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Global Burden Of Disease 2017 Shows Worrying Trends In Health

The Guardian: Poor diet a factor in one-fifth of global deaths in 2017 — study
“Almost 20 percent of deaths worldwide are attributable to an unhealthy diet, with high blood pressure and smoking completing the top three risk factors for reaching the grave, according to a new report on the state of the world’s health. The study, which focuses on 2017, has revealed that non-communicable diseases such as cancer and diabetes now account for nearly three-quarters of the 55.9m deaths worldwide, with experts stressing a large proportion of these are unnecessarily early…” (Davis, 11/8).

New Atlas: Massive global health study reveals “disturbing” trends
“Running for over a decade now, the annual Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study is a giant peer-reviewed assessment of global health trends. The results this year, published across a series of articles in the prestigious journal The Lancet, present some concerning trends, from a worrying plateau in global mortality rates to a decline in global fertility rates. Coordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle, the GBD study offers a fantastically detailed snapshot of the current state of the world’s health, involving over 3,500 researchers from 140 countries around the globe…” (Haridy, 11/11).