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Science Translational Medicine  14 Sep 2011:
Vol. 3, Issue 100, pp. 100cm25
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3003132

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  • Fig. 1.

    Causes of death worldwide. NCDs constitute 63% of deaths worldwide. Shown are deaths due to the “big four” NCDs: cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes. Other chronic diseases—such as musculoskeletal diseases and disorders of the eyes, ears, and other sensory organs—cause 10% of all deaths. *Other conditions such as communicable (infectious) diseases, maternal and perinatal conditions, and nutritional deficiencies account for 28% of all deaths worldwide. [Data from (24) are for 2008.]

    CREDIT: B. STRAUCH/SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE
  • Fig. 2. Age-standardized death rates from heart disease worldwide.

    Shown is the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease per 100,000 people of the same age, which is much higher in developing countries (particularly in Africa and Central Asia) than in developed countries. Darker colors on the map show higher rates of same-age mortality from cardiovascular disease. In developing countries, the disease burden falls more on the younger economically active population and therefore exacts a greater economic cost than in developed countries. [Data from (25)]

    CREDIT: B. STRAUCH/SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE

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