Posts made in May, 2013

World No Tobacco Day

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Health Topics | 0 comments

World No Tobacco Day

31 May 2013 — Bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship are one of the most effective ways of reducing tobacco consumption. As more countries make progress towards implementing complete bans, the tobacco industry is increasingly using tactics such as brand extension, product placement and stealth marketing to sell its products. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. Did you know? Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030. Fact Sheet “We’ve claimed a lot of clean indoor air since the days of smoking in cinemas and airplanes, but we’re not in the clear yet” Even tho this article isn’t a recent one, the message is still quite relevant today. Non Smokers Rise Up! MPOWER policy 1: monitoring tobacco use and prevention In 2004, about 5 million adults aged 30 years and over died from direct tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) around the globe. That is one death approximately every six seconds. Assessment of tobacco use and its impact must be strengthened. Currently, only fifty-nine countries, representing under half of the world’s population, monitor tobacco use by repeating nationally representative youth and adult surveys at least once every five years. Read more: 10 FACTS ON THE GLOBAL TOBACCO...

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World Hypertension Day

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Health Topics | Comments Off on World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day

May 17, 2013 is World Hypertension Day – established to highlight the preventable stroke, heart and kidney diseases caused by high blood pressure and to communicate to the public information on prevention, detection and treatment. Each year, May 17th is designated World Hypertension Day. The theme for World Hypertension Day 2013 is Healthy Heart Beat-Healthy Blood Pressure. What is Hypertension? Hypertension is most commonly known as High Blood Pressure. It is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure is elevated. Many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Most of the time, there are no symptoms, but when high blood pressure goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs throughout the body. That’s why high blood pressure is often called the “silent killer”. – WHD Brochure 2013 DID YOU KNOW?  Studies show that long-term use of the blood thinner warfarin in patients with AF can reduce the risk of stroke by 70 to 80%. Very little salt is found naturally in food, it is nearly all added in preparation. Adding salt to food is estimated to kill more than 3 million people a year worldwide.  Studies show that long-term use of the blood thinner warfarin in patients with AF can reduce the risk of stroke by 70 to 80%.  “Individuals with atrial fibrillation have a risk of stroke that is 3 to 5 times greater than those without AF.”  HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION ...

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