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Category: noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has become a global crisis

Patient at the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic in Barbados having her blood pressure taken. Patient at the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic in Barbados having her blood pressure taken.

In the United States, 67 million or 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure (>140/90 mmHg), and only about half of these adults have their condition under control. Worldwide, high blood pressure is estimated to cause 9 million preventable deaths, and is expected to increase. Commonly referred to as the “silent killer” because it Read More >

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CDC partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies to strengthen public health data collection in developing countries

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Did you know that each year 35 million deaths go unrecorded worldwide, and that the causes of millions more deaths are never documented? Today, 80% of the world’s population lives in countries that do not collect reliable cause-of-death statistics. According to the World Health Organization, “When deaths go uncounted and the causes of death are Read More >

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My journey into Global Health: Dr. Pragna Patel

Dr. Patel at her family’s clinic in India where they provide health services to indigent communities. Dr. Patel at her family’s clinic in India where they provide health services to indigent communities.

Dr. Pragna Patel says “Taking the road less travelled and working for CDC on HIV and NCD has been a worthwhile journey” As a young girl growing up in New York City, I would often help out at my father’s pediatric clinic in an indigent neighborhood of the Bronx.  My father was a caring and Read More >

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Why I Care about Cancer in Developing Countries

Being treated for cancer in a lonely hospital room in Guatemala City. Being treated for cancer in a lonely hospital room in Guatemala City.

I’m 30 years old and have already had cancer three times. If I lived in a developing country I likely would have died from my testicular cancer, or from my melanoma, or almost surely from my recurrence of melanoma that spread to the liver and brain. Fortunately for me, I have the opportunity to access Read More >

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Take charge of your health this World Diabetes Day

Diabetes is a chronic condition that continues to be a burden throughout the world. As we observe World Diabetes Day, let’s define some terms and talk about who is at risk. How does diabetes affect you or someone close to you? Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of Read More >

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Two Initiatives Worth Their Salt: Reducing Sodium Intake in Philadelphia and Shandong, China

Background information CDC’s 2013 Vital Signs publication reported that more than 200,000 deaths among Americans younger than age 75 are preventable. These deaths from heart disease and stroke, both primary contributors to cardiovascular disease (CVD), could be prevented through better lifestyle practices and better care. Heart disease and stroke are two of our nation’s leading Read More >

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A Call for Action: Responding to the Tobacco Epidemic and the Price of Cigarettes

“Raising taxes to increase the price of tobacco products is the most effective means to reduce tobacco use and encourage smokers to quit.” – WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013 Real People, Real Stories Mehmet Nuhoğlu started smoking when he was in middle school at the age of 12 after hearing that real Read More >

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March 10-16 Is World Salt Awareness Week

  This blog was originally posted on CNN.com on January 23, 2014.   Almost two years ago, Philadelphia launched its Healthy Chinese Take-out Initiative with the goal of reducing sodium content by 10% to 15%. The city’s Public Health Department worked with 206 restaurants, first evaluating their menus for sodium content and then helping them Read More >

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Global Burden of Mental Illness

“Total health” includes both physical and mental health. The Surgeon General’s landmark report on mental health in 1999 raised awareness about the inter-connectedness of mind and body, of physical and mental health. That reality has been validated ever since. However, mental health and addressing mental health-related problems are often under-emphasized. CDC recognizes that the mental Read More >

Posted on by Barbara Lopes Cardozo, MD, MPH, CDC Division of Global Health Protection1 Comment

Improving Disease Surveillance and Outbreak Response in the Latin American and Caribbean Region through the Field Epidemiology Training Program

  With increased global travel, everyone is more vulnerable to emerging and reemerging public health threats. This vulnerability is why every country needs a team of highly trained epidemiologists that can detect and rapidly respond to outbreaks and is why CDC is committed to working with countries to establish and support Field Epidemiology Training Programs Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Victor Caceres, CDC Field Epidemiology Training Program BranchLeave a comment
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