CVD Health in Trinidad and Tobago

10.12.2018

utt amalia hosein international patentMr. Ronnie Bissessar, Member at Large of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Trinidad and Tobago Heart Foundation, shared that the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a novel system and method for deriving personalised cardiovascular disease risk assessments in Trinidad and Tobago.  International cvd risk calculators were shown to have an accuracy of only 50-60% when applied to Trinidad and Tobago.  Dr. Amalia Hosein (shown here with Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy, President, UTT), UTT's first Ph.D. graduate in Biomedical Engineering and her team developed a novel system and method specifically for Trinidad and Tobago, which increased this accuracy to 90%.  It is exciting to think about the implications that this new system might have on cvd risk factor calculators for other specific populations in the Latin American and Caribbean region. 
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More than half of countries are not on track to meet global targets for chronic diseases

09.25.2018

180925ncdcountdownMore than half of all countries are predicted to fail to reach the UN target to reduce premature deaths from cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes by 2030, according to a new analysis (link is external) published in The Lancet ahead of the third UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs commencing on 27 September 2018.

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When obesity is not just a health problem; information is a citizen's right

08/10/2018
180813octagonoetiquetadoMONTEVIDEO (Uypress) - Obesity and overweight are a health problem in our country. The WHO considers childhood obesity one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century, and Uruguay does not escape this epidemic.

The Executive Branch is considering a decree on the labeling of industrial foods, the result of a process that took many months of negotiation between different actors, which involves regulating industrial foods, processed and ultraprocessed, and provides for the incorporation of a front seal – a black octagon, as is already happening in Chile - with warnings on products that have excess sugar, saturated fats, sodium.

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Tackling Childhood Obesity in Canada

12 childhoodobesity 1Canada, like many countries around the world, is facing a growing epidemic of chronic diseases. Many of these diseases are propagated by an increase in overweight and obese populations, seen particularly in children. In Canada, one in three children are overweight or obese – a number that has nearly tripled in the last thirty years[i]. Access and availability of nutritious foods, built environment, school food environment, and levels of physical activity are just a few of the factors with the potential to impact child overweight and obesity levels[ii].

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