Killing Themselves Slowly: India and China's Bad Habits

David E. Bloom, Elizabeth Cafiero-Fonseca, Mark E. McGovern, Klaus Prettner

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The world has experienced a public-health miracle in the past half century, as cleaner water, new health technologies, better diet and a host of other improvements have sharply reduced mortality and extended life expectancy in poor countries by as much as 20 years. A substantial portion of those gains has been realized through improvements in infant and child survival. However, the increase in income that was both a cause and effect of this miracle brought with it a new and ironic threat: a steep rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart ailments and cancer.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Specialist publicationMilken Institute Review
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

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