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Promoting health through the life course

Eclampsia in pregnancy: Sleep apnoea increases risk of life threatening condition by 195%

Women diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea are at a greater risk of suffering serious pregnancy complications, health experts said. These include hypertensive disorders such as pre-eclampsia and eclampsia or gestational diabetes. The study presented at the American Thoracic Society’s Annual International Conference, drew on medical data from more than a million pregnant women across the USA

May 22, 2017
International Business Times

Kids with crooked bite may die early

A new study suggests that if a child has a crooked bite it is symptomatic of early life stress. This makes the children more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and cancer in later life

April 19, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Binge drinking prior pregnancy ups diabetes risk in kids later

A study finds that binge drinking before conceiving may lead to high blood sugar in kids, increasing the risk of developing diabetes in their adulthood. The researchers concluded the use of alcohol during pregnancy is well-known and includes possible birth defects and behavioural problems. The impact of binge drinking prior to pregnancy may have an effect too

April 3, 2017
Indian Express

Early Periods May Increase Women's Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Earlier periods may increase a woman’s risk of gestational diabetes as a pregnancy complication, a new study has found

March 7, 2017
NDTV, The Conversation, Real Health Mag
March 8, 2017
Malay Mail
March 6, 2017
Tribune India

Non communicable diseases

HbA1c, Plasma Glucose Linked to Alzheimer's in Diabetes

For patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, fasting plasma glucose visit-to-visit variation, represented by the coefficient of variation, and haemoglobin A1c CV are independently associated with Alzheimer`s disease, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. Researchers included 16,706 patients with T2DM in the National Diabetes Care Management Program who were age 60 years or more and without diagnosis of AD. The authors sought to examine the correlation between glycaemic variability and incidence of AD. The researchers identified 831 incident cases of AD during a median follow-up of 8.88 years, with a crude incidence rate of 3.5/1,000 person-years

July 28, 2017
Neurology Advisor

Higher risk for celiac disease in diabetic children

Celiac disease is more common in young people with type 1 diabetes than in diabetes-free kids, although how often the two conditions occur together varies in different countries, a new study finds. “Celiac disease is not uncommon in type 1 diabetes, and regular screening is important,” the study’s lead author Dr. Maria Craig, from UNSW Medicine in Kensington, New South Wales, Australia, said

July 28, 2017

Insulin resistance linked to lower bone density

Decreasing sensitivity to insulin - often associated with obesity and eventual type 2 diabetes - may also cause young adults to have lower bone mass at a time of life when it should be at its peak, Korean researchers say. With insulin resistance, the body is less effective at using the hormone to get blood sugar into cells for energy, which leads to rising insulin levels. About 40 percent of bone mass is developed by the late teens, 90 percent by age 18 and peak lifetime bone mass is reached by the late 20s, the study team notes

July 25, 2017

Study to identify genetic risk of kidney diseases

A study to determine the genetic risk of kidney diseases caused by diabetes is currently under way. The results could help doctors screen patients more effectively and give them early treatment. The $25 million research study is the latest programme to be funded under the health and biomedical sciences domain of the $19 billion Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE) 2020 plan. It aims to determine the underlying genes and process of how kidney diseases caused by diabetes develop

July 22, 2017
Straits Times

CDC: More than 100 Million U.S. Adults Have Diabetes

While the rate of new diabetes cases is steady, a report released by the CDC shows that a third of adults in the United States currently are living with diabetes or prediabetes. The National Diabetes Statistics Report found that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans are living with diagnosed diabetes and another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if left untreated leads to diabetes within five years

July 20, 2017
UPI.com, EHS Today, Drug Store News

Caribbean Calls for Reducing Economic Burden of NCDs

Chronic NCDs make a significant contribution to mortality and morbidity in the Caribbean and continue to represent an economic burden for most of the region`s countries. Addressing the latest meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris – who has responsibility for health in the organisation`s Quasi-Cabinet – called for urgent action to reverse the situation. Citing the findings of a 2016 study on the economic dimensions of NCDs in Trinidad and Tobago, Harris noted that an estimated 5 percent of that country’s GDP is being lost through the impact of preventable diabetes, hypertension and cancer

July 13, 2017
In-Depth News.net

Government to improve treatment of non-communicable diseases

One in every four adults in Uganda suffers from a non-communicable disease, according to a survey. With the increasing rate of NCDs in the country, the government has signed a deal with Novartis Access to increase patients’ access to treatment. The permanent secretary ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine said the first set of drugs includes valsartan, amlodipine for treatment of hypertension and heart failure, vildagliptin for diabetes and amoxicillin dispersible tablets for treatment of respiratory infections

