China has seen striking declines in child mortality and an increase in life expectancy due to rapid demographic and epidemiological changes in the past few decades, yet dietary risks, tobacco use, and the rise of non-communicable diseases such as cancer pose risks to continued improvements in health. Comparing China and 18 other countries in the G20, researchers used data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010) to assess China’s relative performance on leading causes of health loss, premature mortality, and disability.

Yang G,* Wang Y,* Zeng Y, Gao GF, Liang X, Zhou M, Wan X, Yu S, Jiang Y, Naghavi M, Vos T, Wang H, Lopez AD, Murray CJL. Rapid health transition in China, 1990–2010: findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet. 2013 June 8; 381:1987–2015.
*Joint first authors