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The Global Challenges of Noncommunicable Diseases

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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for two-thirds of the world's deaths, one-fourth of which occur before the age of 60. Nearly 80% of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where they are also increasing most rapidly. With these global needs and disparities in mind, PLOS Medicine launched a collection of research and commentary on NCDs directed toward improving population health and reducing health disparities. 

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The Global Challenges of Noncommunicable Diseases
Cardiovascular Disease
Chronic Respiratory Disease
Risk Factors - Diet, Obesity and Physical Activity
Risk Factors - Alcohol and Tobacco
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