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Anjana Ahuja on non-communicable diseases, weather forecasting and beautiful people

By Anjana Ahuja   186

Physicist Susie Sheehy causes a hydrogen explosion at last year’s British Science Festival

The UN General Assembly has called a high-level meeting on a health issue, for only the second time in its history. In 2001 it was HIV-Aids; this time it will be non-communicable diseases (NCD). Developing countries now suffer more premature deaths from NCDs (primarily heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease) than developed countries, thanks in part to tobacco, alcohol and inactivity. The historic New York summit on 19th and 20th September—President Obama may attend—is recognition that a “co-ordinated global response” is required to stop…

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