July 10, 2017
New Vision

SGLT2 inhibitors help reduce high blood pressure, study reports

A group of oral medications given to people with type 2 diabetes have been found to help reduce high blood pressure. A research team from China, South Africa and Iran looked at 43 random trials which had involved 22,428 people. As well as high blood pressure, they examined how SGLT2 inhibitors affected health markers including cholesterol and triglycerides. SGLT2 inhibitor therapy was shown to significantly reduce blood pressure throughout the studies

July 7, 2017

Scottish study strengthens link between high BMI, cardiometabolic disease risk

New research adds to existing evidence that there’s an association between high body mass index and an increased risk of cardiometabolic diseases like hypertension, coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The study, published in JAMA Cardiology, was randomized using the mendelian method. Results showed that when adjusted for age, sex, alcohol intake and smoking history, higher BMI was linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes, as well as increased systolic and diastolic blood pressure

July 7, 2017
Cardiovascular Business

Sleep apnea linked to worsening diabetic eye disease

People with both sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes have more than double the risk of worsening retina disease compared to diabetics without the sleep breathing disorder, a UK study suggests. "Patients with type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are at increased risk of developing advanced retinopathy and also are at increased risk of greater decline in kidney function, as we found in a previous publication,” senior study author Dr. Abd A. Tahrani from University of Birmingham said

July 6, 2017

Resistance exercise may help stave off heart, diabetes risks

Middle aged adults who do even a small amount of regular strength training exercise may be lowering their risk of so-called metabolic syndrome - itself a risk factor for both heart disease and diabetes, a recent study suggests. People with at least three unfavourable health stats from a list that includes large waist size, high blood pressure or triglycerides, high blood sugar or low “good” cholesterol are said to have metabolic syndrome, and are at increased risk of going on to develop diabetes, heart disease or both

July 6, 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

Lifestyle illnesses reach tribals too: Study

A two-year study by a professor from a Chennai-based government-run epidemiological department has revealed that both urban and rural areas of India are undergoing an epidemiological transformation and the nation will soon face a huge burden of non-communicable diseases. The findings are based on a study conducted by Professor Vijayaprasad Gopichandran from the Katkari tribe of Raigad district. They show prevalence of 16.8 per cent hypertension and 7.3 per cent diabetes among tribe members who were observed and tested over a period of two years

June 27, 2017
Asian Age

Novo Nordisk says obesity drug helps up to 13.8 percent weight loss in phase 2 trial

Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk said a phase 2 trial for its big hope in tackling obesity, an improved GLP-1 drug called semaglutide, showed a weight loss of up to 13.8 percent in people with severe conditions. The clinical trial, which lasted a year and included 957 people, resulted in a weight loss up to 17.8 kg after 52 weeks of treatment with semaglutide from a mean baseline weight of around 111 kg and a body mass index of around 39, Novo said. That corresponded to an estimated weight loss of 13.8 percent compared to the 2.3 percent achieved by diet, exercise and placebo alone

June 23, 2017

Global diabetes jumped 40% in the last two years, report says

Aetna International released “Diabetes: The world’s weightiest health challenge,” that found that diabetes has nearly doubled around the world since 2014-2016 with a 69% increase in North and South America last year alone. However, the Middle East and Africa were among the hardest hit, having the highest rate of diabetes over the last two years—that were twice the size of Europe and the Americas—and triple of Southeast Asia. Stella George, M.D. and senior medical director at Aetna International, who co-authored the report says the disease has the power to destroy “economies” if we don’t try to stop it now

June 19, 2017
Fox Business

High obesity rates stealing the youth of SA kids

Rising obesity rates in South African youth are crippling their ability to live healthy lives and fully enjoy their youth as more and more develop life-threatening chronic diseases like Type II diabetes. This is according to the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA), an alliance of organisations with a mission to promote healthy living. According to PRICELESS SA, a 20 percent sugary drinks tax is needed to facilitate much-needed daily dietary adjustments to reduce sugar consumption as it has been modelled to result in 220,000 fewer obese South Africans. Proof that this policy lever can be effective has also been established in a study conducted among households of lower socio-economic status in Mexico which showed a decline in sugary drinks consumption two years after a tax was implemented

June 17, 2017

Anti-diabetes drug also 'lessens kidney, heart disease' risk

An anti-diabetic drug that lowers blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetes sufferers also significantly cuts the risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease, according to a new study. The findings came in a clinical trial of more than 10,000 patients in 30 countries, using canagliflozin. It found the drug reduced the overall risk of cardiovascular disease by 14 percent and reduced the risk of heart failure hospitalization by 33 percent. It was also shown to have a significant impact -- 40 percent less -- on the progression of a serious kidney decline

June 14, 2017
Jakarta Post
June 13, 2017
Renal and Urology News, Alarabiya

Will AstraZeneca's SGLT2-favoring data win the class a shot at front-line diabetes use?

