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Promoting health through the life course

Parental smoking linked to genetic changes in kids with cancer

Parents who smoke may constitute to the genetic changes in their kids that are associated with the most common type of childhood cancer, a recent study suggests. The study links smoking by both parents to specific genetic changes in tumour cells of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

April 6, 2017

Non communicable diseases

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

Beware of searing pain in your belly

The main cause of pancreatitis is gallstones. There is a growing need for relevant government agencies to create awareness about the disease. This story also points out that the ‘young drinking generation’ of adults between 25-35 are particularly susceptible to the risks this disease poses

April 30, 2017

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

Tanzania: Challenges of Caring for Cancer Patients in Tanzania

There are three main causes: ageing population, rapid unplanned urbanization and the globalisation of unhealthy lifestyles. NCDs also have some common denominators: tobacco usage, alcohol intake, high blood pressure, diet and physical inactivity – these are acknowledged risk factors. There is a need for reliable statistics to understand the scale of the problem and the resources needed, as well as specialist training for cancer care and the equipment to support it

April 27, 2017
allafrica.com, The Citizen

Obesity "frightening" in Latin America, driving disease and draining economies- U.N.

More than two thirds of people living in Chile, Ecuador and Mexico are overweight or obese, costing their economies tens of billions of dollars every year, driving rates of disease and straining health services, a UN report said on Tuesday. The implications for the future of the countries is frightening, undernutrition is declining, but over-nutrition is expected to become the largest social and economic burden in the region, said the UN World Food Programme

April 25, 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

‘8 million Nigerians risk death from smoking’

About 8m Nigerians are estimated to be at risk of dying from smoking by 2030, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) warned. Citing WHO statistics and the Nigerian Global Adult Tobacco Survey, they lamented the poor enforcement of the existing Tobacco Control Act 2015 and expressed fear over the growing number of young people taking to smoking  

April 24, 2017
Nigerian Tribune

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

Obesity, being overweight rising among Nigerian children — STUDY

A new report called ‘2016 Nigerian Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth’ which focuses on physical activity as a major determinant of NCDs, has revealed a rising prevalence among Nigerian children of obesity and being overweight. Modelled after a similar Canadian report, the study highlighted that 12% of Nigerian children were obese and that schools were not complying with stipulated standards for physical activity for children

April 24, 2017
Vanguard Nigeria

On your bike: Cycling to work linked with large health benefits

People who cycle to work have a substantially lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease or dying prematurely, and governments should do all they can to encourage more active commuting, scientists said. In a study in the British Medical Journal researchers said there was a 45% lower risk of developing cancer and a 46% lower risk of heart disease compared to non-active commuters

April 19, 2017

NCDs : An emerging health crisis

Ariz Rizvi, President of Apollo Life and a recipient of the Emerging Healthcare Leader of the Year 2016-17, writes an opinion column for the Economic Times in which he discusses why non-communicable diseases in India and around the world are a growing health crisis

April 14, 2017
Economic Times

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

Lack of sunlight could increase the risk of heart disease in obese children, study claims

A study of medical records of children aged six to 17 found many who were overweight and had high cholesterol and fatty acids and also suffered from low vitamin D. The researchers suggested that children with weight problems should spend more time out in the sun which stimulates the body to produce Vitamin D naturally

April 10, 2017
Irish Sun

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

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

Low ammonium levels in urine may indicate serious risks for kidney disease patients

New research indicates that measuring ammonium excretion in the urine may be a help in identifying patients with chronic kidney disease who face serious health risks

April 6, 2017
Eureka Alert
April 7, 2017
ProKerala, DNA India

NCDs account for 23% of Africa’s disease burden

A report published by the African Academy of Sciences and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study states that investing time and money on stem cell research to address NCDs, which have huge economic burden on Africa, is essential to ensure socioeconomic development of the continent. The report says that NCDs account for 23% of the disease burden on the continent, contributing to a rise in medical costs and a negative impact on human growth

April 5, 2017

Stop calling NCDs ‘lifestyle diseases’ - SPC

Director General of the SPC, Colin Tukuitonga, said calling NCDs ‘lifestyle diseases’ was wrong because it implied people had a choice when, in fact, many Pacific people and especially children were victims of their circumstances. ‘It is actually quite expensive having a healthy diet and to say it is individual responsibility is unfortunate as there are systemic issues which come into play. The environment in which people live and work will have a bearing’

