Non-communicable diseases

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Disasters often exacerbate the conditions of people suffering from non-communicable diseases. Explore the implications for public health.

A new study reveals that the risk of suffering a heat-induced heart attack has increased significantly in recent years. But researchers did not see comparable changes in cold weather heart attack risks. The study suggests that authorities should give greater consideration to high temperatures as a trigger for heart attacks, especially in view of climate change.
Helmholtz Zentrum München (German Research Center for Environmental Health)
A new study finds that hospitalizations for cardiovascular disease rose precipitously in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, Louisiana, after the storm's landfall. The increase in hospitalization rates lasted for more than one month and was higher among older black adults, compared to older white adults.
Tufts University
New research finds that the number of deaths associated with the inhalation of wildfire smoke in the U.S. could more than double from 15,000 annually today to 40,000 by the end of the century. Continued increases in wildfire activity in the continental United States due to climate change could worsen air quality over the coming decades, triggering more deaths.
American Geophysical Union
A new study predicts that in the coming decades the United States’ heat problem will grow more dangerous and expensive, as a warming climate will drive thousands more people into emergency rooms across the country and could cost tens of millions more dollars in treatment by 2050.
American Geophysical Union
A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee predicts that higher temperatures which caused 2000+ deaths in 2003 will be summer norm by 2040s, making adaptation to heatwaves a matter of life and death. The report warns of severe strains on the healthcare system, infrastructure, urban dwellers, and vulnerable populations.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
2018

This guide aims to support carers of people with dementia for the periods before, during and after a natural disaster. The contents of the guide complement the RediPlan disaster preparedness guide from the Australian Red Cross. The guide provides

Queensland University of Technology
2017

This paper discusses disaster-related health risks associated with people who have underlying non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Asian urban communities. With reference to NCD situation in Hong Kong, this paper offers key policy recommendations for

Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
Southern African countries have established the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Regional Collaborating Centre (RCC) in Lusaka, Zambia. The aim is to improve the surveillance, emergency response, and prevention of infectious and non-communicable diseases by harnessing public health assets including universities and national public health centres.
African Union
2016

This article explores the role of disaster responders, coordinators and government officials in mitigating and preventing the increased risk of non-communicable disease exacerbation during a disaster. They play a critical part in supporting the public

Public Library of Science
Research found an increase heart attacks soon after Katrina. The study is one of several in recent years to look at how natural disasters, including earthquakes and tsunamis, affect cardiovascular health. Studying how hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters affect the heart can help communities better prepare for weather-related events
The American Heart Association