31 Jul 2013, BioSpectrum Bureau , BioSpectrum
Singapore: A report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that ischamemic heart disease was the number one killer in 2011, taking the lives of almost seven million people.
Stroke, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive lung disease, diarrhoea and HIV/AIDS followed closely on the heels of ischamemic heart disease as the other major killers during the past decade.
Chronic diseases caused increasing numbers of deaths worldwide. Lung cancers (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.5 million (2.7 percent) deaths in 2011, up from 1.2 million (2.2 percent) deaths in 2000. Similarly, diabetes caused 1.4 million (2.6 percent) deaths in 2011, up from one million (1.9 percent) deaths in 2000.
Furthermore, although prematurity claimed 200,000 fewer infant lives in 2011 than in 2,000, it was among the 10 leading causes of death.