It’s a growing issue that doesn’t receive enough attention.
Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the television icon in the second installment of a two-part interview. [Transcript added.]
“Mortality,” Jeff Sharlet writes of the late Christopher Hitchens’ small, posthumously published book of essays, composed while the author was dying of cancer, is death-writing “at its most generous and most human: just another man dying, making a joke and telling a story.”
Physical inactivity -- defined as less than 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week -- kills 5.3 million people worldwide annually, more than the 5 million who succumb to the dangers of cigarette smoking, researchers at Harvard report.
With the scent of the global financial crisis swimming in their nostrils, G-8 leaders pledged a mere $5 billion in aid to reduce deaths among African mothers and infants, a decrease of 90 percent in the funding promised five years ago at the group's meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Health nuts, take heed: A sweeping review of almost 70 scientific studies of the health benefits of vitamins and, in particular, those trendy antioxidants, has found "no convincing evidence" of increased lifespan. In fact, vitamins A, E and beta-carotene could even increase a person's chances of dying prematurely, according to scientists at Copenhagen University.
Rampant violence and a curfew that makes nighttime medical aid unrealistic at best are threatening the health of pregnant Iraqi women and their children. Official data on the problem is scarce, but medical and humanitarian workers say childhood and maternal mortality is on the rise.