Health Highlights: May 30, 201305/30/13
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Anti-Smoking Ads Raise Smokers' Desire to Quit, Global Survey
A new international survey finds that, in most cases, exposure
to anti-smoking messages help spur smokers to quit the habit.
The report, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, tracked attitudes in 17 countries across Europe, Asia
and South America as part of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey.
Overall, exposure to anti-smoking messages in print media or on
television, radio or billboards "significantly increased the odds
that current smokers intend to quit" in 14 of the 17 countries
included in the survey, the CDC said in a news release.
The agency notes that its own campaign, "Tips from Former
Smokers" -- in which people with serious health issues linked to
smoking tell their stories -- is one such outreach effort.
"The Tips campaign is responsible for sharp increases in calls to 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a toll-free quitline number, and visits to www.cdc.gov/tips in 2012 and 2013. Both resources offer smokers free help quitting," the CDC said.
May 31 is designated World No Tobacco Day by the World Health
Organization, with a special emphasis this year on tobacco
advertising and promotion. According to the CDC, tobacco companies
spend almost $1 million each hour marketing cigarettes in the
Death Toll From SARS-like Virus Reaches 27: WHO
Forty-nine people are known to have been infected with a new
SARS-like virus, and 27 of those patients have died, the World
Health Organization (WHO) reported Wednesday.
The latest deaths occurred in Saudi Arabia, where three people
in that country's eastern environs died from their infection with
what is now known as Middle East respiratory symptom coronavirus
(MERS-CoV), according to
The virus "is not a problem that any single affected country can
keep to itself or manage all by itself," WHO general director
Margaret Chan said in closing remarks this week at the 66th World
Assembly in Geneva.
On Tuesday, a man died in France after having caught the virus
during a trip to the Middle East, the WHO reported. That was the
first reported death from the virus in that country. The man's
hospital roommate has also tested positive for the virus, according
The WHO is calling for the world to join forces to study the
virus, Chan said, because experts do not yet understand how it
spreads, making efforts to control its spread difficult. This
latest coronavirus is related to SARS, a virus that killed about
800 people back in 2003.
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