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Death rates from rheumatic heart disease falling since 1990

The risk of dying from rheumatic heart disease, a condition of damaged heart valves caused by bacterial infection that leads to rheumatic fever, has dropped around the world over the last 25 years, according to a new scientific study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015

Latest global estimates illustrate the vast impact of the two most common chronic respiratory diseases, with 3.2 million deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 0.4 million deaths caused by asthma in 2015, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.

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New study finds more than 2 billion people overweight or obese

Globally, more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions, according to a new study.

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Despite substantial global reduction in diarrhea deaths, half a million children still die from diseases each year

The number of child deaths caused by diarrhea reduced by a third between 2005-2015, but mortality rates remain highest in some of the world’s poorest countries, with diarrhea killing almost half a million children under 5 years old each year worldwide, according to a new Global Burden of Disease study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.


Updated software helps fill knowledge gaps about how people die

Nearly two in three deaths worldwide are still undocumented, meaning no death certificate is produced to account for the death or what caused it. To fill this massive knowledge gap, newly updated software that can identify the underlying cause of death from a survey of people familiar with the final illness of the deceased was launched today (April 7, 2017).

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Widely disparate spending on health forecast through 2040

Spending on health care by nations is expected to increase significantly over the next two decades, but the rates of increase and sources of spending will differ widely, according to a new analysis.

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Nearly 1 billion people still smoke daily

Despite strong declines in the rate of tobacco smoking over the past 25 years, one out of every four men still smoke daily, as do one out of every 20 women. In a new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) published today (April 5, 2017) in The Lancet, authors discovered that the prevalence of daily smoking declined on a global scale – decreasing by 28% for men and 34% for women between 1990 and 2015.