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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

Life & Health

Spice it up with cinnamon to tackle metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur due to imbalance of the body’s structural and biochemical processes which determine its metabolic functioning. It results in disorders like insulin resistance, clustering of abdominal obesity, high blood lipids, high blood sugar and hypertension, and increased risk of clotting, predisposing individuals to diabetes, stroke and coronary heart diseases.

Spice it up with cinnamon to tackle metabolic syndrome
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Food, nay tobacco, for thought

The curtain is finally down on the World No Tobacco Day 2017 and we are back to business as usual. There was a flurry of activities in my city, and elsewhere too, during the weeks preceding this day, reaching a crescendo on the 30th and 31st of May. Barring very few exceptions, the script of all the programmes/ discourses seemed to be taken from the same master copy.

Food, nay tobacco, for thought
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World No Tobacco Day - 31 May 2017

Nearly one billion people in the world smoke everyday and about 80 percent of them are in low and middle income countries. Over six million people die from tobacco use every year and the majority of them are in their most productive years (30-69 years of age). Therefore tobacco is extraordinarily dangerous to human health and highly damaging to national economies.

World No Tobacco Day - 31 May 2017
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Bringing TB out of the shadows

So said Jose Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union). TB related stigma and discrimination still lurks in our communities and blocks access to existing care services. Jose shared several examples where TB patients felt isolated, frustrated and cornered enough to resort to extreme acts of desperation like suicide.

Bringing TB out of the shadows
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Keeping workforce healthy is also a smart business strategy

Later this month, health ministers of our governments will convene for World Health Assembly (WHA) to shape the agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as elect its new leader as Dr Margaret Chan's tenure as WHO Director-General comes to an end. During Dr Chan's leadership of WHO, adoption of the WHO End TB Strategy in WHA 2014 and world leaders coming together to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at UN General Assembly 2016, are among the key milestone moments.

Keeping workforce healthy is also a smart business strategy
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Australia Win Landmark Trade Case on Tobacco Plain Packaging

A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the World Trade Organization (WTO) after a five-year legal battle. Thus it is decided that Australia's pioneering law requiring plain packaging for tobacco products does not violate international trade and intellectual property agreements.

Australia  Win Landmark Trade Case on Tobacco Plain Packaging
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How will we avert asthma deaths without definitive diagnostics and universal access to effective treatment?

Our governments have committed to reduce premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (including asthma) by one-third by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). The National Health Policy 2017 of India also promises to "reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025".

How will we avert asthma deaths without definitive diagnostics and universal access to effective treatment?
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May sanity prevail!

Our country is facing a critical situation now with the spread of the suspected H1N1 flu virus or known as swine flu.

May sanity prevail!
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Inter-sectoral and well-coordinated battle to #endTB is imperative to deliver on Agenda 2030

Growing political commitment of governments globally to #endTB is indeed welcoming but governments need to walk the talk too to #endTB and deliver on promises of integrated sustainable development by 2030.

Inter-sectoral and well-coordinated battle to #endTB is imperative to deliver on Agenda 2030
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North-South perspectives on Istanbul Principles and Agenda 2030 for sustainable development

The eight Istanbul Principles, adopted in 2010 by over two hundred civil society organisations (CSOs) from 82 countries, constitute a statement of common values and approaches to guide CSOs' work.

North-South perspectives on Istanbul Principles and Agenda 2030 for sustainable development
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