Chronic diseases replace infections as leading causes of blindness, UN says

After an intensive drive against the communicable causes of blindness, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, and age-related illnesses have become the major reasons why nearly 40 million people worldwide cannot see, the United Nations health agency said today.

UN works to eliminate foodborne diseases affecting a third of global population

The United Nations health monitoring agency today launched a campaign to eliminate the incidence of diseases carried by food, aiming to spare the world’s 2 million affected people.

Heart diseases and strokes are becoming more deadly, UN health study shows

Heart diseases and strokes kill 17 million people every year - more than any other cause - and are increasingly likely to afflict people in poor countries, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today as it published an atlas mapping the scale of the global epidemics.

States endorse UN health agency strategies to fight obesity and improve reproductive health

Aiming to fight lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases, countries meeting in Geneva have adopted the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.

Plan to improve diet and health habits to be on agenda of UN agency’s annual meeting

A strategy for dealing with major risk factors responsible for the growing worldwide burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and obesity will be on the agenda of the United Nations health agency’s annual meeting later this year.