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Chronic diseases - Statistics and Latest Approaches to Control

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  • Michael Meredith
    Chronic diseases represent a huge proportion of human illness. They include (as a % of projected total worldwide deaths in 2005): * cardiovascular disease
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 21, 2005
      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
      * obesity

      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.

      RELATED LINKS
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      Lancet articles (listed below):
      http://www.thelancet.com/collections/series/chronic_diseases

      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

      Diseases Communicable Between Humans and Animals (Zoonoses):
      http://www.sunflower-health.com/reviews/zoonoses.htm

      Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism:
      http://www.lovehealth.org/info/bioterrorism.htm

      Disease Prevention and Treatment - What Wild Animals Teach Us:
      http://www.lovehealth.org/books/animal-healing.htm
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