April 5, 2017
Radio New Zealand

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

Sickle cell: A silent killer in Chhattisgarh state

According to a 2013 report Raipur, 10% of Chhattisgarh’s population is affected by the hereditary blood disease sickle cell syndrome, with the state’s indigenous tribal population disproportionately affected. The Gond tribe in the region suffers from a rate as high 20%. And it can also be more prevalent among lower castes such as the Kurmi and Sahu, where rates are also at 20 and 22% respectively

March 29, 2017

Cost of respiratory illnesses in New Zealand hits $6b and rising

A new study says that around one in six New Zealanders live with a respiratory illness and the rate is rising, with latest estimates showing the cost to the country has hit more than 56bn a year. Respiratory disease accounted for one in ten hospitalizations and highlighted the degree of socio-economic and ethnic inequality as by far the most relentless and disturbing pattern

March 28, 2017
New Zealand Herald, Waatea News

Non-communicable diseases, threat to the world

The Burundi Non-Communicable Disease Alliance and the East African Non-Communicable Disease Alliance held a revealing workshop where patients detailed some of the various challenges they faced to get healthcare. One said diagnosis of NCDs in Burundi is tricky. In order to get a cancer diagnosis many need to travel abroad. Cancer drugs are virtually non-existent in Burundi. Waiting lists are often too long and treatment too expensive for most. The event view was that NCDs pose a serious risk to the population with little data on prevalence but the number dying from NCDs rises every day

March 28, 2017
Iwacu-English News

Nearly $800 billion spent per year in U.S. on neurological diseases

A new report shows the United States spends an estimated $789bn annually on neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The list also includes dementia, low back pain, stroke, traumatic brain injury, migraine, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury

March 28, 2017
UPI, Public Now

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

BSF losing more men to lifestyle diseases, mental illness than operations: Director General KK S...

More Border Security Force personnel are dying of mental illnesses and lifestyle diseases than in the line of duty, BSF Director General, KF Sharma said on Tuesday. As a consequence of the study the force is taking some remedial measures to control lifestyle disease by including yoga in the daily routine and changing the dietary

March 21, 2017
Times of India

Tackling NCDs in Bhutan requires a different kind of aid

The government of Bhutan is deeply concerned about the rising burden of non-communicable diseases in the country and it is pondering measures to curb excess alcohol consumption, to increase servings of fruit and vegetables and to cut down on salt consumption. In 2015, Bhutan reported NCDs were the top causes of mortality in Bhutan, with liver disease associated with alcohol consumption topping the list

March 14, 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

Health systems

Counties to share health experts to address shortage

Governors from 13 counties that make up the Kenyan Lake Region Economic Bloc have initiated a plan that will see the devolved units share medical specialists to address shortage. Hospitals will specialise in treating different ailments and reduce patients in key referral hospitals. The plan also involves tackling the high growing disease burden and prevalence of malaria, HIV and infant mortality

March 24, 2017
Daily Nation, Business Daily

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

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

FAO, WAHO sign agreement to support Health development

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the West Africa Health Organization have signed a partnership agreement to support common vision of health development, nutrition and biodiversity. The agreement was signed on the sideline of a Forum on Public Private Partnership in health for the ECOWAS region in Accra. It enhances operational research aimed at reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases in relation to morbidity

April 26, 2017
April 25, 2017
News Ghana

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

Senegal - anti-smoking league is partnering with a trade union to highlight the consequences of ...

The Ligue Senegalaise Contre le Tabac (Listab) and the Confederation Nationale des Travailluers du Senegal are building a strong alliance to collaborate in a campaign to spread an anti-smoking, pro-health message throughout the population in northern Senegal

April 6, 2017
Le Soleil Senegal

Railways asked to reject ads of junk food

With the Indian Railways planning to brand trains and stations to augment revenues, the Union Health Ministry has asked it not to allow advertisements of products which may have a negative effect on health. The Health Ministry said the initiative could be used to promote alcohol, foods with high fat content, sugar and salt and sweetened beverages. Ads for these products could increase the problem of NCDs in India and lead to more cost and premature deaths

April 5, 2017
The Hindu
April 3, 2017
The Telegraph India
April 4, 2017

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

Japan’s tobacco lobby seeks to head off indoor smoking ban

A Japanese plan to ban indoor smoking in public places before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, bringing the country in line with most of the developing world, is facing fierce resistance from the country’s powerful tobacco

March 5, 2017
Financial Times

Experts urge BD using tobacco surcharge to combat NCDs

At a recent meeting with stakeholders in Dhaka, the Bangladesh government was urged to adopt a 1% health development surcharge on tobacco products to fund policies to prevent the most common non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung diseases

March 2, 2017
Observer Bangladesh