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Chronic illness 'biggest killer'

28th April 2011

The World Health Organization has said that chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading cause of death globally.

The Global Status report said so-called noncommunicable diseases accounted for more than 36m deaths in 2008 with 80% of the deaths were in low and middle income countries. It said they posed a greater threat than infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan said the rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases presented “an enormous challenge.”


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