Michael Bloomberg Discusses Noncommunicable Diseases

May 31, 2017 – NY Times. Communicable diseases like malaria and AIDS now kill fewer of the world’s people than noncommunicable ones like heart disease, strokes, respiratory ailments, and diabetes do.  But awareness of this progress lags far behind it. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, noncommunicable diseases were responsible for 67% of deaths in low- and middle-income countries in 2015, but only about 1% of foreign aid and donations dedicated to healthcare was aimed at preventing and treating them.

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Physicians call for drug abuse to be treated as chronic disease.

With drug overdoses causing tens of thousands of deaths every year in the U.S., physicians are calling for the crisis to be treated like a medical emergency.

Today, the American College of Physicians (ACP) published a position paper arguing that action needs to be taken by the medical community and others to stem the crisis, especially in light of the massive growth of the opioid epidemic.

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CDC Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Launch the 500 Cities Project

Partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will deliver data to improve the health of residents in 500 largest U.S. cities.

The CDC Foundation is partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to release a first-of-its-kind data analysis for the 500 largest cities in America, and the census tracts within cities, to identify, analyze, and report data for a select number of chronic disease measures.

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