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Tue September 20, 2011
Global health efforts make food, beverage, drug industries nervous
Chronic or non-communicable diseases (aka NCDs) are the world’s big killers, representing about 60 percent of all causes of death. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease (mostly from tobacco), diabetes and the like kill many more people — most of them in the developing world — than do infectious diseases like AIDS, TB or malaria.
However, developing health goals to combat NCSs often run up against powerful commercial interests in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.