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DID YOU KNOW: 8,6 million women die due to CVD each year

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa, heart disease accounts for a third of all female deaths, around 8.6m worldwide. One in four South African women will have some form of heart condition before the age of 60

March 27, 2017
Randfontein Herald

Non communicable diseases

Cardiovascular disease may help speed glaucoma progression

Cardiovascular disease is an important risk factor for rapid progression of glaucoma disease, regardless of IOP, according to a study. Looking at the clinical and visual field data of 11,254 eyes collected between 1991 and 2015, the authors of the study selected 54 eyes that satisfied the criteria for rapid progression. A total of 486 eyes were selected as non-rapid progressors for the control group. Patients with a cardiovascular history had double the chance to be rapid progressors as compared with controls

July 18, 2017

European scientists develop new handheld scanner for early-stage heart disease diagnosis

With worldwide cardiovascular deaths at an all-time high, European scientists have developed a new handheld scanner that can read your heart`s vital signs like a supermarket barcode reader can scan items at the checkout, allowing a GP to diagnose even preclinical patients for the early onset of a disease. Employing `Laser Doppler Vibrometry`, a technique using photonics technology, the device can pick up vital information about the status of the heart using light, in a fast and inexpensive way

July 6, 2017
July 5, 2017

40 Million Death Per Year Due to Non Communicable Disease : WHO

Non-communicable diseases are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors. Cardiovascular diseases are the most prominent factors for causing the maximum deaths (17 million), followed by cancers (8.8-million), respiratory diseases (3.9-million), and diabetes (1.6-million). These four groups of diseases account for over 80 per cent of all premature NCD deaths. NCDs disproportionately affect people in low and middle income countries where more than three quarters of global NCD deaths – 31 million – occur

June 27, 2017
June 26, 2017

Tonga’s obesity epidemic is causing big trouble in paradise

According to a recent academic paper published by the UK medical magazine Lancet, Tonga is now the “most obese country in the world”. Today over 90 per cent of adults in this island nation of 107,000 people are either obese or overweight using the internationally-accepted BMI rating. In Tonga, average life expectancy has dropped from 72 ½ years in 2012 to 67 years today. And this former British Protectorate is now facing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and respiratory illnesses

June 21, 2017
Equal Times

Child obesity linked to poor heart health

Being overweight or obese, from as young as 3, has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease later in early midlife. New findings, from a study into the health of 1037 people born in Dunedin in 1972-1973, has found that childhood obesity can have lifelong implications. Lead author of the research paper, published in the International Journal of Obesity, professor Michael Williams said those who were overweight, obese or severely obese in early childhood were more at risk. He said while adult obesity was a known risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease - the number one cause of death worldwide - these findings showed the link could be traced back to early childhood

June 7, 2017
New Zealand Herald, Medical Express

Young People Could Still Get Cardiovascular Disease From Obesity

A new study shows that a bad case of cardiovascular health disease caused by obesity is more likely to happen to people as young as 17 years old. Prior to this study, there had been a limited investigation of the effects of having a high body mass index (BMI) in young people. According to this study published in Alpha Galileo, the European Society of Human Genetics investigated a potential link between increased BMI and cardiovascular health. In the annual conference at which this paper was presented, the researchers hypothesized that cardiovascular risks due to obesity were likely to register at an earlier stage of life

May 29, 2017
Science Times, News Nation, Deccan Chronicle

When western lifestyle diseases migrate south

An article which was originally published in Le Monde Diplomatique discusses how diseases traditionally associated with the lifestyle of the developed world, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease, have migrated south, and now, by 2030, experts believe they may kill more people in Africa than communicable diseases such as HIV/Aids, if no action is taken to urgently remedy the situation

May 23, 2017
Equal Times

With mental health problems, fitness is tied to reduced risk of death

With the prevalence of mental health issues, people are facing many stressors in their daily lives stimulating feelings of depression, anxiety and other mental disorders. Medication to treat these mental problems is not only expensive but comes with side effects such as weight gain. Researchers found that higher levels of cardiovascular fitness helped people cope better with emotional distress meaning they were less likely to die

May 19, 2017

Cardiovascular disease causes one-third of deaths worldwide

Cardiovascular disease, including heart diseases and stroke, accounts for one-third of deaths throughout the world, according to a new scientific study that examined every country over the past 25 years. Countries with the greatest number of CVD deaths, after accounting for population size, are found throughout Eastern Europe,  Central Asia, Middle East, South America, sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania. Additionally, the steep declines previously experienced in the developed world over the past two decades have begun to taper off and plateau 

May 17, 2017
Medical Express, Health Day
May 16, 2017

Mental illness can lead to cardiovascular disease, says a new study

A recent study led by King’s College London researchers shows that people with severe mental illness are at a substantially increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease when compared to the rest of the general population

May 13, 2017
Hindustan Times

High-salt diet putting teens at risk of heart disease later in life

A study presented to the 2017 Paediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco concluded that consuming too much salt is having a negative effect on teenagers’ health and could possibly lead to cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Too much salt increases arterial stiffness in younger people who have high risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol

