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Lancet unveils its Global Burden of Disease study

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College of Medicine, Lancet, Global burden of disease, chronic illness, breast cancer

blood pressureLate in 2012, the Lancet published the results of its 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. 

The material is free to non-subscribers, and is introduced in a short podcast.

Read the whole study here

Introducing the material, Lancet editor Dr Richard Horton highlights some of the main findings:

  • The study shows an overall picture of good news – since the first Global Burden of Disease study in the 1990s, longevity has increased in most parts of the world
  • However the number of people living with a chronic illness has increased
  • AIDS remains a significant threat, with 1.5million people killed by the disease in 2010
  • Healthcare workers may have overlooked the needs of young adults, whose high risk of illness often goes unregarded
  • The incidence of breast cancer has increased from around 600,000 cases in the 90s to 1.6 million in 2010.  Horton says that diseases with these large increases call for a completely different approach to the one being pursued at the moment.