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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death globally, killing more people each year than all other causes combined. ….
Of the 57 million deaths that occurred globally in 2008, 36 million – almost two thirds – were due to NCDs, comprising mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.1 The combined burden of these diseases is rising fastest among lower-income countries, populations and communities, where they impose large, avoidable costs in human, social and economic terms. About one fourth of global NCD-related deaths take place before the age of 60.
NCDs have become a universal threat. They kill three in five people a year, and 80 percent of the victims in 2011 will live in developing countries. Roughly a third will be younger than 60. Even larger numbers of people are living disabled by these illnesses.
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). ….
"This is not a health issue, this is an economic issue ….." ……
….Mental health, which is typically left off lists of leading NCDs, will account for $16 trillion -- a third of the overall $47 trillion anticipated costs.
Originally posted by Highlander64
In order to make an analogy that fits my thought paths, I am reminded of an episode of Stargate SG1, season 4, episode 16, entitled ‘2010’. In this episode, a race called the
‘Aschen”, make a treaty with earth and brings their advanced medical skills to us as part of the treaty.
Originally posted by Klassified
Just my personal opinion. But I don't believe their 7 billion population figures. I believe it's much lower. Can I prove it? No. And neither can the 7 billion be proved. Unless one wants to take their word for it. Which most do.
S&F Highlander.edit on 10/19/2011 by Klassified because: (no reason given)