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July 31 - August 6 2013

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NCDs responsible for two-thirds of all deaths globally

WHO - The top 10 causes of death Figures published by the World Health Organisation show that Noncommunicable diseases were responsible for two-thirds of all deaths globally in 2011, up from 60% in 2000. The four main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.

Chronic Diseases cause increasing numbers of deaths worldwide. Lung cancers (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.5 million (2.7%) deaths in 2011, up from 1.2 million (2.2%) deaths in 2000. Similarly, diabetes caused 1.4 million (2.6%) deaths in 2011, up from 1.0 million (1.9%) deaths in 2000.

In terms of number of deaths, 26 million (nearly 80%) of the 36 million of global NCD deaths in 2011 occurred in low- and middle-income countries. In terms of proportion of deaths that are due to NCDs, high-income countries have the highest proportion – 87% of all deaths were caused by NCDs – followed by upper-middle income countries (81%).

Tobacco use is a major cause of many of the world’s top killer diseases – including cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer. In total, tobacco use is responsible for the death of about 1 in 10 adults worldwide. Smoking is often the hidden cause of the disease recorded as responsible for death. Read More

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Kenya: IBM and Futures Group to Fight Cervical Cancer in Kenya - For the second year in a row, Futures Group, along with global information technology leader IBM and the Government of Kenya are working together to address cervical cancer needs of women in Kenya, where cervical cancer has become a major public health concern. Read more

Depression high among older Caribbean immigrants - study -(Jamaica Observer) LANSING, Michigan (CMC)- A new study by Michigan State University (MSU) has found that major depression is a serious public health problem among older Caribbean immigrants. Amanda Toler Woodward, lead investigator on the study and MSU associate professor of social work, finds that in a survey of nearly 2,000 people, aged 50 and older, whites and blacks of Caribbean descent experience much higher rates of major depression than African-Americans. Read more

Medics’ mission to roll out cervical cancer screening in Uganda - Academics and healthcare professionals from Manchester and London will travel to Uganda this week (6 August) to push on with ambitious plans to try to help the country’s Ministry of Health roll out cervical cancer screening to all women by 2020. Read more

Walking To Work Could Reduce Risk Of Diabetes, Heart Disease And Obesity - People who walk to work are less likely to develop diabetes and heart disease, according to a new study. Research revealed that commuters who walk to work are 40% less likely to become diabetic and 17% less likely to have high blood pressure than drivers. Researchers at Imperial College London and University College London examined how various health indicators related to how people get to work, using data from a survey of 20,000 people across the UK. Read more

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