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May 31 is World NO Tobacco Day – Today!

In 1998, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland was appointed as Director General (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) was one of two early “pathfinder projects” initiated by Brundtland, along with Roll Back Malaria. TFI was tasked with addressing the drivers of a growing disease burden focused on non-communicable disease (NCDs),...

Derek Yach & Gillian Christie | May 31, 2016
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EEOC Ruling on Workplace Health Programs

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its final rules on May 16, 2016. The regulations outline the extent to which employers can provide financial incentives to employees (up to 30% of the cost of their least expensive major medical insurance plan) to participate in the program, in addition to a number of other...

Gillian Christie | May 26, 2016
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Naturally healthy? From marketing to mouth

Food products today read like a dictionary of health-promoting words: natural; healthy; light; made with wholegrains; and the list goes on. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with defining these terms. Last week the FDA announced a revision to the definition of “healthy” following a petition from snack bar manufacturer, KIND, to reflect...

Adriana Selwyn | May 24, 2016
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Aging and Cognition: Maintaining Economic Security in Later Life

The United States (US) and other high-income countries are witnessing demographic changes associated with people living longer though in poorer health. Japan, the country with the highest proportion of elderly citizens, is already working to re-tool its society and economy to support an aging population, leveraging the promise of technology to do so. Many other...

Derek Yach and Jason Karlawish | May 9, 2016
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Technologies and Evidence for Healthy Ageing and Financial Services

While a level of cognitive decline is normal with age, the ability of people to manage their finances poses challenges as our brains change with the passing years. On April 5, 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Ageing, the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), and the National Institute on Ageing...

Derek Yach | May 6, 2016
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