[Correspondence] Renaming non-communicable diseases

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Lancet Global Health
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The call by Luke Allen and Andrea Feigl (February, 2017)1 to reframe non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is welcome. The lack of focus on these increasingly important causes of morbidity, impairment, and mortality, with their commensurate increasing consumption of health and societal resources and reduced economic contribution, is inappropriate and damaging for all the reasons Allen and Feigl cogently argue. Few things that are described in the negative as what they are not obtain the understanding or action they deserve.

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[Correspondence] Renaming non-communicable diseases