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A.M. Vitals: Chronic Diseases Could Cost $30 Trillion By 2030

Mon, 09/19/2011 - 5:30am
Katherine Hobson

Chronic-Disease Burden: The United Nations today opens a two-day meeting at which it will discuss how to better prevent and treat the noncommunicable diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer that one report estimates could cost the global economy $30 trillion between now and 2030, the WSJ reports. More than 80% of deaths from chronic diseases occur in the developing world, including countries where infectious diseases are still a major threat, the paper reports.

Disturbing Statistics: New research published in Pediatrics suggests that in four states, the number of kids admitted to hospitals with abusive brain trauma rose to an annual 14.7 per 100,000 children after the economy turned down at the end of 2007 from 8.9 before, Reuters reports. The study can’t prove that the effects of the bad economy caused the increase in abuse.

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