A real-world analysis showed that SGLT2 diabetes meds from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the Eli Lilly-Boehringer Ingelheim team could dramatically cut down on heart failure hospitalizations and deaths. Now, new analyses have confirmed those findings—and may make a case for using the class earlier in treatment, AZ’s execs suggest. Researchers separated patients into two groups, one with existing CV disease and the other without. They saw “the same signal, just as robust, in those two different patient populations in terms of the SGLT2 class lowering the risk of hospitalizations for heart failure and death as well,” Jim McDermott, AstraZeneca’s Medical Affairs lead for diabetes, said

June 13, 2017
Fierce Pharma, PR Newswire

How low to push blood sugar, and how to do it?

Growing evidence suggests that the method by which blood sugar is lowered may make a big difference in heart risk. That has raised a medical dilemma affecting tens of millions of people with type 2 diabetes — and for the doctors who treat them. At identical A1C levels, some drugs lowered risk, some did not change it — and some actually increased the chances of heart disease. Older and much cheaper diabetes medications, like metformin, have not been subjected to such tests, although they do have long and well established safety records. But whether they actually prevent heart problems is unknown

June 12, 2017
Deccan Herald

J&J diabetes drug shows heart benefit in large safety study

Johnson & Johnson`s type 2 diabetes drug Invokana significantly reduced the risk of serious heart problems in patients with established heart disease or at elevated risk in a pair of large studies, according to data presented at a medical meeting. The medicine also led to a reduced risk of hospitalization for heart failure and protection against kidney function decline. But the risk of amputations, particularly of toes or feet, was double versus placebo in the studies of 10,142 patients with type 2 diabetes

June 12, 2017
June 13, 2017
Pharmacy Practice News, Tech Times

Novo Nordisk reveals results from real-world study of Tresiba drug

Danish diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk presented its findings from the real-world study EU-TREAT at the American Diabetes Association`s 77th Scientific Sessions. "Switching to Tresiba provides significant reductions in blood glucose and lower rates of hypoglycaemia in a real-world settings," Novo Nordisk said. People with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes experienced a significant reduction in HbA1c, a measure of long-term blood glucose levels, six months after switching to Tresiba from another basal insulin, primarily rival Sanofi`s Lantus (insulin glargine), and its own insulin Levemir (insulin detemir), in a real-world setting

June 10, 2017

India’s improving economy driving diabetes rise among urban poor

Diabetes in India is undergoing a demographic transformation, shifting from largely afflicting the affluent to increasingly burdening the poor and middle income population. According to a new study, this metabolic disorder is increasingly affecting the urban poor in part due to the improving economy. On average, the study found that diabetes was twice as common in urban areas as rural – 11.2 percent and 5.2 percent respectively. And although the disease was still more common, for the most part, in wealthier populations, it was actually higher among the urban poor in seven of the more economically advanced states

June 9, 2017
June 8, 2017
Scroll, Hindustan Times, Business Standard

Sri Lanka's cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children ...

Sri Lanka`s cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities to consume more healthy meals to prevent obesity, co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Gayantha Karunathilleke told journalists here in a weekly media briefing that around 59 percent of deaths in Sri Lanka were caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers and majority of deceased were under the age of 60. As less physical activities are a main cause for these diseases, the proposal made by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to implement a program under the recommendations of the Ministry of Education for increasing physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities for school children to consume more healthy meals, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, Karunathilleke said

June 7, 2017
Xinhua, Colombo Gazette

Tiny blood vessel damage tied to depression among older adults

Damage to the microvascular system, often caused by high blood pressure or diabetes and made worse by smoking is tied to an increased risk of depression among people aged 40 years and older, researchers have found. Depending on how microvascular dysfunction was measured in the various studies, it increased the risk of depression by up to 58%, according to a report in JAMA Psychiatry. The theory is that blood vessel damage disrupts communication in areas of the brain important for mood control

