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2012 in review: key health issues

A health worker measures a woman’s blood pressure

New data reveal increases in hypertension and diabetes

The World Health Statistics 2012 report released on 16 May highlighted the growing problem of noncommunicable diseases. It showed evidence of a dramatic increase in the conditions that trigger heart disease and other chronic illnesses, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. One in three adults worldwide has high blood pressure—a condition that causes around half of all deaths from stroke and heart disease—and one in 10 adults has diabetes.

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