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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040

Life & Health

Superb example for other countries, including Sri Lanka to be more serious – Uruguay has successfully done it!

Two international studies conducted in Uruguay reveal that compared to indoor air contamination levels and nicotine levels before and after the smoking ban in the country, there is roughly 90 percent reduction in both.

Dr. Eduardo Bianco
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Tobacco industry “Show Your Colours” advertising Campaign in Indonesia

The advertising campaigns were another aggressive marketing attempt by the tobacco industry to gain market share in Indonesia.

Tobacco industry “Show Your Colours” advertising Campaign in Indonesia
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Asthma: We can beat it but not kill it

Asthma is a common chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) that is usually characterised by inflammation of the bronchial tubes or airways of the lungs. 10,000 litres of air and blood pass through our lungs and, as a result, they deliver 350 litres of oxygen every day. If this delivery is hampered in any way it leads to respiratory distress or breathlessness. The episodic onset of respiratory symptoms is called an asthma attack.

Asthma: We can beat it but not kill it
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Asthma - can we live with it?

Not all ailments are of the type that can be cured completely over time, even though they are not life threatening. Asthma, which afflicts an estimated 300 million people worldwide, is one such disease that cannot be cured though it can consciously be controlled. Those who keep it under check, through a proper lifestyle, diet and regular medication, are able to lead a normal life, said Professor (Dr) Surya Kant, Head of the Respiratory Medicine Department at King George's Medical University, in an interview given to CNS (Citizen News Service).

Asthma - can we live with it?
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In the light of the findings of this study, countries should reconsider their positions on this important health policy – smoke-free legislation

Large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma have been noticed with the introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe, reveals the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke free legislation of child health.

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Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

Brazil which has long been a leader in tobacco control, this month launched the first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control.

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory
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Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?

Although the governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, a lot more work needs to be done to deliver on these promises by 2030. Thirty-six Asia Pacific nations had met in Thailand for Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) but largely failed to agree with consensus on a regional road-map to achieve these promises by 2030. The window of opportunity is not closed yet - Asia Pacific nations still can demonstrate leadership on implementing SDGs by agreeing on an ambitious plan to move forward.

Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?
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What does it take to beat drug-resistant TB?

I met Lucy in Khayelishta (near Cape Town) on the bright sunny morning of 4th December 2015 - just two days after she had celebrated the 10th birthday of her lovely daughter. A cured multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB survivor, her face glowed with the happiness and pride of winning her battle against two dreadful diseases.

What does it take to beat drug-resistant TB?
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Anoda declares war on cancer!

The other day a gulf national who is a very close associate of mine showed a picture of a fruit in his mobile phone and asked me whether I am familiar with that fruit?

Anoda -  Botanical name:-Annona muricata. Family name:-ANNONACEAE English name:- custard apple.
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India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health

India's draft National Health Policy 2015 was riddled with privatisation bid and it is no surprise that 2016-2017 budget too takes that agenda forward. Also earlier this month Indian government indicated its intent to exit from hospital 'sector' (along with Air India). The vision of universal healthcare coverage - which leaves no one behind - can only be achieved from robust and well-funded public health system which is not running on cost-to-cost or for-profit motives. This is why privatisation of public health system is not only weakening it but also jeopardizing access to healthcare for most in need.

India's 2016-2017 budget reflects a mirage for universal health
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