Costly noncommunicable diseases on rise in developing world


The journal Lancet says poor countries face a rising threat from non communicable disease illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. NPR's Noreen Eisenman reports the University of Washington project dubbed global Burden of Disease. Tracks the causes of death and disability in every country in the world. The good news over the last 20 years, the poorest countries have made enormous progress combating infectious diseases. Unfortunately, that hasn't been matched by progress against non communicable elements like stroke in lung cancer. The result, these potential killers now account for about 66% of the health burden in low to middle income countries. Tariq Eisenman. NPR news voters in

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