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Every hospital in India - private or public - may soon be bound to inform government on the number of cancer cases they treat.
The push is in the offing since the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended to the Union health ministry to make cancer a "notifiable disease".
At present, highly infectious diseases like plague, polio, H5N1 bird flu or the H1N1 swine flu figure in the list. Cancer will become the first non-communicable disease (NCD) to be bracketed under th
For decades, global health leaders have focused on diseases that can spread - AIDS, tuberculosis, new flu bugs. They pushed for vaccines, better treatments and other ways to control germs that were only a plane ride away from seeding outbreaks anywhere in the world.
Now they are turning to a new set of culprits causing what United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls "a public health emergency in slow motion." This time, germs aren't the target: We are, along with our bad habits like smoking, overeating and too little exercise.
Next week, the U.N. General Assembly will hold its first summit on chronic diseases - cancer, diabetes and heart and lung disease. Those account for nearly two-thirds of deaths worldwide, or about 36 million. In the United States, they kill nearly 9 out of 10 people. They have common risk factors, such as smoking and sedentary lifestyles, and many are preventable.
Originally posted by RadeonGFXRHumanGTXisAlien
Cancer is about to be airborne, and it seems they let that info slip.
Looks like prions are the underlying cause of most "modern" diseases of civilization from cancer to diabetes to high cholesterol and heart disease. And more. Fact is, "protein misfolding disorders" cause a pile of fibrotic and other amyloid diseases.
Turns out prions mutate and adapt - and evolve to infect new and different cells - so obviously, there's way more than just 2 or 5 prion diseases.
And - shades of Contagion - Prion Diseases are Airborne.
So - great that maybe someday there might be a treatment, if not a cure. But prevention is better than response. Just not profitable.
Note: Prions also hitchhike on viruses, so I sure hope they get on top of this one soon - even if H1N1 swine flu pandemic didn't kill many people, I hate to think what the human population is going to look like 30 years from now.
Originally posted by daryllyn
Cancer=population control on a massive, world-wide scale?
Just a thought..
[color=deepskyblue]Edited to add: S&F (:edit on 18-9-2011 by daryllyn because: (no reason given)
You must remember that not every nation is as uniformly careful with its peoples health as yours and mine.
irresponsible companies can get away with poisoning entire districts through river contamination, through groundwater contamination, and through pumping gouts of toxic crap into the atmosphere , only for it to float into the throats ,guts and lungs of innocent people. This tracking system will allow for such things to be caught early and cut down on .
Cancer is an extremely generalized term that referes to abnormal cell growth.
Any of a large group of malignant diseases characterized by an abnormal, uncontrolled growth of new cells in one of the body organs or tissues. …
Also, madcow (BSE) isn't caused by cancer, it caused by prions, as you mentioned.
Chronic disease to cost $47 trillion by 2030: WEF
The global economic impact of the five leading chronic diseases -- cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease, and respiratory disease -- could reach $47 trillion over the next 20 years, according to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The estimated cumulative output loss caused by the illnesses, which together already kill more than 36 million people a year and are predicted to kill tens of millions more in future, represents around 4 percent of annual global GDP over the coming two decades, the study said.
"This is not a health issue, this is an economic issue -- it touches on all sectors of society," Eva Jane-Llopis, WEF's head of chronic disease and wellness, said in a telephone interview.
In the United States, cancer is likely to affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women at least once in their lifetime.
I think the rise in cancer is caused by a myriad of things including different chemicals, radioactivity, and certain viruses.
Great post either way, S+F.
In Greek mythology, the Hydra was a giant water snake with many heads ... The number of heads is variously reported from as few as 5 to more than 100.
...when one of the Hydra's heads was cut off, two more grew in its place. The monster also had one immortal head.
Protein misfolding and aggregation: new examples in medicine and biology of the dark side of the protein world
…even the toxic effects of protein aggregates, mainly in their pre-fibrillar organization, result from common structural features rather than from specific sequences of side chains. These data lead to hypothesize that every polypeptide chain, in itself, possesses a previously unsuspected hidden dark side leading it to transform into a generic toxin to cells in the presence of suitable destabilizing conditions. This new view of protein biology underscores the key importance, in protein evolution, of the negative selection against molecules with significant tendency to aggregate as well as, in biological evolution, of the development of the complex molecular machineries aimed at hindering the appearance of misfolded proteins and their toxic early aggregates.
These data also suggest that, in addition to the well-known amyloidoses, a number of degenerative diseases whose molecular basis are presently unknown might be determined by the intra- or extracellular deposition of aggregates of presently unsuspected proteins. …
The prion diseases.
The prion diseases are a family of rare [tsk] neurodegenerative [tsk, tsk] disorders that result from the accumulation of a misfolded isoform of the prion protein (PrP), a normal constituent of the neuronal membrane. Five subtypes constitute the known human prion diseases; kuru, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome (GSS), fatal insomnia (FI), and variant CJD (vCJD). …