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The State of Global Cardiovascular Health in sub-Saharan Africa

July 23, 2014

Gerald S. Bloomfield, assistant professor of medicine and global health at Duke, is a pioneer in the field of global cardiovascular health. When he came to Duke in 2007, he was one of the first medical trainees whose career focus was to understand and promote cardiovascular health in Africa. Today, he is credited with launching a clinical research program at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya to determine the causes of heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases among East Africans.

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Research Compares Cost-Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Programs, Drugs

July 22, 2014

In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money. The Jenny Craig regimen generated the greatest weight loss, but was also the most expensive option tested, according to Eric Finkelstein at Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Graduate Medical School and the Duke Global Health Institute.

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Merson Honors Dutch Colleague's Legacy and Helps World Mourn His Death

July 22, 2014

We often hear about Duke faculty quoted in the media offering analysis of world events. But in the days following the downing of Malaysia Flight MH 17 over Ukraine, Duke Global Health's Dr. Michael Merson found himself fielding dozens of media calls of a more personal nature, joining with his colleagues in expressing sorrow at the loss of physician-scientist Dr. Joep Lange and reports of up to roughly 100 other HIV/AIDS researchers.

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Zambia Could Be First Country to Distribute Pratt Pouch Nationally

July 14, 2014

The Pratt Pouch looks like a little ketchup foil package. At first, it’s hard to believe it can save lives. IntraHealth International is partnering with Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, which invented the Pratt Pouch, to conduct a 12-month pilot project to test the pouch at seven health facilities in Siavonga District, Zambia.


Study Identifies New Strategy to Reduce Sodium Intake in Rural China

July 10, 2014

A community-based sodium reduction intervention program has achieved significant reduction in sodium intake among rural residents in northern China. The study findings, according to DGHI partners at The George Institute for Global Health, will positively impact public health policymaking in China and have broader applicability to other similar settings around the world. Lijing Yan, now a faculty member at DGHI and Duke Kunshan University, is a leader of this research.

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Tang Calls for Greater Action Against Tuberculosis

July 10, 2014

Shenglan Tang, director of the DKU Global Health Research Center and DGHI faculty member, provides commentary for the July issue of The Economist Intelligence Unit: Ancient enemy, modern imperative: A time for greater action against tuberculosis.

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China CoE’s five-year achievements

July 08, 2014

On behalf of the China International Center for Chronic Disease Prevention (China CoE) [of which DGHI is a partner] and Professor Yangfang WU, Professor Lijing Yan gave a report on the Center’s outcomes in the past few years.