Tagged: Health

NEWS: WHO: 5 Conditions for Health Equity

A new set of strategic policies and practical tools will help European governments accelerate progress towards ensuring that everyone has the ability to lead a healthy life and to prosper within as little as five years. This is the main theme under discussion at the first-ever WHO European High-level Conference on Health Equity, hosted by the Government of Slovenia in Ljubljana…

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Heavy Tobacco Burden as Big Tobacco Profits Rise

Even though cigarette sale in Sri Lanka has been reducing, the profit of Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has been increasing disproportionately over the years. As ADIC – Sri Lanka reports in a recent press release the reason for disproportionate profit increases of CTC when cigarette use is decreasing is due to irrational  tobacco taxation. Therefore, when the government taxes tobacco, the tobacco industry earns an unusually high profit…

REPORT: Neurobiological Consequences of Adolescent Cannabis Use

About one in five Canadian adolescents (19% of Canadians aged 15-19) uses cannabis. Its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, impulsivity control and motivation, and the research presented suggests cannabis could have long-lasting effects on these…

REPORT: Use of Economic Evidence in Support of Policy for Funding NCD Interventions

Spending on NCD action must be done through domestic funding as well as through catalytic investments and innovative financing options such as the proposed NCD and Mental Health Catalytic Trust Fund are crucial in meeting the current needs. Health authorities can use economics to communicate challenges and solutions in a manner that resonates with other sectors…

NEWS: UK: Sharp Rise in Suicide and other Mental Health Problems

Leading economist warns about the rise of deaths due to suicide, and alcohol and other drug abuse. These health issues are now causing more death in middle aged people than heart disease.
Sir Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize-winning economist along with Anne Case and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), conducted an analysis on suicide, alcohol related illnesses and drug abuse or what they term ‘deaths of despair’. They found these health issues are on the rise in the UK similar to the trend seen in the U.S…

REPORT: Health System Modelling: Towards Whole-Health-System Perspective

The study describes priority health system modelling research areas to conduct economic evaluation of HSS interventions and ultimately identify good value for money investments in HSS.
Health system modelling (HSM) research should model the complex dynamics of health systems and ultimately guide a novel economic evaluation framework for analysing HSS interventions…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Call for Monitoring Digital Alcohol Marketing

A new report by the WHO Europe calls for increased monitoring of digital marketing of alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food products, targeting children and adolescents. Through the report, WHO has introduced the 5-step CLICK tool to monitor real digital marketing exposure of children to unhealthy products…

REPORT: Alcohol Harm in Older People: Opportunities and Barriers for Interventions

To be effective, societal approaches need to take into account contexts of risks for alcohol use. The evidence supports a strong social role for consuming alcohol which should be taken into account in any policy development with the potential benefits of social participation for cognitive health. Approaches to reducing alcohol use in older people need to avoid paradoxical harm, with a need for approaches that reduce harm from using alcohol but retain the benefit of socializing…