April 28, 2011

Chronic Diseases World's Biggest Killers

Sara Reardon, Science Insider

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The chronic health problems of post-industrial societies have now spread to the developing world, says a new report by the World Health Organization.

Diabetes, heart disease, and cancer now cause more deaths worldwide than all other diseases combined, according to the first global status report on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) released at the WHO Global Forum in Moscow today. Communicable diseases such as malaria and AIDS are now outpaced by NCDs in every region except Africa. Chronic diseases, many of which are preventable, accounted for 63% of the 57 million deaths worldwide in 2008. Of those 36 million deaths, 80% occurred in low- or middle-income countries.

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