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Promoting health through the life course

Around 90% of Indian toddlers do not receive a proper diet

Around 90% of children under two in India are struggling to get proper diet crucial for their development, according to NGO Child Rights and You, citing National Family Health Survey data from 2015/16. Deprived of a healthy start, millions of these children will bear the impact of this under-nutrition not just in early years of their childhood but throughout their lives

April 8, 2017
Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, NDTV, India Live Today

Non communicable diseases

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
Reuters

Heart healthy lifestyle tied to lower drug costs

People with heart disease spend a lot less on medications when they take steps to lower their risk of complications by doing things like getting enough exercise, avoiding cigarettes and keeping their blood pressure in check, a U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers focused on adults diagnosed with the most common type of heart disease, atherosclerosis. When these patients did as much as they could to avoid so-called modifiable risk factors for heart disease - inactivity, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and diabetes - their total average annual pharmaceutical expenditures were $1,400, the study found. But patients who did little to modify these risk factors had total average annual pharmaceutical expenditures of $4,516

June 21, 2017
Reuters

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
Ewn.co.za

Hospitalizations drop where laws restrict trans fats

Statistics show that people were less likely to go the hospital with heart attacks or strokes after several counties in New York State restricted the use of trans fats, according to a new study. These new laws came in in July 2007 in many instances and research has not, until now, measured possible outcomes

April 12, 2017
Reuters

High-fibre diet key in fight against diabetes, study show

A diet that boosts good bacteria in the stomach could be the key to reducing the risks of diabetes, an Australian study has found. Researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University found for the first time that a diet rich in fermentable fibre stopped mice from developing Type 1 diabetes. The researchers recognised further study work in this area is required

March 28, 2017
Standard Media
March 29, 2017
Hans India
March 28, 2017
Press Trust of India

What a relief: cutting salt avoids toilet trips

Reducing salt significantly decreases the need to make night trips to the lavatory, research indicates. Nocturia affects more than half of the over-50s and leaves them feeling fatigued and irritable in the morning. Japanese researchers now believe it can be resolved with a minor dietary adjustment

March 27, 2017
The Times
March 26, 2017
Telegraph

'Guns don't kill soldiers... SAMOSAS do': India's 'fat soldiers' paramilitary forces lose more m...

The South African Stroke and Heart Foundation said for many South Africans salt intake is too high with much of it hidden in processed food and bread. The nation may have more ‘supertasters,’ with the gene prevalent in Africa, which may mean that South Africans in particular are driven to eat more salt by greater taste sensitivity

March 16, 2017
Daily Mail

Health systems

SOCSO: 6,500 employee deaths in 2016 owing to non-communicable diseases

In a report for Free Malaysia Today the social security organization (SOCSO) revealed that non-communicable diseases are a major cause of death of employees under the age of 60, with over 6,500 such cases reported last year and NCD linked deaths rising steadily since 2006

March 17, 2017
Human Resources Online
March 16, 2017
Free Malaysia Today

'Guns don't kill soldiers... SAMOSAS do': India's 'fat soldiers' a cause for concern

New statistics from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs reveal the leading cause of death among personnel from the military and the police is not combat but ill health. The seven forces have lost 1,067 men in combat or counter-insurgency operations over a period of three years but more than three times as many – 3,611 – died due to poor health and illnesses, in which heart disease and suicide are the leading causes of death

March 16, 2017
Daily Mail

Communicable diseases

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

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

Dogs, grandkids can keep COPD sufferers active

Walking a dog and spending time with grandchildren keeps people with impaired lung function more active than their peers who don’t have these outlets, researchers say. Staying physically active is important for people with chronic pulmonary disease and finding things that motivate patients to do so is central to planning interventions

March 17, 2017
Reuters

Quality sleep, balanced diet key to good health

Adequate sleep, along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, is essential for good health. In fact, with enough quality sleep, a person can hold a number of diseases at bay

March 17, 2017
Times of India

Mediterranean diet may reduce risk of form of breast cancer – study

Eating plenty of nuts, fruit and fish may cut the risk of getting oestrogen-receptor negative cancer, a Dutch research finds

March 6, 2017
The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail