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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

The global alcohol business is expanding in Africa and that’s bad news for health

The alcohol industry is under pressure and needs to develop new sources of growth and profit; developed world markets are close to saturation so expansion into developing economies is the new play with the $103bn merger between SAB Miller and AB InBev a good reference point. As a result, exposure to alcohol in African countries is expected to increase in the next few years and with it come alcohol-related health and social problems

May 25, 2017
Quartz Africa

Africa must reboot its health systems to cope with non-communicable diseases

It is estimated that there will be well over 3m deaths from these diseases in Africa by 2020. The rising burden will hit health, economic productivity and the social fabric of societies. What is needed is an approach that upgrades quality and efficiency of the healthcare interventions currently in place. It requires information on gaps in the healthcare system so policymakers know how best to help

May 21, 2017

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

Expert decries neglect of non-communicable diseases in Africa

A leading Nigerian health expert has called out the gross neglect of non-communicable disease in Africa. Dr Abdulrahman Jafar identified hypertension and diabetes as NCDs which have proven to be far more deadly than communicable diseases. He said governments should engage medical experts to sensitise the populace on what they should know and encourage them to go to hospitals

May 18, 2017
Pulse Nigeria

Bhutan making its people healthier, happier by beating noncommunicable diseases

In 2014, Bhutan undertook a nationwide survey to collect, analyse and disseminate health data to get a scale of its problem. 39% of people were overweight or obese, 36% had raised blood pressure and half were not engaged in vigorous physical activity. Now Bhutan is zeroing in on NCDs. Tax on alcohol is now 100% and districts are implementing a WHO-backed alcohol control plan. Strong tobacco laws ban production, sale and use in public places and taxation is high together with strong promotion of physical activity

May 17, 2017
World Health Organization

People above 30 years to be screened in 100 districts for NCDs

All Indian citizens over 30 years of age are to be screened in 100 districts of the country under the first phase of a programme of universal screening and control for five non-communicable diseases. Gradually, it will cover the entire country and everyone will be screened under the programme to reduce the disease burden in the nation, the Indian health minister told the press

May 16, 2017
Economic Times, News18.com, WebIndia123.com

Tobacco consumption epidemic reaches alarming level

The epidemic of tobacco consumption has reached alarming levels in Indonesia, where more than one-third of the country population are smokers. The fast rising number of cases of non-communicable diseases caused by tobacco consumption now pose a serious threat to the sustainability of the National Health Security Programme in Indonesia, the health minister said. Some 20% of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke and unhealthy lifestyles of smoking, alcoholic drinks and sugary drinks are creating a slow burning health crisis in the country

May 16, 2017

Vietnam has burden of non communicable diseases

Vietnam’s Deputy Health Minister said that of every ten deaths, seven are caused by cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and pulmonary diseases. Non-communicable diseases cause 73% of all deaths and 40% of these people are dying before the age of 70. The financial burden of these diseases will cost the country $47bn over the next 20 years. Vietnam also bears a further cost of $1bn in tobacco-related diseases. Vietnam is committing to intensifying prevention but also propagating more information about the risks and investing in earlier detection

May 15, 2017

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

Chronic illness in children linked to mental health issues later

A recent report analysed 37 medical studies to find a link between chronic childhood physical illnesses, including asthma, cancer, chronic renal failure, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes, epilepsy and arthritis and emotional problems later in life. Researchers found that all the children reviewed who had experienced chronic conditions in childhood were at an increased risk of developing depression or anxiety and emotional problems that continued throughout adulthood

May 12, 2017
May 13, 2017
Financial Express
May 12, 2017
Science Daily

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

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

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

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

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

Health systems

Kenya: Report Lays Bare Kenya's Frail Health Sector

The Kenya Health Workforce Report lays bare Kenya’s ill-preparedness in tackling non-communicable diseases in terms of human resource capacity. For instance, cancer killed 15,714 people in 2015 yet there are only 9 experts in radiology/oncology and 128 in radiology. For all the cases of diabetes there is only one diabetologist. There are only 71 psychiatrists in Kenya, yet the latest mental health report from WHO showed that 4.4% of all Kenyans have a mental health problem of some sort

May 14, 2017
allafrica.com, Daily Nation

Health ministry, Novartis sign accord

Pakistan’s Ministry of Health signed an MoU agreement with Novartis Access to provide a basket of high-quality medicines in the public sector targeting four key non-communicable diseases – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and breast cancer. The agreement will help the most deserving to gain access to high-quality treatment at low cost to lessen the impact of chronic diseases in this developing nation

May 12, 2017
The Nation, Express Tribune

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

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

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