New report on global tobacco use trends

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For the first time, the number of men using tobacco is on the decline, indicating a powerful shift in the global tobacco epidemic. By 2020, WHO projects there will be 10 million fewer tobacco users worldwide, than in 2018. The findings demonstrate how government-led action can protect communities from tobacco and save lives. 
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WHO prequalifies first biosimilar medicine to increase access to breast cancer treatment
WHO prequalified its first biosimilar medicine – trastuzumab – in a move that could make this expensive, life-saving treatment more affordable and available to women globally. Trastuzumab was included in the WHO Essential Medicines List in 2015 as an essential treatment for about 20% of breast cancers. It has shown high efficacy in curing early stage breast cancer and in some cases more advanced forms of the disease.
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More than 1 in 3 low- and middle-income countries face both extremes of malnutrition
Globally, estimates suggest that almost 2.3 billion children and adults are overweight, and more than 150 million children are stunted. However, in low- and middle-income countries these emerging issues overlap in individuals, families, communities and countries. The new Lancet report explores the trends behind this intersection – known as the double burden of malnutrition.
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Drop in cholera cases worldwide
The number of cholera cases decreased globally by 60% in 2018, WHO announced in a report that points to an encouraging trend in cholera prevention and control in the world’s major cholera hotspots, including Haiti, Somalia and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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