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Geneva Pharma Forum: "Putting NCDs into Focus"

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Geneva Pharma Forum: "Putting NCDs into Focus"10h00 to 12h30Geneva Press Club

A Geneva Pharma Forum with a moderated discussion will take place 4 Feb. Focused on NCDs, this event will feature the release of policy gap report called “Addressing the Gaps in Global Policy and Research for Non- Communicable Diseases.” To register for the event, contact IFPMA Secretariat.

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Public, private collaboration 
needed to fight Alzheimer’s

Public, private collaboration 
needed to fight Alzheimer’s | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it

KENNETH THORPE
Chairman
Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease

 

With National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November, we acknowledge that jaw-dropping numbers underscore the growing tragedy of Alzheimer’s disease.

In Colorado alone, 72,000 residents age 65 or older are struggling with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, care for Alzheimer’s patients will involve $200 billion in direct costs alone this year, and those costs are expected to sharply rise to more than $1 trillion by 2050.

The challenge of Alzheimer’s is linked to the ongoing efforts to make the U.S. health care system more cost-effective and patient-focused. Because Alzheimer’s patients are often unable to manage their own care, it becomes important to manage transitions of care, integrate mental and physical health interventions and use team-based care and in-home medical models.

The discussion about how to most effectively treat Alzheimer’s patients is reaching a critical juncture. Research trials by biopharmaceutical companies have yielded promising, yet mixed results. The dedicated pursuit of a breakthrough by our best and brightest researchers is what is needed, but that hinges on having a policy environment that supports public and private biomedical research.

Encouragingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the first ever U.S. National Alzheimer’s Plan, which includes prevention and effective treatment of the disease by 2025. With this groundwork in place, it becomes imperative to invest resources and manpower in making certain these goals are achieved.

Continued collaboration between the public and private sectors will be critical in ultimately turning the tide on this disease from one with a terminal diagnosis to one that can be managed with early intervention or prevented altogether.

 

 

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Non-communicable diseases pushing pharma growth in Sri Lanka - BioSpectrum Asia

Non-communicable diseases pushing pharma growth in Sri Lanka - BioSpectrum Asia | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it

"Non-communicable diseases (NCD) are on the rise in Sri Lanka, particularly cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. These account for over 70 percent of morbidity in the country. According to World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases account for 30 percent of the deaths, while cancer accounts for nine percent followed by respiratory diseases (eight percent) and diabetes (four percent). Considering the rise in NCDs, Sri Lankan government has taken many steps to prevent further rise. Identified areas include support prevention of chronic NCDs by strengthening the policy, regulatory and service delivery measures for reducing level of risk factors of NCDs in the population, implementing a cost-effective NCD screening program at the community level with special emphasis on cardiovascular diseases, facilitate provision of optimal NCD care by strengthening the health system to provide integrated and appropriate curative, preventive, rehabilitative and palliative services at each service level, empowering the community with healthy lifestyle, enhancing human resource development, strengthening the national health information system, including disease and risk factor surveillance, promoting research and utilization of its findings for prevention and control of NCDs, ensuring sustainable financing mechanisms that support cost-effective health interventions at both preventive and curative sectors and raising priority and integrating prevention and control of NCDs into policies across all government ministries, and private sector organizations."

Read more at: http://www.biospectrumasia.com/biospectrum/analysis/2743/non-communicable-diseases-pushing-pharma-growth-sri-lanka#.UIpDN2mMWIk

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Keeping those beautiful minds intact - Hindustan Times

Mental illness is no longer what we once thought it to be. The complexities of modern living have been adding to the cornucopia of mental ailments. One of the most widespread mental disorders is depression, estimated to affect 350 million people globally. The World Health Organisation (WHO)estimates that depression will be the biggest cause of disability by 2020. Mental illnesses will catch up with, and possibly overshadow, heart disease as the world’s biggest health concern by 2025. Though depression can afflict anyone, young or old, it can be treated.

In India, around 130 million Indians — 7% of the population — are estimated to suffer from some form of mental ailments and more than 90% do not receive any treatment.

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Cancer and chronic disease causes almost half of gradual deaths in Europe | Science Codex

Cancer and chronic disease causes almost half of gradual deaths in Europe | Science Codex | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it

"Cancer and chronic disease account for almost half of gradual deaths in European Union countries, suggests research published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.

While there are variations in the absolute numbers across all 27 European Union (EU) countries, the figures suggest a need for both long and short term palliative care strategies to accommodate this trend, say the authors."

"They base their findings on certifications for all deaths that were not sudden in all 27 European countries in 2007, although the most up to date information in some (Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark and Malta) only went up to 2004 or 2006."