May 8, 2017
CTV News

Main Causes of Mortality in Tehran

A new study by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences, drew up a list of the 10 leading causes of death in Tehran and two of its major counties. According to the study, which examined all causes of death under the age of 70 last winter, heart attacks, diabetes and strokes were the top three causes of mortality in Tehran, Rey and Eslamshahr. It went on to add that across the country, 95,000 people lose their lives prematurely each year through cardiovascular disease, 35,000 are under the age of 55, although many cases could be prevented though measures such as healthier lifestyle, timely check-ups and physical exercise

May 3, 2017
Financial Tribune

The new crisis after HIV/AIDS knocks at the door

Mmegi Online reports that NCDs are the new crisis after HIV Aids now knocking at the door in Botswana. It discusses how the relentless rise of non-communicable diseases is putting growing pressure on the country’s health system with up to 37% of deaths from diseases annually in Botswana being linked to NCDs in some form

April 28, 2017

Delhi's Love For Booze Has Brought The City To The Brink Of A Heart Disease Epidemic

A unique set of data generated by Indian researchers has confirmed a trend doctors have been worried about for some time, Delhi is heading towards an epidemic of cardiovascular diseases, chiefly heart attack and stroke cases, due to a prevalence of alcohol use, obesity and raised blood pressure – all illnesses which have grown in number over the course of the last twenty years

April 18, 2017
India Times

Study finds body's zinc supply affects heart health

Researchers in Germany have identified a link between the level of zinc in the body and the risk of cardiovascular issues related to oxidative stress. Researchers found that the concentration of glutathione and vitamin E in the heart muscle declines with the level of zinc affecting the heart’s ability to handle oxidative stress

April 18, 2017

Over 1,800 amputations done between 2014-2016

The Fiji deputy secretary for Hospital Services, Dr Luisa Cikamatana said Fiji has an urgent need to make healthy lifestyle changes now with the ever increasing rate of non-communicable diseases in the country. She revealed that 1,869 amputations have been carried out between 2014 and 2016, of which 835 were females and 1,034 males who had lower limb amputations. She said she is seeing a growth in four major types of NCD: cardiovascular disease, cancers, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes

April 15, 2017
Fiji Village
April 18, 2017
Fiji Village

The rise of non-communicable diseases in Hong Kong amid climate change

MIMS explains the influence of climate change on non-communicable diseases in Hong Kong. An average increase in daily mean temperature above 28.2 degrees C was associated with an estimated 1.8% increase in mortality. In Hong Kong, during the summer, temperatures break these levels and hospitalisations and deaths tend to be due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Higher temperatures still would increase atmospheric concentrations of particulate matter and production of ozone, which would acerbate the chronic pulmonary diseases and acute respiratory diseases, as well as those linked to lung function  

April 14, 2017

Diabetes still on the rise, but the rate of heart disease in adult diabetics is falling

Despite the worrying increase in the number of adults and children with diabetes around the world, the rate of cardiovascular disease among those with type 2 diabetes (90% of cases) has decreased by 20%, according to a Swedish study published in the New England Journal of Medicine

April 13, 2017
Yahoo Lifestyle

Chandigarh health department starts screening for non-communicable diseases

The Chandigarh health department has started screening the residents in the age group of 30 and above for non-communicable diseases including cancer and diabetes. The screening is under the national programme for the Preventions of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke

April 3, 2017
Indian Express

5 diseases that kill 16M people, cost the world economy $2.35T annually

Five NCDs that kill 16 million people around the world each year are projected to take a $47 trillion toll on worldwide economic activity over the next 20 years, according to a report from the World Economic Forum and Willis Towers Wilson. The five NCDs are: Cardiovascular disease, Mental illness, Cancer, Chronic respiratory disease and Diabetes

February 28, 2017
Becker`s Hospital Review

Communicable diseases

Fast food health risks are rapidly rising in Asia - according to new Philippine study

As Asia Pacific opens up more to international trade it also gets a flood of ultra-processed food and drinks which means young people in the region are at a greater risk of acquiring non-communicable diseases from consuming fast food. Researchers said in China expenditure of fast food has increased 18-fold since 1999 and now the Coca-Cola Company has around 18% of its total global sales from the Asia Pacific region

April 11, 2017
Manila Times

In India, switching to vegetables, oranges and papaya could help save water: study

A study published in The Lancet Planetary Health Journal said India could save water and reduce planet warming emissions if people added more vegetables and fruits, like melons, oranges and papaya to their diets while reducing wheat and poultry, according to researchers

April 4, 2017
Reuters, Medical Xpress

Studies show why desk jobs are bad for heart, waist

A new study, led by Dr William Tigbe, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, provides further evidence that spending too much time sitting down is bad for your health and waistline. The study found that workers who have a desk-bound job have bigger waistlines and an increased risk of heart disease

March 15, 2017
Guardian Nigeria