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Category: noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

CDC Spotlights Stroke Prevention for World Stroke Day

The number of people affected by stroke worldwide has gone up significantly in the past 20 years. The number continues to increase in part due to an aging population. Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke kills more than 130,000 Americans Read More >

Posted on by Mary G. George, MD, MSPH, FACS and Jennifer L. Foltz, MD, MPHLeave a commentTags , ,

Transforming Hypertension Treatment in Barbados

A blood pressure screening in Barbados.

While being a physician is certainly important to me, first and foremost I consider myself a native of Barbados. The people of Barbados are unique, but they share a commonality with citizens of many other countries: they struggle with a high burden of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, and other risk factors for Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Kenneth Connell, the Preclinical Deputy Dean and a Faculty Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of the West Indies, Medical Sciences Cave Hill Campus in BarbadosLeave a comment

World No Tobacco Day – Tobacco Surveillance in Barangay Looc, Province of Zambales, Philippines; Reflections on GTCB’s Worldwide Impact

Global Adult Tobacco Survey pretest surveillance team, barangay Looc.

As an IT Specialist working for the CDC Foundation and assigned to the Office on Smoking and Health’s Global Tobacco Control Branch (GTCB), I have had the opportunity to travel to many places around the world.  We conduct several surveys and I mainly work with the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).  I provide technical support Read More >

Posted on by Edward Rainey, IT Specialist and Public Health Analyst with the CDC Foundation, assigned to GTCB.Leave a commentTags , , ,

CDC Recognizes Women and Stroke for World Stroke Day

Blanche and Kelly

As a woman, I am particularly interested in this year’s World Stroke Day focus. I am a woman and stroke can affect me, my family members, my patients’ families and women around the world. Worldwide, there are 15 million strokes each year, 10 million of which will end in death or permanent disability. Women have Read More >

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Experiences from the Field: Innovative Approaches to Improving Heart Health in Malawi

Dr. Alice Maida (2ndd from right) and staff from MSH and the Malawi Ministry of Health visiting a high burden HIV clinic in rural Malawi.

As a Medical Program Specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Malawi, I provide HIV technical support at the national and site level. My public health practitioner work with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) national HIV program and PEPFAR implementing partners has provided many opportunities to engage in implementation science Read More >

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China’s Adult Tobacco Survey Captures a Comprehensive View of Tobacco Use in 14 Cities

China is the most populous country in the world, as well as the largest consumer of cigarettes. With over 300 million smokers, China has the greatest public health benefit to gain from implementing proven tobacco prevention and control strategies. In China, some public health officials have championed local municipalities to engage in tobacco prevention and Read More >

Posted on by Darryl Konter, MS, Health Communication Specialist and Luhua Zhao, MS, Statistician, CDC Office on Smoking and HealthLeave a commentTags , ,

Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

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Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). Read More >

Posted on by Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC2 CommentsTags , , , , , , ,

If We Can Measure It, We Can Manage It: Tracking the Global Tobacco Epidemic

Field interviewer interviewing a participant for GATS Bangladesh 2009

Identified as the most preventable causes of death and disease in the world, the tobacco use epidemic is expanding to many low-and middle-income countries. Approximately 6 million people die annually from tobacco. To put this into perspective, the number of annual deaths from tobacco is equivalent to 2,699 Titanic ships sinking every year. Surveillance has Read More >

Posted on by Lauren Bartell, MPH, CHES and Emily Ridgway, MPHLeave a commentTags , ,

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.

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 >

Posted on by Pragna Patel, MD, MPH (CGH) and Barbara A. Bowman, PhD (NCCDPHP)1 CommentTags , ,

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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