Health Ministry Initiative Targets Youth

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Seeking to stem a sharp rise in HIV cases among young people, Brazil began offering a drug this month that can prevent infection to those deemed at high risk of contagion. Brazil is the first country in Latin America and among the first in the developing world to adopt the drug, known as PrEP, as an integral part of its preventive health care policy. The More...

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On November 3, 2017

Obesity and Prosperity

Celene da Silva, who lives in Fortaleza, is one of the thousands of door-to-door vendors for Nestlé, helping the world’s largest packaged food conglomerate expand its reach into a quarter-million households More...

On May 4, 2017

Obesity is on the Rise

Brazil has been bogged down in a recession for over two years but one business is still growing – fast food – and as it expands, so does the country’s obesity problem. Brazil’s government won worldwide More...

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On November 23, 2016

Prostate Exams Save Lives

November is men’s cancer awareness month. Doctors and health officials around the country are encouraging Brazilian men to use this time to overcome the common fears associated with prostate examinations. More...

On November 4, 2015

Cellphones are Hurting Us

There are plenty of reasons to put our cellphones down once in a while. For example, it’s rude to bring phones to the table while eating with your family. Also, let’s not forget the value of being present More...

On May 15, 2015

Ice Sculptures are more than Art

On our drivers’ licenses, both in the US and Brazil, we have the opportunity to select an option to be organ donors. Checking that organ donor box on forms and papers certainly saves lives as well as providing More...

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On March 27, 2015

Brazilian Study Proves Importance of Breastfeeding

Here’s good news for Gisele Bündchen’s children: Researchers in Brazil have followed nearly 6,000 babies from birth for the past three decades, enabling scientists for the first time to get an idea More...

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On February 18, 2015

Living Longer in Brazil

The average life expectancy in Brazil rose by nearly four months in 2014 alone. Life expectancy in Brazil now stands at 74.9 years, according to the National Statistical Institute. Back in 1980, a Brazilian could More...

On June 10, 2014

Brazilian Hero is Gone

Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a Brazilian doctor who carried his work around the world, including through the middle of war zones, died last week in Washington. He was 74 years old. Dr. Quadros lead the immunization campaign More...

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On December 4, 2012

Contact Lens Wearers Beware

  Basic care in the use, handling, and hygiene of contact lenses can prevent not only simple allergic reactions and damage to the lenses, but also vision loss from corneal ulcers. Dry climate and temperature variations More...