Latest noncommunicable diseases Stories

2013-09-02 19:14:47

Gap with developing countries grows Measures taken in developed countries to reduce noncommunicable diseases – the leading causes of death globally – have improved the life expectancy of women aged 50 years and older over the last 20 to 30 years. But, according to a study that will be published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on 2 September, the gap in life expectancy between such women in rich and poor countries is growing. The WHO study, one of a collection of...

2013-06-12 16:04:53

Nine years after the World Health Organization adopted a global strategy on diet, physical activity, and health to address risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes (referred to internationally as noncommunicable diseases), only a few low-and middle-income countries have implemented robust national policies to help prevent such diseases, according to a study by international researchers published in this week's PLOS Medicine. These findings are important as they...

2012-01-02 11:52:05

Issue of noncommunicable diseases in post-conflict countries must be addressed Countries recovering from war are at risk of being left to their own devices in tackling non communicable diseases, leaving an "open door" for exploitation by alcohol, tobacco and food companies, health experts warn. Writing in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Bayard Roberts and Martin McKee, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Preeti Patel, of King's College London,...

2010-09-16 12:58:59

Policymakers should increase their sense of urgency to stop the global spread of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes that threaten the health and economies of industrialized and developing nations alike, Emory University global health researchers say. Writing in the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, authors K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, Mohammed Ali, MBChB, MSc, and Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, assert that the worldwide spread of chronic conditions, also...

2008-09-29 09:30:00

WHO alarms growing threats of noncommunicable diseases MANILA, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Noncommunicable diseases account for 80 percent of deaths in Western Pacific region and are expected to claim more lives in countries in economic transition, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Friday. An estimated 26,500 people die every day from noncommunicable diseases in the region, with over 20,000 deaths reported in developing countries, WHO said in a press release. Cardiovascular diseases,...

2008-08-27 03:00:24

By Currie, Donya Climate change an issue at World Health Assembly meeting GLOBAL leaders have endorsed a six-year action plan to tackle noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, which are now the leading threats to human health worldwide. Such diseases caused 60 percent of all deaths in 2005, killing an estimated 35 million people, noted health leaders, who endorsed the plan at the May meeting of the World Health Assembly. Eighty percent...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'