As government representatives meet at the WHO global conference on noncommunicable diseases in Uruguay this week, their focus should be on reducing the health impacts of trade deals.
New data on soaring child obesity should not come as a surprise. The food industry spends billions marketing unhealthy foods in a global society where over-eating is seen as a character flaw.
If you sit all day at work, then cancer, diabetes, heart disease and death are the likely outcomes. A cardiologist explains how the simple act of counting can reverse this evolutionary trend.
Bold leadership is needed to adapt Canada's expensive and mediocre health-care system for an aging population struggling with chronic disease.
As Canadian kids head back to school this week, many will be hungry. Lacking fruits, vegetables and other nutritious foods, they will suffer mood problems, disease and low academic performance.
Some 20% of Aboriginal Australians suffer long term musculoskeletal pain and to date it has received little attention or recognition.
Why are we so shocked when we, or someone we know, becomes ill? It's time to reclaim sickness as a normal part of life.
A new way of looking at what's behind chronic disease takes into account social, environmental and other factors, rather than blaming individuals.
Adults who participate in a high overall level of sports and exercise are at 34% lower risk of death than those who never or rarely engage in such activities.
The burden of an ageing population on health systems is only going to grow, in both rich and poor countries.
Living with a chronic disease is hard work. Today the federal government announced its intention to “revolutionise" the way chronic diseases and complex conditions are cared for.
For many patients, hospital may not be the best place for their care.
Better primary care could have prevented more than a quarter-of-a-million hospital admissions for health problems such as diabetes each year.
Today's medical students are tomorrow's doctors, and they need to understand public health to better help their patients.
Reinforcement of the idea that exercise will lead to weight loss acts as a disincentive for those who stick to their exercise goals to only find the scales haven't turned in their favour.
Chronic diseases are responsible for nine out of ten deaths in Australia, and for much of the public health expenditure that's causing governments so much concern.
Over-65s use twice as many health resources as the average Australian. But it's worth the expense.
Federal health minister, Sussan Ley, said that one in two Australians is now suffering from a chronic disease. Is that right?
Economic modelling shows that policies to reduce chronic diseases can have large economic benefits –A$4.5 billion a year for diabetes alone – by reducing health costs and boosting the workforce.
Work has a very important role in health and well-being but it can also be a major risk factor for poor health, disability, and even death.