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2012 in review: key health issues

A health worker measures a woman’s blood pressure
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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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