Topic: noncommunicable diseases

The staggering toll of noncommunicable diseases

October 29, 2013 — Chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, are the leading cause of death worldwide, with the burden falling heaviest in low- and middle-income countries. A new article by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers outlines the…

New study finds stronger link between depression and stroke

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston have published a new meta-analysis in the September 21, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association that links depression to stroke risk. The…

Costly noncommunicable diseases on rise in developing world

Cancer, COPD, other diseases taking global toll The global economy last year spent an estimated $300 billion on newly diagnosed cancer cases, $400 billion on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and billions more on diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, and other noncommunicable…

Energized, global effort needed to target noncommunicable diseases

October 17, 2011 -- The United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and a small group of disease-specific non-governmental organizations (NGOs) need help to address the mounting toll of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and chronic respiratory disease—that…