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Promoting health through the life course

Folic acid levels in pregnancy linked to children's blood pressure

A new study found that babies born to mothers who took high levels of folic acid during pregnancy were less likely to develop high blood pressure

March 8, 2017
UPI, Health Day News, Health 24

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Red Cross fears disease outbreak in Marawi City

The International Committee of the Red Cross expressed apprehension of a disease outbreak in evacuation centers by prolonged displacement as a result of the ongoing fighting in Marawi City. The ICRC has observed an increase in the number of reported cases of diarrhea, upper respiratory infection, hypertension and fever in different health facilities providing medical assistance to the displaced residents, particularly those who are staying in evacuation centers. “The health situation is not yet critical at this point, but we fear that this may worsen in the coming days with prolonged displacement,” said Jose Amigo, Health Coordinator of the ICRC in the Philippines

June 9, 2017

PCMC runs out of H1N1 vaccines

The Sakaal Times reports that municipal hospitals in Pimpri are running out of anti H1N1 vaccine, which is administered to pregnant women and patients with hypertension and diabetes. This has taken place against the backdrop of new swine flu deaths over the last two months

March 23, 2017
Sakal Times
March 24, 2017
Indian Express

Non communicable diseases

Hypertension is the silent killer disease spreading across an Africa that isn’t ready

A survey in four countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, looked at both rural areas and the peri-urban settings in the cities of Nairobi and Johannesburg, and showed that hypertension is a critical health problem in Africa. There are stark differences in the prevalence, awareness and control of high blood pressure on the continent. Ultimately there is a need for regionally tailored intervention

July 24, 2017
QZ Africa

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

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

Kenya seeks to tackle rising cases of hypertension

Kenya’s health ministry said it has developed a training module for non-communicable diseases for community health volunteers as part of its efforts to tackle rising cases of hypertension in the country. Around 20m Kenyans have never tested their blood pressure levels despite the nationwide increase of hypertension cases which are potentially leading to a social explosion in kidney disease, heart disease or strokes

May 18, 2017

High blood pressure under spotlight this World Hypertension Day

High blood pressure is one of the most common risk factors for stroke, heart attacks and kidney disease within the African population. About 25% of South African adults are hypertensive and carry increased risks. On World Hypertension Day, the South African Heart and Stroke Foundation was encouraging all South Africans to measure their blood pressure and understand their personal risks under the hashtag #

May 17, 2017
IOL, Health24

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

'Silent killer' affects 13 million Thais

At least 13m Thais have suffered from hypertension for years with many not realising they had the condition, Thai health experts said. Hypertension contributes to a four times higher risk of brain blood vessel diseases and twice the risk of heart muscle paralysis, according to information released by the World Health Organization

May 8, 2017
Bangkok Post

Alarm over West Australians’ high blood pressure

Almost one-third of WA adults have high blood pressure, but about half are not having it treated, experts warned. University of WA chairman of cardiology and heart foundation member, Carl Schultz, said many people were ticking time bombs waiting for heart attacks, strokes and kidney disease because they had unmanaged hypertension

May 2, 2017
West Australian

One in five Vietnamese adults suffer from high blood pressure

It is estimated that around 12m people in Vietnam currently suffer from high blood pressure, meaning that one in every five adults has a condition that can cause a number of serious health problems. The warning was announced at a conference on the prevention of cardiovascular disease and hypertension in Hanoi by experts from the country’s ministry of health

April 25, 2017
VN Express, Asia Pacific Daily

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

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

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

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

‘Healthy’ obese still face higher heart disease risk

Even without high blood pressure or other signs of illness, obese adults have a much higher risk of developing heart disease than normal weight peers, according to a new study from Denmark

March 23, 2017

Experts Say Chronic Kidney Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa on Rise

Amid rapid urbanization, the HIV epidemic and increasing rates on NCDs people in sub-Saharan Africa are especially vulnerable to kidney disease. With CKD on the rise across the continent many are liable to die each year simply due to lack of access to affordable treatment

March 15, 2017
Voice of America
March 13, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

Health systems

59 people evacuated from militant-besieged Marawi have died of illnesses: Philippine officials

At least 59 evacuees displaced by the fighting in Marawi City in southern Philippines have died of various illnesses, Philippine health officials have said. Muslim Mindanao health secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding said the fatalities include three children, who had died of dehydration, and two adults, who had complications of hypertension. “There are 40 cases of deaths due to dehydration” and the 19 others had died of conditions existing before the fighting started on May 23, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said

June 17, 2017
Straits Times

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