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Nanotechnology provides an emerging potent alternate mode of cancer therapy. The study emphasizes the synthesis of defect-rich hierarchical microspheres of PEGylated MoS2 nanosheets and h-MoO3 nanorods using a sustainable chemical route. This study also investigates their cytotoxicity towards lung and breast cancer cell lines. The authors noticed that defect-rich hierarchical microspheres of PEGylated MoS2 nanosheets and h-MoO3have better cytotoxicity toward breast (MCF-7) and lung (A549) cancer cells, respectively. These findings will further strengthen nanomaterials role for advancement in cancer therapy and contribute to SDG 3.
Elsevier,

The Lancet, Volume 389, Issue 10070, 675–677

A study by Hong Chen and colleagues concludes that living close to heavy traffic is associated with a higher incidence of dementia. The research covered almost the entire adult population in Ontario, Canada with a lagged exposure of 10 years, statistically assessing the associations between traffic road proximity and incident dementia, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. This study helps to advance SDG 3 and in particular advancing knowledge for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks, target 3.D.
This book chapter addresses goals 3, 12, and 15 by discussing natural medicine use in culture and the land.
The inaccessibility of essential medicines is a barrier to the achievement of goal 3 (good health and wellbeing) and its targets. This Lancet Commission investigates the multiple dimensions at the heart of the universal campaign for access for all ultimately making recommendations to ensure that essential medicines policies support universal health coverage and sustainable development in the 21st century.
This Article extends the theory of so-called “neighbourhood effects” to explain the health of people living in slums; authors note that although densely populated neighbourhoods can promote the spread of disease, they can also amplify the benefits of interventions because beneficial effects are shared across many people. This neighbourhood effect is likely to offer increasing returns to investments to create a healthy environment and should be capitalised on to achieve SDG 3. The paper identifies how slums should be included in censuses to identify local priorities for action.
Worldwide, the majority of women who die from breast or cervical cancer live in low-income and middle-income countries. Although proven and cost-effective interventions are available, incidence and related mortality from these cancers in some low-resource settings are increasing. In this first paper of the Lancet Series on health, equity, and women’s cancers, authors outline the consequences of these global inequities in cancer survival for women. The Series seeks to provide an advocacy and action framework for radically improving progress toward closing this global cancer divide.
This is the first global quantitative assessment of how humanity is negatively affecting Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS) by analysing human footprint and forest loss . The lessons being learnt from this research on NWHS is clearly related to how we need to protect our natural ecosystems, directly advancing knowledge for SDG 15, which is about the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. This article has also won the February 2017 Atlas award.
Elsevier,

Biological Conservation, Volume 206, February 2017, Pages 47-55. 

Contributing to SDG 15 (Life on Land), this Elsevier Atlas Award winning article quantifies changes in spatial and temporal patterns of human pressure and ecological state across the entire global network of Natural World Heritage Sites and their surrounding landscapes for the first time.
Elsevier,

Emotion, Space and Society: Volume 22, February 2017, Pages 25-35

An examination of the 'emotional regimes surrounding inequality' in Kenya, Mexico and the UK to understand the different types of responses that are 'appropriate' in different national and local contexts. The author argues that expected behaviours associated with justice and distribution can influence the levels of inequality. This article makes connections between SDG 4: Quality education; SDG 5 Gender Equality and SDG 10 Reduced inequalities.
Relating to SDGs 3 (good health and well-being) and 17 (partnerships for the goals), this discussion piece outlines collaborative antibiotic stewardship projects across five countries. Collaboration through research, education and outreach programmes to support resource-limited countries can reduce the global threat of antibiotic resistance.

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