Register here to receive your free weekly briefing by emailAfrica may be rising economically, but progress on the health of its inhabitants remains strikingly sluggish. As the World Health Organization’s regional committee wrapped up its meeting in Senegal, it issued a sobering report on the state of the continent’s health.Outcomes have been rising gently and differences between countries reducing, but healthy life expectancy remains at just 53.8 years. As the latest Ebola outbreak this month in DRC highlights, with 77 deaths so far, infectious diseases are a significant threat in the region. Lower respiratory tract infections, HIV, diarrhoea and malaria remain the top four causes of death.Yet Africa is also being increasingly squeezed by non-communicable “rich-world” diseases such as diabetes, not to mention road injuries. Preventable unhealthy lifestyle habits including drinking, smoking, lack of exercise and poor diets are on the rise.The report highlights … [Read more...] about FT Health: Africa squeezed by burden of disease and lack of investment
Global burden of diseases study
Story highlights Alcohol was responsible for nearly 3 million deaths in 2016, study says Any benefits are offset by higher risks of cancer, other disease, researchers say "Claiming there is no 'safe' level does not seem an argument for abstention," one expert says (CNN)If you're one of the third of all humankind who drinks alcohol, take note: There's no amount of liquor, wine or beer that is safe for your overall health, according to a new analysis of 2016 global alcohol consumption and disease risk. Alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and premature death in men and women between the ages of 15 and 49 worldwide in 2016, accounting for nearly one in 10 deaths, according to the study, published Thursday in the journal The Lancet. For all ages, alcohol was associated with 2.8 million deaths that year. Those deaths include alcohol-related cancer and cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, intentional injury such as violence and self-harm, … [Read more...] about There’s no safe amount of alcohol, study says
Bottom Line: Population aging and growth largely fueled an increase in cancer cases between 2006 and 2016, and large disparities continue to exist between countries in cancer incidence, deaths and the disease's associated disability. Why The Research Is Interesting: An assessment of the impact of cancer over time can help to frame policy discussions, resource allocation and research focus. What and When: Cancer incidence, mortality and related disability evaluated for 195 countries and territories with a focus on changes in the last decade (2006-2016). Study Design: This was a systematic analysis. Authors: Christina Fitzmaurice, M.D., M.P.H., at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Seattle, and coauthors in the Global Burden of Disease Cancer Collaboration Results: 17.2 million cancer cases worldwide and 8.9 million deaths in 2016 Cancer cases up 28% in 2006-2016; population aging, growth were drivers Prostate cancer most common cancer for … [Read more...] about Study updates global burden of cancer
New Zealand's dismal cancer statistics have been highlighted in a global index, putting the country proportionally second worst for new cases. A new study showed New Zealand's rate of new cancer cases per 100,000 people - age-adjusted and as at 2016 - stood at 542.8. That was behind only Australia (at 743.8) and worse than the United States (532.9), the Netherlands (477.3) and Luxembourg (455.4). The study was published as part of the ongoing Global Burden of Disease study - the most comprehensive analysis of cancer-related health outcomes and patterns ever conducted. It also showed how New Zealand also stood out for having the world's worst rate of deaths from malignant skin melanoma, along with the worst rate of new cases of leukemia. Our rates of the former cancer was 6.6 per 100,000 people - around six times the global average - while rates of the latter were 20.3 per 100,000 people, or three times the global average. Cancer remains New Zealand's number one killer, with more than … [Read more...] about Global cancer rates: How does NZ compare?
Health systems around the world must fundamentally restructure or collapse under the “tidal wave” of demand from people living with multiple serious health conditions, experts have warned. In the NHS alone as many as 20 million people are living with two or more conditions and ineffective treatment is leading to escalating costs and early deaths. The first report produced on the global burden of multimorbidity (multiple diseases) says it is an “enormous threat” affecting a quarter of the adult population and a billion people worldwide. Read more Millions finding it harder to get a GP appointment, new analysis shows Quick turnaround GP appointments ‘running general practice into ground 271 mentally ill people died because of NHS errors Fears GP app will make it harder for ‘complex’ patients to get care High income countries like the UK are seeing an “almost exponential increase” in health care costs where multimorbidity has … [Read more...] about Burden of patients with multiple diseases could sink health systems around the world, warn medical experts