"The total EU population for the study period totalled 495 million, of whom 4.8 million died. Of these, 2 million died of cancer (1 in 4); chronic heart failure (around 1 in 20); chronic respiratory disease; diabetes; chronic liver failure; dementia; neurological diseases; chronic kidney failure; and HIV/AIDS."

"Taken together, the crude death rate per 100,000 of the population was 409 for cancer and chronic disease in 2007, although this varied considerably across all the countries. This figure compares with 594 per 100,000 of the population for sudden deaths."

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High Smoking Rates Persist in Poor and Middle-Income Nations

High Smoking Rates Persist in Poor and Middle-Income Nations | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it
Despite antismoking campaigns, 41 percent of men in poor and middle-income countries still smoke and more young women are starting to, a new study says.

 

"Governments of poor countries collect $9,100 in tobacco taxes for every $1 they spend on antismoking messages, a Lancet editorial added. In some countries, the tobacco company is government-owned. '

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World Heart Federation: Atrial Fibrillation

World Heart Federation: Atrial Fibrillation | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a growing and urgent public health concern. AF is the most common sustained abnormal heart rhythm worldwide with an estimated nine million people currently affected in Europe and the US, and numbers set to increase.

AF carries a four- to five-fold increased risk of stroke and is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular (CV) events and hospitalization. Patients with AF also suffer from a considerably impaired quality of life (QoL).

The cost of AF to healthcare systems has been estimated at €3,000 annually per patient, with the total burden close to €13.5 billion in the EU alone. In addition to the burden on healthcare systems, AF has further indirect costs due to rehabilitation and lost work, both in terms of sickness absence and early retirement.

World Heart Federation has created a Global AF Action (GAFA) campaign to encourage its members as well as individuals to take action and to fight against AF and AF-related stroke. GAFA is an international awareness and action campaign which aligns with the WHO Target of reducing premature cardiovascular disease mortality by 25% by 2025. The campaign is dedicated to gaining greater recognition for AF and the fact that it is a major international public health concern.

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Arogya World Launches Healthy Workplace Program in India Arogya World: Changing the Course of Chronic Disease

 In a pioneering public health effort, Arogya World, a US-based non-profitorganization with a domestic presence in Bangalore, today unveiled new Healthy Workplace Criteriaas the first step of its Healthy Workplace program. Jointly developed by Arogya World and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), after intense deliberations and prior multi-stakeholder consultationswith the IT sector, allied organizations and medical experts at a Bangalore workshop organized byArogya World in February 2012 – these criteria will promote workplace wellness, help reduce theburden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and offer companies a competitive edge via increasedtalent retention and higher productivity. The Healthy Workplace Criteria were launched today to marktwo important milestones this month: the World Economic Forum Summit on India (6-8 November2012), which has NCDs on its agenda, and World Diabetes Day (14 November).

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China to launch stroke-checking campaign - People's Daily Online

China to launch stroke-checking campaign - People's Daily Online | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it
Oct 30,2 012 

BEIJING - A campaign will be launched to check high-risk groups for cerebrovascularaccident, or stroke, in more than 200 cities, the Ministry of Health has announced.

A sample survey conducted in 2008 found that cerebrovascular disease was theleading cause of death in China, with its incidence rate increasing by 8.7 percentannually.

On Monday, also World Stroke Day, Vice-Minister Ma Xiaowei said, "Chronic diseases-- notably cerebrovascular accident, heart diseases and high blood pressure -- havebeen severely affecting people's health in recent years, and an increasing number ofpeople suffer and die from strokes especially."

In addition to screening, Ma revealed that more than 30,000 professionals will betrained on the prevention and treatment. The government will also provide morehospitals with screening and treatment equipment for the disease.

Figures from the ministry show that 30 percent of people suffering stroke attacks diesubsequently. Some 70 percent of stroke survivors suffer varying degrees of disabilitysuch as hemiplegia or aphemia.

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Inebriated States of America: Top ten beer-guzzling regions revealed ... and the winner is New Hampshire

Inebriated States of America: Top ten beer-guzzling regions revealed ... and the winner is New Hampshire | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it
More than six billion gallons of beer is sold across all the states each year, but there is a huge contrast between each states, with some states, such as Connecticut, seeing as little as 21.8 gallons drank per person in 2011.

 

And the leaders are : New Hampshire, North Dakota and Montana

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The Dollars and Sense of Chronic Disease

The Dollars and Sense of Chronic Disease | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 out of every 2 Americans su ers from a chronic disease, defined as a noncommunicable disease (NCD) prolonged in duration, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Chronic diseases are the number one cause of death in the U.S

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Health Care Infographics

Health Care Infographics | Non Communicable Disease | Scoop.it
Great Info-graphic on the evolution of #ACOs #ACA #HCR...
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