Smoking, alcohol use, high BMI, and other known risk factors were responsible for nearly 4.45 million global cancer deaths in 2019, according to new research published in The Lancet using the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) 2019 study.
July 21, 2022
The Lancet: 160 million women worldwide have unmet contraception needs; new study reveals large differences in types of contraceptives used across regions and age groups
Estimates suggest that more than 160 million women and adolescents who wanted to avoid pregnancy were not using contraceptives in 2019, despite significant progress in the use of modern contraceptives globally over the previous 50 years.
July 14, 2022
The Lancet: Alcohol consumption carries significant health risks and no benefits for young people; some older adults may benefit from drinking a small amount of alcohol
The new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease estimates that 1.34 billion people consumed harmful amounts of alcohol in 2020.
June 29, 2022
New global and country-level estimates suggest that routinely wearing helmets and seat-belts, obeying speed limits and avoiding drunk-driving could save between 347,000 and 540,000 lives worldwide every year.
June 29, 2022
New Global Burden of Disease estimates show health inequalities in Norway have decreased over the past 30 years, but more work is needed to close the gap
From 1990 to 2019, Norway reduced inequality in disease burden; however, an examination at a more granular level shows inequalities still exist.
May 23, 2022
More than 43 million additional health workers are needed to meet targets for universal health coverage around the world, according to a new peer-reviewed study.
April 6, 2022
The Lancet: Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 finds non-communicable diseases a new challenge to Iran’s health care
Despite severe international sanctions, the Iranian health care system has made significant achievements in controlling the burden of infectious diseases, but it faces health challenges and threats from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to a systematic analysis published in The Lancet.
March 2, 2022
Health Effects Institute: Two new reports offer insights into global air quality and air pollution impacts on life expectancy
With the recent lowering of Air Quality Guidelines, many countries face challenges in achieving cleaner air.
February 15, 2022
PLOS Medicine: Study highlights worldwide disparities in treatment rates for major depressive disorder
Meta-analysis suggests need for scaling up treatment for this severe depression in some low and lower-middle income countries.
January 6, 2022
The Lancet Public Health: Global dementia cases set to triple by 2050 unless countries address risk factors
The number of adults (aged 40 years and older) living with dementia worldwide is expected to nearly triple, from an estimated 57 million in 2019 to 153 million in 2050, due primarily to population growth and population ageing.
December 30, 2021
A new study published by IHME highlighted global disparities in cancer burden as new cases rise to 23 million.
August 19, 2021
The Lancet: Extreme heat is a clear and growing health issue, with evidence-based adaptation plans urgently needed to prevent unnecessary deaths
Extreme heat is an increasingly common occurrence worldwide, with heat-related deaths and illnesses also expected to rise. The authors of a new two-paper Series on Heat and Health, published in The Lancet, recommend immediate and urgent globally coordinated efforts to mitigate climate change and increase resilience to extreme heat to limit additional warming, avoid permanent and substantial extreme heat worldwide, and save lives by protecting the most vulnerable people.
May 27, 2021
The Lancet & The Lancet Public Health: Latest global data finds nearly 8 million deaths from smoking in 2019, and 90% of new smokers addicted by age 25
The most comprehensive data on global trends in smoking highlight its enormous global health toll. The number of smokers worldwide has increased to 1.1 billion in 2019, with tobacco smoking causing 7.7 million deaths worldwide.
December 9, 2020
The number of people dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) is steadily rising, including one-third of all deaths globally in 2019, according to a paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that reviewed the total magnitude of CVD burden and trends over 30 years around the world.
December 1, 2020
The Lancet: One in three people worldwide could benefit from rehabilitation at least once in the course of their illness or injury, first global study estimates
As many as one in three people worldwide (2.41 billion people) could benefit from rehabilitation (such as physical and occupational therapy or speech and language therapy) at some point in their illness or injury, according to estimates published today in The Lancet in the first global study of its kind.
December 1, 2020
Public health services across the world are failing to meet targets to reduce avoidable sight loss, according to a new study published today (1 December) in The Lancet Global Health.
October 28, 2020
Tabba Heart Institute and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Collaborate to Improve Cardiovascular Health in Pakistan
Tabba Heart Institute (THI) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine are partnering to improve public knowledge and inform policymakers of cardiovascular health in Pakistan by collecting and sharing data, leveraging their expertise in health metrics sciences to provide more accurate estimates of the national and provincial burden of cardiovascular diseases in Pakistan.
October 15, 2020
The Lancet: Latest global disease estimates reveal perfect storm of rising chronic diseases and public health failures fuelling COVID-19 pandemic
Most comprehensive global study—analysing 286 causes of death, 369 diseases and injuries, and 87 risk factors in 204 countries and territories—reveals how well the world’s population were prepared in terms of underlying health for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
August 27, 2020
New evaluation of universal health coverage shows that the world will likely fall short of World Health Organization goal
A new study projects that 3.1 billion people will still lack effective health service coverage in 2023, with 968 million of those residing in South Asia. This falls short of the World Health Organization (WHO) goal of 1 billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage (UHC) between 2019 and 2023.
February 13, 2020
Rates of people needing dialysis have increased more than 40% since 1990, but access to this life-saving treatment is still markedly inequitable, according to a new scientific study.