teaming up on massive health study
The Seattle Times, March 4, 2013
When Bill Gates laid out his foundation’s priorities for the coming year, better measurement of health trends around the world was at the top of the list. On Tuesday, Gates and researchers at the University of Washington will announce ambitious plans to help achieve that goal with more-frequent updates to global death and disease statistics that used to take a decade or more to compile and analyze.
AIDS researchers and global health community ponder a reported cure
The Washington Post, March 4, 2013
AIDS researchers, advocacy organizations, and global health officials spent Monday trying to determine whether the report that a baby girl born in Mississippi was cured of the infection is a therapeutic breakthrough or a scientific curiosity.