A new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2021 study estimates that by 2050, there will be a 36.4% increase in cases of low back pain from 2020, with the highest increases in Asia and Africa.
May 22, 2023
April 25, 2023
Chronic respiratory disease is third leading cause of death globally with air pollution killing 1.3 million people
New findings on chronic respiratory disease (CRD) now show it accounted for approximately 4 million deaths worldwide in 2019.
January 18, 2023
The Lancet: Pakistan faces double burden of communicable, non-communicable diseases, and persistent inequities
Before Pakistan plunged into a cataclysmic health emergency from its worst flooding disaster, the country was already confronting the burden of infectious diseases, the rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and widespread disparities.
December 12, 2022
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death across the globe, according to a new “almanac”-style special issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).
October 11, 2022
A new peer-reviewed systematic study analyzing hundreds of diseases, injuries, and risk factors in Indonesia shows that there were large disparities in health outcomes among provinces.
October 7, 2022
Smile Train: New study reveals half of malnutrition-related deaths in those with clefts could be prevented
Smile Train and IHME analyze the devastating impact of orofacial clefts over two decades (2000 - 2020).
August 18, 2022
The Lancet: Almost half of global cancer deaths are due to risk factors, with smoking, alcohol use, and high BMI the greatest contributors
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.