PRB Topic Feed: Noncommunicable Diseases/Topics/NoncommunicableDiseases.aspxGenetics Make Quitting Difficult for Some SmokersToday's smokers are more strongly influenced by genetic factors than in the past and that influence makes it more difficult for them to quit, according to a new study of twins published in the December issue of the journal Demography.12/02/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/us-genetics-smoking.aspx8eb568eb-71e8-4dd3-8420-269472d1a7d1An Overview of Disability in AmericaParticipation in society to the fullest extent possible by people with disabilities has been a goal of U.S. policies and programs. But fulfilling that goal requires confronting a series of challenges.10/20/2004/Publications/Articles/2004/AnOverviewofDisabilityinAmerica.aspx354375eb-95ad-429a-8390-c521f4baf4c2Chronic Diseases Do Affect Youth There is a global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). And the four primary risk factors for these chronic diseases—tobacco, alcohol, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition—are typically initiated during adolescence or young adulthood, setting the stage for later disease.09/08/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/youth-and-chronic-diseases.aspxceef58e7-4362-4dbd-8444-069c8c3ec236The Dual Burden of Overweight and Underweight in Developing CountriesIncreasingly, health systems in poor countries are simultaneously confronting undernutrition and overnutrition―not only at the national level, but also within households.03/01/2006/Publications/Articles/2006/TheDualBurdenofOverweightandUnderweightinDevelopingCountries.aspxbc11a52d-c89a-4f71-b0e7-1fc4495bbfebAmericans Living Longer, Not Necessarily Healthier, LivesAre older people healthier today than they were a generation ago? The answer depends on which indicator of health is used to measure change. 03/01/2001/Publications/Articles/2001/AmericansLivingLongerNotNecessarilyHealthierLives.aspxb1f2b3db-199c-4751-a06f-2e7bb988bd85Smoking-Related Deaths Keep U.S. Life Expectancy Below Other Wealthy CountriesThe United States has a lower life expectancy than many other wealthy countries, and the gap has been widening over the last two decades. New research shows that greater tobacco use among Americans is one cause of lower life expectancy.10/06/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/ussmoking.aspxaa915e88-788a-41ee-bd80-9c8095a3739dTrends in Breast Cancer Mortality in the United StatesImproved treatment and early detection largely account for the decline in breast cancer deaths since 1990. However, breast cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death among women (behind lung cancer) and racial disparities remain.12/16/2009/Publications/Articles/2009/breastcancer.aspx640b2557-fffe-440a-85a6-aa3e8ca73389Dementia Cases Expected to Triple by 2050 as World Population AgesAcross the globe, more than 35 million people are living with dementia, according to recent World Health Organization estimates. This number is expected to more than triple to reach 115 million by 2050 in the wake of population aging.11/08/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/global-dementia.aspx5250f27c-6380-428a-975b-0b6364bdd38aHigh Death Rate Among Russian Men Predates Soviet Union's DemiseRussian men have a higher rate of death and lower life expectancy than men in other industrialized countries. Russians even fare worse than men in much poorer countries.04/01/2000/Publications/Articles/2000/HighDeathRateAmongRussianMenPredatesSovietUnionsDemise.aspx2e1329e5-fed6-4d6a-a0f1-deeb963dd734Global Burden of Noncommunicable DiseasesNoncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2008, 80 percent of NCD deaths were in developing countries. By 2030, low-income countries will have eight times more deaths attributed to NCDs than high-income countries.07/18/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/noncommunicable-diseases.aspx2972907e-f2bb-48d5-ad2c-95b3c346f6a2