June 1, 2017

Healthy arteries rare but not impossible for elderly

Some people who avoid risk factors for heart disease like obesity and diabetes may be able to maintain the blood vessels of a healthy 29 year old well into old age, a US study suggests, researchers examined 3,196 adults aged 50 or older to see how their odds of vascular aging was influenced by the seven risk factors for heart disease. Those who avoided at least six of these problems were 10 times more likely to have properly functioning blood vessels than their peers who managed no more than one of these risk factors

May 30, 2017

Obesity, diabetes associated with increased risk for severe malaria infection

Researchers conducted a nationwide observational study of imported malarial infection in Sweden over a 20 year period from 1995-2015 to assess whether NCDs were associated with severe malarial infection. The analysis included 937 adults with malaria. They concluded that comorbidity, particularly diabetes, and obesity were significant risk factors for severe infection among non-immune travellers and immigrants from endemic countries in Sweden with malaria

May 27, 2017

Red meat tied to higher risk of dying from many diseases

Eating more red meat is associated with an increased risk of dying from eight common diseases, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as all other causes of death, according to a recent study. Researchers examined data on almost 537,000 adults aged 50 to 71 and found that people who consumed the most red meat had a 26% higher chance of dying from a variety of causes than those who ate the least. People who ate most white meat, including poultry and fish, were 25% less likely to die of all causes, than people who consumed the least, researchers reported in the BMJ

May 25, 2017

Foot mat may help predict who will get a common diabetes complication

An experimental foot-temperature monitoring system might one day be able to detect when diabetic patients are developing foot ulcers, a common complication that can lead to infections and amputations, a small study suggests. Researchers tested a smart mat designed to use variations in temperature at different points on the foot as a predictor of recurring foot ulcers in 129 patients who had this problem before. Skin temperatures typically increase as ulcers develop

May 24, 2017

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

Kenya: Time for Holistic Approach to Diabetes

The CEO of MP Shah Hospital, Nairobi, writes an opinion article for Daily Nation in which he calls on people to adopt a holistic approach to tackling one of Kenya’s biggest killers, diabetes. He points out that it leads to complications in many parts of the body and increases the risk of dying prematurely. He calls for screening for risk, diets tailored to healthier foods, increased levels of awareness and exercise, so that risk can be better managed

May 22, 2017
allafrica.com, Daily Nation, Daily Nation

Diabetes drug may work by changing gut bacteria makeup

Researchers looked into the most successful treatment for type 2 diabetes and found that it seems to work by changing the makeup of the gut bacteria. Metformin is commonly prescribed to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. It is believed to work by reducing the amount of glucose made in the liver, which in turn lowers blood sugar levels. Researchers discovered that the drug seems to encourage the growth of strains of bacteria called Akkermansia and Bifidobacterium and this seems to influence blood sugar levels. Researchers believe more investigation of these findings may be necessary

May 22, 2017
New Scientist

Cost of treating diabetes highest in the UAE: report

The per capita cost of treating diabetes in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar are among the highest in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to a new report. The International Diabetes Federation estimates on average 13.6% of the adult population between 20 and 79 years in the region have been diagnosed with diabetes, which is higher than the global average of 8.5%. BMI Research, in its latest report, said Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar have one of the highest diabetes-related expenditure on a per capita basis, reported at $1,145; $2,156 and $2,868 respectively

May 17, 2017
Arabian Business

Obesity on rise as quarter of European teens eat sweets daily

A quarter of adolescents eat sweets or chocolate every day and 14% have a cola or other sugary drink daily, according to a WHO report showing obesity rising among teenagers. Too many young people are in a harmful cycle and most will not outgrow obesity. About four in every five adolescents who become obese will continue to have weight problems as adults. They then develop chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and face psychological issues such as low self-esteem, depression and social isolation

May 17, 2017
The Guardian, Irish Independent, Food Navigator

6m Nigerians Susceptible to Diabetes, Warns Global Panel

A panel set up to seek solutions to tackle global challenges in food and nutrition security, co-chaired by former President of Ghana, John Kufour and John Beddington, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK government, and funded by UK Aid and the Gates Foundation warned that the number of Nigerians suffering from Type 2 diabetes will double from 3.1m to 6.1m by 2030 

May 12, 2017
This Day Live

New Strains of Rice May Help Fight China's Diabetes Scourge

Bloomberg features the story of the international research project which is seeking to improve the nutritional value of rice, in particular, trying to develop a new strain of rice which would avoid raising blood-sugar. The rationale behind the development is that diabetes risks affecting up to 151m people in China by 2040 and food that can combat some of the causes of raised blood sugar through bio-fortification can only be beneficial in terms of health

