Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014 the second in a series tracking worldwide progress in the prevention and control of cancers, lung disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Non-communicable diseases, which are sometimes called "lifestyle" or "chronic diseases", are caused by common risk factors. The good news is that they can also be prevented by largely shared strategies. Tobacco control, for example, helps reduce cancers, heart disease, stroke and lung diseases – all of which are non-communicable diseases. Improving the diet of populations will help avoid obesity, cancer, diabetes and heart attacks – also all non-communicable disease.

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