WHO warns of enormous burden of chronic disease

LONDON (Reuters) – Chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes have reached global epidemic proportions and now cause more deaths than all other diseases combined, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

In its first worldwide report on so-called non-communicable diseases, or NCDs, the United Nations health body said the conditions caused more than half of all deaths in 2008 and pose a greater threat than infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis (TB) — even in many poorer countries.

http://www.latimes.com/health/sns-rt-health-us-disease-wtre73q1q1-20110427,0,35613.story

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