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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2280

Life & Health

MDR-TB treatment regimen: Short indeed is beautiful

WHO recently announced new recommendations to speed up diagnosis and improve treatment outcomes for multi drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) through the use of a novel rapid diagnostic test called MTBDRsl, and a shorter, cheaper 9-12 month treatment regimen. The new treatment regimen can be completed in 9-12 months— less than half the time required by the current 24-month treatment standard used worldwide.

MDR-TB treatment regimen: Short indeed is beautiful
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EU rejects renewal of agreement with tobacco industry on tackling illicit trade

The European Commission rejects renewal or extension of the controversial agreement with tobacco multinational Philip Morris International (PMI) on tackling illicit trade which expired on 9th July 2016.

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World's ugliest colour - Dark Green Brown

The results of a survey led by a group of experts from a marketing company in finding the ugliest colour in the world have just released and it is Opaque Couche or Pantone 448c. It is called Dark Green Brown!

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Conference of the Parties (COP7) to take place in India

by Manjari Peiris

India is to host the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) and the first session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP1) The formal title of the meeting is "The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7)". It will bring together the WHO-FCTC's 180 Parties which includes almost every country in the world as well as regional economic integration organizations such as the European Union.

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Why the emphasis on tobacco taxation?

The Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic of the World Health Organization(WHO) shows that raising taxes on tobacco products is one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce consumption of products that increase mortality , while also generating substantial domestic revenue for health and other essential programs—investments that benefit the entire population.

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Owing to smoking bans - tobacco industry is shrinking

A study led by Professor Driffield of Warwick Business School, Jo Crotty of Aberystwyth University and Chris Jones of Aston Business School with 141 companies across 20 countries over a 10 year period has found smoking bans in a country where the firm was based, reduced the likelihood of them investing abroad.

 Tobacco industry is shrinking
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Towards a TB free India: It cannot be a lone battle

seconds. There are 2.2 million new cases of TB in the country every year, out of which an estimated 71,000 cases are of multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). This curable disease kills 110,000 HIV-associated TB cases also emerging annually in India, second only to South Africa, and the country accounts for 10% of the global TB/HIV burden. Between 2006 and 2014, TB cost the Indian economy a staggering $340 billion.

Towards a TB free India: It cannot be a lone battle
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Lessons from tobacco taxation can serve developing countries

At a conference hosted by the World Bank on the pressures developing countries face to lower tax rates and shrink their tax base while also fighting tax avoidance and evasion, Jason Furman, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors to US President, Barack Obama, emphasized that the most important unsung piece of public health legislation of the Obama administration has been the increase in the Federal cigarette tax from USD $0.39 to USD @1.01 per pack.

Lessons from tobacco taxation can serve developing countries
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Coalition opposed to plain packaging has many ties to tobacco industry

An "international coalition" consisting of 47 organizations seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products has signed a letter and sent to World Health Organization's head Dr. Margaret Chan.

World Health Organization's head Dr. Margaret Chan
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Disgraceful effort to privilege tobacco business interests over public health has rightly failed utterly – other countries to follow UK lead

The High Court challenge to the Regulations on Standardized Plain tobacco packaging by the tobacco industry met with a humiliating defeat on Thursday, 19th of May 2016.

Disgraceful effort to privilege tobacco business interests over public health has rightly failed utterly – other countries to follow UK lead
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