May 12, 2017

400,000 Vietnamese die from non-communicable diseases every year

Some 400,000 Vietnamese people die from non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer every year, health officials told the media. Of the annual fatalities, up to 70% are due to non-communicable diseases and of the NCDS, up to 40% of the patients die before the age of 70. Many locals are not aware of preventing the diseases, with 49% of men smoking and 77% of the whole population drinking. Smoking related diseases in Vietnam are estimated to cause losses of U.S.$1bn per year

May 8, 2017
xinhuanet, Vietnam Plus, Plenglish

Diabetes y bajas defensas podrían provocar tuberculosis

Health expert Juan Jose Atilano Garcia said that people with diabetes and deficiencies to their immune systems are more likely to develop tuberculosis. People who are already carriers of the bacterium see typical symptoms such as cough, fever, loss of weight and malnutrition

May 8, 2017
Huffington Post, Informador

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

Kenya: Diet Puts Children At Risk of Developing Diabetes

The chair of the Diabetes Association of Kenya called menus in schools ‘frightening’ saying schools are feeding children with lots of carbohydrates. The situation is made worse by unregulated development that leaves no room for playgrounds in schools and marketing that encourages the consumption of foods that not only contain carcinogens but also predispose them to cancer. What data on diabetes there is indicates that it is 3% in rural areas and 14% in urban ones – pointing at the potential scale of the problem 

April 25, 2017
allafrica.com, Daily Nation

Natural deaths in SA linked to unhealthy lifestyles

With around 10,000 new cases of diabetes diagnosed in South Africa each month clinics are being overwhelmed with cases that are often not easy to manage by the time it has been diagnosed, usually at a fairly late stage. With the financial market downgrading the rand to junk status, there is growing alarm that the cost of imported medicines will soar, as will insurance premiums, so basic healthcare will become sketchier for many and too pricey for the rest 

April 24, 2017

Diabetes control tied to heart stent outcomes

For people with type 2 diabetes, maintaining good blood sugar control in the years after receiving a coronary stent is associated with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a recent study

April 20, 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

More evidence ties insulin resistance to cognitive decline

Having a reduced sensitivity to insulin may lead to a more rapid decline in memory or other mental skills in old age, even among people who don’t have diabetes, a recent study suggests. Out of a pool of 489 older adults followed for more than two decades, the researchers found the people who have the highest levels of insulin resistance had the worst cognitive performance and the lowest scores on tests of memory and a mental skill known as executive function

April 12, 2017

Apple hires secret team for treating diabetes: CNBC

Apple has hired a team of biomedical engineers as part of a secret initiative, initially envisaged by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors to treat diabetes, CNBC reported, citing three people familiar with the matter. The news comes as the line between pharmaceuticals and technology is blurring as companies join forces to tackle chronic diseases using high-tech devices, jump starting a novel form of medicine called bioelectronics

April 12, 2017
Reuters, CNBC
April 17, 2017
India Times

Is liver disease the next major lifestyle disease of India after diabetes and blood pressure?

Commonly caused by Hepatitis B and C, the most common causes of liver disease can now be called alcohol and other obesity related disorders. There has also been a paradigm shift in the dynamics of liver cirrhosis with about hundreds of thousands of new patients diagnosed with it in India every year

April 11, 2017
Times of India

Obesity contributes to health problems in Zambia

Radio France International reports on how Zambian health authorities have found that increased obesity in parts of the country is contributing to a sharp rise in non-communicable disease problems which are harming people’s

April 10, 2017
Radio France International

Act before workers break down

Common factors behind workplace-related depression include stress and burnout, including poor work organization, excessive workloads, job insecurity, sexual harassment and lack of support from higher management 

April 9, 2017
The Star Malaysia

Obesity and diabetes kill more than intially thought, according to new study

Forbes says that a recently published study in PLoS ONE revealed that diabetes may be killing around four times as many people as originally thought

April 8, 2017

73% of Malaysian die of hypertension, diabetes, heart disese: MOH

The Malaysian Ministry of Health estimates that 73% of deaths are caused by non-communicable diseases. MOH Disease Control Deputy Director, Dr Omah Mihat, said hypertension, diabetes and heart problems are the main killers

April 8, 2017
Malaysian News
April 6, 2017

Depression highest among those with chronic diseases

Kenyans who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, HIV, cancer and arthritis are two times more likely to also suffer from depression than those without those diseases. If undetected this aggravates the sickness. It also generates increased economic costs to society in terms of lost productivity and increased cost of seeking treatment. Poor mental health is also associated with rapid social change and human rights abuse

