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Cost of diabetes epidemic reaches $850 billion a year

NEW YORK: The number of people living with diabetes has tripled since 2000, pushing the global cost of the disease to $850 billion a year, medical experts said on Tuesday. The vast majority of those affected have type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity and lack of exercise, and the epidemic is spreading particularly fast in poorer countries as people adopt Western diets and urban lifestyles. The latest estimates from the International Diabetes Federation mean that one in 11 adults worldwide have the condition,…

Death toll from dengue fever climbs to 15 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

PESHAWAR: The outbreak of dengue fever in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has so far claimed fifteen lives within two months with 400 patients, suffering from the epidemic, being treated at different health facilities across the province. The provincial health authorities’ efforts to rein in mosquito-borne disease does not seem to yield results as yet as the epidemic has recently claimed two more lives, pushing the total death toll to fifteen. Authorities said more than 400 patients suffering from the deadly disease were…

Tuberculosis epidemic larger than previously thought, warns WHO

WASHINGTON: The tuberculosis epidemic is larger than previously thought, infecting 10.4 million people last year, while research into vaccines and cures is "severely underfunded," the World Health Organization warned on Thursday. Across the planet, 1.8 million people died of TB last year, 300,000 more than a year earlier, according to the WHO's Global TB Report 2016. Two out of five people who fell sick with the disease -- caused by a bacteria that infects the lungs and makes people cough up blood -- went undiagnosed and…