Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Dr. Neil Schluger, Chief Scientific Officer of World Lung Foundation, for more about tobacco use among the estimated 1.1 billion smokers in the world. He points out that getting rid of cigarettes would increase the health of the planet more than curing tuberculosis, AIDS or malaria.
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According to the World Health Organization, while cigarette consumption is declining in some countries, the number of smokers worldwide is on the upswing. Those smokers also consume more cigarettes than ever. Explore our maps of smoking rates around the globe.
In Wednesday's show, we look at a new cancer drug, Avastin, which can reportedly extend patients' lives. But there is a public debate about how much medical care should be made available at the end of life. Henry Aaron, a senior fellow and noted health care expert with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the issue.
This week Human Rights Watch released "Unbearable Pain," an extensive report on palliative care in India. The organization believes that denying pain relief to terminally ill patients violates a basic health care right, and that the Indian government should require hospitals to provide morphine. Watch the multimedia feature and read our Q&A with the report's lead researcher.
Cervical cancer is the number one killer of women in Latin America, but Nicaraguan women are finding hope with the help of the country's top export -- coffee.