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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2218

Life & Health

Strong government commitment helps achieving a significant decline in tobacco smoking in Uruguay

A study conducted in Uruguay by the Ministry of Health and the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) reveals that Uruguay has significantly reduced smoking over the past nine years, viz. smoking rates have dropped by more than 13 percent among adults - from 25 percent in 2009 to 21.6 percent in 2017.

Strong government commitment helps achieving a significant decline in tobacco smoking in Uruguay
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Governments must take bold action to tackle non-communicable diseases - Commonwealth

In a new report commissioned by the Commonwealth, recommendations such as establishing 100 per cent smoke-free public spaces and introducing a 20 per cent sugar tax on soft drinks are set out in a bid to cut the number deaths related to unhealthy lifestyles.

Dr. Mbololwa Mbikusita-Lewanika - Commonwealth health adviser
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Mind-Energy technique for management of challenging ailments

A 55 year old male, suffering from Type 2 diabetes for the last 12 years, presented with pain, swelling and dark necrotic patches over his right leg. He gave a history of minor trauma to the leg about two weeks before admission to this hospital (Aster Medcity, Kochi), for which he was being treated earlier in another hospital. He developed fever with chills, increasing infection of the right leg, and was then transferred to our institute for onward management.

Mind-Energy technique for management of challenging ailments
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Tobacco taxation and pricing policies should be uniform across all tobacco products

A new study published in Tobacco Control which is a publication of the British Medical Journal, examining how changes in the price or tax of all 10 types of non-cigarette tobacco products, vi bidis, cigars, little cigars, roll your own, smokeless tobacco, kreteks, water pipes, pipes, electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches, and to ascertain the impact of the demand for these products reveals that it had led to a decrease in demand.

Tobacco taxation and pricing policies should be uniform across all tobacco products
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Plain Packaging on cigarette packets in Sri Lanka?

The Cabinet of Sri Lanka has approved a proposal submitted by the Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products, says Minister of Health.

Plain Packaging on cigarette packets in Sri Lanka?
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Air pollution is an invisible killer: Denial will cost lives! World Health Day 2018 special

According to the WHO, 92% of the global population lives in places where ambient air pollution is so high that it makes air unsafe to breathe. As much as 36% of lung cancer deaths, 34% of stroke deaths, and 27% of heart disease deaths in a year are attributed to air pollution. More alarmingly, climate change and air pollution are closely interrelated, further escalating the economic costs and health hazards for humankind. Yet it does not seem to be invoking governments to act with the compelling urgency.

Photograph of an online  WHO Air Quality Map
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Partnerships should be based on solidarity and trust, and not on greed

Partnerships that are critically important to progress towards a better world where a just social order is a reality for everyone, must be based on solidarity and trust, and not on greed. So believes Wardarina Thaib, who works at Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and is co-chair of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM), which is a platform for civil society organisations (CSOs) in Asia Pacific region to engage with different processes at the United Nations (UN).

 Wardarina -  online  photograph
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Finding Nature based Solutions to Treat Drinking Water to support Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone

Globally, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. Furthermore, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused.

Finding Nature based Solutions to Treat Drinking Water to support Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone
Finding Nature based Solutions to Treat Drinking Water to support Farmers in Sri Lanka’s Dry Zone
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Migrants trapped in quagmire: Neglected by their own country, mistreated by the host country

This pretty well sums up the pathetic situation in which many migrants find themselves today. And while immigration refers to people who legally relocate to another country, the word migration can also be used in the context of birds and animals.

Migrants trapped in quagmire: Neglected by their own country, mistreated by the host country
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She stood up to defeat TB

The youngest of 3 sisters, Ingrid Schoeman grew up in Pretoria and later started working as a dietician in a government hospital in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She especially enjoys working in children’s wards in hospitals as part of her dietician’s job. But the year 2012 nearly shattered her happy and peaceful existence.

 Ingrid Schoeman
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