Tag Archives: NCDs

Tom Petty died from a cardiac arrest – what makes this different to a heart attack and heart…

Rolling Stone magazine landed in a spot of bother on Monday after publicising news of rock star Tom Petty’s death prematurely, while others said it was the result of a heart attack rather than a cardiac arrest. Petty unfortunately did subsequently pass away, from a cardiac arrest, but it’s important to note neither a cardiac arrest nor a heart attack is synonymous with death. Albeit infrequently, sufferers of cardiac arrest can be revived and a heart attack is associated with a relatively low risk of dying within 18 months with current treatment in Australia. Both are types of heart disease, as is heart failure.

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Taking the pulse of heart disease

On Saturday 26 – Wednesday 30 August, the world’s largest cardiovascular congress will take place In Barcelona, Spain. The ESC congress will convene global experts and present advancements in cardiovascular medicine worldwide. To bring us up to speed on all thing cardiovascular health, Dr Anna Beale ‘takes the pulse’ of heart disease in this piece.   In 2017, healthcare spending continues to rise globally. Total health expenditure as a percentage of total GDP increased from 8.5% in 1995 to 9.8% in 2014

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Managing overweight and obesity in children and young people

Why is excess weight a problem in children and young people? Currently too many children and adolescents across the world are already overweight or obese (i.e. too heavy for their age, height and sex). This is a concern because children with obesity are at a greater risk of developing a number of serious problems during childhood such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, joint and sleep complaints. Children with excess weight can also suffer from low self-esteem, stigmatization and mental health problems which can lead to reduced quality of life.

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Chronic kidney disease and the global NCD agenda

2017 is an important year for the international nephrology community. March 9 was World Kidney Day, the theme this year being ‘Kidney disease and obesity: healthy lifestyles for healthy kidneys’, highlighting the crucial link between the kidneys and metabolic and cardiovascular health. In April, the Global Kidney Health Atlas, one of the largest health-related country capacity reviews in history, was launched at the World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico City. The Atlas, a first for the nephrology community, is a multinational cross-sectional survey designed to assess need and capacity for kidney care worldwide and provide the foundation for a global surveillance network for chronic kidney disease (CKD) care.

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Can health ignite a political revolution?

Late last month, you could not ignore the chants of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to the tune of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nations Army’ as it echoed around the fields of Glastonbury. Regardless of your political affiliations, having hordes of young, passionate millennials singing the name of a political leader at a music festival is something which few would have predicted earlier that month. Why the change? – Could it be that young people in the UK feel a new sense of hope as they have been given a voice through health? Hope is something which has been on short supply in the UK of late

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Socioeconomic status and risk factors for non-communicable diseases in low-income and lower-middle-income countries

Non-communicable disease behavioural risk factors such as tobacco smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and unhealthy eating are socially patterned in high-income countries, with individuals of low socioeconomic status generally experiencing a higher burden of risk factors.1,2 However, the direction of the association between socioeconomic status and behavioural risk factors has changed over time. Unhealthy behaviours were more frequent in high socioeconomic groups at the beginning of the 20th century, but the burden later shifted towards the disadvantaged socioeconomic groups.

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WHO Recommends People Become More Active To Help Prevent NCDs

U.N. News Centre: With more people sedentary, U.N. health agency urges everyone to get moving “Not enough exercise contributes to cancer, diabetes, depression, and other non-communicable diseases, according to the United Nations health agency, which is urging people to get up and get active. … WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of…More

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Michael R. Bloomberg Becomes WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has today named Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and former three-term Mayor of the City of New York, as Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

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NCDs in humanitarian crisis

Sylvia Kehlenbrink graduated from medical school at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin in Berlin and completed her residency training in Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She has done clinical and translational research with the Global Diabetes Institute at Einstein College of Medicine focused on underserved populations in Uganda and India. In June 2015, she started her fellowship in Endocrinology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is also a fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative with the long-term goal of joining global efforts in addressing non-communicable diseases, esp.

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Week 2 of the Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes

Associate Editor Tom McBride discusses the new research and commentary appearing in the second week of PLOS Medicine’s Special Issue on Preventing Diabetes. Each week this July PLOS Medicine will be publishing new perspective and

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WHO | Engaging young people in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases

WHO Bulletin article published in July 2016. Source: WHO | Engaging young people in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases

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Lessons From HIV Prevention, Treatment In Kenya May Help Inform Response To Growing NCD…

Huffington Post: A Christian Warrior For Health Takes On Chronic Disease After Battling AIDS David J. Olson, global health communications expert “…[M]any Kenyans are surviving AIDS only to live long enough to be killed by [noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)]. … Health programs, therefore, must turn their attention to this new pandemic without losing focus on the…More

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Long-Term Effects of Famine on Chronic Diseases: Evidence from China’s Great Leap Forward…

Summary We evaluate the long-term effects of famine on chronic diseases using China’s Great Leap Forward Famine as a natural experiment.

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Impact Evaluation of a System-Wide Chronic Disease Management Program on Health Service…

by Laurent Billot, Kate Corcoran, Alina McDonald, Gawaine Powell-Davies, Anne-Marie Feyer Background The New South Wales Health (NSW Health) Chronic Disease Management Program (CDMP) delivers interventions to adults at risk of hospitalisation for five target chronic conditions that respond well to ambulatory care: diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease. The intervention consists of two main components: (1) care coordination across sectors (acute, ambulatory, and community care from both public and private sectors) and clinical specialties, facilitated by program care coordinators, and (2) health coaching including management of lifestyle risk factors and medications and self-management. These components were broadly prescribed by the head office of NSW Health, which funded the program, and were implemented by regional health services (local health districts) in ways that best suited their own history, environment, workforce, and patient need. We used a propensity-matched cohort study to evaluate health service utilisation after enrolment in the CDMP. Methods and Findings The evaluation cohort included 41,303 CDMP participants enrolled between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2013 who experienced at least one hospital admission or emergency department (ED) presentation for a target condition in the 12 mo preceding enrolment.

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