Superbugs Everywhere, But Older Diseases Still Attack, Part 2

posted by Dr. Ad Versery Bored @ 16:13 PM
March 15, 2013

NCD-disasterIn addition to superbugs’ ability to overcome even the strongest antibiotics invented to date, international medical systems warn that non-communicable diseases will kill far more people than uncontrollable germs and other diseases.

In ‘Tsunami of Diseases Waiting to Hit,’ Isolda Agazzi of Inter Press Service  (IPS) warns that the United States and other developing countries have so over-financed diseases from superbugs to HIV-AIDS that they are unprepared for the giant waves of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) already in their midst.

Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at the U.S. consulting firm Rabin Martin, told the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) Conference on World Cancer Day: “. . . [NCDs]––cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, among others––have become the leading cause of death worldwide.”

In addition he said: “Some 36 million people die from (NCDs) every year, 80 percent of them in low and middle income Not-enough-money-prescriptionscountries – a figure that will increase by 17 percent in the coming years and by 25 percent in Africa.”

GlobalHealth.gov further defines NCDs as those diseases:  “not caused by an acute infection,” but which share common risk factors, including “Tobacco use, Unhealthy diet, Lack of exercise, and Harmful use of alcohol.”

In ‘A Prioritized Research Agenda for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases,’ the World Health Organization argues:  “Currently, noncommunicable diseases (NCD) are responsible for almost two- thirds of all deaths globally. Of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, 36 million, or 63%, were due to NCD . . . As the impact of NCDs increases and as populations age, annual NCD deaths are projected to continue to rise worldwide.

plos.org posits: “NCD research in high-income countries (HICs) . . .  can result in mutual advantages in the areas of replication and extending findings; discovering new causes of NCDs; studying health effects of exposures rare or ubiquitous in HICs; and exploring links between infectious diseases and NCDs.”

However, medical experts insist, developing countries still concentrate on germ-generated diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS.  However, Sturchio insists: “The disease burden is shifting to NCDs, but since developing countries still have to fight infectious diseases, they face a double burden.”

He argues that in the last 20 years, some 20 billion dollars have gone into AIDS research, when much of those funds were needed to combat NCDs.  The need for NCD research is especially keen in African and other Third World nations.

These issues present more indication that this earth needs a benevolent Savior and Healer, as groups in need and men of wealth who produce many of these killers will never agree on priorities.  Well said is the Christian messages of Apostle John’s cry:  “Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22: 20).”

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