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Non Communicable Diseases

Homophobia: A Non-Communicable Social Disease

Deepti Pradhan | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Deepti Pradhan

As the world bears witness to the worst mass shooting in America's history, we can't help but wonder, is homophobia a non-communicable social disease? And is there something that can be done to prevent its massive global toll?

Keeping Older Chinese Working

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.04.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

China has officially lifted its one-child policy as part of their 13th Five Year Plan. The issue is whether the colossal demographic consequences on economic growth can find solutions.

Put Patients Over Profits: An Open Letter To The Council On Foreign Relations

Jordan Jarvis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jordan Jarvis

We applaud the CFR report for drawing attention to NCDs in developing nations, but emphasize that, at this critical time, it neglected to address implications of U.S. trade pressures on the fundamental right of all people to access lifesaving medicines.

This World Heart Day, Create Heart-Healthy Environments Where You Live, Work and Play

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Dr. Sidney C. Smith Jr. didn't have just one a-ha moment that turned him into a crusader against heart disease. He had too many to count. Frequently, they fit the same pattern: Someone is rushed to the hospital with a heart attack after a buildup of fatty deposits called plaque has blocked a coronary artery.

Are Those Responsible for Employee Health Appropriately Trained to Make the Right Decisions?

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

The cost of health insurance in the U.S. is clearly a concern for employers. In 2010, American employers spent a total of $560.9 billion for group health insurance, an increase of approximately 67 percent over the past 10 years.

American Innovation for NCDs

Michael Hodin | Posted 09.28.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Twenty first century health challenges - exacerbated by age-related NCDs - require 21st century solutions.

Managers Needed to Beat Chronic Diseases

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

The increasing threat of non-communicable diseases (often called chronic diseases or NCDs) prompted the United Nations, in 2011, to issue the second political declaration on health in its history, the first being on AIDS in 2006.

A 2.0 Approach to Improving Health Through Lifestyle

Jonas Gahr Støre | Posted 07.26.2014 | Impact
Jonas Gahr Støre

The leading risk factors for ill health and premature death are linked to lifestyle, what we eat and drink and how much we exercise. Disease prevention does not occur in the hospital. We need the whole of society to be involved.

Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers

Jeffrey L. Sturchio | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey L. Sturchio

Access to well-trained health workers when you need them should not be an accident of geography.

How Work Can Improve Mental Health Among the Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.07.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Given what we know about depression, mental illness, and the potential economic vitality of a healthy, active aging population, there is one solution that can "move the needle": the age-friendly workplace.

Progress Beyond Prizes

Peter Piot | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter Piot

We need to draw lessons and inspiration from these achievements, but also be realistic that infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis cannot be consigned to the past. They remain a significant threat, particularly in today's mobile, interconnected and urbanised world.

The Way Forward

Kristin Duquette | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

The disabled community is being seen by the international community for their potential and worth, leaders, assets in society, agents of progress and contributors to the world.

The Truth About the Global Cancer Burden

John R. Seffrin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
John R. Seffrin

Of all of the myths about cancer, I believe one of the most harmful misconceptions today is that cancer is a disease exclusive to wealthy, or developed, countries such as the United States.

Why Are We So Meek in Demanding Treatment for Non-Communicable Disease?

Princess Dina Mired | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Princess Dina Mired

In the developing world, this inequity is something that we face every day -- the tragedy of cancer typified by a little girl with a disease with a 90 percent chance of a cure who looks at us with big brown eyes, full of unspeakable pain, to ask, "Will you treat me?"

In First Year, Global Fight Against NCDs Gathers Momentum

Sir George Alleyne | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Sir George Alleyne

Despite this progress, much more remains to be done, and it needs to be done urgently. Not only do NCDs account for 36 million deaths a year, their impact is in all countries and is on the rise.

Including Non-Communicable Diseases in the Rio+20 Dialogue on Sustainable Futures

Nalini Saligram | Posted 06.18.2012 | Green
Nalini Saligram

If the aim of Rio+20 is to create a better future, we're missing an enormous opportunity to address one of the biggest challenges we're facing today: non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Did the U.N. Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases Count?

Riva Greenberg | Posted 11.29.2011 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Did the U.N. summit on non-communicable diseases count? Ann Keeling, Chair of the NCD Alliance and CEO of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), says yes.

Harnessing the Power of Sport and Play for Development and Peace

Johann Koss | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact
Johann Koss

Participation in sport and play programs has the potential to significantly contribute to child and youth development, prevent the spread of non-communicable and communicable diseases and strengthen communities.

Vaccines to Prevent Chronic Infections

Seth Berkley, M.D. | Posted 11.22.2011 | Impact
Seth Berkley, M.D.

Effectively knocking out non-communicable diseases and the chronic infections that cause many of them will require a comprehensive effort, and immunization belongs at the very heart of such an approach.

A Costly Silent Killer

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Stephan B. Tanda

Improving nutrition is the most fundamental, impactful and cost-effective way to prevent NCDs. The top six diseases, which account for 70 percent of global deaths, are in fact modifiable by nutrition.

Cancer Rises in Africa, a Continent Unequipped to Deal With it

David J. Olson | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
David J. Olson

HIV-positive Africans have a 30-90 times higher risk of Kaposi sarcoma, a 5-times higher risk of lymphoma and at least twice the risk for cervical cancer compared to HIV-negative Africans. Yet most African languages don't have a word for cancer.

We Can Live Longer, Healthier Lives. So Why Don't We?

Thea Joselow | Posted 11.08.2011 | Impact
Thea Joselow

You may not have heard of them grouped this way, but NCDs are diseases like cancer, diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular illness. They are the kind of sick that... wait for it... causes two out of every three deaths worldwide.

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): The Costs Of Omission From The MDGs Results In A September UN Summit

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Over a decade later, as the obesity and tobacco epidemics loom and the burden of chronic disease continues to rise, the UN will hold a high-level summit on disease in two weeks. This time, it will finally focus on the prevention and control of non-communicable illnesses ...

Non-Communicable Diseases: A Women's Health, Rights and Empowerment Issue

Nalini Saligram | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Nalini Saligram

Non-communicable diseases are the #1 killer of women. A staggering 50,000 women lose their lives to NCDs every single day. More than 1,000 women die from cardiovascular disease, one of the four main NCDs, every hour.

September's UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases Stalled

Riva Greenberg | Posted 10.25.2011 | World
Riva Greenberg

Non-communicable diseases threaten almost every nation's health and our global financial stability. Now leaders of the world's most advanced nations are delaying, and may refuse, to commit to do much to prevent people from dying.