Topic: chronic disease

China considering tobacco tax to reduce smoking deaths

Adding a 50% excise tax onto tobacco products in China – which has the highest number of tobacco users in the world – could significantly reduce smoking-related deaths while generating substantial financial risk protection and poverty alleviation benefits to households, according to…

New model for predicting cardiovascular disease risk worldwide

For immediate release: March 25, 2015 Boston, MA — New research from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Imperial College London shows that more people are at high risk of developing fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD) in many developing countries than in developed countries,…

Cost of hormone-disrupting chemical exposure in Europe in billions

March 10, 2015 — Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC) is estimated to cost the European Union more than €150 billion ($209 billion) a year in health care expenses and lost earning potential, according to studies by a team of 18 international researchers,…

Retooling primary care to tackle chronic diseases

February 13, 2015 — Primary care can be redesigned to combat the burgeoning global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries by promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease complications, and other strategies, according to an article by Margaret Kruk, associate professor of…

Cystic fibrosis and arsenic poisoning linked to same damaged protein

A new Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health co-authored study provides further evidence linking both arsenic poisoning and the chronic respiratory disease cystic fibrosis (CF) to damage in the CFTR protein. An examination of arsenic-exposed patients in Bangladesh found that they…

Gawande discusses end-of-life care on Frontline

Doctors who ask patients nearing the end of life about their goals and priorities can help shape decisions about the individual’s end-of-life care and help the person and their families come to terms with their questions and fears, according to Atul Gawande,…