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Despite a high global prevalence and inequities in treatment, kidney disease is not given priority in international health plans. Despite a high global prevalence and inequities in treatment, kidney disease is not given priority in international health plans. Daniel Oines

Stopping the silent epidemic of chronic kidney disease

One in nine Australians over the age of 25 (that’s 1.7 million people) has chronic kidney disease. That’s more than the number living with chronic lung disease, stroke, heart failure, and all types of…
A still from one of the short films made to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases in the developing world. A still from one of the short films made to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases in the developing world. NCDFREE

Shining a light on developing world’s biggest killer: non-communicable diseases

They are most often associated with Western excess but diabetes, heart disease, cancers and chronic lung diseases are the leading cause of preventable death in the developing world. To shed some light…
Health problems due to poor eating habits are becoming the leading cause of death and disability in the world. Health problems due to poor eating habits are becoming the leading cause of death and disability in the world. stu_spivack/Flickr

No place for industry in the fight against lifestyle diseases

The biggest causes of ill health in all but the very least developed countries are now non-communicable or chronic diseases. Lung cancer from smoking, obesity from an unhealthy diet and liver problems…
Urban environments are increasingly bombarding us with unhealthy food choices. Urban environments are increasingly bombarding us with unhealthy food choices. John Walker

Rethinking how we live to stop the chronic diseases epidemic

We are in the midst of a global epidemic of chronic diseases – diabetes, heart disease, cancers and respiratory disease are on the rise across the world. Posing a real and increasing threat to health and…
Excess alcohol consumption is one of the leading risk factors for death and disease globally. Excess alcohol consumption is one of the leading risk factors for death and disease globally. Martin Cathrae

The government has it wrong on alcohol’s role in chronic diseases

The Commonwealth government looks set to lose its top position in preventative health measures. Despite its world-first efforts on tobacco control, when the government next steps onto the world stage…
Non-communicable diseases are the silent assassins in global health. Risk exposure begins in early childhood, and accumulates across the lifespan. Non-communicable diseases are the silent assassins in global health. Risk exposure begins in early childhood, and accumulates across the lifespan. michaelwhays

One year on, what has the UN meeting on non-communicable diseases achieved?

What causes two out of every three deaths in the world, has been described by the Director-General of the World Health Organisation as “a slow motion disaster” and by the Secretary-General of the UN a…
NCDs are responsible for the increase in mortality and morbidity in developing countries still grappling with infectious diseases. NCDs are responsible for the increase in mortality and morbidity in developing countries still grappling with infectious diseases. AAP

Keeping the lid on chronic diseases needs global buy-in

The 2011 UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control marked an all-time high in the recognition of the devastating toll of the global NCD epidemic. But much remains to…
Chronic diseases act as a driver for disadvantage in the developing world, leading to cycles of poverty. Chronic diseases act as a driver for disadvantage in the developing world, leading to cycles of poverty. Secom Bahia/Flickr

Five myths about the global epidemic of chronic diseases

The eyes and ears of the global health world were firmly fixed on Geneva last week for the 2012 World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) member states. One of…
Success would mean parents' evidence-based concerns can be taken forward. Success would mean parents' evidence-based concerns can be taken forward. The Wu's Photo Land/Flickr

Residents revolt against planned McDonald’s near primary school

Radio National’s Background Briefing this Sunday is about the struggle of residents of a western suburb in Adelaide who are trying to stop a McDonalds restaurant being built within 200 metres of a primary…
It’s expected that the removal of trademarked images, designs and colours from tobacco packaging will make smoking less attractive. It’s expected that the removal of trademarked images, designs and colours from tobacco packaging will make smoking less attractive. Valentin.Ottone

Big Tobacco’s looming High Court challenge to plain packaging law

Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced today that the implementation of plain packaging for tobacco products will be pushed back until December 1 next year. The Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill passed through…
The 2009 CHOGM meeting held in Port of Spain joined the call to put NCDs on the global agenda. The 2009 CHOGM meeting held in Port of Spain joined the call to put NCDs on the global agenda. AAP

Can CHOGM take the reins in the face of NCD disaster?

CHOGM: As the leaders of Commonwealth nations prepare to meet in Perth this week, The Conversation is examining the role of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Meeting. In our latest…
Don Draper may like a smoke but the madmen of the tobacco industry do all they can to undermine public health. Don Draper may like a smoke but the madmen of the tobacco industry do all they can to undermine public health. collider.com

Tobacco’s mad men threaten public health

Non-communicable diseases – Matthew Rimmer examines plain packaging as a way to curb tobacco use. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of non-communicable diseases. In an episode of the television show…
Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon addresses the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs on September 19, 2011. Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon addresses the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs on September 19, 2011. UN Photo/Marco Castro

Non-communicable diseases come to the United Nations

Non-communicable diseases – Professor Stephen Leeder looks at what came out of the UN meeting on NCDs. Despite the lack of definite goals and targets, the United Nations High-Level Meeting in New York…
The most promising interventions to curb obesity’s prevalence target the population as a whole rather than individuals. The most promising interventions to curb obesity’s prevalence target the population as a whole rather than individuals. Tobyotter

Stemming the obesity epidemic requires courageous, population-level action

Non-communicable diseases – Lennert Veerman examines the reasons for the obesity epidemic and options for controlling it. Obesity levels are on the rise the world over. This is a sign that something is…
Focussing on ‘harmful’ alcohol use means attention is diverted from reducing alcohol intake across the population. Focussing on ‘harmful’ alcohol use means attention is diverted from reducing alcohol intake across the population. Visit Greenwich

Last drinks: regulating alcohol to prevent non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases – Paula O'Brien looks at the what The Lancet NCD Action Group and the NCD Alliance name as one of the priority interventions for mitigating the impact of NCDs: reduction in hazardous…
The UN is holding a High-Level meeting on September 19-20 to discuss the impact of NCDs. The UN is holding a High-Level meeting on September 19-20 to discuss the impact of NCDs. AAP

We need a new paradigm to stop non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases – The first in our series of articles about non-communicable diseases is a contribution from the emeritus director of the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), who provides…
The UN General Assembly will discuss a global approach to combating non-communicable diseases in September. The UN General Assembly will discuss a global approach to combating non-communicable diseases in September. AAP

Leading light: why Australia should show the world how to combat lifestyle diseases

Australia has done well by international comparison in addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) over the past fifty years and while there remains much to do, we could play a leading role in the upcoming…