April 8, 2017

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

Overweight, obese young men at increased risk of liver disease

Young men who are overweight or obese have up to double the risk of normal-weight peers of developing liver disease later in life, a large study in Sweden suggests. If the young men also had type 2 diabetes, their risk of having liver disease by the time they reached middle age was as much as 3.3 times higher, researchers reported in the journal Gut

March 31, 2017

Novartis Looks to World's Rich to Meet Need in Chronic Ailments

Novartis is in talks with banks to create a fund for investors interested in opportunities that have a social impact, Harald Nusser said in an interview. A $1bn fund started by the Abrajal Group, the Dubai-based private equity firm, is a potential model he said

March 30, 2017

Diabetics more prone to TB: SVIMS study

Diabetes is increasingly becoming a major contributor to TB, worldwide data shows. Epidemiological modelling data suggests 14.8% of all pulmonary TB cases in India and 20% of sputum smear positive cases have diabetes, suggesting it’s a substantial contributor to the burden of TB, in addition to HIV/AIDS, corticosteroid, immune-suppressant drug use and alcoholism

March 25, 2017
The Hindu
March 27, 2017
The Hindu

People with type 2 diabetes need to get off their chairs

People with Type 2 diabetes who sit all day have a riskier blood fat mixture than those who move around or exercise periodically throughout the day, according to researchers in Australia. Breaking up sitting reduces the levels of lipids in the bloodstream that are associated with type 2 diabetes and its complications

March 24, 2017
March 25, 2017
Business Standard

Novo Seen Missing Target of 40 Million Diabetics Treated by 2020

Novo Nordisk says it expects to fall short of its ambitious goal of doubling the number of diabetics it treats by the end of the decade, after it has failed to win some key government insulin contracts

March 8, 2017

Poor diet tied to nearly half of U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke, diabetes

Ensuring that diets include the right amount of certain foods may help the U.S. cut deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes by almost half, suggests a new study

March 7, 2017
March 9, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald

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

TB, Diabetes leading causes of natural deaths in 2015 - Stats SA

The leading underlying natural causes of death among South Africans in 2015 were tuberculosis and diabetes, Statistics South Africa said in a report

February 28, 2017

Health systems

China adds blockbuster drugs to insurance list after price cuts

China will add three dozen new drugs to a list of medicines covered by basic insurance schemes after global pharmaceutical firms agreed to slash prices of blockbuster treatments for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said it had agreed to add 36 drugs to the National Reimbursable Drugs List in return for an average 44 percent price cut against last year`s retail prices

July 19, 2017

Lifestyle diseases pose ‘serious challenge’ for Bangladesh

On a visit to Bangladesh, Dr David Nabarro told the press that ‘lifestyle diseases pose a very serious challenge for Bangladesh’

March 12, 2017
Prothom Alo
March 13, 2017
Daily Observer

Physicians Raise Alarm Over Increasing Disease Rate In Nigeria

The Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria has raised an alarm over the increasing rate of Non-Communicable Diseases like diabetes, cancer and hypertension in the country

March 9, 2017
Channels TV
March 11, 2017
Nigerian Tribune

Communicable diseases

Study Shows Antibiotic Therapy Does Not Work In One Out Of Four People With Pneumonia

A new study shows that about one in four adults who are prescribed an antibiotic in an outpatient setting for pneumonia do not respond to the treatment. In an article published in Eurekalert, 22.1% of adults observed were deemed to be not responsive to the antibiotics prescribed to them

May 22, 2017
Science Times, Daily Mail

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

Why global warming could lead to a rise of 100,000 diabetes cases a year in the U.S.

If the average temperature rises by one degree sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear. Now, a new study suggests the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year. People develop type 2 diabetes when their extra pounds and sedentary lifestyle make their bodies less sensitive to insulin. That in turn causes blood sugar to rise and can eventually lead to all sorts of diseases. Why the numbers of diabetics will rise is down to brown adipose tissue which kicks in when temperatures are low and the body needs heat to stay warm. So changes in the weather will trigger changes in sensitivity to insulin 

March 20, 2017
LA Times

Healthier diets could slow climate change via lower medical costs - Study

Research accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, caused by healthcare system, show that healthier diets could have an even greater effect on climate change than previously thought. Researchers from the University of California and Oxford University conducted the first ever such study, combining both the potential decrease in emissions from altered food production and from the decreased medical care required for dietary related diseases

March 14, 2017
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