UN Week http://kplu.org en Does global health have to first focus on poverty? http://kplu.org/post/does-global-health-have-first-focus-poverty <p>KPLU&#39;s Tom Paulson caught up with physician-activist <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Farmer" target="_blank">Paul Farmer</a> at the <a href="http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/" target="_blank">Clinton Global Initiative</a>, the other big meeting in New York full of heads of state, celebs and bigwigs.</p><p>Farmer, the inspiring and controversial cyclist-celeb Lance Armstrong and others have joined in the clarion call to expand the global health agenda to include all the big killers.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/09/paul-farmer-explains-why-global-health-has-to-first-focus-on-poverty/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:32:44 +0000 KPLU 2686 at http://kplu.org Does global health have to first focus on poverty? Global health efforts make food, beverage, drug industries nervous http://kplu.org/post/global-health-efforts-make-food-beverage-drug-industries-nervous <p>Chronic or non-communicable diseases (aka NCDs) are the world&rsquo;s big killers, representing about 60 percent of all causes of death. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease (mostly from tobacco), diabetes and the like kill many more people &mdash; most of them in the developing world &mdash; than do infectious diseases like AIDS, TB or malaria.</p><p>However, developing health goals to combat NCSs often run up against powerful commercial interests in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.</p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:52:54 +0000 Tom Paulson 2680 at http://kplu.org Global health efforts make food, beverage, drug industries nervous KPLU's Tom Paulson attending 'weird and wonderful' UN Week http://kplu.org/post/kplus-tom-paulson-attending-weird-and-wonderful-un-week <p>As heads of state, officials and other bigwigs descend on New York City for the <a href="http://www.un.org/en/ga/" target="_blank">United Nations General Assembly</a> meeting, key city streets are closed, the traffic replaced by police officers, patrol cars and vans, and New Yorkers are irritated.</p><p>It&rsquo;s UN Week and most of the buzz is about the Palestinian push for UN recognition as an independent state. President Obama is already in town, scheduled to speak at the UN on Wednesday.</p><p>But I&rsquo;m not here for all that. I just came to see the UN deal with a proposal to re-set the global health agenda &mdash; something that, arguably, could do a lot more to increase global stability, our national security and worldwide economic growth than all this other blather. Arguably.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/09/weird-and-wonderful-un-week/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:57:14 +0000 Tom Paulson 2676 at http://kplu.org KPLU's Tom Paulson attending 'weird and wonderful' UN Week What's so controversial about cancer? Ask the U.N. http://kplu.org/post/whats-so-controversial-about-cancer-ask-un <p>Some of the leading disease experts from Seattle are visiting the United Nations this week. <a href="http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/issues/ncdiseases.shtml">They&rsquo;re at a &quot;High-Level&quot; meeting </a>to discuss whether poor countries should start worrying about cancer and diabetes &ndash; as much as malaria or AIDS.&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s a controversial idea, says KPLU&rsquo;s <a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/">Humanosphere </a>blogger Tom Paulson.&nbsp; He&#39;s in New York to cover the meeting. Before he left he explained the controversy to KPLU&rsquo;s Keith Seinfeld.</p><p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2657 at http://kplu.org What's so controversial about cancer? Ask the U.N.