Category Archives: Non-Communicable Disease

Medical information, latest research and published papers related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in India and around the world including the key chronic diseases of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Diabetes increases risk of premature mortality, including mortality from several specific types of cancer

Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of death, including death from several specific forms of cancers, according to an analysis from the Cancer Prevention Study-II.

India is the country with the greatest number of diabetes patients in the world, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

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Beta blockers and cardiac resynchronization show greatest survival benefit for patients with heart failure

Data on the comparative merits of drugs recommended to manage heart failure (HF) are limited. A recent case-control study compared HF patients who died within 24 months of diagnosis with those who survived to 24 months after a HF diagnosis. The researchers compared the 2 groups to see which therapies… 

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Is chronic kidney disease a coronary heart disease risk equivalent?

Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and a higher MI mortality rate as compared with patients diagnosed with diabetes or who have had a prior MI event, according to a recently published study. “Chronic kidney disease in India is a public health… 

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Study finds exercise may reduce depression in heart failure patients

Cardiovascular disease has emerged as the number one killer in both urban and rural areas of India. The Indian population is particularly susceptible to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors; however, there are few large studies that have examined CVD risk factors in the Indian population. Depression is associated with an… 

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Statin benefits in primary prevention outweigh risk of diabetes

The benefit of preventing vascular events outweighs the increased risk of new-onset diabetes in patients without cardiovascular disease but with an elevated level of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), researchers have found. India is the country with the greatest number of diabetes patients in the world, according to the International Diabetes… 

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Widespread use of statins for primary prevention could reduce risk of vascular events

Even patients with a 5-year risk for major vascular events <10% may benefit from primary prevention using statin therapy, according to the results of a large meta-analysis. This study may hold particular significance for patients in India, where genetic susceptibility results in a higher rate of vascular events, and where… 

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Significant number of global cancer cases attributed to infectious diseases

Approximately 2 million of a total of 12.7 million new cancer cases worldwide are directly attributable to infectious disease, a recently published study found. Multiple infectious diseases, such as Helicobacter pylori, human papillomavirus (HPV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human herpes T-cell lymphotropic virus… 

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