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Mental disorders, tobacco, diets biggest killers

Tobacco ranked with conflict and violence among the world's biggest killers in 2016

Kate Kelland | Reuters  |  London 

Heart disease and tobacco ranked with conflict and violence among the world’s biggest killers in 2016, while poor diets and mental disorders caused people the greatest ill health, a large international study has found. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, published on Friday in The Lancet medical journal, found that while life expectancy is increasing, so too are the years people live in poor health. The proportion of life spent being ill is higher in poor countries than in wealthy ones. “Death is a powerful motivator, both for individuals and for countries, ...

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First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 00:35 IST
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