Entries in United Nations (2)


UN Leaders Strategize Prevention of ‘Non-Communicable Diseases’

Comstock/Thinkstock)(ATLANTA) -- Experts and leaders from 193 nations across the globe will meet next week at the United Nations conference in New York City to discuss strategies to lower the death toll from “non-communicable diseases” like cancer, lung disease and diabetes.

HealthDay reports that these diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, killing as many as 36 million people a year, according to a new report issued this week by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cardiac illnesses are accountable for 48 percent of non-communicable disease fatalities, according to WHO.

"This will be the first time that the U.N. has actually focused on the major killer of most people," said chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, Dr. Otis Brawley, and a professor of oncology and epidemiology at Emory University in Atlanta.

"We need this," he added. "We need a chronic disease movement. We need to drive attention toward overall health. Because cancer, for example, kills more people in the world than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined."

Additional findings in the WHO report suggest that 87 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are caused by non-communicable diseases.

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Disease Wiped Out for Second Time in History

circa 1900: Dead oxen, some partly buried, thought to have died from rinderpest (Reinhold Thiele/Thiele/Getty Images)(ROME) -- The United Nations announced Tuesday the disease rinderpest has disappeaed, marking the second time in history a disease has been wiped off the face of the earth.

The other disease to achieve such a status was smallpox.

Rinderpest, an animal disease, infects clovenhoofed beasts such as cattle, pigs, and deer. The most virulent strains are said to have killed 95 percent of the infected herd.

At the announcement Tuesday, officials from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization said the eradication of the virus was significant for both animals and humans.

Credit has been given to numerous veterinarians who located and vaccinated herds with the rinderpest vaccine which was invented by Dr. Walter Plowright.

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