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March 21, 2001
Health-supplement maker Global Health Sciences Inc. in Orange said Tuesday that a New Jersey company has agreed to buy the assets of Global unit American Ingredients Inc. Terms were not released. Global, which defaulted on $225 million in debt payments in November and filed for bankruptcy protection in January, said in a press release that Pharmachem Laboratories Inc. in Kearny will buy the unit through bankruptcy court proceedings, subject to a higher bid.
November 5, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Clinical depression is now the second-leading cause of global disability, according to new research, with the highest rates of incidence affecting working-age adults and women more than men. In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Plos Medicine, researchers found that depressive disorders were second only to lower respiratory infections when it came to inflicting the most years of disability on people throughout the world. Rates of depression were highest in Afghanistan and lowest in Japan, while the condition ranked as the top cause of disability in Central America and Central and Southeast Asia.
April 27, 2001
Health-supplement maker Global Health Sciences Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, said Thursday it has named Dennis Simon interim chief executive. Simon is managing principal at Crossroads LLC, an Irvine consulting firm hired recently by Global Health to assist in the restructuring. Before falling on hard times, Global Health was the largest supplier to Herbalife International Inc., the Los Angeles distributor of herbal and weight-loss supplements.
October 15, 2013 | By Monte Morin
New research on the human cost of the war in Iraq estimates that roughly half a million men, women and children died between 2003 and 2011 as a direct result of violence or the associated collapse of civil infrastructure. In a study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine, researchers concluded that at least 461,000 "excess" Iraqi deaths occurred in the troubled nation after the U.S.-led invasion that resulted in the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein. Those were defined as fatalities that would not have occurred in the absence of an invasion and occupation.
June 2, 2001 | Dow Jones
Nutritional supplement company NBTY Inc. recently acquired Global Health Sciences Inc. in Orange, as well as certain affiliates, for $40 million in cash, less adjustments. NBTY, based in Bohemia, N.Y., was the successful bidder in a court-ordered auction for Global, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January. Before falling on hard times, Global Health was the largest supplier to Herbalife International Inc., the Los Angeles distributor of herbal and weight-loss supplements.
January 22, 2000 | From Associated Press
One of every three women worldwide has been beaten, raped or somehow mistreated, according to a sweeping new report that says violence against women should be treated as a global health problem rather than just a law enforcement matter. "I see the health care setting as an opportunity--and right now, it's an opportunity lost," said co-author Lori Heise, who visited at least 20 countries during the last decade, collecting data from 2,000 domestic violence studies.
January 27, 2009
Ronald Reagan started it, and Bill Clinton stopped it. George W. Bush reinstated it, and now Barack Obama is reversing it. As much as Obama is right to overturn the ban on funding for foreign aid groups that provide or even mention abortions, it's time to end the eight-year whiplash cycle for nonprofits. Congress should make it law that this country will fund abortion services as part of its international health aid.
A large Southern California nutritional supplement company is in dire financial trouble after losing much of its business supplying Herbalife International Inc. after the sudden death of Herbalife founder Mark Hughes in May. Orange-based Global Health Sciences Inc. faces a Nov. 1 deadline to make a $12.4-million interest payment on $257.
September 13, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Worldwide deaths for children younger than 5 dropped to an estimated 9.7 million last year, the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1960, the United Nations Children's Fund announced Wednesday. Even as the world population has grown, the number of early childhood deaths has shrunk to less than half its modern peak in 1960, the agency found. At that time, an estimated 20 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday.
July 29, 2007 | Washington Post
A surgeon general's report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration's policy accomplishments, according to current and former public health officials. The report described the link between poverty and poor health, urged the U.S.
June 23, 2013 | Eric G. Bing, Eric G. Bing is the co-author of "Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty" and senior fellow and director of global health at the George W. Bush Institute. He is also a professor at Southern Methodist University
I was a Harvard-educated doctor, yet I couldn't save my mother from dying of an easily preventable disease. I am determined that her death will not have been in vain. In retrospect, it's not surprising that my mother ignored her early symptoms. She had survived by ignoring hardship her entire life. Abandoned by her mother when she was just 6 weeks old, she shuttled between the various homes of relatives. Her refuge was a makeshift bedroom -- a cot on the floor of her grandmother's closet.
June 12, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Given the personal suffering caused by traffic accidents -- 1.2 million deaths a year worldwide -- there's far too little attention paid by health researchers, scientists argued Tuesday. In 2030, such accidents are projected to become the fifth-leading cause of death, and already 20 million people are left disabled by accidents every year, the researchers from the University of Toronto wrote in an essay in the online journal PLOS Medicine. "The paradoxical mismatch between relative importance and relative inattention has led to repeated calls for changes to promote more public health protection," Donald Redelmeier and Barry McLellan wrote.
March 18, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Perhaps you were thinking that removing your pubic hair was giving you a nice clean look? Think again, says a group of dermatologists. Writing in a sister publication of the British Medical Journal , two French dermatologists and a global health researcher from Emory University have suggested that an upsurge in the spread of the sexually transmitted molluscum cantagiosum virus over the last decade may be attributable to the trend of shaving...
October 24, 2012 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- Rajat Gupta, among the world's most prominent businessmen, may spend years in prison for his role in the Galleon Group insider-trading scheme. Or, Gupta may perform community service as punishment after a judge sentences him Wednesday on three counts of securities fraud and another of conspiracy. A jury convicted him in June. His lawyers have proposed sentencing him to work for a homeless youth shelter in New York or in Rwanda, helping improve health care and develop agriculture in rural areas.
April 17, 2012 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — The World Bank selected Jim Yong Kim, president of Dartmouth College and an expert in public health, as its next president, continuing a seven-decade practice of installing an American citizen to lead the institution. There had been complaints from developing countries that their citizens should have a chance to run the bank. Two other nominees sought the job — Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and a former Colombian finance minister, Jose Antonio Ocampo.
March 24, 2012 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
President Obama's decision to nominate a South Korean-born educator and health expert to lead the World Bank — and not someone with experience in global finance or diplomacy — reflects the increasingly fractious politics of international agencies and the need to address growing demands for representation outside the U.S. and Europe, analysts say. Obama's nomination of Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to succeed Robert Zoellick comes...
May 25, 2005 | Laurie Garrett, Laurie Garrett, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Ebola in Zaire.
When delegations from 192 nations gathered last week in Geneva for the 58th annual World Health Assembly, the buzz in the hallways had little to do with the agency that the assembly governs, the World Health Organization. Instead, everyone was talking about Bill Gates. As the WHO director-general, Dr. Lee Jong-wook of South Korea, droned his way through the opening keynote speech, about 2,000 heads craned to see Gates take his seat in the United Nations' august Palais des Nations.
May 30, 2004 | Laurie Garrett, Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning health reporter, is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Bush administration and some members of Congress appear to be playing a nasty game of political football with AIDS and global health issues. In recent days, the administration has radically reduced the number of government scientists who will be permitted to attend the biennial International AIDS Conference, slashed its support for the event and its funding for an annual meeting of the Global Health Council. The reason? Aid and comfort for the policies of the religious right.
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