We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

India is facing an epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, often called “silent killers” because they lead to heart disease, said a report today involving more than 1.3 million people. The rate of diabetes in India is over 6%, while around one quarter of people have high blood pressure, said the first nationally representative figures on the topic, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. While these rates are lower than the United States and China, experts say a combination of widespread tobacco use,…

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Mosquito-related diseases wreak havoc across Maharashtra, Mumbai spared epidemic

Mosquito-related diseases wreak havoc across Maharashtra, Mumbai spared epidemic

While many states as well as the rest of Maharashtra seem to be reeling under the twin assault of dengue and chikungunya, Mumbai has been a relative haven. Despite a slight spurt in dengue noted over the past few weeks, the situation is nowhere close to what Delhi or even Pune is going through. Delhi has recorded over 1,158 dengue cases and 10 deaths since the beginning of the year. There have also been more than 1,100 cases of chikungunya in the capital. The epidemic took a rare fatal turn…

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Heart Disease Epidemic Will Rise in China: Study

Heart Disease Epidemic Will Rise in China: Study

China is facing an epidemic of heart disease brought on by a shift toward the Western lifestyle, and researchers said Monday the trend shows no sign of slowing down. The findings in the August 15 edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology are based on the first large study of its kind to analyze a range of risk factors in China over multiple decades. Heart disease has been on the rise in China over the past 20 years, with more and more people experiencing high blood pressure,…

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Vaccine development necessary to end the AIDS epidemic

Vaccine development necessary to end the AIDS epidemic

A team from International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), led by President and CEO, Mark Feinberg, will be encouraging the global response to end HIV at the 21st International AIDS Conference, in Durban, South Africa. Researchers, policy makers, people living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic will be present to discuss new scientific knowledge and offer opportunities for structured dialogue on major issues facing the global response to the epidemic. The conference is important for both India and Africa, as they are looked upon as key players…

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