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Noncommunicable Diseases
Alessandro Demaio

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“NCDs, or noncommunicable diseases, are a group of diseases connected by their causes – or what doesn’t cause them. They are a group of diseases defined by what they are not. Quite literally, their name means those diseases we cannot catch from another person, and the group include diabetes, heart disease, cancers, lung conditions and mental illnesses. They are often referred to as chronic or lifestyle diseases, due to the fact that they are ailments often affecting an individual over a long timeframe and deeply connected to the way in which we live, but also the economic and social opportunities we are afforded …”