Author Archives: Fernanda Alonso

04.12.16

Mexico's first real attempt to legalize cannabis

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Last week, Mexican Senator Roberto Gil Zuarth, introduced a bill that would legalize cannabis, both for medical and personal use. This is only the last of a few drastic changes that Mexico has undertaken in recent months surrounding its marihuana policy. In the last six months, the Supreme Court has ruled on two cases on the issue. The […]

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04.12.16

Mexico’s first real attempt to legalize cannabis

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Last week, Mexican Senator Roberto Gil Zuarth, introduced a bill that would legalize cannabis, both for medical and personal use. This is only the last of a few drastic changes that Mexico has undertaken in recent months surrounding its marihuana policy. In the last six months, the Supreme Court has ruled on two cases on the issue. The […]

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02.19.16

#CATmageddon: a bold and new approach in anti-smoking campaigns

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Social media had an unexpected guest Monday night during the 2016 Grammy Awards. While many people were tweeting the latest red carpet looks, Taylor Swift’s multiple wins or Adele’s disastrous performance, an anti-tobacco campaign managed to take over social media. This may sound odd, considering anti-smoking ads are rarely considered trending topics or hip. However, […]

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12.15.15

Food marketing to children in Latin America in need of an urgent makeover

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Written by Gianella Severini and Fernanda Alonso  Today, worldwide rates of nutrition-related NCDs such as diabetes and obesity in children are alarming. This situation has been particularly critical in Latin American and Caribbean countries in the last couple of years. Because of this, the implementation of different programs to monitor and prevent unhealthy weight gain […]

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11.13.15

France puts an end to discriminatory ban for gay blood donation

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By Bruno Ramdjee and Fernanda Alonso In December of last year, an FDA advisory panel met to discuss whether or not the federal government should reverse its policy banning gay men from donating blood. If the FDA had lifted the ban, gay men would have been allowed togive blood if they abstained from sexual encounters with […]

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09.11.15

The World’s Fair – taking a stance on food sustainability towards the future

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Since the 19th century, World’s Fairs have gathered people from many parts of the world, allowing countries to show their most recent technological advances and their culture, as well as promoting their homelands. Ever since the first world’s fair in London in 1851, the goals of these events have been both high-minded as well as commercial. As […]

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08.28.15

Synthetic drugs: prohibition's latest creation

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The last months in DC have seen a huge spike in emergency room cases due to overdoses from so-called synthetic drugs. Fire and EMS departments reported 21 cases in August of 2012 and 50 in May 2014. In June of this year that number had risen to 439. This problem is not unique to DC […]

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07.17.15

One year later: did the Ice Bucket Challenge actually work?

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One year ago, the Ice Bucket Challenge was on its way to becoming one of the world’s most successfully awareness campaigns, instantly going viral on all social media platforms all over the world. Throughout the 2014 summer, more than 17 million people participated in the challenge, whose goal was to grow ALS awareness and support. However, the […]

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06.19.15

Why health should be the new orange: the toxic state of women's prisons

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Starting to binge watch the third season of Netflix’s acclaimed ‘Orange is the New Black’ might make us think we know what women’s prisons in the US are like. However, as enjoyable (or cringe worthy at times) as the show may be, it misrepresents the real women’s federal prison population and gives us only a glimpse […]

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06.02.15

The devil’s in the detail: Mexico’s broken obesity prevention campaign

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In recent years, the World Health Organization, as well as regional health organizations have developed guidelines and recommendations to deal with the growing obesity epidemic around the world. Many countries are starting to implement measures to meet the objectives set forth by these international bodies. One such country is Mexico. Praised as a pioneer in […]

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