November 2018

iMed.ULisboa researcher publishes in Lancet

Nuno Taveira, leader of the HIV Evolution, Epidemiology and Prevention Group at iMed.ULisboa collaborates in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2017 and co-authors several papers just published in The Lancet.

This year’s GBD, with results described in seven scientific papers, covers population and fertility, mortality and life expectancy, causes of death and years of healthy life lost, years lived with disability, overall burden of disease, risk factors, and the chances of each nation meeting 41 of the health-related indicators that are part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

Some highlights from GBD 2017 include:

– Expanded mortality estimates that date back to 1950.
– Population and fertility estimates.
– Ischemic heart disease, neonatal disorders, stroke, lower respiratory infections, diarrhea, road injuries, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) each caused more than 1 million deaths worldwide in 2017.
– Rapid increases in death rates for which antibiotic use or resistance is a major factor.
– High blood pressure, smoking, and high blood sugar were the top three causes of total health loss worldwide in 2017.