Chronic diseases - Statistics and Latest Approaches to Control
- Chronic diseases represent a huge proportion of human illness.
They include (as a % of projected total worldwide deaths in 2005):
* cardiovascular disease (30%)
* cancer (13%)
* chronic respiratory diseases (7%)
* diabetes (2%)
Two risk factors underlying these conditions are key to any
population-wide strategy of epidemic control:
* tobacco use
These risks and the diseases they engender are not the exclusive
preserve of rich nations. Chronic diseases are a larger problem in low-income settings.
"The Lancet" has just published a series of articles to fill a gap
in the global dialogue about Chronic diseases, including a call for the world to set a target to reduce deaths from chronic disease by 2% annually in order to prevent 36 million deaths by 2015.
Lancet articles (listed below):
1 Preventing chronic diseases: how many lives can we save?
2 Preventing chronic diseases: taking stepwise action
3 Responding to the threat of chronic diseases in India
4 Preventing chronic diseases in China
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Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism:
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